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Ohio State - Georgetown Preview
Georgetown Hoyas (2) Vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (1)
Sunday, 3/31 @ 6:07
Betting Line From Bookmaker: Georgetown -1
The Georgetown Hoyas took the University of North Carolina Tar Heels into overtime by outmatching them in the second half—37 to 31. Although they entered the OT even at 81, the extra period was anything but equal as the Hoyas outscored the Tar Heels 15- 3. The Ohio State Buckeyes allowed second seed Memphis 38 points each half while scoring 41 and 51 themselves and beat the Tigers easily 92- 76. Here’s what it looks like going into this Final Four contest between the second seed Hoyas and the first seed Buckeyes.
Georgetown’s biggest mistake was sending North Carolina to the free throw line 34 times! The Tar Heels made 29 points from the penalty stripe, shooting 85%. The Hoyas only shot 18 fouls, hitting 67%. It was shooting from the field, including three-point land, that saved the day for GT. They hit 58% from the field to UNC’s 35% and 57% from downtown to their opponent’s 25%. Georgetown also came up big on defense with center Roy Hibbert catching fire and blocking 6 shots. The Hoyas had 11 blocks total.
For GT it seemed as if everyone got into the act with each starter scoring in double figures and the bench adding 7 more points. Junior forward Jeff Green led the team with 22 points. He added 9 rebounds. Hibbert notched a double-double, putting in 13 points and swiping 11 rebounds. Freshman forward DaJuan Summers came up big again grabbing 6 off the boards while putting 20 up on the scoreboard. Sophomore guard Jessie Sapp led all players with 8 assists and junior guard Jonathan Wallace dished off 7 assists. They had 15 and 19 points respectively.
It was back and forth at times in the Ohio State- Memphis contest until the Buckeyes opened up a 69- 64 lead with 6:43 left in the game. They led from then on. Ohio State benefited greatly from 41 trips to the free throw line where they made 35. The Buckeyes shot 51% from the field but were a dismal 29% from the three-point mark. Ohio State was helped by 8 steals.
Senior guard Ron Lewis was 10 of 10 from the charity stripe. Lewis scored a total of 22 points and took in 6 rebounds. Guard Mike Conley Jr., a freshman, had a solid game with 2 steals, 2 assists, 4 rebounds and 19 points. He was 9 of 10 from the free throw line, while junior guard Jamar Butler was 6 for 6 from that mark, scoring a total of 12 points. Freshman center Greg Oden hit for 17 and also had 9 rebounds and 1 block.
The Hoyas possess a talented center who can come up big on defense and put the ball in the hoop in the other end. Ohio State also has a fine force in the center position. GT shows solid three-point guys and good shooters all around. Georgetown has to give a lot fewer fouls than they did against the Tar Heels. Ohio State took advantage of foul opportunities and will do so again. Both teams did well in not turning the ball over. The OS defense can steal the ball and create big opportunities. This looks to be a down and dirty battle inside.
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