Feb. 6, 2015
WASHINGTON - The No. 24-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team hit the road on Friday, headed to the City of Brotherly Love for a meeting at No. 7-ranked Villanova on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play, and Jim Jackson serving as the color analyst. Fans locally can tune in to the radio call of Rich Chvotkin on ESPN 980 AM.
The Hoyas are ranked No. 24 in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches' poll. Georgetown has an RPI Rating of No. 19 in the country and a strength of schedule ranked No. 5 nationally.
Georgetown enters the weekend with a 15-7 overall record and a 7-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference following a 74-71 loss to Providence on Wednesday night. The Hoyas have won five of their last seven games and seven of the last 10 overall.
Junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill), who was selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, scored a game-high 21 points in the loss to Providence on Wednesday. Smith-Rivera, who ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring, leads Georgetown with 15.8 points per game and has five games this season with at least 20 points. In addition, he ranks 12th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.4 apg), is second in the league in free throw percentage (86.1) and ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goals made.
Senior center Joshua Smith (Kent, Wash./Kentwood/UCLA) is second on the team in scoring with 11.9 points and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds. Smith also ranks second in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage, connecting on 64.0 percent of his shots from the floor (95-of-150).
Senior guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) has been one of the team's most consistent players this season as he is fourth on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg), second in assists (2.2 apg) and fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg). Senior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is scoring 4.8 points per game, but is second on the team with 5.5 rebounds and leads the team with 1.8 blocked shots per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is fifth on the team in scoring with 6.0 points per game.
Freshman forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Bridgeton Academy [N.H.]) is one of four freshmen playing significant minutes this year, joined by forward L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney), who has started all but one game. Peak is third on the team in scoring with 8.7 points and is contributing 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists, while Copeland is averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds. Forward Paul White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) is averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds. and freshman guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS), who has reached double figures during BIG EAST play three times, is averaging 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds.
Georgetown's freshmen have combined to average 23.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. They have accounted for 37.1 percent of the team's minutes played (1668-of-4500) and for 32.9 percent of the team's scoring (520-of-1580 points).
Villanova enters today's game with a 20-2 overall record and a 7-2 mark in the BIG EAST following a 70-52 win over Marquette on Wednesday. The Wildcats have won three-straight games after losing their second game of the season, to the Hoyas at Verizon Center, 78-58, on Jan. 19. Senior guard Darrun Hilliard leads the Wildcats in scoring with 13.2 points per game and junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono is second on the team with 10.0 points per game. Villanova has eight players averaging at least 5.0 points per game.
The meeting with Villanova will be the 75th all-time between the schools, with Georgetown leading the head-to-head series, 43-31. Georgetown won the first meeting between the teams this year, 78-58, at Verizon Center. Georgetown has won nine of the last 13 meetings in the series. The Hoyas are 15-16 in games played in Philadelphia, including a 4-4 record under John Thompson III.