Saturday, January 19, 2008

Big Game Tomorrow

Not an interesting night in terms of basketball game with no top 25 action or Big East games. Hope you had a fun basketball-free night. It was a solid one from this end, note the past-midnight posting.

Let's see... this week has produced a few surprises in the league matchups. Last night Marquette laid an egg at Louisville, losing by 20. The Golden Eagles looked like a completely different squad from last Saturday, scoring only 19 in the first half. Providence beat Connecticut at home, but West Virginia prevailed against St. John's. We need both teams to keep up the victories against the rest of the conference. Other than that, not a whole lot to talk about concerning the Big East the last couple of days.

So we look forward to tomorrow's game at Georgetown. The Hoyas were the early co-favorites for the league crown and boast the preseason player of the year in Roy Hibbert. Unfortunately for them, things have no turned out exactly how the team has planned. Though Georgetown sits tied atop the Big East standings, most of their wins have come virtue of the third-worst nonconference schedule in the league (directly above Notre Dame's). In two contests at ranked opponents Memphis and Pitt, the Hoyas have lost by a double digit average. Time will tell if this squad deserves to be ranked among the nation's elite (currently 5th in the AP).

7'2" Roy Hibbert will match up with Luke Harangody. After Connecticut's Thabeet gave 'Gody so much trouble, it will be interesting to see how he reacts to the other preeminent post player in the conference. On the wing, sophomore DaJuan Summers has improved his three point shooting (to 35%) and averages 11 points a game. Senior guard Jonathan Wallace is the third player in double figures, with 10.3 points per game.

The Hoyas will look to slow the pace down and take Harangody away with Hibbert down low. If will be up to Kyle McAlarney, Ryan Ayers, and Luke Zeller off the bench to provide some perimeter shooting if we want to open up the inside. If K-Mac can find his range early, the Irish can hang around and look for the upset. If Georgetown successfully takes Kyle out of the game, history tells us that there is nothing Luke Harangody can do to keep it close.

Let's go out tomorrow shooting and see if we can pull this one off. It would be a great way to get the year's first road win.

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