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Pre-game preview: Georgetown

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: theday.com

Published February 27. 2013 6:00PM   Updated February 27. 2013 6:18PM

Here's your pre-game preview of tonight's UConn-Georgetown game at Gampel Pavilion:

Records: Georgetown 21-4, 11-3, UConn 19-7, 9-5

Last game: UConn won at DePaul, 81-69, Saturday; Georgetown won at Syracuse, 57-46, Saturday

Probable starters:

UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (17.2 pts. 4.2 rebs, 4.6 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.2 pts, 4.3 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (11.6 pts, 3.8 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.7 pts, 4.9 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.5 pts, 3.7 rebs)

Georgetown,  6-2 jr. guard Markel Starks (12.1 pts), 6-5 so. guard Jabril Trawick (5.5 pts), 6-8 so. forward Otto Porter (15.9 pts, 7.7 rebs), 6-8 jr. forward Nate Lubick (7.7 pts, 5.3 rebs), 6-9 so. forward Mikael Hopkins (6.0 pts, 2.5 rebs) 

Noteworthy:

-- UConn has a good shot at its first home sell-out this season.

The Huskies have yet to lose at Gampel, suffering their only two home losses at the XL Center.

-- Big East leader Georgetown is the conference's hottest team, winning nine straight.

-- Sixth-place UConn has won seven of its last nine.

-- Hoyas are 0-3 all-time at Gampel.

-- Huskies own 3-2 record vs. top 25 teams this season, beating Michigan State, Notre Dame and Syracuse and losing to Marquette and Louisville. 

-- Series: UConn trails, 34-27, losing five of last seven including 58-44 last season on the road.

-- Porter, who had 33 points vs.Syracuse, is heavily favored to win the Big East player of year award.

-- Top reserve: guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (8.4 pts).

-- In Big East games, the Hoyas rank first in field goal percentage (45.9), field goal percentage defense (37.3) and scoring defense (56.4 pts).

-- Hot: Napier is averaging 27.5 points and shooting 15-for-27, including 11-for-16 from three, in last the two games.

Cold: Only five of Georgetown’s Big East opponents have cracked the 60-point barrier.

-- Stats to watch: rebounding and fast break points. Ollie pointed to those two areas as keys to winning tonight.

 -- For regular updates during the game, follow me on Twitter, @GavinKeefe

-- Check back later for a post-game breakdown and video.

 

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