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HEAT CHECK: Hoyas May Have Hope on Hinkle Hardwood

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Over past five years Georgetown has shot 53% from the field and 46.9% from three at Butler...

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at Butler Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgetown Hoyas have had some pretty good luck at Hinkle Fieldhouse when facing the Butler Bulldogs. Patrick Ewing’s teams have not lost there and over the past 6 years, the Hoyas are 5-1 when visiting Butler. A look at the shooting percentages indicates that Georgetown shoots the ball well in Hinkle, which may go a long way for a team who struggles defensively at times.

Georgetown at Butler 2014-2019

Each performance below has its own top shooters from inside and outside the arc, but there appears to be a very general commonality in Georgetown’s offensive performances against Butler. Whether this extends to all Butler games is something to look into another time, but Butler’s defense and preferred tempo is undoubtedly a contributing factor. Still, it’s hard to deny that Georgetown’s shooters like D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, L.J. Peak, Rodney Pryor, Marcus Derrickson, Jessie Govan, and Greg Malinowski have not demonstrated that Hoyas can be timely heroes at Hinkle.

Do players better see the hoop with the gym’s different depth? Is there some Hoosier-Hoya-Hinkle-magic? Did Indiana-native DSR share some tips with the squad? Which game stands out in your memory?

January 2, 2019: 84-76

Georgetown (11-3) Table
Basic Box Score Stats
Starters MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jessie Govan 34 5 12 .417 3 7 .429 2 5 .400 5 8 .625 2 4 6 2 1 3 1 1 17
Greg Malinowski 33 10 12 .833 4 5 .800 6 7 .857 0 1 .000 1 6 7 4 1 0 2 1 26
James Akinjo 30 2 8 .250 0 5 .000 2 3 .667 6 8 .750 0 3 3 3 1 0 6 3 12
Josh LeBlanc 30 5 6 .833 5 6 .833 0 0 2 9 .222 0 3 3 2 2 3 1 0 12
Jamorko Pickett 24 0 5 .000 0 2 .000 0 3 .000 0 0 0 4 4 2 0 1 1 4 0
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jahvon Blair 19 2 3 .667 0 0 2 3 .667 0 0 0 5 5 2 0 0 1 0 6
Jagan Mosely 16 1 2 .500 1 1 1.000 0 1 .000 3 4 .750 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 5
Kaleb Johnson 11 1 2 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 2 2 1.000 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 4
Grayson Carter 3 1 1 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
School Totals 200 27 51 .529 15 29 .517 12 22 .545 18 32 .563 3 28 31 16 7 7 15 15 84
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Generated 2/11/2020.

February 13, 2018: 87-83

Georgetown (15-10) Table
Basic Box Score Stats
Starters MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Marcus Derrickson 34 11 13 .846 8 10 .800 3 3 1.000 2 2 1.000 2 5 7 2 1 1 0 0 27
Jessie Govan 31 6 11 .545 6 11 .545 0 0 5 9 .556 0 12 12 4 0 3 2 4 17
Jamorko Pickett 31 2 7 .286 0 1 .000 2 6 .333 4 4 1.000 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 2 10
Kaleb Johnson 25 2 3 .667 2 2 1.000 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 2 4 6 3 0 0 0 3 6
Jonathan Mulmore 17 1 1 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0 3 4 .750 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 4 5
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Trey Dickerson 21 7 8 .875 5 6 .833 2 2 1.000 2 6 .333 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 3 18
Jahvon Blair 20 0 5 .000 0 2 .000 0 3 .000 1 2 .500 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Jagan Mosely 19 1 3 .333 0 1 .000 1 2 .500 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 2 3
Antwan Walker 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
School Totals 200 30 51 .588 22 34 .647 8 17 .471 19 29 .655 4 25 29 20 3 4 13 18 87
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Generated 2/11/2020.

January 28, 2017: 85-81

Georgetown (12-10) Table
Basic Box Score Stats
Starters MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
L.J. Peak 38 6 9 .667 3 4 .750 3 5 .600 7 8 .875 0 3 3 6 0 0 2 2 22
Rodney Pryor 32 8 14 .571 5 8 .625 3 6 .500 1 2 .500 0 4 4 1 0 0 3 4 20
Jonathan Mulmore 30 1 4 .250 1 2 .500 0 2 .000 2 2 1.000 0 2 2 1 1 0 3 4 4
Bradley Hayes 14 3 3 1.000 3 3 1.000 0 0 0 1 .000 1 4 5 0 0 1 3 2 6
Marcus Derrickson 14 2 3 .667 1 1 1.000 1 2 .500 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 5
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Jessie Govan 26 8 9 .889 5 6 .833 3 3 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 3 3 3 0 3 0 2 20
Jagan Mosely 22 0 1 .000 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 3 0
Kaleb Johnson 12 2 4 .500 2 3 .667 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 6
Akoy Agau 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1.000 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 2
Reggie Cameron 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
School Totals 200 30 47 .638 20 27 .741 10 20 .500 15 18 .833 2 19 21 17 3 4 13 21 85
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Generated 2/11/2020.

February 2, 2016: 76-87

Georgetown (13-10) Table
Basic Box Score Stats
Starters MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 40 7 16 .438 2 7 .286 5 9 .556 2 4 .500 0 2 2 7 1 0 2 3 21
Isaac Copeland 31 4 13 .308 4 9 .444 0 4 .000 3 4 .750 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 11
Bradley Hayes 26 5 6 .833 5 6 .833 0 0 2 3 .667 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 4 12
Kaleb Johnson 26 2 5 .400 1 4 .250 1 1 1.000 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 5
Marcus Derrickson 14 0 3 .000 0 2 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 3 2 5 1 1 1 2 4 0
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
L.J. Peak 22 8 13 .615 6 9 .667 2 4 .500 4 5 .800 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 4 22
Tre Campbell 14 0 1 .000 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Jessie Govan 12 2 4 .500 1 3 .333 1 1 1.000 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 5
Reggie Cameron 11 0 1 .000 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Riyan Williams 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
School Totals 200 28 62 .452 19 40 .475 9 22 .409 11 16 .688 6 14 20 15 7 1 9 29 76
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Generated 2/11/2020.

March 3, 2015: 60-54

Georgetown (19-9) Table
Basic Box Score Stats
Starters MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 37 5 9 .556 3 5 .600 2 4 .500 4 4 1.000 1 6 7 2 2 0 2 1 16
Jabril Trawick 34 3 6 .500 2 2 1.000 1 4 .250 2 2 1.000 0 0 0 4 0 1 3 2 9
Isaac Copeland 30 1 6 .167 0 3 .000 1 3 .333 2 2 1.000 1 2 3 0 1 3 1 4 5
Joshua Smith 20 4 4 1.000 4 4 1.000 0 0 2 3 .667 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 4 10
L.J. Peak 11 0 2 .000 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Tre Campbell 21 3 5 .600 1 2 .500 2 3 .667 2 2 1.000 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 10
Mikael Hopkins 19 3 3 1.000 3 3 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 1 1 4 1 4 6
Aaron Bowen 14 1 3 .333 0 1 .000 1 2 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 4
Paul White 13 0 5 .000 0 4 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0
Bradley Hayes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
School Totals 200 20 43 .465 13 26 .500 7 17 .412 13 15 .867 2 18 20 13 9 10 10 19 60
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Generated 2/11/2020.

January 11, 2014: 70-67

Georgetown (11-4) Table
Basic Box Score Stats
Starters MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 44 7 16 .438 6 11 .545 1 5 .200 3 3 1.000 3 4 7 5 1 1 2 2 18
Markel Starks 44 5 14 .357 3 7 .429 2 7 .286 3 7 .429 1 4 5 1 0 0 1 2 15
Reggie Cameron 32 4 10 .400 3 3 1.000 1 7 .143 0 1 .000 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 9
Mikael Hopkins 29 1 6 .167 1 6 .167 0 0 0 0 1 4 5 3 1 1 2 5 2
Nate Lubick 16 3 6 .500 3 6 .500 0 0 0 1 .000 2 1 3 1 0 0 2 5 6
Reserves MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Aaron Bowen 29 5 8 .625 5 7 .714 0 1 .000 1 2 .500 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 3 11
John Caprio 16 1 1 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 0 1 2 .500 0 4 4 2 0 1 2 4 3
Moses Abraham 15 3 3 1.000 3 3 1.000 0 0 0 0 3 5 8 0 0 1 1 5 6
School Totals 225 29 64 .453 25 44 .568 4 20 .200 8 16 .500 12 28 40 13 4 5 11 28 70
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Generated 2/11/2020.

Last year Malinowski had the game of his life against Butler and Mac McClung sat out. Other years include two or more players hitting at a high percentage, so perhaps a healthy tandem of Omer Yurtseven and Mac McClung could shoot 24 for 36. Or maybe Jahvon Blair and Jagan Mosely go 14 for 24 from three? We can hope.

This year, Butler has the second-best opponent field goal percentage (39.6%) in the conference, yet has the second-worst opponent three-point percentage (34.9%). The Bulldogs also keep the possessions and field-goal attempts low. If you’re Patrick Ewing, you likely want to speed things up (surprise!) and keep in mind that a healthy helping of threes is not a bad thing against this Butler defense—especially considering the solid three-point shooting performances from some select Georgetown players over the past handful of years.

Still, Butler recently beat a Villanova team that shot 26-55 (47.3%) from the field and 9-17 (52.9%) from three at home four days after losing to a Providence group shooting 21-52 (40.4%) from the floor and 6-20 (30%) from three. Seton Hall did not shoot well in mid-January (24-58, 41.4% FG; 9-31, 29% 3PT) but escaped Hinkle with a win. Xavier shot 6-16 from three in a 61-66 loss at Butler last night.

A large dose of Terrell Allen feeding Yurtseven and Qudus Wahab in the post might be the prescription, but working the ball around and giving Blair and/or McClung (if healthy) an even greener light is my gut’s recommendation for Saturday.

One big thing jumps out over the past two trips to Indiana: Jamorko Pickett is 2-12 from the field (2-9 3PT) in his career at Hinkle (2 games). Moreover, he’s 9 for 47 from the field (5-22, 22.7% 3FG) over the past 5 games from today (6.4 ppg) and probably should not shoot the ball unless he visited an eye doctor this week. (Sorry, JP). I think he should take a page from Blair’s book and try to get to the free throw line to jump-charge his shooting mojo.