Hello, everyone at TOC. Well that last game was pretty amazing, and now the team gets a conference vacation with a trip to MSG to play a reeling Georgetown team. As usual I’ll start with the stats and move on to the analysis.
The Backcourt is definitely one of the strengths of this Georgetown team with Starts and Smith-Rivera leading this team in points in that order. Starks, Senior, leads this team in minutes player per game and is more of a combo guard than a true point guard considering he has also taken the most field goal attempts on the team. He is not a very good rebounding guard and is also only a mediocre 3pt shooter at 33% even though he has shot the most threes on the team. The other starting guard is Smith-Rivera, Sophomore, who leads this team in points and is arguably the best player on this team. He has about the same rebounding numbers as Gary and shoots around 43% from 3, he is also the best at drawing fouls on this team and shoots 85% from the ft line. He isn't the greatest defender though.This Georgetown team mainly runs a 10 player rotation consisting of 5 frontcourt and 5 backcourt players. They have been hit hard lately by both injuries and suspensions. Trawick started the season by starting the first 14 games of the season where upon he broke his jaw and just returned to play some minutes in their last game. Smith, who we all remember at UCLA, has been deemed academically ineligible for the season which was an enormous blow to the offense. Backup center Ayegba was also suspended for the Villanova game for some reason or another about something that happened 4 years ago, honestly I really have no idea why the NCAA suspended him for a game.
The starting frontcourt is a bit of a work in progress with Lubick being the only starter from the beginning of the season with Cameron and Hopkins receiving the starting minutes after Trawick went down and Smith was declared ineligible. Lubick, Senior, is mainly on the floor for his rebounding, and actually has pretty good assist numbers for a forward. He does not shoot the ball much, but when he does shoot he has a pretty good efficiency. Hopkins, Junior, is the best rebounder on the team and while he has some of the better PTS/30 numbers he also has the worst shooting efficiency numbers for both the starters and the main reserves.
The first reserve off the bench is usually Bowen, a Senior Small Forward, who does a little bit of everything, but his best attributes are probably his rebounding and stealing%. He rebounds well for his size, although he is no Dawson. The next of the bench will probably be Trawick, a Junior guard/small forward, who is still getting into playing shape after breaking his jaw. He is the most efficient shooter on the team even though he only shoots 25% from 3. He is not a good rebounder however, has the highest turnover numbers on the team, and commits a lot of fouls. The next off the bench is Ayegba, Senior, who was the backup C before Smith was declared ineligible, and now he is the only center. He doesn't shoot very often, and fouls the most on the team. He is only in there for his rebounding. These last 2 play nowhere near as much as the others. The first of these is Caprio, Senior Guard, who is really only five walking fouls. The final player is Domingo, Sophomore Small Forward, is a horrible shooter, not very good rebounder, and also fouls a ton. He obviously doesn't see much time.
All in all this is a very winnable game for MSU considering this Georgetown team does not shoot well at all and they do not rebound well enough to make up for this poor shooting. It also doesn't help that arguably their two best players will be guarded by our best all-around defender in Harris, and one of our best on-ball defenders in Appling. They will not have a size advantage inside either which all bodes well for another hopefully good game from our replacement players. The things that could hurt MSU are Georgetown catching fire from three, or the refs taking MSU out of their game plan through foul trouble although the second shouldn't happen since Georgetown fouls as much if not more than MSU does. Georgetown is a good team but this will hopefully be a comfortable win for MSU. Go Green!