Scouting Georgetown

News, notes and quotes on KU's matchup with Georgetown in the EA Sports Maui Invitational championship round today at 11 p.m. (CT) in the Lahaina Civic Center while believing the Jayhawks will bounce back with a victory after losing to Kentucky, 75-65, in New York on Nov. 15.

The game will be televised on ESPN 2 with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas calling the action.

SCOUTING Georgetown

Georgetown (2-0) returns two starters off last season's team, which went 21-11 and 8-10 in the Big East. The Hoyas are coming off victories against Savannah State (83-54) on Nov. 12 and UNC-Greensboro (86-45) Nov. 14.

Junior forward Hollis Thompson leads the attack with 16 points per game, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 77.8 percent (7-9) from three-point range. Senior center Henry Sims is second in scoring (13.5 ppg), while pacing the team in rebounds (6.5 rpg) and assists (4.0 apg). He has made 11-of-14 shots the first two games.

They're followed in scoring by senior guard Jason Clark (13.0 ppg, five steals), sophomore guard Markel Starks (9.5 ppg), sophomore forward Nate Lubick (7.0 ppg) and freshman forward Otto  Porter (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, team-high four blocks).

Georgetown is averaging 84.5 points per game and allowing just 49.5. The Hoyas are shooting 54.2 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from three-point range, and 70.6 percent from the charity stripe. GU is holding foes to 32.1 percent shooting and 27.5 percent from beyond the arc, while outrebounding opponents 38.5 to 31.0 boards per game. The Hoyas have also forced 19.0 turnovers per game.

John Thompson III is 141-62 in his seventh season as head coach at Georgetown and 209-104 in his 11th season overall.


KU coach Bill Self is quite impressed with Georgetown. He said the Hoyas' big men are great passers and calls Clark "about as active as any big guard that we'll play against."

"They can really shoot the basketball," Self said. "They run that variation of the Princeton stuff, so they get a lot of easy baskets off back-cutting. We're going to have to do a good job of eliminating layups and threes, which has always been a strategy of ours whenever we play somebody that runs a similar-type offense."


The Maui Invitational is considered the most competitive preseason tournament of 2011-12.
Other teams in the field besides Georgetown and KU are Duke, UCLA, Memphis, Tennessee, Michigan and Chaminade.

"For us to win this field we're going to have to beat a really good team (Georgetown) and a couple other nationally-ranked teams, so ... it's probably as good as I've seen it," Self said of the Maui Invitational.

Self was pleased with how his team fought against Kentucky, but said the players didn't share the ball offensively and need to "become one."
"We were out there on an island offensively as opposed to letting ball and body dictate how we got our shots, we were just trying to take them." Self said. "That's not the way you play against really talented, long teams. It shouldn't be the way you ever play, but that's certainly the tendency. Sometimes you get by with it but we didn't there. Kentucky's best offense was our offense. We have to do a much better job of taking care of the basketball, running our stuff to score and certainly taking better shots."


This will be just the second meeting between KU and Georgetown. The Hoyas beat KU, 70-57, in the 1987 NCAA Sweet 16 in Louisville, Ky. Junior forward Danny Manning led KU with 23 points (19 in first half), while Georgetown's Reggie Williams scored a game-high 34 points.

The Jayhawks have a combined 7-5 record in the Maui Invitational in four appearances. Kansas, which won the 1996 Maui Invitational, placed seventh in the 2005 event in its lone visit under Self. KU lost to Arizona and Arkansas before defeating Chaminade.

Kansas has also played in three Rainbow Classics in Hawaii in 1986-87, 1992-93 and 1997-98. Top Stories