Game Preview - Georgetown vs. UMBC
Game 7 - Georgetown (3-3) vs. UMBC (3-3)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: November 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena
How to Watch: Fox Sports 2
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 5-0
Last Meeting: Georgetown def. UMBC 100-71 on 12/8/21
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown -11.5
Prediction: Georgetown 72, UMBC 60
Official Game Notes: HERE
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 71-87 record at Georgetown)
Record: 3-3 (0-0 in Big East)
Last Time Out: Lost to American 74-70 on 11/23
Player to Watch: Qudus Wahab
In the loss to American, all nine Hoyas who touched the floor scored. Georgetown can score points but they struggle in how they do that. The Hoyas had 12 assists the entire game on 24 made shots against AU.
They’re not sharing the rock.
Keep in mind, this is a team essentially made up entirely of transfers and they’ve played six games together. I’m not excusing losses to Loyola Marymount or American University but it does make sense that it would take a few games for the players to mesh with one another.
However, this is year six under the head coach. The problems that were there in the first game against Coppin State continue to show up game after game.
Georgetown has been outscored by 70 points in the second half in the past four games combined. That is not a trend that can continue if this team wants to win more than a game or two more this season.
Head Coach: Jim Ferry (1st season)
Record: 3-3 (0-0 in America East)
Last Time Out: Lost @ UNC Greensboro 76-72 on 11/22
Player to Watch: Colton Lawrence
We all know UMBC from the most famous upset in NCAA Tournament History. In 2018, the Retrievers became the first ever 16 seed to defeat a 1 seed in the big dance as UMBC took down the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54.
Here we are, four years later, and the Retrievers are now under the direction of first year head coach Jim Ferry. Formerly an assistant an interim head coach at Penn State, Ferry has 19 years of experience as a head coach, most notably at Long Island of the Northeastern Conference, a team he took to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012.
In his first season at UMBC, he’s got the Retrievers off to a 3-3 start, just like Patrick Ewing does for Georgetown in year six!
UMBC has losses to Tulane, Princeton and UNC Greensboro, with wins against Penn State York, Lafayette and Central Connecticut. The Retrievers have not won a game against a Division I opponent that has won a game yet.
In the game against the Hoyas, keep an eye on leading scorer Colton Lawrence. The senior guard is averaging 15.7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game. He’s also shooting 43% from the field 42% from three and 90% from the free throw line.
The Retrievers will be looking to him if they want to follow the lead of American in an upset bid of Georgetown…is it still ok to call it an upset at this point?