Positive PostGame Prognosis: St. John's at Home

Well we won by 25 points. I think my work here is done.


Ok there's a lot more to it than that. This was the most dominating win of the season. Only the Appalachian State game had a bigger margin of victory. Only Utah State managed to score less points than St. Johns, but that game had a pace much slower than this game (58 vs. 68).  This was the most dominating performance due to our defense. Combine that with the fact that our offense was clicking and St. John's never had a chance.

Let's start with our defense. We held St. John's to 33.9% shooting almost 8% worse than they shot at MSG. That's the worst a Georgetown opponent has shot this season edging out undersized Wofford's 34.0% shooting early in the season. The Hoyas held the Johnies to 37.3% eFG% for the game and 36.4% in the first half. St. John's only managed an offensive efficiency of 76.3 for the game and was held to 70.4 in the second half - the 2nd lowest efficiency for a half of any opponent. Only UNC Asheville's first half beat it by 0.3.

The Hoyas said they were going to work on defense during this week-long break and it was clear they were true to their word. Two quotes from Chris Wright stood out to me: "We wanted to come out here and beat them on the boards and beat them defensively. It was another league game where we had a lot of emphasis on perimeter defense." It seems clear the Hoyas understand their focus needs to be on the defensive end if they want to reach the heights their capable of. Chris also said: "3-on-3 might have been tougher than out there tonight." in reference to the team drilling 3 on 3 to work on defense in practice. That's how practices ought to be. Practice should be the hardest thing and the games should be a welcome respite. We need to go hard on defense in practice so much so that when we get into a game situation it's much easier in comparison.

In addition to our outstanding defensive performance we did great in other areas of the game. Our offense was  crisp and efficient. We had 21 assists on 26 made field goals good for an 80.8% assist rate. We did a better job holding onto the ball and shot great percentages from every area of the court.

We did an excellent job on the boards our rebounding St. Johns by 9 and grabbing 75.6% of the rebounds on the defensive end.

The most positive aspect to this blow out victory was how much better we played compared to our first game against St. Johns. I think a lot of credit goes to our coaching staff and the way they adapted their game plan, but Ithink it's really startling to look at the dramatic improvement in the numbers (courtesy of Hoya Prospectus):

  • Pace:  MSG 54 Verizon 68
  • Our Effic.: MSG 107.6 Verizon 113.0
  • Their Effic.: MSG  113.2 Verizon 76.3
  • Our eFG%   MSG   48.9    Verizon  59.8
  • Their eFG% MSG 44.8   Verizon  37.3 
  • Our TO% MSG 26.0  Verizon 20.5
  • Their TO% MSG  7.4   Verizon 19.1
  • Our OR%  MSG 48.1 Verizon 28.6
  • Their OR% MSG 31.2 Verizon  24.4
  • Our FTA/FGA MSG 37.8  Verizon 45.1
  • Their FTA/FGA: MSG 47.9 Verizon 22.0
  • Our Assist Rate: MSG 55.0 Verizon 80.8 
  • Their Assist Rate: MSG 60.0  Verizon 45.0
  • Our Block Rate: MSG 11.1 Verizon  9.1
  • Their Block Rate: MSG 10.7 Verizon 6.1
  • Our Steal Rate: MSG 5.6 Verizon  11.7
  • Their Steal Rate: MSG 11.1 Verizon 13.2
  • Our 2FG%: MSG 57.1 Verizon 51.5
  • Their 2FG%: MSG 47.2 Verizon 36.4
  • Our 3FG%: MSG 23.5 Verizon 50.0
  • Their 3FG%: MSG 25.0 Verizon 26.7
  • Our FT%: MSG 82.4 Verizon 69.6
  • Their FT%: MSG 78.3 Verizon 61.5 

We improved in every categorey besides FT%, 2FG%, BLK%, and OR%. In several categories the improvement is dramatic.

The coaching staff had a fantastic game plan. We forced St. John's to be a jump shooting team. In NY, St. John's took 24 jump shots(2's +3's), while in DC the Hoyas forced St. John's to take 43 jump shots (2's + 3's). St. John's just is not a good shooting team. Keep them away from the rim and they struggle. We did a great job cutting of lanes to the hoop and keeping them off the offensive glass.

Player Evaluations:

Chris Wright: Did a great job controlling the game with 6 assists and a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio. He also had 9 points, 2 steals, and 3 rebounds.

Austin Freeman: Austin had 14 points including yet another 4 point play. He had 2 assists and a rebound. He had the best +/- according to the HD box score with 25. It wasn't his best game, but he did enough to keep st. john's attention and open things up for others.

Jason Clark: Jason was the leading scorer with 16 and was a perfect 5-5 from the field including 3-3 from beyond the arc. This was huge as jason had been in a huge shooting slump. Jason also chipped in 5 rebounds 2 assists and 2 steals. In addition he only had 1 turnover.

Julian Vaughn: Another big performance from the big man. His ankle is still a little ginger, but Julian battled and had a great game down low. Scoring 9 points and grabbing a game high 8 rebounds. He also had 4 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. He was a perfect 3-3 from the field. He had an ORtg of 152.4

Nate Lubick: Nate got off to a slow start in his first start. However he settled in and had a very solid game. He had 6 points and 6 rebounds including 3 offensive(20%OR%). He also had a steal and an assist.

Hollis Thompson: Responded very well to coming off the bench. Hollis enjoys favorable matchups against st. John's and has averaging 15.5pts against st. john's this year. In this game, Hollis had 15pts, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Hollis only missed 1 shot going 5-6 including 2-2 from 3. He also 3-3 from the FT line. He threw down a massive dunk for an and 1 making up for getting posterized in memphis.

Jerrelle Benimon: Jerrelle played perhaps his best game of the season, definitely the best in quite a while. Jerrelle had 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 points on 2-2 FT shooting. He was +11 according to the HD box score and played solid defense.

Henry Sims: Had a great line in just ten minutes of action. He was the 3rd Hoya who was perfect from the field. Henry had 4points 2 rebounds 2 assists and 0 turnovers.

Markel Starks: Had 2 rebounds and 2 assists in limited minutes.

The Rest: The other players did not get enough time to really merit their own write up. Moses got a rebound and a steal, Caprio got his first points of the season sinking two free throws.

This was a fairly easy game to be positive about. The hardest part of writing this was resisting the temptation to make a weather pun like every single other person who wrote about this game. The Hoyas are on a 3 game win streak and back to .500 in BE play. With BE teams getting upset left and right the BE is now more open than ever. The Hoyas have a tough 2 games in 3 days stretch @Nova followed by a home match against Louisville. The Hoyas are appearing to be getting better and better over the last couple of weeks. Time to prove it and reclaim our rightful place in the upper echelons of the conference.

Stay Casual, my friends.

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