Georgetown Hoyas vs. Connecticut Huskies
Tip-off: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT
YouWager experts consider that the Georgetown Hoyas‘ own Otto Porter was magnificent in assiting his team take over sole possession of first place in the Big East.
The 19 year-old player had to do his very best to outshine what Shabazz Napier did for the Connecticut Huskies last week.
Porter will try to lead the seventh-ranked Georgetown team to their 10th straight win in tonight’s matchup with Napier and Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion.
The Hoyas (21-4, 11-3) won 57-46 over then-No. 8 Syracuse Orange on Saturday, snapping Syracuse’s 38-game home win streak — the longest in the nation. Porter had career highs of 33 points and five steals along with eight rebounds. This college basketball team is enjoying their longest run in Big East play since winning 11 in a row in 2006-07. Georgetown lead the conference by one-half game over No. 22 Marquette Golden Eagles, with No. 10 Louisville Cardinals one game back.
Porter scored 16 of the Hoyas’ 21 first-half points. The sophomore did a much better job in the second half and finished with a career-high five 3-pointers as he made 12 of 19 shots overall, with the rest of Georgetown’s shooting 20.0 percent.
Napier quickly credited his teammates after averaging 27.5 points and 55.6 percent shooting in two wins last week. He scored 17 of his 28 after halftime in an 81-69 victory versus the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday.
The Hoyas have lost six of their last seven games away from home versus the Huskies (19-7, 9-5) and has fallen by an average of 22.0 points in losing all three previous meetings at Gampel Pavilion.
However, Connecticut is likely to see a different Porter than the player who scored four points in 33 minutes against them in last season’s lone meeting, a 58-44 home victory for Georgetown last Feb. 1.
According to the NCAA basketball live lines, Napier had one point, four fouls and missed all nine shots from the field in 31 minutes of that game, while Ryan Boatright failed to score and missed all four shots in 19 minutes.
Connecticut has won seven of nine and are 12-2 at home — 5-0 at Gampel.