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February 3, 2012
Up next - the Bulls
This is an official press release. See HoyaReport.com for unique coverage, later.
No. 14 Georgetown Hosts South Florida on Saturday Morning at 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON - The No. 14-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team hosts South Florida in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Verizon Center. Tipoff for the Saturday morning matchup is slated for 11 a.m. at Verizon Center. The game will be shown live on ESPNU, with Beth Mowins and Tim Welsh calling all of the action. Locally, fans can tune to ESPN 980 AM for the radio call from Rich Chvotkin.
The Hoyas improved to 17-4 overall and 7-3 in the BIG EAST with a 58-44 win over Connecticut on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. It was the team's third win in the last four games as they improved to 11-1 at home this season.
Fans planning to attend the Saturday morning game should be aware of Metro closures this weekend, especially in Northern Virginia. Fans are encouraged to visit the WMATA website - www.wmata.com - for the latest information and alternate routes of travel.
The matchup with South Florida will be the 11th all-time between the schools, with Georgetown holding a 7-3 advantage in the series. Georgetown won last year's game, a 61-55 decision on the road. At home against the Bulls, the Hoyas are 2-1. USF won the last game at Verizon Center, 72-64, during the 2009-10 season. Georgetown's last win at home was a 63-53 victory during the 2007-08 season.
Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) leads the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game and is shooting 49.8 percent from the floor. Clark, who has scored in double figures 16 times this season, is averaging 15.0 points and shooting 52.9 percent from the floor against conference opponents.
Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola), who scored a game-high 18 points and had nine rebounds in the win over UConn on Wednesday, is second on the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game. Thompson leads the team in field goal percentage (50.5%) and has hit a team-best 44 three-point field goals (49.4%). He has scored in double figures in 18 of the team's 21 games this season.
Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph), who entered the season with three games in double figures in scoring in 88 career games, has reached double figures 14 times this season, including the last four games, averaging 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in that span. Overall, Sims is third on the team in scoring (11.8 ppg), second in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and leads the team in assists (3.52 apg) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg). He is the only player in the BIG EAST in the top-15 in assists and blocks.
Freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) is fourth on the team in scoring with 8.2 points per game and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds, which ranks 12th in the BIG EAST. Among all BIG EAST freshmen, Porter is 12th in scoring and fifth in rebounding.
Sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is fifth on the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game and is shooting 47.9 percent from the floor, while classmate forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 3.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and is second on the team with 2.1 assists per game.
The Hoyas are second in the BIG EAST in scoring defense, allowing only 59.2 points per game. When Georgetown limited Connecticut to only 44 points, it was the 11th time this season the team held its opponent to fewer than 60 points and the fourth time against a BIG EAST opponent.
South Florida enters the game with a 13-9 overall record and a 6-3 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bulls are coming off an 81-78 win over Providence earlier this season. USF leads the BIG EAST in scoring defense, allowing only 59.0 points per game. They have held league opponents to 60 points or fewer six times this season. Senior forward Augustus Gilchrist leads the team in scoring with 10.7 points per game and is grabbing 5.3 rebounds, while junior guard Jawanza Poland is second on the team with 10.4 points per game.