Hoyas take on Bearcats in the Queen City
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – The 12th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas are
one of the nation’s hottest teams, and they will attempt to extend
their winning streak to 10 games as they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats
in a Big East Conference clash.
On Saturday, the Hoyas showed a great deal of toughness in a 58-55 road
win over Villanova. They are now 20-5 overall, and their 10-2 league
record is good for a first-place tie with Pittsburgh. Considering that
Georgetown has won its last five Big East road games, the team will not be
Cincinnati isn’t exactly an intimidating team, as it has lost eight in a
row to plummet to 10-16 overall and a woeful 1-11 in Big East action. The
most recent defeat occurred on Sunday by a score of 76-64 to Notre Dame.
Back in late January, Georgetown recorded an 82-67 victory over
Cincinnati, and the Hoyas have won the only two series meetings between
Georgetown forward Jeff Green nailed a jumper late in the game
against Villanova that proved to be the difference, and he finished with 19
points en route to being named the Big East Player of the Week. Jessie Sapp
pitched in with 16 points, and DaJuan Summers added 11. The Hoyas blocked
14 shots and limited the Wildcats to 34.6 percent shooting from the field.
Green is netting 13.4 ppg this season, and he is posting 15.3 ppg in league
games. Roy Hibbert, the team’s enormous center, checks in with 13.0 ppg
overall on 70.1 percent shooting from the floor, and he has been particularly
impressive in conference play as well. Jonathan Wallace, Sapp and Summers
are all capable scorers who provide balance to the lineup. Georgetown is
holding Big East foes to 57.3 ppg on 39.5 percent shooting, and the team
is shooting 53.5 percent at the offensive end in league play.
John Williamson has been the leading scorer for Cincinnati in four
straight outings, and he is averaging 13.3 ppg to go along with his 7.3
rpg. While Williamson does lead the team in rebounding, Deonta Vaughn is
tops in scoring with 14.2 ppg on 38.5 percent shooting from the field.
Marcus Sikes is the third and final double-digit scorer on the roster with
10.1 ppg. Despite the efforts of those players, generating offense has
proven to be problematic for the Bearcats, as they are averaging only 65.1 ppg
on 40.7 percent shooting from the field this season. Williamson came through
with 23 points and nine boards against Notre Dame on Sunday, and Vaughn
scored 22 points in that game. Unfortunately, Cincinnati permitted the
Fighting Irish to knock down 13-of-20 three-pointers, the obvious difference
in the game.