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Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ (22) shoots as Georgetown center Jessie Govan (15) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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No. 16 Badgers pummel Georgetown on the glass for Maui win

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Wisconsin bullied its way to another win in Hawaii.

The 16th-ranked Badgers pulled down 20 offensive rebounds, got 20 points from Bronson Koenig and 19 from Ethan Happ as they defeated Georgetown, 73-57, in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday evening.

Wisconsin held just a three-point advantage at halftime, but continued to pull away from the Hoyas slowly but surely throughout the second half.

The Hoyas looked to be in position to claim a second-straight win over a ranked opponent after they bested Oregon on Monday, but surrendering 19 second-chance points to the Badgers was their undoing.

While Wisconsin finished the day with a comfortable win, there are a few interesting things to explore with coach Greg Gard’s team.

The Badgers’ uncharacteristic issues with turnovers continued yet again against the Hoyas. They finished with 13 giveaways, which rated a 19.7 turnover percentage. In the first half, when the Badgers allowed Georgetown to stay close, they were at an unsightly 24.2 percent.

For seven-straight years, they ranked in the top-five nationally in turnover percentage (including No. 1 twice) until they free-fell out of the top-100 last year amid the Bo Ryan-Gard transition with a rate of 17.1 percent. This year, it’s fallen to 22.5 percent, which ranked 289th on Tuesday night.

That’s an issue for Wisconsin given every one of their possession takes on added importance compared to other programs given their snail’s pace. Their offense runs on precision and not only are turnovers a wasted possession, they’re an indicator of sloppy play, something they’ll struggle to survive.

The other component is that when the Badgers shoot, something good typically happens. Not only is their effective field goal percentage 54.5, they are an elite offensive rebounding team, grabbing 44 percent of their misses, which ranks eighth nationally.

That’s how the Badgers were able to wear down Georgetown throughout night as they absolutely dominated the glass and erased their turnover issue and so-so shooting.

Essentially, Wisconsin doesn’t necessarily have to make shots to be good offensively, they just need to take shots.

Wisconsin’s issues obviously are offset by what the Badgers do well, and they’ll be fine with guys like Koenig, Nigel Hayes and Happ, plus their supporting cast, on the roster whether or not the turnover numbers come down or remain static.

But it’ll be interesting to see as the Badgers’ season unfolds which stats are here to stay and which will move closer to norms. If Wisconsin can clean up its turnover problems while maintaining its high-level offensive rebounding, its offense is going to be a problem for the rest of the Big Ten – and perhaps much of the country.

Terps score stunning last-minute comeback against Hoyas

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It wasn’t a thing of beauty or expertly executed, but Maryland’s meeting with Georgetown sure was intense and exciting.

The Hoyas led by seven with just over a minute left, but fumbled away the victory will sloppy play and mistakes as the Terps came from behind to win 76-75 in a Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup Tuesday night.

Much of the evening was a slog with fouls wiping away any opportunity for the game to be played with any type of flow, but the finish offered redemption for a game that featured a combined 56 fouls and 64 free throws.

After going up 70-63 with 1:14 left, Georgetown surrendered a 3-pointer, sent Maryland to the line for six free throws and committed two turnovers that allowed the Terps the unlikely comeback.

The game’s wildest moments were saved for the finish.

The Terps cut the lead to three, 73-70, with 19 seconds left, and as Georgetown inbounded the ball, Rodney Pryor was whistled for traveling as he slid upon receiving the pass. Then, the Hoyas sent Anthony Cowan to the line with a deadball foul that allowed the Terps to add two points without the clock dwindling.

Tre Campbell followed that up with a pair of free throws, but Melo Trimble answered with a layup. On the ensuing inbounds, Campbell tried to get around a trap, but dribbled out of bounds to give Maryland the ball down just one.

Trimble then made a pair of free throws after he was fouled on the inbounds pass to give Maryland a lead that Kevin Huerter would protect on the other end when he blocked Jagan Mosely’s potential game-winning layup as time expired.

It was a wild, wild finish and one that undoubtedly will leave Georgetown wondering exactly what went wrong. It’s hard to term the finish anything short of a meltdown as it failing to finish off a seemingly sure-thing in the final minute at home against a rival. The Hoyas have some solid non-conference opportunities still ahead of them with Oregon and Syracuse on the docket, but it’s going to be difficult to get over this result.

For the Terps, it’s a stunning turnaround. Trimble’s final line is solid – 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting along with two rebounds and two assists – but it doesn’t really tell the full story of how well he played, carrying Maryland for major stretches. Justin Jackson providing 17 points off the bench is a big development as well.

Four-star point guard commits to Georgetown

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John Thompson III just won a big recruiting battle.

Tremont Waters, a top-40 recruit in the Class of 2017, committed to Georgetown on Wednesday at a ceremony at his high school.

The four-star point guard chose the Hoyas after visiting the school last weekend.

“The feeling I had when I went to Georgetown, everyone pretty much welcomed me into the family,” Waters told reporters Wednesday. “I feel like they’re saying I won’t be there for four years, but I’ll be a part of the family the rest of my life.

“That’s why I chose them.”

Waters, a Connecticut native, becomes the first, and a pivotal, commit for Thompson in the 2017 class.

Tremont Waters is a great grab for the Hoyas as he gives them a pass-first floor leader who is accustomed to making his big men better,” recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a Georgetown roster so full of front court players, Waters should be able to get those guys a lot of looks.”

It’s also worth noting that the Hoyas beat out Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas for Waters. Georgetown’s recruiting hasn’t exactly fallen off a cliff in recent years, but the Hoyas haven’t been landing players at the highest levels lately, either.

Waters’ decision to join the Hoyas over those other blue bloods is at least a strong sign that the Georgetown name still carries weight in recruiting circles and with top recruits.

Former top-100 recruit transferring from Georgetown

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  Paul White #13 of the Georgetown Hoyas reacts against the Xavier Musketeers during a semifinal game of the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After a disappointing and injury-ended sophomore season, Paul White is transferring from Georgetown, the school announce Thursday.

The 6-foot-8 junior averaged 18.4 minutes per game as a freshman, but saw his minutes halved as a sophomore as a hip injury held him out of the first four games of last season before he underwent surgery in January that ended his sophomore campaign.

Given Georgetown’s depth at his position, White was probably going to have a hard time finding minutes with the Hoyas this season, which likely paved the way for his exit.

White was a consensus top-100 recruit coming out of powerhouse Chicago high school Whitney Young in 2014 with offers from the likes of UConn, Arizona, Florida, Ohio State, Wisconsin and a host of others.

Throwback Thursday: Georgetown’s brawl in China

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The idea behind international sporting competition is that it brings countries together, whatever their issues outside the lines. Sportsmanship, unity and all that good stuff.

Well, as we’re all being reminded by American swimmer Ryan Lochte and his maybe-not-robbed counterparts, there’s also a chance to create an international incident.

College basketball got a reminder of that exactly five years ago today when what was supposed to be a friendly exhibition between Georgetown and a professional Chinese team in Beijing exploded into a brawl.

With the score tied and less than 10 minutes to play, the Hoyas and their opponents found themselves swinging and tackling on each other all over the court. Not exactly what you like to see in a goodwill game.

A few months later, Georgetown opened the season 13-1 before finishing fourth in the Big East and getting knocked out in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament by N.C. State.


VIDEO: Monmouth ‘Bench Mob’ at it again in win over Georgetown

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While the antics of the Monmouth Bench Mob have certainly been entertaining to this point in the season, it’s important to realize that the players these reserves are celebrating are pretty doggone good. King Rice’s team added another win over a power conference opponent to its résumé as they won 83-68 at Georgetown Tuesday night.

The Hawks, who have also beaten UCLA, Notre Dame and USC, outplayed the Hoyas from the start as they picked up their first-ever win over a Big East opponent (1-30). Je’lon Hornbeak lead a balanced effort with 18 points as Monmouth shot 10-for-20 from three and 31-for-37 from the foul line. Monmouth didn’t shoot an impressive percentage from the field overall (42.9 percent), but their ability to attack Georgetown off the dribble resulted in numerous opportunities from three by way of using the dribble drive to kick the ball out to open shooters.

With options such as Hornbeak, Justin Robinson, Micah Seaborn and Deon Jones, the Hawks have multiple players capable of hurting teams off the bounce, and that’s what happened to Georgetown. The Hoyas began the game with subpar energy, which is a bit surprising given Monmouth’s credentials to this point in the season, and the visitors too advantage. By the time Georgetown was fully engaged in the game it was too late, with Monmouth doing a solid job on the defensive end.

Georgetown shot just 32.8 percent from the field and 7-for-30 from three, and outside of freshman Jessie Govan (14 points, four rebounds) they didn’t get much offensively from their big men. Monmouth has players in the post, but that was one aspect of the matchup where the Hoyas should have been able to grab the advantage. Instead they struggled, with Bradley Hayes scoring just one point and Marcus Derrickson three.

King Rice’s veteran team plays without fear and doesn’t back down from anyone, which is a big reason why they’re off to a 7-3 start and have one of the better résumés in college basketball to this point in the season. Nothing wrong with taking joy in the exploits of the players at the end of the bench, but it’s important to understand that Monmouth is for real.

Could the Hawks be an at-large candidate come March? That remains to be seen as there’s a lot of basketball to be played, but there’s no overlooking what they’ve been able to accomplish to this point.