Preview: Hoyas seek 3-point touch versus High Point

Preview: Hoyas seek 3-point touch versus High Point
December 5, 2013, 9:30 am
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Matchup: Georgetown (4-2; Big East) vs. High Point (3-3, Big South), 9 p.m.

Broadcast: TV - Fox Sports 1; Radio - 980 AM.

Location: Washington, D.C, Verizon Center

Last time out: After a stretch of missed 3-pointer after missed 3-pointer had the Hoyas up one point at halftime, Georgetown blew out Lipscomb 70-49 on Saturday. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers.

History: First ever meeting

KenPom: Georgetown 25, High Point 194 

Good shot, bad shot: On the hand, the Hoyas had one open 3-point look after another against Lipscomb. On the other hand, after making its first two, Georgetown missed 14 straight from beyond the arc to close the first half and finished 7 of 27 overall. Markel Starks went 2 of 8 while the reserves collectively shot 1 of 11. Georgetown coach John Thompson wasn't upset about the looks, but rather the timing. 

"I think we took one all-things-being-equal bad shot," Thompson said during Wednesday's media session. "Others were bad shots because if you come down and you miss three in a row, well then we don't need to take the fourth even if you're wide open by 10 feet. For the most part at that game, our good shooters, guys who normally makes shots were open by five feet. So was it a bad shot? It was bad because it was the rhythm of the game. ...As a group they have to learn and continue to grow."

On the season, Georgetown is shooting only 31.7 percent from 3 after making 35.3 last season. Outside of losing Otto Porter, the biggest change is Starks (9 of 35), who is making 26 percent of his attempts this season after knocking down over 41 percent last season. 

Asked about the team's 3-point woes against, the senior guard said, "It's just not falling. I'm really think of myself....It's still early. But hopefully, 12-15 games in the season we're still not saying it's still not falling. Something has to change. We're getting wide open looks."

Fortunately Smith-Rivera is having no issue with his touch. The sophomore guard has made 13 of 18 from beyond the arc over his last three games and is shooting 53.1 percent from 3.

The Panthers: The Big South program has a big time pair of scorers in sophomore forward and conference preseason Player of the Year John Brown (21.7 ppg, 9.8 rbg, 2.2 bpg) and senior forward Allan Chaney (15.4 ppg, 8.1 rbg). Both shoot 63 percent from the field and overall High Point makes 51.3 percent of its attempts from the field. 

"They can play with anyone in the country," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said of Brown and Chaney. "[The Panthers] do a good job with their spacing. It's another team where could have a challenge - they spread you out. We're going to have to chase and our bigs - I'm thinking Josh [Smith] in particular - are going to have to be out on the perimeter guarding. They'll test us is that regard. Then they do a good job switching between their zone and man-to-man stuff."

Chaney: It's uncertain whether the Baltimore native will play after collapsing on the court against Wofford on November 24. Told in 2010 he had a heart condition that would end his career, the Baltimore native, who had stints with Florida and Virginia, landed in High Point last season. He sat out the Panthers game on Sunday against the Stephen F. Austin. 

" We recruited him pretty hard," Thompson said of Chaney. "Hope he's OK. I think you can admire his love of the game, his desire to play. You just hope he's making the right decisions and hope everything turns out OK."

Where Art Thou Moses, Reggie: Center Moses Ayegba did not play against Lipscomb while freshman Reggie Cameron received only five minutes. In those five minutes he managed to fire off three 3's and missed them all, yet that's not why the perimeter threat sat. 

"He didn't play much in the second half because his man went around him like four times in the second half," Thompson stated. "It was not because he missed shots." Both of those guys can put the ball in the basket."

As for Ayegba, who played in each of Georgetown's first five games, the coach said, "He just didn't play. DNP-CD." Alrighty then... 

On deck: The Hoyas host Colgate at 12:00 p.m.