SCOUTING GEORGETOWN!! HOYAS BETTER IN EWING'S YEAR TWO!!
Andy Mac Williams,
A lot of folks including Andy Mac gave Patrick Ewing major grief last season for playing a toothless non-conference schedule. He played nobody except for Syracuse before the BIG EAST and lost to the Orange 86-79 in OT at DC compiling a paper thin 10-1 record. The Hoyas struggled to a 5-13 BE log and wound up 15-15 so we all got the last laugh. Not really!! Ewing added two decent recruits before last season despite a very late start(Jamarko Pickett and Jahvon Blair). Both played well and gave Xavier fits.
G-town should have beaten Xavier at Cintas on Feb. 3rd. They led by 4 with 20 seconds left in regulation. Then Trevon Bluiett did the near impossible. He drained a long three-was fouled by Jagan Mosely-then swished the FT for a four point play. The Muskies forced OT and won 96-91.
Close calls were the rule for the Hoyas. They dropped 4 games in overtime and several more by low single digits.
G-town lost 6-7 BIG Marcus Derrickson to the pros and Juco PG Jonathan Mulmore to graduation. But Ewing and staff including Louis Orr(Withrow HS-Syracuse-NBA-XU assistant coach-head man at Siena-Seton Hall-Bowling Green) have recruited well adding three impact Frosh and a good grad transfer.
6-10 250 BIG Jesse Govan decided to return for his Senior year and he's been a force(19PPG-8REBS). The hold overs have meshed quickly with the new players and G-town is playing well(11-4 overall 1-1 BIG EAST, 2-1 on the road).
RESULTS SO FAR:
Ewing beefed up his schedule for Year Two. GU beat Illinois on the road in the Gavitt Games(88-80). They absorbed a tough 72-71 defeat at Syracuse then lost at home to a veteran SMU team.
The Hoyas opened the BIG EAST at Butler and shocked the Hinkle crew 84-76. William&Mary transfer Greg Malinowski started for injured Matt Mc Clung and dropped 26 points. Mc Clung has missed the last 3 games with an ankle sprain.
Saturday in DC G-town lost a wild one 97-94 in OT to St Johns. STJ rallied from 5 down in the last minute of regulation to tie then won in overtime. The Hoyas could easily be 2-0 in the league.
Pete Gillen always claimed road success rested on a simple two part formula. Win the Free throw and rebounding numbers and you probably win away.
Georgetown does just that. They are BIG inside with Govan and explosive 6-8 Frosh Josh Leblanc(10PPG-8 REBS). Leblanc starts now and is getting huge PT. He and Govan play volleyball on the Glass. GU is +6 in rebounds and they have scored 289 points at the FT line(#6 NCAA). That's more FTs made than the opposition has attempted(267). Skip Prosser believed that stat would win you 90% of your games.
G-town plays fast(83PPG) with the 11th quickest tempo in D-1(76 possessions/game). The young guards are aggressive. Akinjo starts at PG(14PPG-4.5 assists-3 rebounds). His assist to turnover ratio needs work, but he attacks the rim.
Mc Clung is a first rate driver and dunker(12PPG). His status is ??? because of the ankle. 6-5 Malinowski passes well from the wing and has filled with 39 points in two BE starts.
Ewing plays 10 with a deep bench although Mc Clung may not play and 6-9 Trey Mourning(Alonzo's son) has missed several games. GU's achilles heal has been turnovers(15 plus/game).
WHO WINS THIS??
Xavier needs this one badly after dropping the home opener to Seton Hall. All four of the core four(Gooden,Tyrique Jones, Paul Scruggs and Naji Marshall) have to play well.
The three grad transfers have to post. X will get some open three point looks as GU likes to run. Scruggs and Welage must knock them down. X needs to break even on the glass and at the FT line(two areas where G-town usually makes hay).
The Muskies need stops by limiting Akinjo's drives then boxing out Govan and Leblanc on the misses. 2-2 for Xavier in the BIG EAST looks a lot better than 1-3 with Butler coming to town Sunday afternoon.