(23-4, 13-3 Big East)
Head Coach: John Thompson III (Fourth Season)
Sr G Jonathan Wallace – 6-1, 188
Fr G Austin Freeman – 6-4, 210
Jr G Jessie Sapp – 6-3, 205
So F DaJuan Summers – 6-8, 241
Sr C Roy Hibbert – 7-2, 278
So G Jeremiah Rivers – 6-4, 205
Sr F Patrick Ewing, Jr. – 6-8, 238
That quote also seems to sum up the season for No. 10/11
They may not be the best collection of athletes, but they are a strong team that works well together and trusts in a system that allows any scorer to lead the team on any given day.
The most publicized of these contributors is senior center Roy Hibbert, who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, at 13.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg, respectively. Hibbert has steadily improved his offensive game every year, developing his post moves and his ability to maneuver in the paint. His scoring numbers have steadily increased as a result, and this season he is shooting over 60 percent from the field, third-best in the Big East. However, his rebounding leaves a lot to be desired – he is not good at boxing out in space, and collects most of his rebounds by simply reaching over people with his 7-2 frame. Hibbert averages a little over two blocks per game and shoots only 64.9 percent from the free-throw line (85-131). He is also 2-of-2 on three-point shot attempts on the season.
Senior Jonathan Wallace is more of a scorer than a true point guard, averaging only 2.5 apg, but scoring 10.0 ppg. Wallace's scoring numbers are down somewhat from last year, but has still had some dominant performances, including a 26-point effort in the loss at Syracuse in which he shot 6-of-7 from three and 9-of-10 overall. Most of Wallace's shots come from beyond the arc (125 of 191 attempts), and he is the team's leading three-point shooter, and the second-best in the conference, at 43.2 percent (54-125). He is also one of the Hoyas' best shooters from the line sinking an even 80.0 percent (32-40). He is not the quickest guard, but he is best among the Hoyas at taking care of the ball, with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Guard Jessie Sapp, on the other hand, is the Hoya's best ball-handler, although he does have a tendency to dribble himself into trouble on occasion. Sapp is both the leading distributor and leading turnover culprit, with 91 assists (3.35 per game) and 66 giveaways on the season. Sapp is averaging 9.7 ppg and 4.1 rebounds per game, and in Big East games his scoring average rises to 10.3ppg. He is also a 39.2 percent shooter (47-120) from beyond the arc, and hit a game-winning three against
DaJuan Summers is
Freshman Austin Freeman has folded well into
Patrick Ewing, Jr. is the Hoyas' top sub from a minutes-standpoint and has started 11 games this season, averaging 6.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg. The transfer from
Jeremiah Rivers, the son of former-MU great Doc Rivers, averages just under three points a game off the bench. Rivers isn't counted on to score, but he provides a great defensive presence for the Hoyas. Often when
Many in D.C. had hoped to get more out of Vernon Macklin in his second season. Although he scored a season-high 18 points in the first meeting with
And all these individuals contributors work within the system of coach John Thompson III to make
The Hoyas are excellent at moving without the ball, and depend on well-timed cuts to effectively run their hybrid Princeton-style offense. They also use backdoor cuts the same way many of
On a typical possession, the Hoya's make their strike after a bevy of monotonous cuts and ball reversals has used up about 0:30 of the shot clock and lulled the opposition to sleep. It's easy to tell when they have really drawn teams in because they pull the entire defense up on the perimeter, making the back cut all but unstoppable. And they keep teams guessing by mixing in quick hitters – or rather, by look to score earlier in their set – from time to time.
They are great passers – the team's 15.4 assists per game is fifth in the conference – and are especially adept at making skip passes. The constant motion and passing can also leave teams out of position against Hibbert, who gets a lot of touches deep in the paint when the Hoyas are at their best. Georgetown is also terrific at shooting the three-ball. Their 37 percent shooting from long-range is third best in the conference, and they also rely on this as a huge component of their offense.
The Hoyas are also one of the best defensive teams in the country. Going into Wednesday's game against St. John's, Georgetown's 36.0 percent shooting allowed was tops in Division-I, and the 57.1 ppg they allow is best in the Big East. They defend jump-shooters well (they are second to
Yet the Hoyas are far from invincible.
For a team of their caliber,
They have improved as the season has progressed and have been out-rebounding opponents in the second half of the Big East season, crushing Seton Hall and USF on the glass 49-21 and 43-27, respectively. But overall
Pressure leads to a lot of Hoya turnovers.
This forces them to rely on outside shooting to score points, and when Gerogetown struggles from the perimeter they are very beatable.
Yes, like most teams, the Georgetown Hoyas have flaws. They have played a lot of close games in the Big East, but have found ways to win. They are one of the best teams in the country and are poised for a great seeding come Selection Sunday. No matter how grammatically awkward it is phrased, this team has talent and it knows how to get the job done.
*Special thanks to Barker