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January 7, 2012January 7, 2011 - Georgetown, fresh off a stirring 73-70 home victory over Marquette on Wednesday, line up against West Virginia today at noon. The Hoyas are 13-1 and 3-0 in the BIG EAST, while WVU stands 11-4, 2-1, are sure to be buoyed by the typically raucous WVU Coliseum crowd.
Real time, in-game chat is available here on HoyaReport.com, coverage that allows participants to commentate themselves, in addition to reading game play by play - particularly useful for those without radio/TV capability. Television viewing can be secured through MASN, while local radio rights belong to ESPN 980.
Can the Hoyas handle WVU's rugged inside play? Will the Mountaineers' guards wilt under the defensive pressure G'Town generates? At noon, those questions will begin being answered.
For a G'Town game advance, see below.
No. 9 Georgetown Travels to West Virginia for BIG EAST Matchup
Hoyas ride 11-game win streak into Morgantown
WASHINGTON - The No. 9-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball (13-1, 3-0 BIG EAST) travels to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, January 7. Tip-off at the WVU Coliseum is slated for Noon with the game being broadcast live on MASN with John Sanders and Bob Wenzel calling the action. Local fans can tune in to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call from Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas carry an 11-game win streak - matching the program's longest streak since winning 11 in a row during the 2006-07 season. GU improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the BIG EAST with a 73-70 comeback victory over No. 20 Marquette. The Hoyas are the only team with four wins over top-25 teams this season. Georgetown is ranked No. 9 in both Associated Press Top 25 poll and the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll.
For the sixth-straight season the Hoyas have made at least one appearance in the top-10. Only Duke, North Carolina and Pittsburgh can make that claim.
Georgetown enters the game, having won its first three conference games, beating then-No. 4 Louisville on the road, 71-68, then hanging on for a 49-40 win over Providence on Saturday, before overcoming a 17-point deficit to defeat the Golden Eagles, 73-70 on Wednesday night.
The meeting with West Virginia will be the 51st meeting all-time between the schools, with Georgetown holding a 26-24 advantage in the head-to-head series and 8-14 on the road against the Mountaineers. The Hoyas have dropped the last four meetings to WVU.
On Wednesday against Marquette, senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored a game-high 26 points and was one of three Hoyas to grab five rebounds. Clark leads the team, and is tied for 13th in the BIG EAST, with 15.9 points per game, while grabbing 4.1 rebounds and picking up 1.78 steals per game (11th in the league).
Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) scored eight of his 16 points in the final three-and-a-half minutes of the Hoyas victory over Marquette on Wednesday night. Thompson is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 51.8 percent from the floor (4th in the BIG EAST) and 50.0 percent from three-point land, which is tops in the BIG EAST.
Freshman Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) was a key player in the Hoyas first three conference wins last, helping the Hoyas beat Louisville and Providence, while averaging 9.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. Against Louisville, he recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. He followed that up with six points and 12 rebounds during the win over the Friars on Saturday and added eight points and five rebounds against Marquette on Wednesday. For the season, the 6-8 forward is fifth on the team in scoring with 8.5 points per game and leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 11th in the BIG EAST.
In the win at Louisville last Wednesday, sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Hoyas to the win. Starks, who hit all four of his three-point field goal attempts, is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.4 points per game and is shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from three-point land.
Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) is third on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg) and leads the team with 3.78 assist per game, which is tied for 14th in the BIG EAST.
West Virginia enters the game with an 11-4 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the BIG EAST following an 85-64 win over Rutgers on Wednesday. Senior forward Kevin Jones leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 19.6 points per game and 11.6 boards, while senior guard Darryl Bryant is second on the team in scoring with 18.0 points per game, while dishing out 3.1 assists per game.