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MBB NCAA Regional Semifinal - Friday, March 23
 Vanderbilt vs.  Georgetown
East Rutherford, N.J. - 6:27 p.m. CT
Georgetown's Roy Hibbert (55) signals at the end of Georgetown's 62-55 win over Boston College in an NCAA second-round East Regional basketball game at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, March 17, 2007. At rear is Boston College's Sean Marshall (23). (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) |
The No. 2-seeded Hoyas are among the nation's elite, ranking No. 9 in both the Associated Press and ESPN-USA Today polls. They are riding a six-game winning streak approaching the Vanderbilt encounter, a stretch that includes a Big East Tournament Championship victory over No. 11 Pittsburgh (63-42, March 10), and NCAA tournament wins over Belmont (80-55, March 15) and Boston College (62-55, March 17). Georgetown, 28-6, has also captured 17 of their last 18 games. In addition to winning the Big East tournament, Georgetown claimed the outright conference crown with a 13-3 regular season record.
The Hoyas are one of the nation's most talented basketball teams, featuring a lineup of four first-team All-Big East performers, including unanimous selections Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert. Green, the league's Player of the Year this season, is a 6-9 power forward who blends outside shooting accuracy with a quality inside possess. He is the Hoyas' leading scorer (14.2 ppg), shoots better than 50 percent from the field, and ranks among the team leaders in rebounding (6.2 rpg), assists, steals and blocks. Hibbert leads the Hoyas with 6.7 rebounds a game, ranks second in scoring (12.7 ppg), hits 67 percent of his field goal attempts, and has a team-high 83 blocks on the season.
Junior guard Jonathan Wallace is the Hoyas' third scorer in double digits (11.0 ppg) and provides a solid assists duo with sophomore guard Jessie Sapp. Georgetown's fifth starter, DaJuan Summers of Baltimore, is one of the Big East's top freshman forwards.
THE GEORGETOWN SERIES
Vanderbilt and Georgetown have played on three occasions, with the Hoyas holding a 2-1 advantage.
Georgetown gave Vanderbilt one of its three home losses this year, 86-70, in the Commodores' season opener on Nov. 15. Green, Hibbert and Wallace paced the Georgetown attack with 19, 18 and 16 points, respectively. Hibbert and Green posted 10 and eight rebounds, respectively. Alex Gordon (15 points) and Derrick Byars (14 points) topped the Commodore attack.
Last season, the Commodores turned the tables on Georgetown, winning 68-61 on Nov. 26, 2005 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. In the victory, Vanderbilt overcame a 13-point first half deficit by hitting nearly 60 percent of its second half field goals. Shan Foster topped the Commodore attack with 20 points, making 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
The third meeting in the series came in NCAA tournament action. On March 9, 1991, the Commodores lost to Georgetown 70-60 at Tucson, Ariz., in a West regional first round game. That Georgetown team, powered by twin towers Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning, jumped out to a 10-point lead, only to see Vanderbilt take a brief second half behind the outside shooting of All-SEC guard Scott Draud. Eventually, the Hoyas' inside strength proved too much for the Commodores.