The Morning After: Bring on the Big East

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 22: Markel Starks #5 of the Georgetown Hoyas during introductions of a college basketball game against the Memphis Tigers on December 22, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 70, Memphis 59
There was some chatter tonight on the global phenomenon about whether Henry Sims had a good game tonight. Henry finished the game with a near double-double [12 pts, 9 rebs.] - sorry folks, that extra rebound on the ESPN box score didn't count in the official box score. The advanced statistics tell us that Henry was a positive for Georgetown [+1.5 net points], but an extremely inefficient player tonight. Sims used up more than a third of Georgetown's possessions while he was on the floor while creating far under a point per possession used. He played solid defense all night [2 blks, 2 st, 6 dreb], but his bad luck shooting the ball and five turnovers were a real problem. By our measure - net points - we'd call this his second worst outing of the year, ahead of only the Kansas game. But as noted elsewhere, it's hard to believe that we're now disappointed by a night like tonight by Sims.

Double Up: Georgetown 70, Memphis 59 | Over the Hilltop
The Fourth Wheel. For much of the first half, the Hoyas’ offense relied to a large part on Markel Starks. The sophomore guard had 14 points, nine in the first half, including a pair of threes to kick off the Hoyas’ scoring. Starks has emerged as the true fourth option on this year’s Georgetown squad, averaging just shy of 10 points per game while shooting better than 40 percent from three. (As a side note, the fact that we’re even counting a fourth option is an implicit tip of the cap to Henry Sims, who is receiving just praise for his senior year transformation.)

No. 16 Georgetown runs out to big lead in 2nd half, beats Memphis 70-59 - The Washington Post
"It’s always good to beat a team two times in a row," Clark said. "That’s the type of game we want to have when we play in the Big East."

Memphis has long team meeting after loss to Hoyas
The teams were playing a rare regular-season, non-conference rematch. Georgetown, unranked at the time, defeated then-No. 8 Memphis 91-88 in overtime in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 23. The roles were reversed for this contest, with the Hoyas holding the national ranking.

Post-Game Quotes: Georgetown vs. Memphis - GUHoyas.com
Head Coach John Thompson III On Hollis Thompson's defensive effort against Will Barton... One, I thought Hollis was extremely attentive. Will is hard to guard because he plays so hard. Even on a day when you talk about us doing a good job guarding him, he has a double-double and was extremely effective for them. So he puts so much pressure on you in every part of the game. With Will you have guard him in the half court, you have to sprint back and guard him in transition and you have to keep him off the boards. As much as you'd like to credit an individual it was really a team effort.

Georgetown bottles up Memphis' transition game, eases past for eighth straight win - Washington Times
Faced with an opponent in Memphis whose ultimate goal was to run up and down the court, Georgetown answered with the one thing it had to do to foil that strategy — the Hoyas ran harder.

Defensive game plan works to perfection - Georgetown Hoyas - CBSSports.com RapidReports
The Hoyas forced 18 Memphis turnovers, the result of a gameplan designed to make the Tigers work for shots. "We focused on that all week," G Jason Clark said. "Our defensive pressure caused them to turn the ball over more. We were in the right places in the right time."

Sims overcomes tough inside defense - Georgetown Hoyas - CBSSports.com RapidReports
C Henry Sims was 3 for 12 from the floor but finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Memphis took away the backdoor cut, leaving Sims with just two assists. "I forced a couple of shots early," he said. "This game, they scouted and tweaked some things."

Vox Populi " Postgame Roundup: Hoyas hold off Memphis, 70-59
A packed Verizon Center crowd came to see the Hoyas, joining a few NBA scouts and a packed media contingent that came specifically to see the Hoya veterans. Clark, Thompson, and Henry Sims shined in that spotlight tonight, as the trio combined for 47 of Georgetown’s points. Sims controlled the paint all night and made his presence known with a couple of emphatic blocks and nine rebounds on the evening. Head Coach John Thompson III said the team focused on rebounding and their defensive effort this week, also noting that the rebounding burden does not fall squarely on Sims and the other big men. "I spent most of this week getting on Jason Clark because he hasn’t been rebounding as well as he needs to rebound," Thompson said. "So, we don’t look at it as our bigs’ responsibility to rebound. We all have to get in there and that’s something that has definitely been a point of emphasis with us across the board."

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