Junior Preston Ross (40) led Western Carolina with 17 points at No. 13 Illinois. (AP Photo/Heather Coit)
Dec. 15, 2012
Washington, D.C. -
Coming off its first extended break of the season for final exams, the Western Carolina men's basketball team returns to the hardwood at Noon on Saturday as it visits 15th-ranked Georgetown in nonconference action at the Verizon Center.
Saturday's game will be televised on MASN with a simulcast online through ESPN3. Jason Knapp will handle the play-by-play and Mark Tillmon - a former Georgetown standout - as the color analyst on the call.
Fans can also follow the first-ever meeting between WCU and Georgetown through the Catamount Sports Network, listening locally in Cullowhee on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5; 540 AM WRGC in Sylva and 920 AM WPTL in Canton. The game will also be streamed online through Stretch Internet on CatamountSports.com.
Western Carolina (4-6) looks for its second-straight win after downing archrival Appalachian State, 70-64, back on Dec. 8 to move to 2-0 in Southern Conference play. Georgetown (8-1) has won five-straight games and has secured six of its eight victories inside the Verizon Center. Neither team has a senior on their respective rosters as two of the younger teams square-off on Saturday.
WCU's offense - averaging just over 72 points per game - will be tested on Saturday as Georgetown's defense is limiting opponents to just 54.0 points per outing. In seven of the Hoyas' nine games, their opponents have failed to eclipse the 60-point mark.
The Catamounts hope to have the same effort and chances as they did just two weeks ago when it battled then No. 13 Illinois to an eight-point decision at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. Despite falling in the game and dropping to 0-37 all-time against nationally ranked opponents, WCU played its closest contest against a ranked squad with the narrowest margin of victory since the 1996 game in the NCAA tournament against No. 1 seed Purdue.
WCU enters Saturday's game 2-10 against current members of what is the Big East Conference - but those two victories have come in the last two games for the Catamounts against teams from that league. Western Carolina defeated No. 29 Louisville - which had just fallen from the Top 25 into the "others receiving votes" category at the time of the game - back in 2009 at Freedom Hall, 91-83, and a year later downed Big East member and a storied DePaul, 69-64, in Rosemont.
Tip-off is scheduled for Noon.