Men's Basketball Preview

Towson at Georgetown

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Records: Tigers 5-4 , Hoyas 7-3 .

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Verizon Center.

Radio: WTEM (980 AM).

On the Mark: The Hoyas are 10th in the nation in field goal percentage (51.1 percent), and in their past three games, they are shooting 57.7 percent (86 for 149). Seven Hoyas are shooting better than 47 percent, and 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert's 66.2 percent would put him among the nation's leaders, if he had enough made field goals to qualify (the minimum is five field goals made per game, and Hibbert is averaging 4.7).

Long Distance: Coach John Thompson III has said repeatedly that Tyler Crawford can make shots, and the junior swingman finally proved that, making 4 of 5 three-point attempts against Winston-Salem State. Crawford missed eight of the first nine three-pointers he attempted this season, but in the past three games he is 6 for 10 from beyond the arc.

Giving It Away: Although the Hoyas are shooting the ball well, they are still being too sloppy with it. They are averaging 14.2 turnovers per game and have a negative turnover margin (-0.70).

One-Man Show: Towson's offense centers on guard Gary Neal, a 6-4 senior who averages 22.2 points per game (10th in the nation). He has taken one-third of the Tigers' shots (he has 99 more shot attempts than the next closest player), and when he struggles, so do the Tigers. Neal shot 26.1 percent from the field (13.8 percent from beyond the arc) in Towson's four losses, as opposed to 46.9 percent in the five wins. No other Tiger averages in double-digits in points.

Conference Call: The Hoyas are 1-1 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association this season, having lost to Old Dominion and beaten James Madison. Georgetown is 19-8 all-time against CAA teams.

-- Camille Powell

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