It is very early in the season, there is a ton of basketball left to be played. That being said, let’s take a quick look at the state of the Georgetown Hoyas. Six games into the year and Georgetown is 4-2, with one of the losses coming from an unranked team and the other from a ranked team. The good news for the Hoyas is that they are not the only team in the “new” Big East that has lost two games, only Villanova remains unbeaten. While Conference play is on the horizon, the Hoyas still have time to work out the kinks. However, there is a huge showdown looming with Kansas on the 21st of this month.
Georgetown is led by their strong backcourt, both Markel Starks and D’vauntes Smith-Rivera are playing 30 plus minutes a game. Starks is doing a great job balancing running the team and picking his spots to contribute on the offensive end. He’s averaging 4.8 assists per game while being the second leading scorer(15.0 points per game) on the team, Starks is struggling a bit with his shooting touch. His backcourt mate in Smith-Rivera is putting the ball in the basket quite well to start the year, his shooting touch is just fine. D’vauntes is on fire inside and beyond the three point line, currently shooting 52% from the floor and 53% from deep. If Starks regains his touch, this may be one of the most electric backcourts in the country. Even in their current state, this is one of the better duos in the nation.
The Hoyas must improve in the front court, specifically on the glass. Nate Lubick, Mikael Hopkins, and Joshua Smith are having issues in the rebounding department. Of the trio, none of them are averaging seven rebounds. Obviously it’s still early in the season, but this is an area in which they must improve. Smith isn’t struggling on the offensive end, his physique allows him to carve out great space in the paint as evident by his 14.4 points a game. Another positive for the Hoya bigs, they aren’t struggling to score around the rim as they are all shooting above 50% from the floor. It’s a concern when your bigs are shooting under 50% from the floor, the trio of bigs does need to impact that end of the floor more. All the scoring can’t fall on just three players, a player to keep an eye on is freshman wing Reggie Cameron. It’s only a matter of time before the young man gets comfortable on this level, look for him to become an integral piece on this team as the season goes on.
Georgetown is coming off a win over the Lipscomb Bisons 70-49, Smith-Rivera led the way by leading the team in scoring, rebounding and assists(18, 8,7). Tomorrow, the Hoyas face High Point at the Verizon Center at 9 pm Eastern. High Point is from the Big South Conference, the boast a 3-0 record. The Hoyas then face Colgate and Elon before that big match-up with Kansas, none of those three teams should be taken lightly. Georgetown learned a valuable lesson earlier this season, they fell to Northeastern 63-56 on the 21st of November. Tune in at 9pm tomorrow night to find out if the Hoyas learned from that early season game versus Northeastern, as long as the backcourt continues it’s great play , Georgetown should come out on top.