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Big East Update 3/4/15 

With seven days until the Big East Tournament, here are the brackets based on the current team standings. Georgetown can finish no higher than second and no lower than fifth.

Obviously, the pairings are subject to change, so this page will be updated daily through the completion of the field on March 7.

The remaining Big East schedule:

TeamRecordRemainingBest SeedWorst Seed
1Villanova15-2St. John's (H)Clinched 1st1st
2Georgetown11-6 Seton Hall (H)2nd5th
3Butler11-6Providence (A)2nd5th
4Providence10-6Seton Hall (A), Butler (H)2nd5th
5St. John's9-7Marquette (A), Villanova (A)4th6th
6Xavier8-9Creighton (A) 5th6th
7Seton Hall6-10Providence (H), Georgetown (A)6th7th
8DePaul6-11Marquette (A) 7th8th
9Creighton4-13Xavier (H)9th10th
10Marquette3-13St. John's (H), DePaul (H)9th10th
 

Want some more details on tiebreakers? Start here.

Georgetown 60, Butler 54 3/3/15 9:30 pm 

D...S...R.

Six weeks after his game ending block sealed a win over Butler, the bronze-haired Indianapolis junior came up with the defensive play of the season to preserve a 60-54 Georgetown win at Hinkle Fieldhouse that was a battle in every sense of the word.

Defense was the order of the game at the start, as the teams combined for five baskets in the first seven minutes. Georgetown struggled to mount an early attack, and stayed competitive with junior Jabril Trawick, who scored the Hoyas first nine points and accounted for his only points in the first half.

Offensive rebounds were the early story of the game. Butler started the game 3-13, but went on a 10-2 run thanks to a dominant run on offensive rebounds. Butler had 11 offensive rebounds in the first half, Georgetown none. With a pair of three pointers from Alex Barlow, the Bulldogs opened a 17-11 lead midway in the first half, but the Hoyas began to turn up the velocity on defense and forced what was a slow moving game into one of GU's liking. georgetown tied the score at the 6:09 mark, part of a 12-0 run that was keyed by defensive stops by the Hoyas inside. Georgetown led 27-20 at the 3:07 mark following a dunk by Mikael Hopkins, and carried a six point lead into the break, 30-24.

Despite the 9-0 lead on offensive rebounds, Butler managed only six second chance points. Butler's leading scorer, Kellen Dunham, was scoreless in four attempts and and its second leading scorer, Roosevelt Jones, was just one for four. Both trends would change after the half.

The Hoyas opened the second half by extending the lead to ten, but three point plays from Barlow and Jones rallied the Bulldogs within four at the 16 minute media time out, 34-30. Four minutes later, Dunham scored eight straight to give Butler a 40-39 lead at the 11:31 mark, part of a 16-4 run by the Bulldogs.

Free throws by Isaac Copeland and a three from DSR pushed the Georgetown lead to 44-40, but the Bulldogs battled back at the line to close to 45-44. After an exchange of baskets, the teams traded time at the free throw line, where Butler missed three of four and Georgetown answered with an unlikely three from Aaron Bowen to go up 52-47 with 4:13 to play. It was the eighth three of the season for Bowen, and none were more important.

A three by Andrew Chrabascz rallied the Bulldogs at the 3:02 mark, 54-52. A basket by Smith-Rivera put the Hoyas up four, but GU missed on its next two possessions and the Bulldogs closed to 56-54 with 52 seconds remaining. On its next possession a pass inside to freshman Isaac Copeland yielded a high percentage opportunity from four feet, but Copeland left it short. One the ensuing possession, Barlow's game-tying shot sailed high and Josh Smith was fouled on the rebound.

Smith arrived at the line with 10.2 seconds remaining, up two. His shot was long, and Butler's Kameron Woods grabbed the rebound with the chance for a win now in his team's grasp. The grasp was short lived, as Smith-Rivera swooped in and picked the ball out of Woods' hands and was fouled with 6.2 seconds left, hitting both, 58-54. A halfcourt pass by the Bulldogs was intercepted by Tre Campbell, who sank two more.

17-1
GU record when
leading at half

6-8
GU shooting,
second half,
Smith and DSR

2-14
GU shooting,
second half,
rest of team

19-7
GU adv.,
pts. off turnovers

15
Butler second
chance points

10-22
Butler FT%

13-15
Georgetown FT%




Free throw shooting was the story of the game. Georgetown missed only two of 15 foul shot attempts, Butler missed 12 of 22. But it wasn't the whole story--BU shot just 35% from the field, with an uncharacteristic 15 turnovers. Dunham's eight point outburst in the second half was his only points of the game after averaging 23.0 points in his previous two. Roosevelt Jones, who went for 28 versus the G-men at Verizon Center, finished 2 for 10.

Georgetown got strong efforts from many sources. Josh Smith was able to stay away from a 5th foul, played 20 minutes, and had 10 points. Combined with 6 from Mikael Hopkins, the two Georgetown centers were a combined 7-7 from the field. Trawick did not score in the final 35 minutes of play but was huge on defense while Tre Campbell had 10 points as well. Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 16 points. Kameron Woods led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 16 rebounds, the most rebounds for any Georgetown opponent this season.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score.


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:                                 
Smith-Rivera 37   3-5   2-4   4-4   7   2  1   16
Trawick      34   2-2   1-4   2-2   0   4  2    9
Peak         11   0-2   0-0   0-0   0   1  3    0
Copeland     30   0-3   1-3   2-2   3   0  4    5
Smith        20   4-4   0-0   2-3   2   0  4   10
Reserves:
Campbell     21   1-2   2-3   2-2   2   1  0   10
Hopkins      19   3-3   0-0   0-0   6   1  4    6
White        13   0-4   0-1   0-0   0   2  0    0
Bowen        14   0-1   1-2   1-2   0   2  1    4
Hayes         1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
DNP: Cameron, Allen, Williams, Mourning
Team Rebounds                       0
TOTALS      200  13-26  7-17 13-15 20  13 19   60
Phantom Foul? 3/4/15 

From 247 Sports' Michael Bohlin, a foul called on Georgetown Aaron Bowen, despite having never touched his opponent.

 
Senior Salute: Josh Smith 3/4/15 

In advance of the regular season finale Saturday, a look back this week at the graduating seniors. Next: Josh Smith.

Among the five seniors facing their last collegiate game at Verizon Center Saturday, none has quite traveled the road that Josh Smith has over his college career.

In high school, Josh Smith was a big name in more ways than one. Standing 6-10 and 300 pounds, Smith was ranked #18 nationally in a 2010 high school recruiting class that would boast an eventual 16 NBA first round selections,. The Seattle-area native chose UCLA over Washington in the fall of 2009, and arrived in Westwood with high hopes of becoming the Bruins' most dominating center since Kevin Love.

Smith's freshmen year numbers were encouraging, with 15 starts in 33 games and a 10.9 point, 6.3 rebound average, good for an all-freshmen Pac-10 selection. Weight problems began to take its toll, and by his sophomore season, Smith started in only nine games and averaged less than 10 points a game. By his junior year, Smith looked disinterested, labored to get up and down the court, and was severely overweight, with some claims that he was approaching 375 pounds. In a November 19, 2012 game versus Georgetown in the Legends Classic, Smith played just 12 minutes and finished with four points. A week later, he scored just two points against Cal-Poly, and announced his transfer in January.

"A committed Josh Smith, I'm not sure there is a better big man in the country," coach John Thompson III told ESPN. "He has the instincts and the physical tools to be better than any big man I've had...I didn't realize how good a passer he is. He's got to put himself in position to where he can stay on the court. We're trying to get him to the point where he understands it's on him. He has to understand that he has to be as committed as everyone around him. He has to be more committed. He is getting there. But he's got a ways to go to get there."

Josh Smith arrived at Georgetown in the wake of Greg Whittington's ineligibility, and it was not altogether clear how many semesters of eligibility he would have, given a midyear transfer from UCLA. With some expecting as few as one semester, and others one full year, the NCAA surprised many in October 2013 by awarding Smith two full seasons at Georgetown, beginning immediately at the start of the 2013-14 season.

Smith's efforts at weight loss over the next ten months were noticeable but not as successful as people had hoped--Smith answered at 350 pounds when the season opened versus Oregon, scoring a career high 25 points. But Smith tired in games and fouls were commonplace. By the end of the non-conference half of the season, Smith had averaged less than six points per game in his last four contests, for about 18 minutes of play.

Smith's second junior season was cut short with a failing course grade that led Georgetown to declare him ineligible for the remainder of the season. "This is Georgetown, and we have a set of standards, and everyone has a responsibility above and beyond what goes on outside of those doors,” said Thompson. Smith regained his eligibility for his senior season, where he has started each game but has often struggled to stay in games; in part, a moving Smith in the paint is tempting for officials to call quick fouls, and Smith's time is often limited as a result.

When he gets the ball, Smith is a remarkably effective shooter. His 65.0% average is second all-time in school history. On a per minute basis, Smith averages 10 rebounds per 40 minutes, but averages just 21 minutes per game, with a season low eight minutes against St. John's.

The son of Joshua and Tracy Smith, Josh Smith is on target to graduate from the College this spring. His statistics to date are as follows:

Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

13-14 13 13 259 55 84 65.5 0 1 0.0 40 63 63.5 22 44 3.4 46 9 8 13 150 11.5
14-15 28 28 594 118 182 64.8 0 0 0.0 78 121 64.4 72 169 6.0 101 33 21 27 314 11.2

Total

41 41 853 173 266 65.0 0 1 0.0 118 164 64.1 94 213 5.1 145 42 29 40 464 11.3
 
Senior Salute: Aaron Bowen 3/3/15 

 Much like his former classmate Moses Ayegba, Aaron Bowen has endured a long and difficult road back from injury to be an important contributor to the Georgetown Hoyas. But while Ayegba opted to complete a fifth year as a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, Bowen returned for a fifth year on the Hilltop, the first Georgetown player to see action over five seasons since Courtland Freeman from 1999-04.

Bowen grew up in Jacksonville FL, attending Wolfson HS before a year at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, NC, averaging 17 points and six rebounds. He played in seven games as a freshman, but an ongoing shoulder injury forced him into surgery and Bowen was lost for the season. Playing behind the likes of Otto Porter and Greg Whittington made it difficult for Bowen to climb in the rotation, and saw only limited action as a sophomore, and it was not until his junior year, when Bowen had an key basket in the Hoyas' win over Louisville, that Bowen's star began to shine.

In a year with a depleted roster, Bowen was a valuable player off the bench for the Hoyas in 2013-14, playing in all 28 games, starting one, and averaging just under 20 minutes per game. In his fifth year, Bowen has seen action in all 27 games to date and his shooting percentage is second on the team behind Josh Smith.

Bowen's best game in a Georgetown uniform came on December 27, 2014, when he came off the bench to score a career high 22 points in a 91-87 upset of Indiana. Bowen shot 10 for 13 from the field, and remarked after the game that "I just wanted to bring it to the team."

The son of Tony and Aretha Bowen, Aaron Bowen is on target to graduate from the College this spring. His statistics to date are as follows:

Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

10-11 7 0 24 3 9 33.3 0 5 0.0 1 5 20.0 0 4 0.5 3 0 1 0 7 1.0
11-12 14 0 53 8 20 40.0 2 6 33.3 0 0 0.0 1 6 0.4 9 1 0 3 18 1.3
12-13 24 0 168 18 48 37.5 4 19 21.1 4 8 50.0 12 29 1.2 28 6 2 3 44 1.8
13-14 28 1 552 60 127 47.2 10 41 24.4 23 46 50.0 32 99 3.5 64 27 10 29 153 5.5
14-15 27 0 416 66 120 55.0 7 21 33.3 23 43 53.5 24 56 2.1 41 26 7 23 162 6.0
Totals 101 1 1211 155 324 47.8 23 93 24.7 51 102 50.0 69 194 1.9 145 60 20 58 384 3.8

 

Senior Salute: Tyler Adams 3/2/15 

Things didn't go as planned for the basketball career of Tyler Adams. But it could have been far worse.

Adams was the third of three top 100 recruits signed in the fall of 2010, joining Otto Porter and Mikael Hopkins. As a senior in Brandon, MS, Adams averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds per game. He had verbally committed to Duke that spring, but then-assistant coach Robert Kirby was resolute in recruiting Adams and his appearance at the 2010 Midnight Madness was a sign that Adams would be headed north.

As a backup to senior Henry Sims, Adams saw little time in the team's first seven games, scoring two points over three games. On Dec. 4, Adams picked up eight points and six rebounds against NJIT in 11 minutes of play. It was the last college basketball game he would play in.

Two days later, a announcement at GUHoyas.com reported that Adams was out indefinitely. "Adams is undergoing a series of tests and evaluations regarding his heart at Georgetown University Hospital. Until further notice, he will not participate in any basketball-related activities until cleared," read the release."

Adams experienced chest pains in a practice and was taken to the hospital for tests. At issue was an irregular heartbeat that Adams had dealt with since childhood. "My heart rate wasn't going up as high as it needed to be, and the doctor said I could play for 20 years and nothing happens, or I could play for two minutes and something could happen,” Adams told the Georgetown Voice in January 2015.

The coaching staff opted to sit Adams, but maintained his scholarship. Although he considered transferring, Adams realized that the price of continued exertion could be deadly, and has transitioned to sideline support of the Hoyas, where he has been on the bench for every game since.

"It was kind of stressful at first, but I'm not really a person who mourns or gets sad about things, because in life bad things happen to people everyday so I couldn't, even though its a big issue, I couldn't let one problem dictate how I live the rest of my life.”

"He has his heart issues and that’s hard," Coach Thompson told the Voice. "For someone who basketball has meant so much to, that’s hard on him, and that’s hard on us. But I call him my junior coach. He stays engaged. He’s here everyday. He understands what we’re doing."

When L.J. Peak took Adams' former #0 this season, Adams was given a jersey reading #00, although he is not on the active roster. But Adams understands the bigger picture and how that diagnosis in 2011 may have saved his life. His Twitter account often includes a simple message: "Thanking God for letting me see another day."

The son of Lonnie and Darlene Adams, Tyler Adams is on target to graduate from the College this spring. His statistics are as follows, but this is a story of more than mere numbers. Please show him your support when is is introduced at Saturday's game.

Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

11-12 4 0 24 4 9 44.4 0 0 0.0 2 2 100 4 9 2.3 6 1 3 0 10 2.5

Total

4 0 24 4 9 44.4 0 0 0.0 2 2 100 4 9 2.3 6 1 3 0 10 2.5
 
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