We Are Georgetown: Hoyas travel to Rutgers

DSC_0461Following a week off, the No. 20/21 Hoyas will now enter perhaps their most difficult week of the season beginning with an away match-up with Rutgers today.  In the upcoming week, Georgetown also hosts No. 24 Marquette and visits No. 17 Cincinnati.  For starters, the Blue and Gray cannot overlook the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  When Georgetown traveled to New Brunswick last year, the No. 12 Hoyas trailed the majority of the game and needed 6 points from freshman star Otto Porter in the final 1:36 to win 52-50.  In the 2009-10 season, Rutgers upset No. 8 Georgetown at the Verizon Center.

Rutgers is currently stuck in a five-game losing streak, which is primarily a result of the strength of their opponents.  Three of Rutgers’s five losses have been to ranked opponents and four of those five came against the top half of the Big East.  On January 5, Rutgers upset then No. 24 Pittsburgh 67-62.  Two weeks later, the Scarlet Knights nearly defeated then No. 20 Notre Dame in South Bend 69-66.

Georgetown will look to continue its streak of shutting down the top Big East scorers when the Hoyas take on Rutgers guard Eli Carter.  Carter is tenth in the Big East in scoring averaging 15.1 points per game.  He has not been shooting very well of late.  Even though Carter totaled 13 points against Louisville, he went 5-of-14 from the field.

Rutgers’ backcourt is very potent as its second best scorer is sophomore guard Myles Mack.  Although only 5’9″, Mack is a great shooter who shoots 45.3 percent from three-point range.  He scores 12.9 points per game and averages 2.4 assists per game.

On the other side of the ball, the Hoyas have been on fire recently, winning four straight and six of their last seven.  The Hoyas entered the Associated Press (No. 20) and USA Today Coaches Poll (No. 21) on Monday.  In their most recent win over St. John’s last Saturday, four Hoyas finished in double figures including junior forward Nate Lubick.  Lubick posted a career-high of 16 points and also added 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

Tip-off is slated for noon.  Follow @GUVoiceSports.

File Photo: Miles Gavin Meng/Georgetown Voice (Feb. 2, 2013, vs St. Johns)

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