After a 90-66 rout against DePaul on Wednesday night, Georgetown is tied for first place in the Big East. The Hoyas are 10-3 in the conference (tied with Syracuse and Marquette) and have a 20-4 record overall. After a difficult start to conference play, Georgetown is on a roll winning their last 8 games.
Surprisingly, the Hoyas are one of the youngest teams in the country. They have ten freshmen and sophomores on the team. While offensively this team has times of struggle, their defense has been superb. Their defense is second in the conference giving up only 56.1 ppg (10th nationally). Georgetown is also second in the conference in field goal percentage against as opponents are shooting only 37.6 percent. The Hoyas have held 10 out of their last 11 opponents to shooting under 40%.
With a stifling defense in place, Georgetown also has Player of the Year front-runner, Otto Porter. Porter is a special talent who does it all on the basketball court. His long frame and length allow him to be a defensive presence. He also is very skilled offensively which allows him to play inside and out while being a great play-maker. Porter leads Georgetown in scoring with 15.1 ppg and rebounding at 7.7 per game. He also leads the team in steals with 1.8 per game and is second in blocked shots with 22. Porter is top ten in the Big East in all of these categories except for blocked shots but he is shooting .498 which ranks him 10th in that category as well.
Porter’s supporting cast has been playing extremely well. Junior guard Markel Starks has stepped up this year and is Georgetown’s second leading scorer at 12.4 points per game. Starks leads the team in three point field goals made with 41 and is shooting 42.7 percent from beyond the arc. Fellow junior, 6’9 Nate Lubick leads the Big East in field goal percentage at 60.8 percent. Even though Lubick is a low post player, he is second on the team in assists behind Starks. Freshman guard, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has played great recently averaging 16.75 ppg in his last four games. Smith-Rivera went off against DePaul scoring 33 points which is a team-high for the year.
Georgetown looks to make it 9 straight when they take on a familiar Big East foe Syracuse on Saturday. Syracuse is tied for first with Georgetown with a 10-3 record (22-4 overall). With first place on the line, this should make for another exciting Big East matchup.
Big East Power Rankings
1. Syracuse 2. Georgetown 3. Louisville 4. Marquette 5. Notre Dame 6. Pittsburgh 7. Cincinnati 8. Connecticut 9. Villanova 10 St. John’s 11. Providence 12. Rutgers 13. DePaul 14. Seton Hall 15. USF
John Cavaliere is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball and covers the Bg East.