Big East Tournament 2012: Georgetown Basketball Preview

The Big East Conference Tournament 2012 tips off Tuesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and this SB Nation New York StoryStream is the place to come for every tidbit of information. For a full schedule with results and updates of the bracket, click here.

Picked to finish in 10th place in the Big East Conference preseason polls, the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball program has surpassed all expectations this season.

But if you look at their star players, senior guard Jason Clark and junior forward Hillis Thompson, and head coach, John Thompson III, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the Hoyas (22-7, 12-6) are now one of the favorites to win the Big East Tournament crown.

Head Coach: John Thompson III, eighth season

Thompson will be at the helm in Georgetown for a long, long time. He led the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007, but the team is only 1-3 in the NCAA Tournament since then.

Team MVP: Hollis Thompson, junior forward

The Hoyas do-it-all man is Hollis Thompson, the 6-8 junior forward. He’s averaging career highs in points (13.0) and rebounds (5.6) per game, and is one of the league’s most consistent 3-point shooters.

Playing For: Seeding in the NCAA Tournament

If Georgetown were to run the table, they could perhaps move up to the 2-line. If they don’t they are likely to be anywhere in the 3-5 range.

Breakdown: As with most of John Thompson III’s teams, it’s a team-effort for the Hoyas. The scoring, rebounding and minutes are spread out, and there really isn’t a go-to guy (which can either be viewed as a good or bad thing). Senior Jason Clark has gotten better every year, and led the team with 14.3 ppg this season.

Not much was expected from the Hoyas this season, but a few big early season wins over the likes of Memphis, Alabama and Louisville got heads turning and upped the confidence in D.C. Georgetown finished 22-7 (12-6 in conference play) and notably gave rival Syracuse a real run for its money at the Carrier Dome back on Feb. 8 in an overtime loss. They’re won’t wow anyone, but can easily find themselves in the Big East Final if the matchups fall right.

Big East Tournament Seed:
No. 5, will play Tuesday's winner of No. 13 Pittsburgh Panthers and No. 12 St. John's Red Storm.

Rosters and stats:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Jason Clark 29 32.2 4.9 10.3 47.8 1.5 4.6 32.8 3.0 4.0 73.5 0.9 3.2 4.2 1.8 2.3 1.7 0.3 2.0 14.3
Hollis Thompson 29 30.6 4.8 10.0 47.8 1.9 4.1 45.8 1.6 2.4 65.2 1.4 4.2 5.6 1.5 1.6 0.8 0.3 2.2 13.0
Henry Sims 29 26.8 3.7 8.3 44.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.7 5.1 72.1 1.8 3.8 5.6 3.4 2.8 0.7 1.4 2.7 11.1
Otto Porter 29 28.4 3.5 6.9 51.0 0.3 1.5 18.6 1.7 2.4 70.4 2.0 4.8 6.8 1.6 1.1 1.1 0.8 1.9 9.0
Markel Starks 27 24.7 2.7 6.0 45.1 1.3 3.4 37.0 0.8 1.1 75.9 0.3 1.3 1.6 1.6 1.5 0.5 0.1 1.9 7.5
Greg Whittington 29 19.2 1.4 3.8 36.7 0.6 1.7 33.3 0.7 1.1 60.6 1.1 1.7 2.8 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.4 2.3 4.0
Nate Lubick 29 19.1 1.5 2.9 52.4 0.1 0.3 33.3 0.7 1.5 44.2 1.4 2.7 4.0 2.1 0.9 0.3 0.5 2.0 3.8
Jabril Trawick 29 12.6 1.0 2.4 39.4 0.2 0.8 21.7 1.5 1.9 78.6 0.4 1.0 1.4 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.2 1.4 3.6
Mikael Hopkins 26 7.2 0.8 1.9 42.9 0.0 0.1 50.0 0.9 1.2 80.0 0.7 0.5 1.2 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 2.6
Tyler Adams 4 6.0 1.0 2.3 44.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 1.0 1.3 2.3 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.8 1.5 2.5
Aaron Bowen 12 4.3 0.7 1.7 40.0 0.2 0.5 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.8 1.5
John Caprio 9 2.4 0.1 0.8 14.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.7 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2

For a SB Nation New York preview of other Big East schools, click on its respective links: Syracuse, Marquette, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Georgetown, South Florida, Louisville, West Virginia, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Providence, DePaul.

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