Tulane-Georgetown Preview

Home openers have been anything but blowouts for Georgetown
since John Thompson III took over as coach.

The No. 20 Hoyas look to win their fifth straight home opener
under Thompson on Monday night when they take on Tulane.

Georgetown (1-0) is 4-2 in home openers under Thompson, hired
before the 2004-05 season. His club lost its first two before
winning the next four by an average of 8.8 points.

Last season’s home opener was a challenging 46-45 win over
Temple. It came after the Hoyas opened with a 74-58 victory at
Tulane (1-0) in the first meeting between these schools.

Georgetown opened on the road again in 2010-11 and rallied in
the second half for a 62-59 victory at Old Dominion on Friday.
Austin Freeman and Chris Wright keyed a late 13-2 run that gave the
Hoyas the lead for good.

Wright and Freeman combined for 36 points, 30 of them after
halftime. The production helped Georgetown come back after trailing
by as many as eight points in the second half.

“These guys, when we needed them to make shots, they put the
ball in the basket,” Thompson said.

The Hoyas are using a three-guard lineup that includes seniors
Freeman and Wright as they get accustomed to playing without Greg
Monroe, who left after his sophomore season and was the No. 7 pick
by Detroit in the NBA draft.

Monroe was the primary reason why this series was scheduled.
He’s a Louisiana native who grew up just across the Mississippi
River from downtown New Orleans and had 18 points and 11 rebounds
in the opener at Tulane last season.

Freeman scored 16 points, Jason Clark had 13 and Wright 11.

The Green Wave finished 8-22 that season, resulting in the
dismissal of coach Dave Dickerson. Ed Conroy was hired after
previously coaching at The Citadel from 2006-10.

Tulane easily won Conroy’s first game, 91-62 at Maryland-Eastern
Shore on Friday. Kendall Timmons had career highs of 24 points and
15 rebounds.

The Green Wave know this game will be different as they attempt
to end a 25-game losing streak against ranked teams since beating
North Carolina State on Dec. 22, 1999.

“This is going to be a heck of a test for us,” Conroy said. “We
always talk about being prepared to beat the best and certainly
coach Thompson and the way they execute their offense is really
going to challenge us this early in the season.”

Tulane was the worst shooting team in Conference USA last season
at 39.7 percent. The Green Wave missed their first eight shots
against Georgetown and fell behind 11-0 last season.

“Where I want to see progress is if we are learning when, where
and how to make plays,” Conroy said. “We like to be an aggressive
attacking team, but that means you have to play with discipline and
play with the other four guys on the court. If we want to be
successful against Georgetown, we have to be more disciplined then
we’ve been.”