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LINKS: Hoyas and Bulldogs to Face Off

Samford comes to D.C. by way of Birmingham, Alabama

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 03 Liberty at Georgetown Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Georgetown Hoyas host the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday at noon.

(Note: My late father, Lou, “71hoya” graduated from Samford’s law school in ‘74. He passed on Wednesday night and my family appreciates your thoughts immensely)

Here are the links:

Georgetown Continues Homestand Against Samford - Georgetown University Athletics | GUHOYAS

Samford comes in with a 6-7 record after a 105-87 loss to Alabama on Wednesday. The Bulldogs are averaging 78.5 ppg, while allowing opponents to score 75.8 ppg. Josh Sharkey leads the team with 16.9 ppg and leads the country with 9.7 apg. Brandon Austin (14.3 ppg), Robert Allen (13.5 ppg) and Jalen Dupree (13.2 ppg) are all also in double figures. Dupree and Allen lead Samford on the boards with 6.7 and 6.3 rpg, respectively.

ABOUT THE MATCHUP Saturday will be just the second all-time meeting between the Hoyas and Bulldogs. The first and only previous matchup between the two teams came on Jan. 6, 1979

Alabama Basketball: Petty Explodes for 39, Leads Tide Win. | ROLLBAMAROLL

Petty came out firing in the second half, and the Tide built a 25 point lead before Samford woke up, heated up, and made a game of it. The Bulldogs went on 24-7 run highlighted by hitting virtually every shot they threw up over a six to seven minute period. The made shots allowed SU to get in their press, and the Tide did not handle it well. Turnover after turnover led to easy baskets and suddenly only a six point Tide lead. The Tide was reeling with a combination of foul trouble, nagging injuries, and sloppy play. However, the frantic play eventually lead to the Bulldogs tiring, and the shots quit falling. Bama was able to keep a 10 point margin most of the rest of the way, mainly by hitting free throws

BamaInsider - John Petty Jr.’s career night leads Alabama basketball past Samford | ALABAMA.RIVALS

“This was a good win. Samford is a quality team. Shooting got us off to a good start. Give credit to them, they fought back from being down 25 at one point. I thought they really fought back and made it an interesting game. We didn’t handle their pressure very well. I thought our defense kind of slacked off. That’s a little bit of human nature when the offense came as easy as it did in the first half. “Guys have a tendency to not play as hard as they need to and not be as focused on defense. We addressed that at the half, but I didn’t think we did a very good job coming out in the second half. Once we kind of settled in there with the press and got our defense set and got some stops, we were able to open it back up.