Georgetown (12-9) at DePaul (10-12)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, February 3, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Allstate Arena (18,500) -- Rosemont, Illinois.
Television: FOX Sports 1. Home Record: Georgetown 8-3, DePaul 7-5. Away
Record: Georgetown 1-4, DePaul 3-5. Neutral Record: Georgetown 3-2, DePaul
0-2. Conference Record: Georgetown 3-6, DePaul 2-7. Series Record: Georgetown
GAME NOTES: The Georgetown Hoyas finally pulled out of a five-game tailspin
with a huge victory over Michigan State, and will look to make it two in a row
as they travel to face the DePaul Blue Demons in Big East Conference play at
The five consecutive losses for Georgetown were all in Big East play, and the
win over Michigan State, 64-60, was a brief break in conference action for the
Hoyas. Georgetown sits at 3-6 in conference play this season.
DePaul has lost four consecutive games entering its matchup with the Hoyas,
and currently occupies the bottom spot in the Big East at 2-7 in the
conference. The Blue Demons are coming off a 77-72 defeat at the hands of
Georgetown holds a significant lead over DePaul in the all-time series, 22-6.
That includes a game played earlier this season in Washington D.C., which the
Hoyas won, 61-54.
Michigan State and Georgetown battled to a pretty even first half in
Saturday's non-conference tilt, as the Spartans took a one-point lead into the
intermission. Georgetown battled back in the second half for the four-point
win. Markel Starks paced the Hoyas with 16 points, while D'Vauntes Smith-
Rivera netted 12 points with eight rebounds, and Mikael Hopkins chipped in 10.
The Hoyas shot 44.9 percent from the floor in the win.
Smith-Rivera and Starks have proven to be the go-to players for Georgetown
this season, as each player is netting over 16 ppg on average. Smith-Rivera
leads the squad at 16.8 ppg on 44.1 percent shooting on the year, with a 4.8
rpg mark and 61 assists - good for second on the team. Starks, who is the only
player ahead of Smith-Rivera in assists with 84, is right behind his teammate
for the scoring lead at 16.4 ppg. The Hoyas are averaging 70.9 ppg this
Because of a suspension to leading scorer Cleveland Melvin and injuries to
several other key players, DePaul was a bit shorthanded against Providence.
But that allowed some seldom-used players to come out of the woodworks, like
R.J. Curington, who scored a team-high 22 points with five rebounds. Tommy
Hamilton chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds, while Brandon Young scored
12 with a team-high nine assists.
Young, who is second on the team in scoring to Melvin, is averaging 14.4 ppg
on 44.3 percent shooting from the floor. Young tops the team in assists with
85 and in steals with 36 total on the year. Billy Garrett, who is third on the
team in scoring with 11.9 ppg, is questionable to play with an illness. The
Blue Demons are averaging 72.1 ppg this season, but are giving up 74.4 ppg to
Georgetown finally got back in the win column against a tough Michigan State
team with solid performances from its top players. If the Hoyas keep up that
pace, which should be typical of them, they'll be able to climb back into Big
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 78, DePaul 71
02/03 10:33:04 ET
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