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Harvard Crimson vs. Georgetown Hoyas Preview and Predictions 03-20-2019 in NCAAB


Big East Freshman of the Year James Akinjo will lead No. 3 seed Georgetown into its first postseason game since 2015 when it hosts sixth-seeded Harvard on Wednesday in the first round of the NIT. Akinjo and the Hoyas missed out on the NCAA Tournament but can gain valuable experience facing the Crimson at McDonough Arena.

Akinjo, who was joined on the Big East All-Freshman Team by teammates Mac McClung and Josh LeBlanc, finished the regular season on a high note with five straight games in double figures, including 25 points in an upset win over Marquette - one of four Big East teams to make the NCAA Tournament. The 6-0 guard from Richmond, Calif., led the Big East in assists with 5.3 per game and shot 38.9 percent from 3-point range while averaging 13.3 points, good for second on the team to senior center Jessie Govan. "The difference is the freshmen," Ewing told the media of the improvement his team showed from his first season, which ended with a 15-15 record and no postseason. "They play great. They had their highs and lows, but for the most part, I thought they had a great season." The Crimson missed a chance to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament when they fell to Yale in the Ivy League Tournament final, but it was no fault of unanimous first team All-Ivy League honoree Bryce Aiken, who scored 38 points for his second 30-point game in March.

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ABOUT HARVARD (18-11): If not for missing the season's first 10 games, Aiken would have warranted serious consideration for Ivy League Player of the Year, an award that went to Yale's Miye Oni. Aiken, a 6-0 guard from Randolph, N.J., led the Ivy League in scoring in conference games with 22.2 points per game and in 3-point shooting (41.6 percent). The junior scored in double figures in 15 of the 16 games he played, including eight with 20 or more points, four with at least 30 and a career-high 44 points in a triple overtime win over Columbia for the Crimson, who are in the postseason for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons.

ABOUT GEORGETOWN (19-13): Through the season's first 23 games, LeBlanc was among the favorites to take home the Big East Freshman of the Year award as he produced 13 games in double figures, including six double-doubles, but the 6-7 forward stumbled down the stretch. The Baton Rouge, La. native, who finished sixth in the Big East in rebounding, one spot behind Govan, and third in field goal percentage, scored in double figures once in the last nine games and saw his rebounding numbers fall overall despite a 17-rebound performance in a double overtime win over Seton Hall. McClung, meanwhile, produced five 20-point games in Big East play, capped by 23 points in the regular season finale against Marquette.

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1. Govan will enter his first career postseason game with 1,639 points, 839 rebounds and a 40.7 shooting percentage from 3-point land.

2. Georgetown, which was the NIT runner-up in 1993 and 2003, will be making its 13 appearance in this tournament and first since 2014.

3. Noah Kirkwood, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has averaged 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point territory over the last 10 games for the Crimson, who are 30-4 in the last two seasons when leading at halftime.

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Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
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georgetown-hoyas-basketball Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Jessie Govan 31 0 546 41 33 404 201 131 101 104 43 58
James Akinjo 31 0 412 166 25 330 116 159 130 130 50 7
Mac McClung 27 0 361 53 38 301 119 106 84 135 39 20
Josh LeBlanc 31 0 290 32 22 175 110 93 65 7 5 82
Jamorko Pickett 29 0 187 33 18 172 66 31 19 98 36 20
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Jessie Govan 31 0 177 37 26 48 80 0
Josh LeBlanc 31 0 152 36 30 33 72 0
Jamorko Pickett 29 0 90 30 23 50 57 0
Greg Malinowski 31 0 86 1 14 36 42 0
James Akinjo 31 0 83 1 32 96 74 0

harvard-crimson-basketball Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Bryce Aiken 14 0 305 39 44 208 90 101 85 96 40 3
Noah Kirkwood 26 0 271 42 28 224 100 52 33 91 38 26
Chris Lewis 24 0 257 24 20 186 110 53 37 0 0 33
Christian Juzang 26 0 221 69 20 162 69 59 46 98 37 19
Justin Bassey 23 0 218 43 23 145 72 80 48 73 26 37
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Justin Bassey 23 0 120 9 22 47 45 0
Noah Kirkwood 26 0 91 5 25 77 67 0
Robert Baker 24 0 84 21 10 24 34 0
Chris Lewis 24 0 83 43 20 53 69 0
Danilo Djuricic 27 0 74 10 6 27 33 0