NEW YORK CITY - Game one in the 2K Classic ensured there would be no rematch of last year’s national championship meeting. Georgetown defeated Wisconsin, 71-61, at Madison Square Garden to advance to Sunday’s final. Duke will face VCU in the second semifinal.
At the half, it was a 32-possession game, not surprising pace-wise, with neither team lighting up the calculators.
Offensive Efficiency: Georgetown 84, Wisconsin 69
The second half saw the Hoyas in command, never relinquishing the lead and showing a much better performance on the offensive end. The second half numbers:
Possessions: Wisconsin 37, Georgetown 35
Offensive Efficiency: Georgetown 126, Wisconsin 105
For the game:
Possessions: Wisconsin 69, Georgetown 67
Offensive Efficiency: Georgetown 106, Wisconsin 88
The Four Factors:
eFG %: Wisconsin 36, Georgetown 52
Free Throw Rate: Wisconsin 32, Georgetown 49
Offensive Rebound %: Wisconsin 39, Georgetown 27
Turnover Rate: Wisconsin 20, Georgetown 22
What Georgetown did well: Shoot. The high eFG percentage came not only from the nine three-pointers, as there were a succession of backdoor opportunities off high post passes that the Badgers just did not adjust to defending.
What Wisconsin did well: Rebound. They won the offensive rebound percentage battle, outrebounding the Hoyas 18-8 on the offensive end. Overall, Wisconsin enjoyed a 40-36 rebounding advantage.
Wisconsin: Nigel Hayes (22 points, 14 efficiency)
Georgetown: Isaac Copeland (15 points, 16 efficiency)
Georgetown placed four in double figures. On a defensive note, the Hoyas forced Bronson Koenig of Wisconsin into a 9-point night on 2-of-12 shooting. The Hoyas had a huge advantage in bench scoring, 31-2. Defense was especially pleasing to Georgetown coach John Thompson III. The defensive efficiency of 88 is a testament to the quality of work on that end of the floor.
“We didn’t shoot it well at all...we needed to hit some of those early looks. When a team shoots 50% (9-of-18) from three against you, that’s a bitter pill to swallow.”
“I am still looking at who can make our best starting five. I want hungry guys.” - Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan
“We played from behind. That’s why they got to the line so much.” - Ryan on Georgetown's 24 second-half free throw attempts
“I thought we had energy against Maryland and we had it today. That team is so well coached, they don’t make mistakes. You have to find a way to win the game, and I thought our guys did it on the defensive end.”
“Reggie (Cameron, 14 points) made shots, but I thought his defense was outstanding for us.” - Georgetown coach John Thompson III
“Our schedule this year, there is no break. Playing teams that will be in the tournament hopefully will improve you. We have a group of guys who can handle it and go forward.” - Thompson on the Hoyas' tough nonconference schedule