DePaul Blue Demons (9-8, 3-1) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (10-5, 2-2) – Tuesday January 13th, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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Radio – WSCR AM 670
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The Hoyas come into Allstate Arena on Tuesday night looking for some revenge. In March, DePaul burst Georgetown’s NCAA Tournament bubble by eliminating the Hoyas from the Big East Tournament.
Georgetown is coming off a 60-57 overtime loss at Providence on Saturday. It was a game where the Hoyas let things slip away. They led by as many as seven points with 8:17 to play in regulation.
One thing that DePaul and Georgetown have in common is offensive lapses in their losses on Saturday. Both teams struggled to score the basketball on that day.
Georgetown’s biggest weapons are junior guard D’vauntes Smith-Rivera and senior big man Josh Smith.
Smith-Rivera was selected as the Big East’s preseason Player of the Year going into this season. D’vauntes is close to that as he is the fifth leading scorer in the Big East right now at 14.3 points per game. Smith-Rivera played 41 of the team’s 45 minutes against Providence.
The 6-10, 350 lb. Smith isn’t very far behind at ninth in scoring in the league with 12.9 ppg and is eighth in the conference in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game. Smith was named to this week’s Big East Honor Roll after racking up two doubles-doubles in one week. Josh scored 12 points and gathered 10 rebounds in a win over Marquette. He then collected 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Providence game.
Smith is an Immovable force in paint. DePaul will need to prepare for Smith much the way that they did against Xavier center Matt Stainbrook a couple of weeks ago.
Beyond Smith-Rivera and Smith, Georgetown has a young team that is getting contributions from freshmen. L.J. Peak has earned a starting spot and is averaging 9.8 ppg. Former Whitney Young forward Paul White is scoring 7.1 ppg coming in off the bench for the Hoyas.
The Hoyas though have yet to win a game on the road in the Big East. They lost at Xavier on New Year’s Eve and dropped the overtime game at Providence on Saturday.
Georgetown is a physical team, you can expect this one to be a grinder. If the game gets called the way that Saturday’s loss at Villanova was called, the Blue Demons could be in for a long night.
“I want to challenge our guys for this thing to hurt,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said on WSCR Radio following Saturday’s loss at eighth ranked Villanova. “Let’s go do something about it. Let’s use it as fuel for our fire in practice and our desire to get better.”
A grinder of a game could work to DePaul’s advantage. Despite having a reputation as a team that likes to turn up the tempo, the Blue Demons are 7-3 in games with 70 possessions or fewer and are 2-5 with 71 or more possessions.
DePaul would be wise to go to a zone defense in this one. Georgetown struggled to score whenever Providence went to a zone in Saturday’s game.
The Last Time
On March 12, 2014, in the opening round of the Big East Tournament at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Blue Demons stunned the Hoyas with a 60-56 victory before a crowd of 13, 177 Big East fans.
With the win, DePaul effectively burst Georgetown's bubble hopes for the NCAA Tournament.
Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for DePaul with 17 points.
DePaul junior forward Forrest Robinson finished with a career-high of 14 points.
Senior guard Brandon Young fouled out after scoring 13 points.
Neither team was very proficient from the field. The Blue Demons shot 41.3 percent from the field with Georgetown hitting 38.5 percent from the field. The Hoyas would win the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Demons, 36-32.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with 21 points. Markel Starks chipped in with 17 for the Hoyas.
NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School
0 L.J. Peak 6-5 215 F FR Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney
1 Tre Campbell 6-2 170 G FR Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS
3 Mikael Hopkins 6-9 239 F SR Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha
4 D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6-3 214 G JR Indianapolis, Ind./North Central / Oak Hill Academy
5 Reggie Cameron 6-7 223 F SO Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic
11 Isaac Copeland 6-9 220 F FR Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
12 David Allen 6-2 185 G JR Dallas, Texas/Highland Park
13 Paul White 6-8 228 F FR Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young
21 Riyan Williams 6-4 175 G JR Dunkirk, Md./Archbishop Carroll (D.C.)
23 Aaron Bowen 6-6 212 F SR Jacksonville, Fla./QEA (N.C.)
24 Joshua Smith 6-10 350 C SR Kent, Wash./Kentwood
33 Trey Mourning 6-9 217 F FR Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades
42 Bradley Hayes 7-0 260 C JR Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood
55 Jabril Trawick 6-5 220 G SR Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends
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