By Pat Taggart, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Verizon Center (20,600) -- Washington, D.C. Television: Local. Home Record: Savannah St. 5-0, Georgetown 3-0. Away Record: Savannah St. 0-3, Georgetown 0-0. Neutral Record: Savannah St. 0-0, Georgetown 2-1. Conference Record: Savannah St. 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Series Record: Georgetown leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The 19th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas are set to host the Savannah State Tigers in what appears to be a major mismatch.
Savannah State carried a solid 5-2 record into Saturday's road clash with Saint Louis. Unfortunately, the Tigers struggled mightily at the offensive end in a 55-37 loss to the Billikens. Obviously, things won't get any easier tonight against Georgetown, which has opened the 2008-09 season with five wins in six games.
The Hoyas are fresh off a 73-49 triumph over American University on Saturday, and the lone loss came to a tough Tennessee squad on a neutral court. Georgetown is just one of many Big East Conference teams capable of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, although the season is still young.
This is just the second time the Hoyas and Tigers will have met on the hardwood, with the former winning the first encounter.
Heading into Saturday's clash with Saint Louis, Savannah State had only one double-digit scorer on the roster, as Rashad Hassan was averaging 11.7 ppg. Unfortunately, Hassan was completely unproductive against the Billikens, as he played just 13 minutes and finished with two points. Raye Bailey scored 17 of the team's 37 points, as he shot 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Unfortunately, the rest of the Tigers combined to connect on only 9-of-37 field goal attempts, including 1-of-9 from behind the arc. Savannah State finished with five assists against 19 turnovers in the loss to Saint Louis. A 14-3 disadvantage in points from the foul line certainly didn't help matters.
As usual, Georgetown relies on strong defense and balanced scoring to win games. The Hoyas are limiting opponents to 58.7 ppg on 34.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 28.9 percent from three-point range. At the offensive end, they are generating 72.7 ppg on 50 percent field goal efficiency. There are four players averaging between 13.0 ppg and 13.7 ppg, proof of the tremendous balance that exists. DaJuan Summers leads the way with 13.7 ppg, and Greg Monroe adds 13.3 ppg. Chris Wright is supplying 13.2 ppg, and Austin Freeman rounds out the foursome with 13.0 ppg. In the romp over American on Saturday, Wright scored a career-high 22 points to lead the way. Summers and Jessie Sapp both added 14 points for Georgetown, which connected on 58.5 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 10-of-20 showing from three-point range. As usual, the defense was superb.
Georgetown will have no trouble disposing of Savannah State. The Hoyas will jump on top early and never look back.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 76, Savannah State 52
12/08 14:45:44 ET
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