DePaul Blue Demons vs. Georgetown Hoyas – Wednesday, January 24, 2007 – 6:30 p.m. CST – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
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Blue Demons looking to extend road winning streak at Georgetown
After failing to record a victory versus a Division I opponent away from Allstate Arena until a December 16th triumph at Rhode Island, the DePaul Blue Demons (12-8, 3-3) now find themselves as the seemingly unlikely winners of two straight road contests and three out of their last four games away from home.
Coming off of a 59-50 home loss to Louisville in their last game, the Demons need to conjure up some more of that road magic in order to pull off an upset versus a very formidable Georgetown Hoyas team (13-5, 3-2) at the 20,000-seat Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
After reaching the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last year, Georgetown began the season ranked eighth in both major polls before eventually dropping out of the top-25 after early-season losses to Old Dominion, Oregon and Duke. But the Hoyas bounced back to win their next seven games and have now won nine out of their last 11 contests, including back-to-back double-digit road wins at Rutgers and Seton Hall in their last two outings.
Georgetown is led by third-year coach, John Thompson III, the son of the legendary "Big John" Thompson, who guided the Hoyas to 20 NCAA Tournaments, three Final Fours and one national championship during his 27-year tenure at the school.
Prior to following in his father's footsteps at Georgetown, the younger Thompson served as the head coach for four years at his alma mater, Princeton University, taking the Tigers to three Ivy League Championships, two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance.
Thompson III brought with him to Washington, D.C. the famed "Princeton offense" that he learned and utilized during his time as both a player and coach for the Tigers. However, he now enjoys the added advantage of being able to run the system with the bigger and better athletes that he has been able to recruit at a major Big East power like Georgetown.
So far this season, the Hoyas have overwhelmed their opponents with a balanced scoring attack that features three juniors who score in double-figures: All-Big East performers Roy Hibbert (11.8 ppg) and Jeff Green (11.2 ppg) in the frontcourt along with guard Jonathan Wallace (11.3 ppg).
Hibbert, a 7-2 center, is widely considered to be the second-best big man in the Big East, behind only conference preseason Player of the Year, Aaron Gray, of Pittsburgh. Hibbert leads the league in field goal percentage (70.9%) and ranks fifth in blocked shots at 2.56 per game.
Green leads the Hoyas in rebounding at 6.1 rpg, while Hibbert ranks right behind him with 6.0 rpg.
Georgetown's talent runs deep, with guard Jessie Sapp (9.2 ppg), as well as forwards DaJuan Summers (8.9 ppg) and Marc Egerson (7.5 ppg), all contributing to the Hoyas' diversified offensive approach.
The Georgetown roster also features McDonald's High School All-American forward, Vernon Macklin (3.8 ppg), and forward Patrick Ewing, Jr. (3.1 ppg), the son of former Hoyas superstar center, Patrick Ewing.
Ewing, Jr. transferred to Georgetown after beginning his college career at Indiana.
NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School
1 Vernon Macklin 6-9 227 Forward FR Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy
2 Jonathan Wallace 6-1 188 Guard JR Harvest, Ala./Sparkman
3 DaJuan Summers 6-8 241 Forward FR Baltimore, Md./McDonogh
4 Kenny Izzo 6-8 224 Forward SR Chicago, Ill./Fenwick
5 Jeremiah Rivers 6-4 205 Guard FR Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park
21 Jessie Sapp 6-3 205 Guard SO New York, N.Y./National Christian
22 Tyler Crawford 6-3 205 Guard/Forward JR Stuarts Draft, Va./Robert E. Lee
24 Octavius Spann 6-6 220 Forward SO College Park, Ga./Banneker
32 Jeff Green 6-9 235 Forward JR Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern
33 Patrick Ewing 6-8 238 Forward JR Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy (Md.)
52 Sead Dizdarevic 6-9 240 Forward SR Bijelo Polje, Montenegro/North Highland (Calif.)
55 Roy Hibbert 7-2 278 Center JR Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep
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