We are finally seeing signs of life in D.C., as the Hoyas have begun to turn their season around after a rocky start. Georgetown has opened Big East play with a 2-1, including a win at DePaul in the conference schedule opener. The Hoyas have begun to look like the we thought they'd be, particularly in an impressive home win against Marquette where the offense was really clicking. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is looking like the player everyone thought he would be coming into the year, as the senior guard is averaging 15.6 points and 6.6 assists in conference play. Despite a slight hiccup in their trip to Omaha, Georgetown appears to be headed in the right direction, and should continue to improve in Saturday's contest against DePaul
2. Can DePaul get it done the second time around?
DePaul and Georgetown are meeting for the second time in 4 games, in an early season scheduling quirk. Georgetown won the first contest by 12 points, as DePaul was able to keep the game close for the first 20 minutes, until the Hoyas finally broke through in the second half. DePaul is a veteran team that has seen the Hoyas plenty over the last few years, and should be able to make some adjustments to give Georgetown more trouble than they had in the first meeting. That being said, Georgetown is simply the more talented team, and should come out the victors in the end.
3. Will DSR jumpstart his Big East POY campaign?
Coming into the year, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was getting pegged by many as a candidate for the conference player of the year (although by no means a favorite), yet the buzz surrounding Georgetown's leading scorer is almost completely gone. DSR has begun to heat up a bit the last three games, as he has score at least 15 points in each of those contests. While he's had some inconsistent games scoring, he's also had some issues with turnovers, including 5 in Wednesday's loss at Creighton. A strong performance against the Blue Demons could help launch Smith-River back into the conversation for some post season hardware.