Matchup

Posted: March 23, 2007

Georgetown vs. Vanderbilt

NCAA East Regional Semifinal

When: Tonight, 7:27 p.m.

Where: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV/Radio: CBS3/WPEN (950-AM)

Records: Georgetown 28-6, Vanderbilt 22-11

History: Georgetown won at Vanderbilt in November, 86-70. It was the Hoyas' second game of the season, Vandy's first.

How they got here: No. 2 Georgetown defeated No. 15 Belmont, 80-55, and No. 7 Boston College, 62-55. No. 6 Vanderbilt beat No. 11 George Washington, 77-44, and No. 3 Washington State, 78-74 (2OT).

Coaches: John Thompson III is 70-29 in 3 years at Georgetown and 138-71 in 7 years overall. Kevin Stallings is 144-107 in 8 years at Vanderbilt, 267-170 in 14 years overall.

Three things Georgetown must do:

1. Guard the three-point line, where the Commodores do their most damage. The Hoyas hold teams to 30.4 percent shooting from the arc.

2. Run its offense through the big three (Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace). They combined for 53 points in the November meeting.

3. Be as efficient as it has been all season. The Hoyas are ranked in the top five in scoring defense (56.9 points), field-goal defense (38.2 percent) and field-goal offense (50.5 percent).

Three things Vanderbilt must do:

1. Make at least 10 threes and outscore the Hoyas from the three-point line by at least 15 points. In the November game, Vandy was just 5-for-21 from the arc.

2. Not get tired from spending so much time defending each Georgetown possession.

3. Hope its star, Derrick Byars, the SEC Player of the Year, has another huge game.

What to expect: The Hoyas have won 16 of 17 by doing all the little things right. They are not an offensive juggernaut, but they don't have to be as they control the pace of the games and make every possession an ordeal. Vanderbilt averages 76.6 points, but is not likely to sniff that number here. Hibbert seems to be getting better with each possession. Green is almost an impossible matchup. Vandy, which has three players with more than 70 treys and has outscored its opponents by 222 points from the arc, will be trying to win the game from distance. Georgetown will be trying to win it much nearer the basket. I love the three. I love the way Georgetown is playing even more.

- Dick Jerardi

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