Nov. 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team went through a short walk-through on the floor at Imperial Arena in advance of its first round game in the Battle 4 Atlantis against No. 18 Florida on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is slated for 9:30 p.m. ET.
The game will be shown live on AXS TV, with Kenny Rice calling the play-by-play and Seth Davis and Tom Walsh serving as the color analyst. In the Washington, D.C. area, AXS TV is available on the following channels - Ch. 340 on DirecTV, Ch. 167 on DISH and Ch. 569 on Verizon FiOS. Fans locally can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas, who are receiving votes in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, enter the Thanksgiving week tournament with a 3-0 record following three-straight wins at home to open the season. GU opened the season with an 83-62 win over St. Francis BKLYN, followed that up with a 78-62 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Saturday and beat Robert Morris, 80-66, this past weekend.
This will be the fifth meeting between Georgetown and Florida, with each team winning a pair of games. The Hoyas and Gators last met on Nov. 9, 2012 aboard the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., a game that was halted at halftime due to court conditions.
The Hoyas have been led by senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA), who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. Smith scored in double figures in Georgetown's first three game and recorded double-doubles in back-to-back wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Robert Morris. On Saturday at Verizon Center, he scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards as the Hoyas posted an 80-66 win over Robert Morris. Smith connected on 9-of-12 shots from the field as he recorded his second-straight game with at least 20 points to lead three Hoyas in double figures. Earlier in the week, he scored 20 points and had 12 boards in a 78-62 win over the Islanders.
Through three games, Smith leads Georgetown in scoring with 17.3 points per game and is second on the team with 8.0 rebounds. He has connected on a team-best 68.8 percent of his field goals.
Freshman forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) is second on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game. He has scored in double figures in the first three games, including a game-high 23 points in the season opener against St. Francis BKLYN. The 23 points scored by Peak were the most for a Georgetown freshman in his first game in program history.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill), the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and a nominee for the Wooden Award and the Cousy Award, is third on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.0 rpg) and leads the team with 4.3 assists per game.
Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is averaging 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 7.7 points and 2.3 rebounds and senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.7 points, a team-best 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.
In addition to Peak, the Hoyas received significant contributions from its freshman class, with guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS), forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]), forward Trey Mourning (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) and forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) combining to account for 33.6 percent of the team's points scored and 35.8 percent of the team's minutes played.
The Hoyas have a 14-5 all-time during seven in-season tournaments under Head Coach John Thompson III.