Colgate (4-2) at Georgetown (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 7, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Verizon Center (18,277) -- Washington, D.C. Television: FS1. Home Record: Colgate 2-0, Georgetown 3-0. Away Record: Colgate 2-2, Georgetown 0-0. Neutral Record: Colgate 0-0, Georgetown 2-2. Conference Record: Colgate 0-0, Georgetown 0-0. Series Record: Georgetown leads, 7-1.
GAME NOTES: The Georgetown Hoyas continue a four-game homestand on Saturday, as they take on the Colgate Raiders in a non-conference matchup at the Verizon Center.
John Thompson III's squad opened up the homestand with a rout of Lipscomb (70-49) and then took out High Point on Thursday with equal ease (80-45). The victory over the Panthers was the fourth in a row for Georgetown, which moved to 5-2 on the young season. The win on Thursday also increased Georgetown's current string of non-conference victories at the Verizon Center to 46 straight dating back to 2006.
Matt Langel's Raiders come in on a similar run, as they posted their fourth straight victory last time out with a 93-64 blasting of Binghamton. Colgate dropped its first two games of the season to ACC foes Wake Forest and Syracuse, but hasn't lost since.
This is the ninth meeting in history between these two teams. Georgetown has won seven of the previous eight matchups, and has won six straight in the series.
The Raiders are a difficult team to contend with due to their overall accuracy from the perimeter. Colgate comes into this contest leading the nation in 3- pointers made (13.3 per game) and 3-point efficiency (.510). The long-range acumen has led to a gaudy 80.2 ppg. Five players are currently averaging double figures for the Red Raiders, including four starters. Murphy Burnatowski paces the team in the scoring column at 15.2 ppg. He is followed by Austin Tillotson (13.5 ppg), Ethan Jacobs (13.2 ppg), Damon Sherman-Newsome (12.3 ppg) and Pat Moore (10.5 ppg), all of which are shooting the ball at a high rate.
Colgate was once again dead-on from 3-point range, converting 15-of-24 from behind the arc and 66.7 percent from the floor overall in the lopsided win over Binghamton. Tillotson hit all nine of his shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers, en route to a game-high 25 points. Jacobs poured in 15 points, while Sherman-Newsome and Burnatowski finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hoyas get it done at both ends of the floor, showing explosive scoring ability and tenacious defense. Georgetown enters this contest averaging 77.6 ppg on just under 50 percent shooting (.499). The success carries over to the defensive end as well, where opponents are netting 64.6 ppg on a mere .355 shooting. Three Hoyas are currently averaging double digits in scoring, led by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and his 18.4 ppg. Smith-Rivera is tough to defend and is shooting .519 from the floor overall, including a ridiculous .513 from behind the arc. Fellow guard Markel Starks is next with 15.4 ppg, while leading the team in assists with just under five per game (4.9). Joshua Smith (13.6 ppg) is a big body in the middle (6-10, 350) which has allowed him to convert 70 percent of the time he shoots the ball.
Georgetown's balance was on full display against High Point, as the team completely suffocated the Panthers in the first half and then ran away from High Point after the break in a 35-point romp. Starks led the way with 18 points. Smith-Rivera was right behind with 17 points, while Smith finished with 11 for Georgetown, which shot .552 from the floor in the game, a number bolstered by a 61.8-percent clip in the second half.
The Hoyas have the ability to score with any team out there. The Red Raiders have been able to get their long-range shots off against foes this season, but Georgetown contests every basket and there won't be any easy looks. Expect Smith-Rivera, Starks and company to get up early and never look back.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 81, Colgate 65
12/07 10:39:24 ET