Georgetown at
South Florida

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Sun Dome, Tampa.


Radio: WTEM (980 AM).

Records: Hoyas 12-3, 2-2 Big East; Bulls 9-7, 0-4.

About the game: After opening the Big East season 0-2, Georgetown’s prospects looked bleak when its second-leading scorer, sophomore forward Greg Whittington,was scratched from the lineup with eligibility issues.

But the Hoyas compensated just fine with timely contributions from their bench and a shift to a more up-tempo offense.

Saturday, in the first of two Big East road games in a three-day span, Georgetown has the chance to inch above .500 in league play.

The Bulls are mired at the bottom of Big East standings, the lone squad among 15 yet to win a conference game. And they’ve been handed some pretty sound defeats, losing to Louisville by 26 points (64-38) and to Syracuse by 11 (55-44).

Georgetown, of course, had its own 28-point humbling at the hands of Pitt earlier this month. But Whittington’s absence has forced Coach John Thompson III to dip into his reserves, and he’s getting encouraging results. Jabril Trawick has added toughness on defense, while D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Aaron Bowen, who scored eight points in 11 minutes against Providence, have diversified the offensive attack.

The 6-foot-8 Whittington isn’t necessarily out for the season but won’t play “until further notice.”

After Saturday’s game in Tampa, the Hoyas travel to South Bend, Ind., Monday to face No. 20 Notre Dame (14-3, 2-2).