DePaul Blue Demons vs. Georgetown Hoyas – Wednesday, December 30th, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – FOX Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
The Blue Demons are coming off their biggest win of the non-conference season with their 82-61 defeat of 20th ranked George Washington last week.
DePaul is looking to make it two straight wins over teams from the nation’s capital as Georgetown comes in on Wednesday to tip-off Big East conference play.
If the Blue Demons play with the kind of effort and energy that enabled them to defeat GW, then they can beat the Hoyas.
DePaul coach Dave Leitao identified three areas of the game where his team did well against the Colonials, and areas where the Blue Demons will have to continue to do well if they want to win games in the Big East…
- “We have to play as hard as we possibly can.”
- “We have to play intellectually very well.”
- "We have to play very well together.”
Georgetown comes in at 7-5 following a 62-59 win on the road at Charlotte. The Hoyas have played a tough non-conference schedule that featured wins over Wisconsin and Syracuse, but had losses to Radford, Maryland, Duke, Monmouth, and UNC-Asheville.
Georgetown is led by senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who is fifth in the Big East in scoring at 15 points per game and is tied with DePaul’s Billy Garrett, Jr. at eighth in the conference in assists per game. Smith-Rivera was named to the pre-season all-Big East first team. He also leads his team in steals and in three point baskets made.
Isaac Copeland is a smooth sophomore forward who is contributing 12.2 points per game. Then there is seven foot center Bradley Hayes who is a force in the middle. Hayes leads the team on the boards with a near double-double of 9.8 ppg and 8.3 rebounds per game.
“They’ve played a very tough schedule and probably have a couple losses that they’ve like to have back,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of the Hoyas on WSCR Radio. “When you look at their roster they have Smith-Rivera, who is one of the best players in this league. He is somebody that we’ve got to pay very close attention to. All up and down their lineup, they’ve got a lot of athletes, (Isaac) Copeland comes to mind. They’ve got a big seven footer in the middle (Bradley Hayes), that we’ve got to do a really good job with, he’s scoring a lot and rebounding very well too. They’ll command a lot of our attention.”
The Hoyas are a solid defensive squad who are second in the league in defensive field goal percentage allowing opponents to shoot 38.7%.
The Blue Demons can’t let this game come down to free throw shooting. Georgetown leads the Big East at the charity stripe with 73.6 percent on free throw shooting.
The Last Time
On February 21, 2015 at Verizon Center, Georgetown fended off DePaul from the free throw line in a 68-63 victory for the Hoyas.
Georgetown’s D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 19 points to lead all scorers.
The Hoyas withstood a late charge from the Blue Demons. Billy Garrett Jr. hit a pair of free throws for DePaul with 27 seconds left to reduce the Georgetown lead to two, 64-62, but were unable to get any closer.
Joshua Smith contributed with a double-double effort of 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoyas.
Forrest Robinson led DePaul with 17 points, while Jamee Crockett chipped in with 13 points.
NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School
0 L.J. Peak 6-5 215 G SO Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney
1 Tre Campbell 6-2 170 G SO Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS
4 D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6-3 215 G SR Indianapolis, Ind./North Central / Oak Hill Academy
5 Reggie Cameron 6-7 225 F JR Hackensack, N.J./Hudson Catholic
11 Isaac Copeland 6-9 220 F SO Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
13 Paul White 6-8 230 F SO Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young
15 Jessie Govan 6-10 270 C FR Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy
21 Riyan Williams 6-4 185 G SR Dunkirk, Md./Archbishop Carroll (D.C.)
22 Akoy Agau 6-8 235 F SO Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central
24 Marcus Derrickson 6-7 250 F FR Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
32 Kaleb Johnson 6-6 205 G/F FR South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School
33 Trey Mourning 6-9 230 F SO Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades
42 Bradley Hayes 7-0 275 C SR Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood