U-M-B-C (24-8) vs. Georgetown (27-5)
Friday, March 21st, 2:55 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Ralph Lauro, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: RBC Center (19,722) -- Raleigh, North Carolina. Television: CBS. NCAA Tournament Record: UMBC 0-0, Georgetown 44-21. Series Record: Georgetown leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Making their first NCAA Tournament appearance, the 15th-seeded UMBC Retrieves will face off against the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in today's Midwest Regional bout in Raleigh. The team that wins this game will take on either Davidson or Gonzaga in the second round on Sunday. The Retrievers are representing the America East Conference, as they captured both the regular-season and tournament titles. With the championships, UMBC is now set to not only to participate in its first-ever NCAA Tournament, but also its first postseason game since moving up to the Division I level 22 years ago. As for Georgetown, it won the Big East regular-season crown, but it fell short against Pittsburgh in the conference championship game. Despite the recent loss, the Hoyas' 27-5 record and Top-10 ranking were plenty to earn an at- large bid to this tourney. Georgetown is 44-21 all-time in 24 prior appearances in the NCAA Tournament and that includes a Final Four appearance as a second-seed last year. The Hoyas defeated UMBC in the two programs only prior meeting, which took place during the 1987-88 season.
UMBC is connecting on 45.5 percent of its chances from the floor and 39.2 percent from three-point range for an average of 75.1 ppg. What makes this club even more effective is that fact that it doesn't make many mistakes, committing a mere 9.6 turnovers per game. Ray Barbosa leads the Retrievers in scoring with 16.9 ppg and he is also corralling 4.1 rpg and shooting 37.7 percent from long range. Darryl Proctor is next in order at 15.1 ppg and he tops the roster with 8.4 rpg and 53 steals. Brian Hodges turns in 14.1 ppg behind 37.7 percent shooting from downtown, while Cavell Johnson puts forth 13.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg.
At the defensive end of the court is where the Hoyas have thrived this season, as they are holding opposing clubs to a mere 58.0 ppg and a lackluster 36.7 percent shooting from the field. Offensively, Georgetown is netting 69.7 ppg while making good on 48.6 percent of its tries from the floor and 38.0 percent from beyond the arc. At 7-2, Roy Hibbert causes all sorts of matchup problems for opposing clubs and he leads the Hoyas with 13.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.3 blocks per game. DaJuan Summers has provided a nice complement to Hibbert, as he contributes 11.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Jonathan Wallace chips in with 10.6 ppg and he is the squad's top three-point threat, hitting at a 45.0 percent clip.
Georgetown is the bigger, stronger and more physical team and it should be able to suffocate UMBC en route to a lopsided win today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgetown 74, UMBC 48
03/21 10:28:18 ET