Monday, February 23, 2009

Show Me My Opponent - Georgetown Hoyas

NAME: Georgetown University

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

ESTABLISHED: 1789 by Jesuit Priest John Carroll


MASCOT: Hoyas (origin unknown)

DATE: February 23, 2009

TIME: 7:02 p.m. EST

SITE: Verizon Center (20,600) Washington, D.C.

TELEVISION: ESPN "Big Monday" feature; Mike Patrick play-by-play, Len Elmore commentary

RADIO: 790 WKRD; Paul Rogers play-by-play, Bob Valvano commentary

OFFICIALS: Ed Corbett, Karl Hess, Bob Donato

SERIES HISTORY: Georgetown leads 5-3 all-time; U of L has never won in D.C. (0-2)

LAST MEETING: Georgetown 55, Cards 52 (March 8, 2008, in D.C.)

CARDINAL CONNECTION: Pitino's son Ryan is a freshman at Georgetown, where he writes for a local sports blog that covers Hoyas basketball. Ryan Pitino maintains his loyalty to the Cards.

HEAD COACH: John Thompson, III, 5th year, 101-44

ASSISTANTS: Robert Burke, Keenya Hunter, David Cox

OVERALL RECORD: 14-11, 5-9


RPI: 44

SOS: 1

SPREAD: Louisville -1.5

Georgetown boasts a plethora of distinguished alumni, from congressmen to judges to ambassadors to business leaders to royalty. Here are a few:

Bill Clinton (Former U.S. President)
Antonin Scalia (U.S. Supreme Court Justice)
Patrick Leahy (U.S. Senate, D-Verm., Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) George Tenet (Former CIA Director)
General David H. Petraeus (Commander, United States Central Command)
Sarah Albert (America's Next Top Model contestant)

BASKETBALL: Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Sleepy Floyd, Allen Iverson


F 3 DaJuan SUMMERS 6-8 240 Jr. 14.0 4.5

C 10 Greg MONROE 6-11 250 Fr. 13.0 6.8

G 4 Chris WRIGHT 6-1 205 So. 12.9 3.0

G 15 Austin FREEMAN 6-4 220 So. 12.5 4.3

G 21 Jessie SAPP 6-3 210 Sr. 6.5 3.9

BENCH: Jason Clark (5.4 ppg); Omar Wattad (3.0 ppg)

While the Cardinals are flying high after winning three straight, the young Hoyas are coming off a devastating loss against Marquette Saturday, a game that was tied at halftime. It was Georgetown's second loss to the Golden Eagles and 8th of its last 10 games. A disappointing month for a team that was in the top 10 only a few weeks ago.

Louisville will see another team fighting for its post-season life Monday. The Hoyas are looking for another signature win for their resume - their first being a 11 point beatdown at UConn back in December.

The Hoyas aren't very deep, but their starting 5 is very tough. DeJuan Summers and Austin Freeman are two household names in Big East country. Chris Wright is coming off a 17 point performance against Marquette and can fill it up - he's hit 75 threes on the season.

Greg Monroe is arguably the best freshman in the conference. He'll test our bigs with his versatility and physical style of play. Samardo and TJ will need to block out and keep him off the offensive boards.

With their backs against the wall, expect the Hoyas to come out swinging. They average 72 points per game, so the Cards will have to keep up the defensive intensity and hopefully the newly-found offensive will resurface as well. With T Will healthy, Earl playing his best ball, and Preston Knowles emerging, give me the Cards in this one, 77-69.

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