Georgetown (Big East) at Old Dominion (CAA)
Constant Convocation Center -- Norfolk, VA
7:00 PM EST
Sure, we're being quasi-homers again and picking our attended game, but this is what we've got for counter-programming to the ACC-Big Ten thing. This is the home-and-home rematch of last year's shock at Georgetown's old gym, a 75-62 Monarch victory that featured ODU-us shooting (only 43 percent) but exceptional ball control (9.3 percent turnover rate, six coughs in total) and, shockingly enough, a 31-27 rebounding advantage. Old Dominion will have to win two of these three battles to repeat the result and sweep the series.
The Monarchs are the 42nd best rebounding team in the nation right now (37.5 rpg as a team), and battle they stand to lose is the shooting one. That 43 percent from the Nov. 19, 2006 game is exactly what they're putting up for the year, and the 3-3 Monarchs are coming off a 34 percent night against Louisville. They'll need a great night from emerging 6-10 CAA star Gerald Lee
, who scored 20 against the Cardinals and leads the team with 12.2 ppg. The backcourt's been a bit iffy, but I say give the ball to senior Brandon Johnson
(yes, the dude who got shot a couple years back), he's shooting 49 percent.
When you look at Georgetown, you see... well, a Final Four team from a year ago. And Roy Hibbert
, who is very big and scary and averaging 17 and 7. There's discipline and defense and all the things that made the Hoyas a secret Mid-Majority team-crush a year ago. But Hibbert's ginormous performance in this matchup last year (17 and 8, incidentally) was overcome, and we're hoping for a similar script tonight. C! A! A!Basketball State Preview/Box