Georgetown Basketball: Pre-Game Report 
Villanova (23-5)
Coach: Jay Wright
(Bucknell '83)
8th season, 171-88
Career: 293-173
AP: #10
RPI: 10
Expected Starters:
Name Ht. Pts.
Scottie Reynolds 6-2 15.4
Reggie Redding 6-5 7.0
Dwayne Anderson 6-6 7.9
Shane Clark 6-7 5.3
Dante Cunningham 6-8 16.4
Team Stats:
Points/Game: 77.4
Points Allowed: 66.8
FG Shooting: 46.4
FG Defense 40.1
3FG Shooting: 36.2
FT Shooting: 73.9
Rebounds/Game 37.5
Assists/Game 14.8
Turnovers/Game 13.3
Last 5 Games (4-1)
02/10: VU 102, Marq 84
02/13: WVa. 93, VU 72
02/19: VU 82, Rutg 72
02/22: VU 89, Syr 86
02/25: VU 74, DePaul 72
Quick Facts

Game 27: vs. Villanova University
February 28, 12:00 pm (EST), Wachovia Center
Tickets Available? Limited
GU Radio: WTEM-980
About The Wildcats:
Location: Villanova, PA
Enrollment: 6,200
Conference: Big East
Record vs. Georgetown: 27-38
Last Five Games to Date:
2006-07: VU 74, at GU 69
2006-07: GU 58, at VU 55
2006-07: GU 62, VU 57 (Big East Tourn.)
2007-08: at GU 55, VU 53
2007-08: GU 82, VU 63 (Big East Tourn.)

Game Notes
--Villanova is 7-1 in February entering today's game, Georgetown 2-5.
--Villanova's senior class can tie a school record with its 95th victory in four years Saturday. Georgetown's record is 122 games, set by the class of 1987 (Reggie Williams).
--Georgetown is 10-9 in games played on February 28, 4-3 in the Big East era.
Conference Rankings
Out of 16 Teams: VU GU
Scoring 1st 11th
Defense 11th 6th
FG % 4th 6th
3FG% 5th 10th
FT% 4th 7th
Rebounds 4th 15th
Rebound Margin 3rd 12th
Assists 8th 10th
Turn. Margin 5th 12th

Aside from fans and a few sportswriters who still appreciate its strength of schedule, Georgetown has largely been written off the NCAA what-if list. Any hope of a spirited comeback onto the tournament bubble begins and ends with a win Saturday on the road at Villanova. Aside from winning four straight in the series, the chances on such a win seem daunting.

Georgetown enters the game with its fewest road wins in 11 years, and a 5-10 conference mark that has assured John Thompson III of his first losing conference record in nine years as a head coach at Georgetown and Princeton. Much of this can be attributed to inexperience, a factor not in play at Villanova, where three seniors and two juniors have led the Wildcats back to the Top 10 and feature the top rated offense in the conference. Much like Marquette, Villanova has a lot of options to win games and they tend not to hurt themselves down the stretch.

Georgetown fans are most familiar with Scottie Reynolds, one of five DC-area players on the Villanova roster and a genuine threat every time he steps on the court. Reynolds averaged 18.5 points in two games against Georgetown last season, and despite only 39 percent shooting from the floor this season, he remains a key weapon for Villanova to establish its offensive game plan. Georgetown's use of a zone defense may be worth watching as a means of keeping Reynolds out of opportunities where his speed could run past Georgetown in Villanova's offensive sets.

Reggie Redding, a 6-5 swingman, figures to start at the big guard. Redding is an underrated rebounder (4.8 per game) and he provides steady production at both ends of the court. Redding's nine points, nine rebounds and five assists against DePaul won't grab the headlines from Reynolds, but his production is a big key to Villanova's opportunity to put away games late.

Much like Marquette, Villanova's experience up front is a cause of concern for Georgetown. Dwayne Anderson averages 45 percent from the field and although he was 1-7 against DePaul, Villanova-Georgetown games tend to elevate a player like Anderson into having a monster game and he's capable of it. Another option may be Shane Clark, whose scoring has been up and down this season: 15 against Syracuse, two against DePaul due to foul trouble. Clark is a good offensive rebounder, which Georgetown must limit.

Senior Dante Cunningham has improved every season at Villanova and has taken a leadership role in 2009. The 6-8 Cunningham has not had much in games against Georgetown, owing to previous efforts with 7-2 Roy Hibbert, but his 55 percent shooting and 7.3 rebounds a game give the Wildcats a consistent presence in the middle (32 minutes per game) and one which can lessen the load if Reynolds struggles. Cunningham is foul prone, so the Wildcats need him not to get in trouble early.

Villanova's biggest advantage comes from a active bench. The two Corys, Fisher and Stokes, are averaging nearly 20 points a game between them and can provide instant offense if the starters lag, particularly Redding. Stokes (9.9 ppg) is more proficient from three point range, while Stokes (11.2) will get more points inside. Forward Antonio Pena (6.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg) provides added depth.

Villanova's rebounding has suffered of late, and while there aren't many flaws in a top 10 team, any opportunity for Georgetown to assert itself inside could be a big plus in their favor. However, given the Hoyas' poor rebounding numbers all season, Georgetown must look to improved outside shooting and some sort of consistent second half play from Dajuan Summers which has largely disappeared this season. To win this game, it's the frontcourt, not the backcourt which must step up. So far, that's no sure thing.

Some keys to the game:
1. The Hoop and The Harm: Look for Villanova to exploit Georgetown up the middle and get to the line, where they remain one of the conference's best teams.

2. Bench Production: Villanova owned a 25-4 edge on DePaul in bench scoring Wednesday night. Georgetown must get better point production from Jessie Sapp, Jason Clark, and Julian Vaughn.

3. Austin Freeman: Freeman's scoring has been steady but unspectacular in February. Could he take off with a big game Saturday?

Georgetown (14-12)
Coach: John Thompson III
(Princeton '88)
5th season, 115-48
Career: 185-88
AP: Not Ranked
RPI: 48
Expected Starters
Name Ht. Pts.
Chris Wright 6-1 12.9
Austin Freeman 6-4 12.3
Nikita Mescheriakov 6-8 2.6
Dajuan Summers 6-8 13.6
Greg  Monroe 6-11 13.3
Team Stats:
Points/Game: 71.4
Points Allowed 65.0
FG Shooting: 47.3
FG Defense: 40.6
3FG Shooting: 34.2
FT Shooting: 71.5
Rebounds/Game 33.1
Assists/Game 14.0
Turnovers/Game 14.0
Last 5 Games (1-4)
02/07: UC 64 GU 62 (OT)
02/14: Syr 98, GU 94 (OT) 02/18: GU 65, USF 40
02/21: Marq 78, GU 72
02/28: Lvl 76, GU 58

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