Smith Center, Chapel Hill
7 p.m., ESPN2
Matt Doherty -- "[Mike Sweetney]'s such a good passer, he's a lot like Sean May for us. He's a load inside. He's got good feel, good balance, good hands, good touch. When people collapse he can find the open man and deliver the basketball. That's why he's one of the better big men in the country and one of the better players in the country. He's a heck of a player."
Jawad Williams -- "I've watched them play. They've got pretty athletic guys in the post. Mike Sweetney is one of the best post players I've seen. We've just got to go out and play hard."
How They Got Here
Georgetown has had as tough a road to the NIT quarterfinals as anyone in the tournament. In the first round, the Hoyas won at Tennessee, 80-60. In the second round they traveled to Providence and prevailed, 67-58. Mike Sweetney has averaged 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the two games.
by Brett Ayers
Offensive Schemes: Georgetown is a team that wants to play a power game. They make no bones about where they want to put the ball; in the hands of Mike Sweetney. Sweetney is a very dangerous and versatile offensive player. He can go inside but also step out and shoot the 15-foot jump shot if you are not paying attention. He's got soft hands and will usually always catch the ball and go up. There is not a lot of mustard on his game but with the efficiency of his game there does not need to be. The Hoyas run a lot of different box and 1-4 sets into things that get a high low set-up with Sweetney and the freshmen Bowman. The Hoyas have two primary outside threats in Gerald Riley and Tony Bethel. These are guys who get their offense off of kicking the ball down low and getting it back out on the collapse.
Defensive Schemes: Georgetown will play a bit of everything and even throw some pressing action your way. They love to play up into you and out in the lanes knowing Sweetney is back there. Though Sweetney is not tall he manages to block three shots per game. Very long arms and very good timing. He is very, very susceptible to pump fakes from players who have penetrated the middle. Like all Big East teams the Hoyas will be very, very physical with you both on the ball and off the ball with all kinds of hold, grabbing and pushing.
Mike Sweetney- He is capable with both hands and can shoot the ball out to 15 feet effectively. He possesses very sound footwork and has an array of jump hooks and power moves. He, for the most part, wants to take the ball straight to the rim. Blocking him out after the ball goes up is a must. He is the offensive focus for Georgetown.
Gerald Riley- A long lanky scorer who is more of a streak shooter then anything else. Like the rest of the Hoyas his offense is generated by the presence of Sweetney. If Gerald hits his first two you must tighten up on him.
Tony Bethel- Another shooter, one of the two shooters Georgetown has. He has put up the most three pointers of anyone on the Georgetown team. He is the truest of Georgetown's outside threats.
Background Location: Washington, DC Enrollment: 6,061 Conference: Big East, West Nickname: Hoyas Colors: Blue & Gray Head Coach: Craig Esherick Record at GU: 88-58
Probable Starting Lineup: Tony Bethel (6-2, G, So.) – 11.0 ppg, 3.6 apg Gerald Riley (6-6, G, Jr.) – 14.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 42% 3pt Brandon Bowman (6-8, F, Fr.) – 7.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg Victor Samnick (6-8, F, Sr.) – 5.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg Mike Sweetney (6-8, F, Jr.) – 22.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg Key Reserves: Ashanti Cook (6-2, G, Fr.) – 5.2 ppg Drew Hall (6-2, G, So.) – 3.4 ppg, 3.0 apg Darrel Owens (6-6, F, So.) – 2.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg Courtland Freeman (6-9, F, Sr.) – 2.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Wins vs. Top 50 (RPI)
Losses vs. Top 50 (RPI)
Jan. 8 - Duke - 86-93
Jan. 14 - Seton Hall - 54-68
Jan. 25 - Pitt - 64-65
Jan. 29 - Seton Hall - 82-93
Feb. 1 - Notre Dame - 92-93
Feb. 3 - Syracuse - 80-88
Feb. 18 - Pitt - 67-82
Mar. 1 - Syracuse - 84-93
Mar. 8 - Notre Dame - 80-86
Mar. 13 - Syracuse - 69-74
Mike Sweetney ... Gerald Riley
Tony Bethel ... Brandon Bowman
Victor Samnick ... Craig Esherick
(Photos by the AP.)