Tuscaloosa, AL – The 2011 version of the Big East/SEC ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this evening in Tuscaloosa.
Georgetown has won its last three games to move to 5-1 overall, as its lone defeat came by four points to Kansas on a neutral court. On Monday, the Hoyas cruised past IUPUI by an 81-58 final as expected to move to 3-0 at home. Tonight's affair marks the first true road game of the season for Georgetown, which hopes to challenge for the title in college basketball's elite conference, the Big East.
On Sunday, Alabama improved to 7-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign with a 72-64 decision over VCU. The win was the Tide's 24th straight at home, the nation's fifth-longest home win streak, as they have not lost at home in 638 calendar days. With wins over the likes of Purdue and Maryland to date, 'Bama is certainly battle tested and eager to begin SEC play.
These two programs last met during the 2007-08 season, and the Hoyas and Tide have split their four series affairs.
The Hoyas are posting 82.0 ppg this season on 50.7 percent shooting from the floor, and they are limiting opponents to 62.2 ppg on 39.8 percent field goal efficiency. Georgetown is tough on the boards, outrebounding opponents by an average of 5.4 rpg while forcing over 15 turnovers per outing. Jason Clark leads a trio of double-digit scorers with 17.0 ppg, and he is shooting 41.2 percent from three-point range. Hollis Thompson, a 54.5 percent shooter from behind the arc, adds 14.7 ppg to the mix, while Henry Sims rounds out the threesome with 13.5 ppg. In the 23-point romp over IUPUI last time out, Thompson shined with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sims added 14 points and Markel Starks posted 13 points for the Hoyas, who got 14 rebounds from Nate Lubick. Georgetown limited the opposition to 35 percent shooting from the field in that affair.
Alabama's strength is the frontcourt duo of JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell. Green is scoring 15.5 ppg on 50 percent shooting from the field, and he is pulling down 8.0 rpg. As for Mitchell, he provides 14.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Trevor Releford rounds out an impressive trio with 11.6 ppg for Alabama, which is posting 69.9 ppg while limiting opponents to 52.6 ppg on 32 percent field goal efficiency. Green was sensational for the Tide in Sunday's victory over VCU, as he scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field to go along with 14 rebounds. Mitchell netted 13 points for 'Bama, which actually trailed by one point at intermission after struggling a bit offensively in the first half. To the team's credit, it got rolling after intermission, hit 61.9 percent of its shots from the floor and 14-of-17 free throws.