DePaul Blue Demons (12-15, 6-8) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (17-8, 9-5) – Saturday February 21st, 7:00 p.m. Central – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
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DePaul (12-15, 6-8) finds itself in a rut again. As losers of three straight and six out of their last seven, DePaul is trending in the opposite direction after a fine start to Big East play. With four games left in the regular season, the window is shrinking for DePaul to go out on a high note.
The Demons regrouped after losing six straight to finish the non-conference schedule to ultimately see them turn it around in conference play. So it begs the question: can they do it again?
Well, it will be hard as the Demons have to travel to the nation's capital on Saturday night to take on the Georgetown Hoyas, in a rematch of game they lost at Allstate Arena in January, when they lost 78-72.
The Demons are most recently coming off a lopsided 84-57 loss to the Providence Friars where DePaul could do absolutely nothing right. Between turnovers, cold shooting and lack of fundamentals, DePaul just got ambushed from the start. Hopefully, the Demons can put this embarrassment quickly behind them.
Again, it wont be easy against a team that is 17-8 overall, 9-5 in conference and have a KenPom RPI of 18. The Hoyas are coming off a easy win over St. John's, 79-57, on Tuesday and have won two games in a row.
At this point, it appears the Hoyas are a lock for the NCAA Tournament after not getting in last year (which, by the way DePaul had a lot to do with by knocking them off in the first round of the Big East Tournament last season). And if you remember just prior to that game, DePaul looked lifeless in the penultimate game against Butler last year, losing 79-46. So, here's to hoping for deja vu.
The Hoyas, as usual, are led by the duo of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Josh Smith. Georgetown also boats an impressive freshman class (L.J. Peak, Tre Campbell, Isaac Copeland and Paul White) that is doing some great things.
Smith-Rivera leads the Hoyas in scoring and assists with 15.4 points and 3.4 assists per game while Smith adds 11.4 points per game while hauling down a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game.
With the Hoyas fine tuning their resume, they will want to avoid a bad loss, so DePaul will have to be on top of their game. It should be very telling how DePaul faces this current adversity and finishes out the season.
The Last Time
On January 13, 2015 at Allstate Arena, in what was a hotly contested game throughout, the Georgetown Hoyas proved to be the more composed team during the game’s final six minutes and walked away with a 78-72 victory.
DePaul had no answer for Georgetown guard D’vauntes Smith-Rivera, who led all scorers with 25 points including 10 points from the free throw line.
Jabril Trawick added 11 points for the Hoyas.
DePaul’s Myke Henry led the Demons with 17 points on seven of 13 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds.
Four players finished in double-figures for DePaul. Sophomore guard Billy Garrett, Jr. scored 16 points and dished out five assists. Senior Jamee Crockett contributed with 12 points and Aaron Simpson chipped in with 11 points.
One key difference in the game was trips to the free throw line. The Hoyas went 26 of 32 from the charity stripe for 81.3 percent.
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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