Will Georgetown's offensive rebounding numbers be better?
Georgetown had a problem on the offensive glass against the Terriers last Saturday, getting outrebounded 22-9 on the glass and allowed a lot of second chance points as a result, which kept the team in the game. Every Hoya will need to make a more concerted effort to crash the boards and not let the Islanders get out on the break because they can run when they get a chance. They do not have any bigs, but they run a three-guard system, which should favor the Hoyas because Joshua Smith and Mikael Hopkins possess the ability to crash the boards at will. This presents itself to be a good opportunity for them to get back on track, and it would behoove them to do just that.
Can the Islanders keep up with Georgetown's open court pace?
A huge part of why Georgetown got the win was because after picking up defensive rebounds, they looked for each other on the open court. The wings played a huge role in this, as L.J. Peak, Jabril Trawick, and D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera are good at looking for each other out on the wing and also in the middle of the court. Georgetown scored a lot of points in the open court and fast break points as well. It will be interesting to see how the Islanders defend Peak because it is hard to keep up with him. Every time he gets the ball, he is either looking to attack or pass the ball to one of the big men. The Islanders are not a good at getting fastbreak points, but they are a good defensive team, so it will be interesting to see how they defend it.
Will Joshua Smith have a better game?
After the win against the Terriers, John Thompson III called Joshua Smith's performance "unacceptable," and it's hard to argue that it wasn't. Smith only had 10 points and two rebounds, both on the offensive side of the ball. Smith understands that he didn't play his best and had to the chance to start the season off on a positive note. The scoring number and rebounding number will be better than last game because the Islanders does not have a big man that can stop him.