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Creighton vs. Georgetown analysis: The Hoyas' Crossover Examination

Devonte Brooks weighs in on what went right and wrong in Georgetown's victory over Creighton on Saturday.

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Georgetown came into the game with a slow start, thanks to the zone that Creighton was running, which affected the offense a lot. And for the first time in a while, the Bluejays were hitting their shots from the perimeter, looking like their old selves in this early January matchup.

But as time wore on, it became evident that it was nothing but a mirage. At halftime, they were 4-for-13 from the perimeter, but were only down 33-31 at halftime. Shooting the ball is something that Creighton needs to do if they want to win as Greg McDermott said after the press conference, and they were faced with that task for the second consecutive game.

As fate would have it, the second verse would be the same as the first.

Creighton was 5-for 25 from behind the arc at the end of the game, which is nothing short of a dismal mark for a team that was once the best shooting team in the country. Georgetown defended the perimeter really well and was very attentive of the Bluejay shooters. Georgetown has had problems at defending the perimeter, but this was one of the best games that they have had this season on defense.

Georgetown's overall defense was really good, as they held Creighton to just 16 field goals on the night.

Georgetown's offense played really well in the second half. Watching the game, you would not think they only missed five shots, but the Hoyas shot 15-for-20 in the second half -- a staggering mark to say the least.

Joshua Smith was used in a lot of possessions in the second, even though he had four fouls to end the game. Georgetown was really effective from behind the arc and got huge contributions because from the young guys.

Out of the whole game, Georgetown shot 58.7 percent from the field, which is really impressive.

Georgetown individual analysis

  • Tre Campbell was really effective on the defensive side of the ball when he was guarding Austin Chatman, who was held to eight points. Chatman is averaging 13.7 points per game, and did not play well at all.
  • L.J. Peak made shots all around the floor, and was just not driving to the rim. Also, he was handling some of the point guard responsibilities and looked very comfortable in doing so.
  • Joshua Smith was used on a lot of the possessions in the second half was very aggressive. Nobody on Creighton could defend him. He scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half.
  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera did not have his best game, but he did play good defense before the lineup was changed in the second half. Smith was not scoring, but he did create for others.
  • Smith's rebounding numbers have been low in the past two teams, but that number will increase to the way that he wants it to be.
  • Smith was used on 39 percent of the possessions and most of that came late in the second half because he did not start the second half.

Georgetown team analysis

  • The team had 20 defensive rebounds throughout the entire game, as they did a good job at boxing out and not allowing second chance points.
  • The Hoyas only allowed Creighton to score 0.59 points per possessions.
  • Georgetown allowed 16 offensive rebounds, perhaps the mostly costly of moves all night. They were not keeping a body on the defenders, but off of some of the rebounds the Bluejays got, they did not score on their second chance opportunities.
  • It was a balanced performance from everyone who got some time to play and Bradley Hayes played a huge part on the defensive side of the ball when Joshua Smith was out.
Overall, this may be one of the best performances that the team has had in the past few games, including nonconference play. The depth of this team is starting to show, as they can change the lineup at any given moment and each player can provide a high level of impact. The young guys are really important to the team because they do so much of the small things. It is good to see Tre Campbell and LJ Peak in the backcourt playing together, because they add another dimension to the team. Campbell can defend other guys because he is quick. Confidence appears to be at a peak at the moment in Washington, D.C.