Dec. 9, 2014
The Georgetown University men's basketball team met with the media on Tuesday afternoon and held final preparations as the Hoyas readied for a matchup against No. 10/10 Kansas on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Verizon Center. The second game of a four-game homestand tips off at 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk AM 570 for the radio call of Rich Chvotkin. This will be the third game against a ranked team this season for the Hoyas, and the second against a top-10 team.
The matchup with Kansas, the second game of a four-year home-and-home series, marks the first visit to D.C. for the Jayhawks, who beat the Hoyas last year in Allen Fieldhouse. It will be the fourth all-time matchup between two of the historic programs in college basketball, with KU leading the series, 2-1.
The Hoyas are coming off a 78-46 win over Towson on Sunday at Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic. The win, the 300th career win for Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III, was the fourth at home this season for the Hoyas, and the team's 33rd-consecutive victory against non-league opponents at Verizon Center.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored a game-high 16 points to lead five players scored in double figures as Georgetown hit more than half of its field goals - 54.9 percent (28-of-51), including 50.0 percent of its three-pointers (11-of-22) - en route to the win.
Smith-Rivera hit 4-of-8 shots from the field and reached double figures in scoring for the fifth time this season. He was joined in double figures by senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA), who had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists and senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends), who had 11 points and three assists. Freshmen forwards Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.C.]), and Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) reached double figures off the bench, with White scoring 11 and Copeland chipping in 10.
Smith-Rivera, the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and a nominee for the Wooden Award and the Cousy Award, leads the team in scoring and assists, averaging 14.4 points and 3.3 assists. He is also third on the team with 3.8 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures in the last five games, averaging 21.5 points and shooting 51.7 percent from the floor (30-of-58) over that span.
Senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) is second on the team in scoring with 12.7 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 6.9 rebounds. Smith ranks third in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 66.7 percent of his shots (36-of-54). He has two double-doubles this year and has reached double figures five times.
Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) is averaging 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds and senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 5.0 points, a team-best 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, which ranks third in the BIG EAST.
The Hoyas have 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 L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) and forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) combining to average 23.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. That quartet has accounted for 32.7 percent of the team's scoring (166 of 508 points) and for 36.6 percent of the team's minutes played.
Kansas enters the game with a 6-1 overall record and ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Jayhawks only loss was a 72-40 decision to No. 1 Kentucky and the followed that up with five-straight wins, most recently a 71-65 decision against Florida. Junior forward Perry Ellis leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.6 points and 6. 7 rebounds per game.