Georgetown's Keys to Success against Duke
Coming into today's game against Duke, the Georgetown Hoyas are 4-2 against Top-25 opponents including neutral court wins against Butler and Washington and Big East wins against UConn and Pittsbrugh. Maybe they don't win in the prettiest of styles and lack a true "go-to" player, but the Hoyas have found ways to win. They have four players averaging double-digit points, led by Austin Freeman, Greg Monroe and Chris Wright. Depending on how these three players play and add in sophomore Guard Jason Clark and they will determine Georgetown's success against the Blue Devils. While Freeman, Wright and Clark try to contain Duke's trio of Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, who combine for 53 points per game, Monroe will attempt to control the glass against the plethora of big men he fight face today (Miles Plumlee, Lance Thomas, Brian Zoubek, Mason Plumlee). Freeman, Wright and Monroe must take advantage of their scoring opportunities, but also be sure to get back on defense. Duke's All-ACC performers will run in transition, knock down shots from the perimeter or score in the paint when left open or given space; they can hurt you in so many different ways and trust me, the Hoyas and Coach John Thompson don't want to see this happen.
By Corey Ruff - President - 1-30-10