Georgetown's formula of relying on Otto Porter Jr. on offense and its suffocating defense has served it well during its nine-game win streak. Both will need to be operating at peak efficiency Wednesday when the eighth-ranked Hoyas attempt to end their struggles at Connecticut. Porter tallied a career-high 33 points in Saturday's win at Syracuse, ending the Orange's 38-game home winning streak.
Porter, averaging 19.7 points over the last nine contests, has provided the offense necessary to push Georgetown into sole possession of first place in the Big East while the defense has allowed only two opponents to eclipse 56 points during the winning streak. Both marks figure to get tested against the surging Huskies, who have defeated the Hoyas six of the last seven times they have met at home. Connecticut has won seven of nine and is among the conference leaders in field goal percentage and scoring during Big East play.
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ABOUT GEORGETOWN (21-4, 11-3 Big East): Porter claimed his second straight conference player of the week award while freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was named Big East Rookie of the Week - the first time this season one team has secured both honors in the same week. The back-to-back 33-point games from Smith-Rivera (against DePaul last Wednesday) and Porter Jr. marked the first time two different Georgetown players had scored at least 30 in consecutive games since Allen Iverson and Victor Page did so during the 1996 Big East Tournament. The Hoyas have held Big East opponents to 37.3 percent shooting and 56.4 points per game.
ABOUT CONNECTICUT (19-7, 9-5): Shabazz Napier (17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists) hardly took a back seat to Porter last week, scoring 27 against Cincinnati and 28 against DePaul in pair of wins. Napier remains the only player in the conference averaging at least 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Napier's efforts have allowed the Huskies to rank second in conference play in scoring (71.4) and third in field goal percentage (44.8), each of which got a boost in Saturday's 81-67 victory over the Blue Demons when Connecticut shot 60 percent from the field. The Huskies also lead the Big East in free throw shooting (75 percent).
1. Georgetown is enjoying its longest win streak in Big East play since winning 11 in a row in 2006-07.
2. Connecticut has defeated the Hoyas all three times the schools have met at Gampel Pavilion although this will be the first meeting at the venue since 2005.
3. Georgetown has limited 11 of its last 12 opponents to below 40 percent shooting.
PREDICTION: Georgetown 62, Connecticut 56