Mount St. Mary's (3-6) at (15) Georgetown (7-1)
Saturday, December 20th, 1:00 p.m. (et).
The Sports Network
By Pat Taggart, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Verizon Center (20,600) -- Washington, D.C. Television: Local. Home Record: Mount St. Mary's 1-1, Georgetown 5-0. Away Record: Mount St. Mary's 2-5, Georgetown 0-0. Neutral Record: Mount St. Mary's 0-0, Georgetown 2-1. Conference Record: Mount St. Mary's 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Series Record: Georgetown leads, 19-5.
GAME NOTES: The 15th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas have a chance to improve their already impressive record today as they host Mount St. Mary's in non-league action.
The Mount is 0-8 all-time against the Big East Conference since joining the Division I ranks in 1988-89. This team's season got off to a promising 3-2 start, but four straight losses have dropped Mount St. Mary's to 3-6 overall, including 0-2 against Northeast Conference opponents. The club has been idle since last Saturday when it was knocked off by Penn State in a 61-56 final on the road. It is certainly worth noting that five of the six losses suffered have come by five or fewer points.
Georgetown has recorded four consecutive wins since suffering its only loss of the season to Tennessee back in late November. The Hoyas were extremely impressive in their most recent outing, as they beat Memphis by a 79-70 final in overtime last Saturday. John Thompsom III is the head coach of this Georgetown team that is expected to contend for the Big East title.
Georgetown owns a 19-5 series advantage over Mount St. Mary's, but this is the first meeting since 1962 for the two oldest Catholic Universities in the nation.
There are three double-digit scorers in the lineup for Mount St. Mary's, and Jeremy Goode leads the team with 17.6 ppg on 37.8 percent shooting from the floor. Jean Cajou checks in with 13.2 ppg, and Kelly Beidler provides 10.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg. The Mount is netting 66.3 ppg, slightly less than the 67.3 ppg that the club is allowing. In the loss to Penn State last time out, Mount St. Mary's finished with only eight assists against 14 turnovers, and the club was 4-of-16 from three-point range. Perhaps most concerning of all was a 4-of-11 showing from the foul line. Shawn Atupem posted 12 points off the bench, and Goode netted 11 points. As for Cajou, he finished with 10 points in 32 minutes of action.
As is typically the case with a Georgetown team, this year's squad possesses balanced scoring and tremendous defensive ability. The Hoyas are netting 76.9 ppg on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor, and they are limiting foes to 57.5 ppg on 33.1 percent field goal efficiency. DaJuan Summers provides 14.6 ppg for Georgetown on 58.5 percent shooting from the field, and Austin Freeman adds 13.8 ppg on 54.4 percent field goal efficiency. As for Greg Monroe, an impressive freshman center, he provides 13.3 ppg in addition to his solid rebounding, shot-blocking and passing ability. Chris Wright rounds out a foursome of double-digit scorers with 12.4 ppg. Summers scored 21 points in the thrilling victory over Memphis last time out. Freeman added 18 points for the Hoyas, who earned a 27-11 edge in points from the foul line in that clash.
There is no reason to expect an upset in this contest, as Georgetown figures to jump on top early and never look back.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 78, Mount St. Mary's 54
12/20 10:27:10 ET