Georgetown vs. Providence: Hoyas look to continue hot streak

December 30, 2011
No. 12 Georgetown vs. Providence

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Verizon Center

TV: ESPN2.

Radio: WSPZ (570 AM).

Records: Hoyas 11-1, 1-0 Big East; Friars 11-3, 0-1.

Starks settling in: After reaching double figures three times in the season’s first nine contests, Markel Starks, the Hoyas’ sophomore point guard, has scored 18, 14 and 20 points the past three games, a stretch in which he’s averaging 17.3 points per game and shooting 64.3 percent. The bulk of Starks’s points have come by way of the three-pointer: he has made 10 of 14 attempts (71.4 percent) during that span, including making all four of his long-range attempts in Georgetown’s 71-68 win over No. 4 Louisville on Wednesday. “It’s kind of funny, everybody asks me, ‘What was going through your mind,’ ” Starks said with a shrug. “When you’re in the heat of the battle, you’re just playing in the flow of the game. Shots are going to come. Those are shots you have to be able to take. And I took them.”

Friars scouting report: Providence will have a distinctly different look from the team that fell here, 83-81, last February despite Marshon Brooks’s 43-point effort. Most notably, Brooks has moved on and Providence native Ed Cooley has replaced Keno Davis as coach. The Friars had won seven in a row before getting humbled, 81-67, at St. John’s on Tuesday. Providence’s biggest threat to Georgetown is its high-scoring back court of Vincent Council (16.5 points per game), Gerard Coleman (16.1) and Bryce Cotton (15.1). The Friars, however, are vulnerable up front, where starters LaDontae Henton and Ron Giplaye are each listed at 6 feet 6.  

On a roll: The Hoyas have won nine in a row overall, their longest run since an 11-game streak from Jan. 17 to Feb. 24, 2007. They’ve also won five consecutive games against the Friars, whose last win in the series was a 68-65 triumph in Washington in 2005. Providence, meantime, hasn’t defeated a ranked opponent on the road since Jan. 24, 2004, when it upset Connecticut.   

— Tarik El-Bashir

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