Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My thoughts on Hoyas 75-63 win vs. Creighton

First off Hoyanation, I'd like to give a shout out to our Georgetown Hoyas seniors, thank you Markel Starks, Joe Caprio, Moses Ayegba, Aaron Bowen and Nate Lubick for your hard work on and off of the basketball court. You guys are some amazing Hoyas!

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Seniors, you deserve a STANDING OVATION! 

There was a great sense of urgency for the Hoyas versus Creighton. The Hoyas were up and ready for the challenge. They weren't letting the Blue Jays get their first away win in our house, the Verizon Center aka "Phone Booth!" The Hoyas DEFENSE, my my my especially the way Hopkins and Bowen play McDermott. "As much as Aaron did a terrific job, I thought Mikael did a terrific job guarding McDermott. I thought between Aaron Bowen and Mikael Hopkins we did an outstanding job on McDermott... It has to be a group effort."Doug McDermott: "[Hopkins and Bowen] are two great defenders. Hopkins one of the more physical defenders I've ever faced."

Georgetown held No. 13 Creighton to 39.7 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three. McDermott scored 22 points, Gibbs had 17.

The Hoyas defense shut everything down for the Blue Jays. The Hoyas defense made it hard for Creighton to get a shot off, and if the Blue Jays did get a shot off, they had to work awfully hard to get one off. Junior Jabril Trawick's defense has been stellar since his return from a broken jaw. "Having Jabril on the floor adds a lot of depth. "His intensity, his attitude is infectious. Everyone feeds off it." - JTIII

Doug McDermott: "I knew Georgetown would come in with a lot of energy. They are a much better team with Trawick."

Father and son agreed a more subtle difference in the two games was the presence of 6-foot-5 guard Jabril Trawick. He missed the game in Omaha while he was recovering from a broken jaw but scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the rematch.
“They're a much different team with Trawick,” Doug McDermott said. “He just brings so much energy to that team. He got that easy dunk in transition, and that gave them a lot of confidence the rest of the game.”
Trawick took an alley-oop, fast-break pass from Starks and threw down the dunk to give Georgetown its first double-digit lead in the first half.
“Jabril makes a huge difference,” Greg McDermott said. “When he's knocking down a couple of perimeter shots like he did tonight to go with his ability to be physical in the lane, that's a pretty good combination.”
There were just a few times Creighton were left open, but the Hoyas quickly shut this down as well. It's good too see the Hoyas with a major shot blocker in junior Mikael Hopkins. I noticed those crucial blocks in the paint especially a big one on the All-American Doug McDermott. The crowd went loco off of that block. The only thing Hopkins didn't do after that play was Mutombo's finger wag. No worries, I did it for him at my seat.Hopkins had 10 points, five rebound, five blocks and just two fouls. Trawick had 15 points and seven boards.

DSR finishes with 18 points and 12 boards for the . Starks had 17 points and 11 assists. Great numbers for both.

Starks senior night stats: 5-10 shooting, 2-4 3PT, 5-5 FT, 17 points, 11 assists, 1 turnover and three steals. OUTSTANDING!

The Hoyas shot 54% on the game and 38.6 from beyond the arc. Free throws the shot 14-for-21.

Sometimes things are done differernt ways, sometimes in ways we'd least expect them to be...the one thing about it tomorrow will be a new day, what do we do, where do we go, how do we do it, we have to come up with some solutions, oh, God I pray help me this one here ...aha, got it!  "I think we're at a point now where we can stay with this group [JTIII] and we know how to skin the cat. We've just got to go do it. There has been a lot of change going through the season... The constant has been our guys' work ethic."

From CBSSports college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein via Twitter last night: Stop Ethan Wragge, stop Creighton. Georgetown held the sharpshooter to 3 points on 1-6 FGs. Won the game.

Bits and pieces

» Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman and NCAA President Mark Emmert were in attendance Tuesday night.
» Smith-Rivera posted his first career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. His rebound total was a career high.
» Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins tied his career high with five blocked shots. The Hoyas finished the game with eight blocks.

Starks wicked and sick crossover move was well noticed by everyone who watched the game including David Owens, a sportscaster for  WUSA9 here in Washington D.C., who made his comment known on Twitter and I also retweeted his tweet. Here it is: Markel Starks just walked the yo-yo on that defender..gutty kid from Accokeek gotta luv him. Me, replying via my Twitter handle (@Glidehoyas): "That MOVE was A.Iversonish! Wow!"

David: ha ha Yes!

Don't Look Back Something Might Be Gaining On You - Satche Paige 

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