Saturday, December 20, 2008
When: 1 p.m. Where: Verizon Center. Records: Hoyas 7-1; Mountaineers 3-6. TV: MASN. Radio: ESPN 980.
DEPTH CHARGE: Georgetown's starting five has steadily improved since the season began, but questions remain about the reserves, who have yet to grasp the offensive style Coach John Thompson III favors. Today's game and Tuesday's against Florida International represent the last chance for transfer Julian Vaughn and freshmen Jason Clark and Henry Sims to prove they can be counted on before Big East play begins Dec. 29 at second-ranked Connecticut.
INSIDE EDGE: With no players taller than 6 feet 7, the Mountaineers will have a hard time countering 6-11 freshman center Greg Monroe and 6-8 junior forward DaJuan Summers. Summers is pacing the Hoyas' scoring (14.6 ppg), while Monroe leads the team in rebounds (5.8). Still, there's room for improvement, particularly after the Hoyas got outrebounded by Memphis, 53-36. The Hoyas are second in the nation in field goal shooting defense (33.1 percent), but too often that hard work is undercut by letting opponents get multiple scoring opportunities.
REKINDLING TIES: Today's game marks the resumption of a storied series between the nation's two oldest Catholic institutions of higher learning. Georgetown is 18-6 against Mount St. Mary's, but the two haven't played each other since 1962. The Mountaineers are celebrating a century-old tradition of men's basketball this season. They were flawless their first year, defeating St. Patrick's Athletic Association, 27-18, in the only game played in 1908-09. This season's Mountaineers lean heavily on perimeter play, led by junior guard Jeremy Goode (17.6 ppg).
-- Liz Clarke