Preview: Duke (6-1) vs. Georgetown (4-2)

Previewing the Blue Devils and Hoyas who tip off on Saturday night in Cameron.


10 Duke (6-1) vs. 23 Georgetown (4-2)
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
7:00 p.m., espn2

Program Vitals
Conference: Big East
Nickname: Hoyas
Colors: Blue & Gray 
Head Coach: John Thompson, III  (3rd year)
Career Record at Georgetown: 46-25 (114-67 Overall)

Projected Starters:
 3 DaJuan Summers (6-8, 241, Fr.) – 6.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg

32 Jeff Green (6-9, 235, Jr.) – 10.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.7 apg
55 Roy Hibbert (7-2, 278, Jr.) – 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg
 2 Jonathan Wallace (6-1, 188, Jr.) – 12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg
21 Jessie Sapp (6-3, 205, So.) – 9.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg

Key Reserves:
34 Marc Egerson (6-6, 237, So.) – 8.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg
22 Tyler Crawford (6-3, 205, Jr.) – 4.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
 1 Vernon Macklin (6-9, 227, Fr.) – 3.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg
33 Patrick Ewing, Jr. (6-10, 238, Jr.) - 1.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg\
 5 Jeremiah Rivers (6-4, 210, Fr.) - 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.5 apg 

Storylines:

Series History:
Saturday night's match up will be the 12th time the Blue Devils and Hoyas have met with Georgetown holding a 6-5 all-time lead in the series. The only time the two teams have met in Cameron Indoor Stadium, was a 93-86 Duke victory on January 8, 2003. Last season the Hoyas upset then #1 Duke 87-84 at the MCI Center in Washington, DC.

How They Will Enter The Match Up:
After rolling to four straight victories, Duke stumbled against then #17 Marquette in the finals of the CBE Classic. Since then the Blue Devils have beaten Davidson and squeaked out a win over Indiana on Tuesday night. The Hoyas started the season 2-0 before falling to Old Dominion 75-62 at home on November 19th. After rebounding with wins over Fairfield and Ball State, the Hoyas lost on Thursday to Oregon 57-50.

Georgetown Has Size But Seeks Consistency:
The Hoyas start three players that stand 6-8 or taller led by 7-2, 280 pound Roy Hibbert. The big man started the season off extremely strong, averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds over the first three contests. However, as has been his calling card throughout his career, he has inexplicably disappeared from the scoring column over the last three games averaging just 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. Green, who is a true small forward at 6'8 and 235 pounds, has also struggled to find consistency this year, mixing in 17, 19, and 14 point efforts with 2, 8, and 5 point duds. Last season Green touched Duke up for 18 points 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.

A New Backcourt being broken in:
Last season Georgetown's backcourt gave Duke all kinds of problems by slashing to the basket at will. The trio of Brandon Bowman, Ashanti Cook and Darrel Owens (combined stats against Duke last season: 53 points, 18 rebounds, 9 assists, 19-30 from the field and 5-9 from the perimeter) was a huge hit that has the Hoyas now trying out new players. Among those is returning point guard Jonathan Wallace (12 points, 6 assists vs. Duke) whom Thompson has implored to take a more active role in the offense as more than just a distributer. Scoring guard Jessie Sapp learned the ropes from his departed teammates a year ago and has shown flashes of being a capable scorer. He struggled against Oregon, scoring just 2 points in 28 minutes.

Hoping For More From The Veterans:
As TDD touched on earlier this week, the sophomore class from Duke has not produced at a high level consistently this year. Third year players David McClure and DeMarcus Nelson were both injured when Duke and Georgetown met a season ago, leaving only Josh McRoberts and Greg Paulus as players who have played meaningful minutes against the Hoyas. Last year McRoberts struggled, scoring five points in 13 minutes, while Paulus played well, scoring 14 points and handing out 4 assists against 4 turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

#14's style of player looks familiar:
Red shirt sophomore David McClure's play of late has many Duke fans conjuring up visions of former Blue Devil Nate James. McClure made several key plays down the stretch to preserve Duke's narrow lead against Indiana. Doing the little things that may not show up in the box score was what endeared James to the Cameron Crazies, and McClure is well on his way to mimicking that. Over the past two games McClure is averaging 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in just 21 minutes of action.

In Search of the O:
Duke's 54 point output against Indiana on Tuesday was the lowest since a 50-44 victory over Clemson in 1982. It was just the 16th time in Coach K's tenure that Duke had failed to reach the 55 point mark. When putting fewer than 55 points on the board, Duke is just 5-11 under Coach K. The field goal percentage of 31.8 percent is tied for the fifth-worst shooting performance under Coach K, but Duke is 3-3 in those six games.

The Streak Is Still Alive:
The win over IU gave Duke its 45th straight win over non-conference opponents in Cameron Indoor - the second longest streak in the country behind Oklahoma's 48 game winning streak. Duke is 175-3 in its last 178 non-conference home games.

He's #10. He's #10
With a victory over Georgetown, head coach Mike Krzyzewksi will claim sole possession of 10th place on the all-time victories list with 760.

Prediction:
Duke 72
Georgetown 67


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