Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Your Michigan State Spartans vs. the Georgetown Hoyas
Madison Square Garden - New York, N.Y.
Feb. 1, 2014, 3 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports 1
Online streaming: ???
I like to imagine a Hoya is a Bostonian talking about Brian Hoyer.
On this Super Bowl
Saturday, MSU is the third game of a MSG tripleheader, the middle game between St. John's-Marquette and Heat-Knicks. Sure, MSU would like this have the weekend off, but an opportunity to play in this event is more exposure for the program. (As will the bronze jersey
This is the third game in New York for MSU, having won the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn. They've also played in NBA arenas in Chicago and Auburn Hills this season.
If you think MSU has been hampered by injuries, that ain't nothing. I'll let Andrew from Casual Hoya explain, from his Q&A.
First, over the summer Georgetown lost arguably its best player in Greg Whittington
to a torn ACL and, due to off the court issues, he will next play for the vaunted B1G powerhouse Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (enjoy that, by the way). Next, we were all excited about UCLA transfer Josh Smith until an academic issue popped up that has now sidelined him for the rest of the season. Then, starting wing Jabril Trawick
broke his jaw which kept him out of a few games and forced freshman Reggie Cameron
into the starting lineup. And just this week, we found out that backup center Moses Ayegba
was suspended for one game by the NCAA for something called "pre-enrollment reconciliation" which is the biggest load of crap I have ever seen given he had already been suspended for 9 games due to a via issue that occurred like FOUR YEARS AGO.
It can always be worse, and that really make this difficult to preview Georgetown, given the changes.
Georgetown is 11-9 on the season, ranked No. 69 in KenPom and not even the highest-ranked George (George Washington at No. 35). The Hoyas have lost five in a row, three coming to KP top-30 teams, plus an OT loss to No. 53 Marquette. The injuries have, no doubt, been a factor.
The Hoyas are No. 108 in adjO, shooting decent on 2-pointers (No. 47) and poor from behind the arc (33.8 percent). The good news is they don't take a ton of three-pointers (30.8 percent). Georgetown turns the ball over at a high rate (19.5 percent), but they're OK at getting to the free-throw line (42.7 FTR).
The backcourt is where the offensive comes. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game, along with 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He's shooting 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from deep. Markel Starks
averages 16.4 points and leads the team with 4.0 assists per game. Inside, Mikael Hopkins
averages 6.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and is No. 85 nationally in block%.
Defensively, things are a bit better, ranked No. 64 in adjD. Georgetown is ranked in the top 65 in 2P% D and 3P% D. They don't force many turnovers, and, as Andrew mentioned, they foul a whole lot (53.5 FTR, No. 333). Meanwhile, MSU is No. 285 in the country at getting to the line.
On the glass, Georgetown isn't special, ranked No. 186 on the offensive side and No. 229 on the defensive side.
KenPom predicts a 73-63 MSU win, giving the Spartans an 83 percent chance.
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