NCAA Tournament Round 2: Utah vs Georgetown

The 5th seeded Utes take on the 4th seeded Hoyas in Portland

Guards
If Utah wants to advance, Delon Wright and Brandon Taylor will have to play better than they did against SFA on the offensive end. That means cutting back on the excessive turnovers. If they play similar defense though, that bodes well for Utah.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is Georgetown's version of Delon Wright. He does everything with 16.5 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.6 steals, while shooting over 40% from deep. Can take over a game very quickly. Jabril Trawick is a big bodied senior guard at 6-5, 220 pounds. He averages 9 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest
Advantage: Even

Forwards
Jordan Loveridge had quite the up and down game on Thursday. If he can cut-back on some of the sloppy play on offense, his 3 point shooting, and new-found defensive presence can help carry Utah. Chris Reyes is a 10 minute per game placeholder now. That's all.

It's a freshmen duo at the forward spot for the Hoyas. Small forward L.J. Peak is averaging over 7 points per game on the year, but hasn't scored in either of his last two games. Power forward Isaac Copeland goes 6-9, 220, averages 6.6 points per game and 3.8 boards.
Advantage: Even

Center
That's the Jakob Poeltl we've been waiting to see for months. Huge game out of the big man, but this is a big Georgetown front-line with skilled guys, big bodies, and lots of depth. If he can come close to replicating Thursday's performance, NBA scouts will take notice.

Josh Smith is a big dude at about 6-10, 350 pounds. The transfer from UCLA has never lived up to the hype coming out of high school due to weight and conditioning issues, but is still a threat to go for 20 and 10 on any given night. The problem is that he'll follow that up with a 2 point 1 rebound performance in which he fouls out in 8 minutes of action. Like Poeltl, serious issues staying on the court.
Advantage: Even

Bench
Larry has shortened up the bench significantly with only Dakari Tucker getting more than 10 minutes in the win over Stephen F Austin. Bachynski seems to have fallen out of favor, but his size will be needed (along with Jeremy Olsen) to match-up with the Hoya bigs. Isaiah Wright has been more than serviceable recently. I'd expect more Brekkott Chapman today as well.

Georgetown has 3 bench players that average more than 5 points per game and another that chips in 3. That sounds a like Utah.
Advantage: Even

Breakdown
Two teams with lots of size, depth, and an elite point guard that does a lot of things. This should be a battle. So, what's going to separate the two? Utah will have a significant home-court advantage with probably three times as many fans on site in Portland. Back for the Ute contingent and with Delon Wright making enough plays down the stretch, Utah squeaks by and moves on the the Sweet 16.

The Pick
Utah 68 Georgetown 64

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