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Chalk talk: UNT at Georgetown

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas at Georgetown

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

Records: UNT 7-5, Georgetown 8-1


Radio: KNTU-FM 88.1, KHYI-FM 95.3

Last game: UNT 86, San Diego 83 (OT), Syracuse 86, Georgetown 79 (OT)

UNT projected starting lineup:

PG: Ryan Woolridge (6-3, Soph.) -- Woolridge came up with one of his best all-around games of the season in the Mean Green's win over San Diego. The sophomore transferred to UNT from San Diego and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds against his former team. He is averaging 13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

G: A.J. Lawson (6-5, Soph.) -- Lawson scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in UNT's win over San Diego. He is averaging 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

G: Roosevelt Smart (6-3, Soph.) -- Smart enters UNT's game at Georgetown off the best outing of his tenure with the Mean Green. The sophomore scored 31 points, including five in overtime, to help UNT pull away for the win. Smart is averaging 18.5 points per game and is shooting 43.6 percent from 3-point range.

F: Zachary Simmons (6-9, Fr.) -- Simmons took just one shot and didn't score in the Mean Green's win over San Diego, but did grab two rebounds. He is averaging 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

F: Shane Temara (6-9, Sr.) -- Temara scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in UNT's win over San Diego. The senior is averaging 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Scouting Georgetown: UNT will face one of the traditional powers in college basketball in the Hoyas, who are in their first season under program legend Patrick Ewing. Georgetown opened its season with eight straight wins before falling to rival Syracuse in its last outing. The Hoyas feature Jessie Govan, a 6-10 center, who is averaging 20.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.

What you need to know: UNT has won three straight heading into its game at Georgetown and will look to extend its run in what shapes up to be one of its toughest games of the season.

Georgetown hasn't played the toughest schedule, but was a perfect 8-0 before falling to Syracuse in a game that went into overtime.

Georgetown's size will pose a challenge for UNT. Govan is an elite big man and is one of four players on the Hoyas' roster who checks in at at least 6-9.

Forwards Marcus Derrickson (13.6) and Kaleb Johnson (12.0) check in a 6-7 and 6-6 respectively and are average double figures in scoring.

UNT has relied on Smart to power its offense and will need another big game from its starting shooting guard to have a shot against the Hoyas.

FEATURED PHOTO: North Texas forward Zachary Simmons dunks in a game against McNeese State earlier this season. Simmons will face the challenge of helping UNT contain a stout Georgetown front court on Wednesday. (Jake King/DRC)