1/1 Duke (17-0, 5-0 ACC) vs. Georgetown (11-4)
Washington, D.C. – MCI Center
Program Vitals Nickname: Hoyas Colors: Silver & Blue Head Coach: John Thompson, III (2nd Year) Career Record at Georgetown: 30-17 Last Year: 19-13 (NIT 3rd Round)
Projected Starters: 1 Brandon Bowman (6-9, 223, Sr.) – 11.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg 32 Jeff Green (6-9, 235, So.) – 9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg 55 Roy Hibbert (7-2, 283, So.) – 11.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg 00 Ashanti Cook (6-2, 185, Sr.) – 9.9 ppg, 46% 3pt 2 Jonathan Wallace (6-1, 188, So.) - 8.9 ppg, 3.4 apg Key Reserves: 20 Darrel Owens (6-7, 215, So.) – 9.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg 11 Jessie Sapp (6-3, 205, Fr.) – 2.7 ppg 34 Marc Egerson (6-6, 225, Fr.) – 2.3 ppg
Following In His Footsteps: Ever since taking control in D.C., John Thompson, III has followed in his father's footsteps – revitalizing the Hoya basketball program in a big way. In his first season he led Georgetown to third round play in the NIT, and has improved the recruiting in a big way. His best recruit to date is starting sophomore center Roy Hibbert. The 7-foot-2 space eater leads the team in scoring at nearly 12 poitns per contest, and also leads the team in blocks (29 in 15 games) – he had his best game against No. 10 Illinois in early December, when he blocked a career best six shots in a 58-48 defeat.
Hibbert is just the first in what looks to be a long line of top talent heading to the program as Thompson has signed three more top targets in the class of 2006 -- DaJuan Summers (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh), Vernon Macklin (Hargrave Military Academy) and Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.) ... Summers, a 6-8 power forward, averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds as a junior and was named the Baltimore City Player of the Year ... Macklin, a 6-9 forward, averaged 24.2 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Va. ... Rivers, a 6-4 guard, is the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers ...
The Series With The Blue Devils: Georgetown and Duke meet for the 11th time on Saturday, with the head-to-head series tied at five wins apiece
The Blue Devils have won the last two games in the series, including an 85-66 decision two years ago at the MCI Center. The Hoyas are 5-3 at home against Duke; with the last win against Duke a 79-74 decision during the 1990-91 season.
Home Away From Home MCI Center became a home site for the Georgetown Hoyas in 1997. Since that time Georgetown holds a 66-30 mark (.688) in the building. Duke is 1-0 in the arena against the Hoyas.
Good Shots From The Six-pack: Georgetown leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.2 percent of its shots from the field (361-of-749) ... The Hoyas have connected on at least 50.0 percent of their field goals seven times this season.
Georgetown has relied heavily on its top six players through the first 15 games of the season. Head Coach Johnn Thompson III has said the team has six starters. And while the team has gotten contributions from the bench as conference play started, for the most part, the Hoyas top six players – seniors Brandon Bowman, Ashanti Cook, Darrel Owens and sophomores Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace – have played the majority of the team's minutes ... Overall, those six have combined to play 81.8 percent (2,455 of 3,000 total) of the team's total minutes.
- Duke is 17-0 for the second time in school history (1992, 2006). The 17-0 mark is tied for the best start in school history. Duke's 1992 National Championship team started 17-0 before falling 75-73 to North Carolina on Feb. 5.
- The Blue Devils are 4-0 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Last year, Duke captured the ACC Tournament title with wins over Virginia, N.C. State and Georgia Tech there. Duke also topped Georgetown, 85-66, at the MCI Center on Jan. 24, 2004.
-The Blue Devils have forced 295 turnovers (17.4 topg) this season. Valparaiso is the only team this season to register more assists than turnovers in a game versus Duke.
- Shelden Williams blocked four shots in Wednesday's win over N.C. State to become Duke's all-time blocks leader (passing Mike Gminski, who had 345 blocks from 1977-1980). He currently has 348 career blocks to rank fifth in ACC history. Williams needs two blocked shots to become just the third player in ACC history (joining Wake Forest's Tim Duncan and Virginia's Ralph Sampson) to record 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 350 blocked shots in a career.
- J.J. Redick leads the ACC and is third nationally in scoring at 26.5 ppg. The Roanoke, Va., native led the league in scoring last year at 21.8 ppg. The last player to lead the ACC in scoring in back-to-back seasons was Jason Williams (2001 & 2002).
- Senior Lee Melchionni has stepped up his play recently, averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game over the last four contests. He is shooting 50.0 percent (13-of-26) from the field and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from three-point distance during that stretch.