Tale Of The Tape: Rutgers At #7 Georgetown

#7 Georgetown
Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Rutgers
Georgetown v Notre Dame
Rutgers has had a chance to win in the final few minutes of each of the last three games, but has lost all three. It’s been that kind of season for Mike Rice’s team, which will almost certainly be playing on the first day of the Big East Tournament.
Winner Georgetown is under the radar no more. While there are concerns about the Hoyas’ recent NCAA Tournament performances, consecutive road wins over Syracuse and UConn have moved them into sole possession of first place in the Big East.
Rutgers has now played two games without Eli Carter and their offense has continued at about the same pace it had before his injury. The Scarlet Knights are still guard-oriented and still turn it over too often.
Winner It’s been the Otto Porter show lately, as the sophomore makes his case for conference Player of the Year. He followed up his insane performance against Syracuse (he scored 58 percent of his team’s points) by scoring the game-winning basket in the second overtime against UConn on Wednesday.
Both of Rutgers’ opponents last week shot at least 41 percent and hit eight three-pointers. This defense has struggled all season to keep teams off the glass and off the free throw line.
Winner The Hoyas hold opponents to a very low shooting percentage (they rank fourth among major conference teams in opponents’ field goal percentage). Not bad considering Greg Whittington, one of their best defenders, has been out since early January.
Bench Depth
Rice has stuck with the same starting five in the two games since Carter’s injury, with Dane Miller and Kadeem Jack coming off the bench. They were the two leading scorers for Rutgers against Providence.
Winner Georgetown hardly has any depth, thought D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has proven to be a capable scorer off the bench.

The Winner Is

Georgetown v Notre Dame
Winner #7 Georgetown
4 out of 4

Georgetown won the first matchup this season, 69-63 on Jan. 9. Now at home, and playing even better, there’s no reason to think the Hoyas won’t win again.

-Andrew Kahn, College Basketball Contributor


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