Georgetown 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Georgetown Hoyas - Big East (26-6, 13-3)
Seed: #2 - East Region
Big Wins: 2/10 Marquette (76-58), 2/17 at Villanova (58-55), 3/10 vs Pittsburgh (65-42)
Bad Losses: 11/19 Old Dominion (62-75), 11/29 Oregon (50-57), 2/26 at Syracuse (58-72)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, Sweet Sixteen loss to Florida
Coach: John Thompson III (2-3 in 3 NCAA appearances)
Probable Georgetown Starters:
Jonathan Wallace, Junior, Guard, 11.1 ppg, 3.0 apg
Jessie Sapp, Sophomore, Guard, 8.7 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg
Jeff Green, Junior, Forward, 14.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.3 apg
DaJuan Summers, Freshman, Forward, 9.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Roy Hibbert, Junior, Center, 12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg
Key Roleplayers for Georgetown:
Jeremiah Rivers, Freshman, Guard, 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Tyler Crawford, Junior, Guard, 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Vernon Macklin, Freshman, Forward, 2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Patrick Ewing Jr., Junior, Forward, 4.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Heading into the season, the Georgetown frontcourt was ranked among the best in the nation. And they have not disappointed. Jeff Green can do everything and nearly leads the team assists. Freshman DaJuan Summers has become a major scoring threat and can rack up the points inside and outside. Vernon Macklin and Patrick Ewing, Jr. are quality options off the bench and could be starting at many other Big East schools. Yet it is Roy Hibbert who makes the frontcourt so dynamic. The 7-2 center averages 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds and is a major presence on the defensive end.
Hibbert shoots an amazing 68.8% from the floor. Sure none of those shots are from far out, but with the team shooting over 50% from the floor, it is an incredibly efficient offense. On the defensive side of the ball, the numbers are almost as good. The opposition only shoots 38.3%, in large part due to the massive interior presence of Hibbert.
Why Georgetown Can Disappoint:
Despite those great defensive numbers, Georgetown will not create many turnovers. That is a bad thing in the sense that the Hoyas rarely get easy buckets, but that is not what Coach John Thompson III wants to do. The Hoyas are perfectly happy to wait out the shot clock, force the opposition to take a bad shot, grab the rebound and work the ball into the big guys on the offensive end.
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Who To Watch:
Opening up the interior by hitting the outside shot was the main concern for Georgetown heading into the season. However, point guard Jonathan Wallace has proven that he can do more than keep the defense honest with the long range shooting. Jessie Sapp will not hit as many three balls as Wallace, but the sophomore has developed into a trustworthy scoring option for Georgetown.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 68.1 (189th in nation, 11th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 56.5 (5, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 50.5 (3, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.7 (7, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.1 (105, 6)
Rebound Margin: 6.1 (19, 3)
Assists Per Game: 14.4 (107, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.0 (120, 10)
Joel’s Bracket Says: National Championship loss to Florida
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