DePaul Blue Demons vs. #7 Georgetown Hoyas - Tuesday, January 8th, 8:00 p.m. (Central) – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
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Don't look now, but the Blue Demons (6-7) are 2-0 in Big East play and riding a four game winning streak going into Tuesday's matchup with the 17th ranked Hoyas (11-1, 1-0). Blue Demons center Wesley Green described DePaul's mid-season turnaround best. "We were beating ourselves early in the season with turnovers, and missed free throws," Green said. "Now we're making free throws, and cutting turnovers and winning games."
Georgetown is coming off a 58-46 trouncing of Rutgers in New Jersey. That game featured four players in double figures for the Hoyas. Freshman guard Austin Freeman had 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior guard Jonathan Wallace added 11 points and two rebounds. Junior guard Jessie Sapp scored 10 points and had a team high five rebounds. Sophomore forward DaJuan Summers contributed with 10 points and four boards.
7-2 senior center Roy Hibbert was held to six points and four rebounds in the contest. Hibbert, who withdrew his name from the 2007 NBA Draft after it appeared that he was a lock for the lottery, is averaging 11.6 ppg, 6 rpg, and 2.2 blocks per game.
Georgetown is tough to stop from long distance and shot 47.8 percent (11-23) of their three pointers in the Rutgers game.
The Hoyas are a favorite to win the Big East and are coming off an appearance in the 2007 Final Four. Despite the loss of All-American Jeff Green to the NBA Draft, Georgetown is a legitimate top ten team and poised to go deep in the NCAA tournament again.
DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright has described Georgetown as the "Princeton offense on steroids" as Hoyas' coach John Thompson III is a student of the Princeton offense.
As of Saturday, the Hoyas were leading the nation in field goal percentage at 56.2 percent. Georgetown also was leading the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 35.2 percent shooting. The two make for a lethal combination of offensive and defensive statistics for any opponent.
Rutgers coach Fred Hill Jr. complimented the Hoyas after Saturday's game. "They are a very good defensive team; there is a reason why they hold people to 35 and 36 percent shooting," said Hill. "They're a great three-point shooting team, one of the best in the country. That's tough when you can knock down shots and you have a lot of weapons. It's great to go against a team like that to see where you are."
This is shaping up to be the toughest home game of the year for the Blue Demons. If DePaul is to have a chance at pulling the upset, they are going to have to defend the perimeter and limit Hibbert in the paint.
With their patient offense and tough halfcourt defense, the Hoyas will force the Demons to play all 35 seconds of the shot clock on both ends of the floor. It is very difficult to dictate tempo against Georgetown, but look for the Blue Demons to try to speed things up on the Hoyas. Wainwright will look to play junior college transfer Matija Poscic to help out with containing Hibbert. Poscic could be the X-factor in a game like this.
The Hoyas have been battle tested on the road, winning in Alabama and losing to undefeated Memphis and won't be intimidated by the crowd expected at Allstate Arena.
"It really comes down to a matter of will when you play them," Wainwright told WSCR radio. "You really are not going to change what they do. They do what they do. What you have to do is not so much worry about what they do, you have to have the same discipline to do what you do."
"We have to have a really good performance at making open shots. We're not going to have a lot of time to get them off because they close very quickly and they're very big. We're going to have to shoot a high percentage and not turn the basketball over. You've got to kind of pick your poison. We can't get in a situation, because they're such a good three point shooting team, that we surround Roy Hibbert, who is a pre-season All-American, and give other guys open threes. By the same token, if you push out on the perimeter that leaves him in there one on one. He's a load in there, he's a very skilled post player. I think we have to try to stay on the glass and make a decision on what kind of shots we're going to give up and hope they miss some of them."
Notes: Blue Demons freshman point guard Michael Bizoukas is not expected to play due to illness. Bizoukas had been recovering from a bout with mononucleoisis.
Former Blue Demon Sarah Kustok will be working the ESPN-U broadcast as a sideline reporter.
Former Blue Demon and current New York Knick Wilson Chandler was on campus today visiting with his former teammates. Chandler and the Knicks are in town to take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Tuesday night.
The Last Time
The Blue Demons lost to the Hoyas by a score of 66-52 on January 24, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Draelon Burns led all scorers with 20 points. Jeff Green led Georgetown with 19 points, while Hibbert and Summers chipped in with 12 apiece.
NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown/High School
1 Vernon Macklin 6-9 227 Forward SO Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy
2 Jonathan Wallace 6-1 188 Guard SR Harvest, Ala./Sparkman
3 DaJuan Summers 6-8 241 Forward SO Baltimore, Md./McDonogh
4 Chris Wright 6-1 190 Guard FR Bowie, Md./St. John's Catholic (D.C.)
5 Jeremiah Rivers 6-4 205 Guard SO Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park
10 Nikita Mescheriakov 6-8 241 Forward FR Minsk, Belarus/St. John's Prospect Hall (Md.)
11 Bryon Jansen 6-6 205 Forward JR Kent, Wash./Seattle Christian
15 Austin Freeman 6-4 210 Guard FR Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha
21 Jessie Sapp 6-3 205 Guard JR New York, N.Y./National Christian
22 Tyler Crawford 6-3 205 Guard/Forward SR Stuarts Draft, Va./Robert E. Lee
31 Omar Wattad 6-5 185 Guard/Forward FR Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill
33 Patrick Ewing 6-8 238 Forward SR Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy (Md.)
55 Roy Hibbert 7-2 278 Center SR Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep
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