DePaul Blue Demons vs. Georgetown Hoyas – Saturday, January 9th, 11:00 a.m. Central – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
Television – Fox Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
Didn't we just do this?
After squaring off just 10 days ago, in which the Blue Demons lost their Big East opener 70-58, the DePaul Blue Demons and the Georgetown Hoyas will meet again this Saturday in the nation's capital. Both teams are coming off frustrating losses on Tuesday. DePaul had Butler on the ropes, but unraveled late in losing 77-72. Meanwhile, Georgetown lost at Creighton, 79-66, after the Bluejays dominated the end of the game.
Prior to losing to Creighton, the Hoyas opened up Big East play with two straight victories. Besides beating DePaul, Georgetown also disposed of Marquette last Saturday. The Hoyas are now 9-6 overall and 2-1 in the Big East.
Georgetown is one of the more puzzling teams in the country, as they do possess a great deal of talent, but have been vastly inconsistent this season. Projected to finish second by Big East coaches, John Thompson III's squad has struggled to gain an identity after playing a grueling non-conference schedule.
Some days they look like world-beaters and other days they look ordinary in dropping games to Radford and UNC-Asheville.
Once again, the Hoyas are led by senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. He leads the team in scoring (15.1 points per game), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). Usually a great outside shooter, Smith-Rivera is struggling from the perimeter this season, shooting just 32.3 percent from three-point range.
Thompson also has a pair of sophomores having solid seasons in Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak. Copeland averages 11.5 points per game, while Peak averages 9.8 points per game. If you recall, Smith-Rivera, Copeland and Peak combined for 44 points in the first game.
The Hoyas also are getting a great season from senior Bradley Hayes. Mostly a non-factor for the majority of his career, Hayes is enjoying a break-out season this year. The 7-footer is averaging 9.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting .610 percent from the field.
In the first game, both teams did a good job playing great defense, as DePaul and Georgetown each held each other to less than 40 percent shooting. The difference in the game, though, was Georgetown shooting 43.5 percent (drilling 10 of 23 trifectas) from three-point range.
So, if the Demons can extend their defense out to the perimeter and contain the Hoyas from beyond the arc, the Demons chances for a win go up. And of course, DePaul being smart with the basketball will go a long way in determining if they can escape D.C. with a win
The Last Time
On December 30, 2015 at Allstate Arena, the Blue Demons struggles were many as they dropped their Big East Conference opener 70-58 to the Hoyas.
Free throw shooting, turnovers, and the disappearance of key players hurt DePaul in the loss.
Georgetown opened up the second half on a 8-0 run and never really looked back from there.
While the Blue Demons outrebounded the Hoyas by a 37-36 margin and dominated the scoring in the paint 30 to 16, Georgetown got it done from the perimeter shooting 10 of 23 from beyond the arc.
Billy Garrett, Jr. led all scorers with 21 points, shooting seven of 13 from the field, but turned the ball over five times. Garrett also uncharacteristically didn’t attempt a single 3-pointer the entire evening.
The Hoyas scored 15 points off of Blue Demon turnovers.
Garrett was the only Blue Demon to reach double figures and got very little support from the rest of his squad. Myke Henry, who had been DePaul’s most consistent player, had a rare off night, scoring just two points while going zero for four from the field.
Adding to DePaul’s struggles was the fact that they went 13 for 24 from the free throw line tonight.
Three players finished in double figures for Georgetown. Isaac Copeland and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 15 points apiece. L.J. Peak came in off the bench to add 14 points for the Hoyas.
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