Duquesne (0-1) at Georgetown (0-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Verizon Center (6,500) -- Washington, D.C. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Duquesne 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Away Record: Duquesne 0-1, Georgetown 0-0. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Conference Record: Duquesne 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Series Record: Duquesne leads 10-3.
GAMES NOTES: Weather conditions forced Georgetown's season opener against Florida to be declared a no-contest meaning the Hoyas will be playing for the first time this season when Duquesne comes to the Verizon Center this evening.
The Dukes had no such issue finishing their season-opener on Friday. although Duquesne did fail to secure a win, falling 69-66 on the road against Albany. Dating back to last season Duquesne has lost six of its last seven games. Overall the Dukes finished 16-15 a year ago which gave them double-digit wins in each of the last six seasons. Before that streak the Dukes had done so in just one of the previous eight seasons.
Georgetown and Florida were able to get through the first half of their matchup that was held on the USS Bataan at the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida. However condensation accumulated on the court during the intermission and after coaches and school officials got together it was decided to stop the game. It was ruled a no-contest meaning the score and any statistics will not count towards the season. As far as last season goes Georgetown finished 24-9 overall and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Interestingly enough Duquesne leads the all-time series with wins in 10 of 13 previous meetings. However the majority of those meetings occurred before 1962 with the only game beyond that point being an 88-86 win by Georgetown in 1995.
It was a tightly contested contest for Duquesne against Albany in a game that featured four ties and eight lead changes. The Dukes took their last lead of the game, 65-64, with 2:29 remaining on a three-pointer from Derrick Colter but couldn't hold on. Colter also missed a three-point attempt that would have tied the game at the end of regulation. Colter is just a freshman but clearly first-year head coach Jim Ferry is not afraid to give him the ball. Colter scored a team-high 17 points by shooting 5-of-12 from the floor. Colter also showed his age in the game, making only 6-of-11 free throws while turning the ball over six times. Sean Johnson (13.5 ppg) is the Duke's top returning scorer but he was unable to get it going against Albany, connecting on only 3- of-13 shots from the field for nine points. Andre Marhold (5.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg) didn't do much in terms of scoring in the loss but was an intimidating presence on the inside pulling down nine rebounds while blocking five shots. From the bench the Dukes got their biggest contribution with freshman Quevyn Winters posting a double-double for 15 points and 11 rebounds. Those are the types of efforts Ferry will hope his team can build on going forward.
Georgetown did trail 27-23 at the half against Florida but that won't matter going forward. John Thompson has a rather young squad this season after losing his top three scorers from a year ago. There are no seniors and just four juniors on the roster. Thompson now needs to instill the same type of commitment on defense as the Hoyas had last season when they ranked 16th in the country in points allowed (59.4 ppg) and 13th in opponent field goal percentage (.387). Markel Starks (7.1 ppg) is one of the four juniors and one of only four guards on the team. He is the second-leading scorer that returns and one of only two players that has starting experience after he made 25 starts last season. Jabril Trawick (3.4 ppg) is just a sophomore but needs to hit the ground running for the Hoyas to develop consistency in the backcourt. Forward Otto Porter (9.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg) was a fixture off the bench last season and will transition into the starting lineup. Adding depth to the frontcourt is Nate Lubick (3.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg) who started all 33 games last season and Greg Whittington (4.3 ppg).
Growing pains could be a theme for the Hoyas this season with so much inexperience on its roster. Still against a Duquesne team that has not exactly lit the world on fire in recent years, Georgetown should get a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 69, Duquesne 58
11/11 10:34:03 ET