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February 21, 2014

Hoyas look to rebound tomorrow

February 21, 2014 - Eleven days ago, the Georgetown Hoyas were flying high, owners of a four game winning streak coming on the heels of five consecutive losses. Hope sprung eternal in the Hoya Nation, with dreams of NCAA Tournament participation trending towards reality.

Two games and defeats later, the 15-11 Hoyas, 6-8 in the BIG EAST are fighting for their postseason lives. Up next for the Blue and Grey - fellow BIG EAST Conference member Xavier.

The Musketeers (18-8, 8-5) and Hoyas tip-off tomorrow at 1130a. Tickets are available, Fox Sports 1 has the TV broadcast, while Rich Chvotkin's radio call can be heard on ESPN 980 AM.

G'Town faces the third highest scoring offense in the BIG EAST, one that also ranks second in the league via 16.2 dimes per game. Making matters more challenging for the Hoyas is the fact Xavier also paces the conference in rebounding margin (+6.1).

Stopping a foe from scoring and pulling down caroms were not in ample supply for Georgetown last night when the team fell at Seton Hall 82-67. The Hoyas allowed a 55.1% Pirate shooting percentage, 47.1% from three point land. Rebounding wise the Blue and Grey were only bested by two boards overall, but were beaten 26-20 on the defensive glass.

Today during the team's pre-game presser, head coach John Thompson III lamented both his squad's rebounding and defending as well as its attention to overall detail, while also commenting on the super quick turnaround - G'Town got in at 4a last night - needing to win for BIG EAT Tournament seeding and a host of other topics. To hear the session, see Premium Court.

Thompson agreed that Xavier seems to be peaking right now. It's a team led by sophomore guard Semaj Christon's 16.5 points per game. Matt Stainbrook, a junior center slots second in field goal percentage and rebounding (8.5), league wide.

This will be the second time this year G'Town and Xavier have met, a game occurring January 15th and ending as a 80-67 Muskie win. The Hoyas blew a double digit lead second half lead.

Will the Blue and Grey rebound - literally and figuratively (the Musketeers are the BIG EAST's best offense and defensive rebounding club)? Can the focus seen at times this year, allowing the Hoyas to salt away key wins, return?

The answers start to be provided tomorrow morning.

Joining Thompson on Premium Court are comments from junior swingman Jabril Trawick and senior forward Nate Lubick. Also follow the game there via real time, in-game chat.


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