What To Expect: Georgetown

  • 11/20/2012 12:46 pm in

After an uneven performance in a Monday night win against Georgia in the Legends Classic at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the Hoosiers will take on Georgetown in the championship on Tuesday night approximately 30 minutes after the 7:30 p.m. tip of the third-place bout between UCLA and Georgia. 

Georgetown (3-0) upset the No. 13 UCLA Bruins 78-70 on Monday night. The game will be televised on ESPN.

SIZE

The first thing that jumps out about Georgetown?

On paper, the Hoyas are shaping up as a team able to take advantage of Indiana’s size deficiency —  both in the backcourt (Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell) and potentially with the lack of depth up front due to the suspensions of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. As Dan Shulman noted on Twitter, John Thompson III starts four players 6’8″ or taller — Greg Whittington (6’8″), Mikael Hopkins (6’9″), Otto Porter (6’8″) and Nate Lubick (6′ 8″). The lone shorter starter, Markel Starks (6’3″), dropped 23 points on the Bruins on Monday night. Porter had 18 to go along with 11 boards. It’s possible Tom Crean could make a starting lineup tweak to match up better — potentially inserting Will Sheehey for Hulls — but Hulls was key to Indiana’s victory on Monday night, so it remains to be seen.

Three games in, the Hoyas have been able to parlay that size into a decent defensive output (a 91.4 adjusted defensive efficiency has them ranked 27th in the country) and they’re not allowing teams to get to the line much (just allowing a 21.3 free throw rate, 18th best in the nation).

Indiana has been getting to the line a lot and scoring in bunches, so we’ll see what gives, if anything at all, Tuesday night.

PACE

Thompson III runs the Princeton offense at Georgetown, so his teams play at a slower pace than the nation’s average. According to KenPom, the current DI average based on his adjusted tempo metric is 66.8 possessions per game; Georgetown currently is playing at a 64.3 possessions-per-game pace, ranking them 282nd in the nation. Last year’s Hoyas ended the year at 63.0 possessions, which was 300th.

For comparison’s sake, Indiana’s up-tempo style has them above the NCAA average at 68.4 possessions on the year (91st); last year the Hoosiers finished the season at 67.3 (108th).

Crean and his team have talked often about dictating pace/playing at their pace so far this season to the media, so it’s another area to watch with both teams flashing different offensive characteristics.

INDIANA CONNECTION

North Central product D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera — a one-time recruiting target of Crean’s — is a freshman for the Hoyas. He went scoreless in 12 minutes of action against UCLA on Monday night. However, the freshman played 32 minutes in the team’s season opener against Duquesne and scored a team-high 19 points, while also adding 12 points in 19 minutes against Liberty in Georgetown’s second win of the season.

So it’s possible he could play a decent role off the bench for the Hoyas in Tuesday night’s matchup.

THE LINES

KenPom’s computer is giving the Hoosiers an 83% chance at victory with a final score of 72-62. The Vegas line currently has the Hoosiers as a 9.5-point favorite.

QUICK FACTS ON GEORGETOWN

Student Enrollment: 17,130
Established: 1789
Notable Basketball Alumni: Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson and Roy Hibbert

All stats from KenPom.com.

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  • KeeneIU11

    Haha I’ll be upgrading soon.

  • chip

    completely agree.

  • Slow,too dam, slow.Welcome to Hoosier Nation, please put on your straight jacket.

  • Slow,too dam, slow.Welcome to Hoosier Nation, please put on your straight jacket.

  • FortWorthBoozer

    Nobody would have said anything about CZ if we would have made some shots. I mean 5-16 from the arc? Can’t be the Hoosiers I know and love. Seemed like last year we shot lights out and we’ve started a little slower this year. When Remy starts to come down, I fully believe Sheehey and CWat will pick up that slack. This game is going to be a statement game and validate our #1. Predictions- Zeller 16 and 12, Hulls 4/6 from deep with 14, CWat 18 and 10, Vic 12, 5 boards, 5 steals, Sheehey 12 and Yogi with a silly double-double with more assists than points. In an impressive 78-56 W.

  • MisterSlippery

    The part about Cody’s game in the post is that he tries to lean to the side of the defender rather than going straight up sometimes. I wish he would just take it straight up more.

  • HoosierPat

    This is going to be a tough one for sure. Clearly, we are at the disadvantage when it comes to size. They start four players 6’8″ and up, we are missing three players 6’8″ and up. Sheehey is the x-factor tonight. He has to play big and stay out of foul trouble.

  • HoosierPat

    This is going to be a tough one for sure. Clearly, we are at the disadvantage when it comes to size. They start four players 6’8″ and up, we are missing three players 6’8″ and up. Sheehey is the x-factor tonight. He has to play big and stay out of foul trouble.

  • AJRod42

    Georgetown is very very long defensively, I think IU will have to hit some 3s to stretch that defense but if Georgetown gets a lead and settles back into that 2-3 zone it’s going to be hard to move the ball/score without some 3s dropping. I’d also expect IU to start running like crazy if Georgetown gets a lead. You just cannot let them settle back into that zone with the length that they have. Maybe we should expect IU to just come out running like crazy no matter what. Now, If IU gets an early lead, or any lead for that matter, I’d expect to see a lot of zone. Georgetown’s strength is almost always a versatile front court and if IU can get a lead, get into a zone, and deny the ball getting down low, it would be a pretty good thing, obviously. I like IUs chances if they force Georgetown to become a jumpshooting team and a good zone D should do just that.

  • Drewp1

    I get what some of you are saying but, IU is the better team. IU is the #1 team in country. Maybe we should discuss what they have to do to beat IU! One half of poor shooting doesnt change my thinking. Go Hoosiers! Dominate the Hoyas!

  • Oldguyy

    I must have missed Meyers Leonard changing his first name.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Perhaps my handle makes me biased. But I haven’t really seen Yogi as struggling so far. Struggling to find a shot? Yes. I have seen him get the offense going with his quickness on the drive and awareness for the other four.

    I honestly don’t think that Crean has any thought of taking that out of the lineup. Hulls was the benefactor of Yogi’s passing for several of those threes last night.

    I did think the fact that the other Hoosiers weren’t hitting any shots over the first half of the game effectively neutralized Yogi’s distributing. I though that was the main factor that led to Crean favoring Remy for heavy minutes. That and the fact Remy was playing really well, including bringing a more imposing defensive presence.

    With a big team in Gtown, we could conceivably see a change in the lineup. But I think it will be the same five from last night. I think we will see them for at least long enough to see how the offense looks with those guys against the stout Hoyas defense. Because tonight, I think we need offense as much or more than defense. Of course if they aren’t scoring, expect us to adjust real quickly to a more physical defensive team and try to grind another one out like last night.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Perhaps my handle makes me biased. But I haven’t really seen Yogi as struggling so far. Struggling to find a shot? Yes. I have seen him get the offense going with his quickness on the drive and awareness for the other four.

    I honestly don’t think that Crean has any thought of taking that out of the lineup. Hulls was the benefactor of Yogi’s passing for several of those threes last night.

    I did think the fact that the other Hoosiers weren’t hitting any shots over the first half of the game effectively neutralized Yogi’s distributing. I though that was the main factor that led to Crean favoring Remy for heavy minutes. That and the fact Remy was playing really well, including bringing a more imposing defensive presence.

    With a big team in Gtown, we could conceivably see a change in the lineup. But I think it will be the same five from last night. I think we will see them for at least long enough to see how the offense looks with those guys against the stout Hoyas defense. Because tonight, I think we need offense as much or more than defense. Of course if they aren’t scoring, expect us to adjust real quickly to a more physical defensive team and try to grind another one out like last night.

  • SplackThemHams

    I certainly don’t think Yogi has been struggling. My comment was not a knock on Yogi, I was just responding to the comment in the article about inserting Will for Hulls. There is just no way you can take Hulls out of the line up, he means way to much to this team.

  • Drewp1

    Half hour before tip-off, and no word on our freshmen?

  • my prediction: IU wins by 11. After the game the Georgetown A.D. announces that Georgetown will join the Big 10 because “everybody else is doing it.”

  • Luke72

    Not understanding what happened to the previous post re: Hanner and Peter. Has it been moved to the forum? Have to say I’m very disappointrefd that any content regarding most everything that does not relate to a previous game is for the forum only. I would join but I can’t even afford home internet access at home. Things like feeding my family seem to be a higher priority. So after so now that Inside the Hall is for the most part a pay site this long time IU fan will need to find other sources for information. I am thankful that I do in fact still have a working computer and can use the the internet. I hope the forum users realise how fortunate they are to be able to continue to have full acess to info on IU!

  • CreanFaithful

    Perhaps you need to refresh your browser? It is still there. Nothing has changed about ITH. I am a forum member. Ther difference with the forum is that individuals are able to start their own threads/posts for others to comment about and reply. Sure, there are some raw stories that we have access to as they are unraveling, but ultimately, once the story is finished it is posted to the free ITH site. Even though the forum is very inexpensive, I understand every dollar counts these days… I wouldn’t go elsewhere for your info, ITH is still the best source for IU hoops on the nets!

  • CreanFaithful

    Perhaps you need to refresh your browser? It is still there. Nothing has changed about ITH. I am a forum member. Ther difference with the forum is that individuals are able to start their own threads/posts for others to comment about and reply. Sure, there are some raw stories that we have access to as they are unraveling, but ultimately, once the story is finished it is posted to the free ITH site. Even though the forum is very inexpensive, I understand every dollar counts these days… I wouldn’t go elsewhere for your info, ITH is still the best source for IU hoops on the nets!