Monday, February 15, 2010
Georgetown, What Up?
Georgetown is doing all it can to impress the voters for "the most frustratingly inconsistent team of the year." It was a shrewd move blowing away the Blue Devils and then dropping the very next game to the South Florida Bulls. That's a true flair for inconsistent that you just can't teach. But these Hoyas aren't ones to rest on their laurels. Many a team would have thought the previous example was enough to demonstrate a general lack of order in their hoops' affairs. Georgetown knows better. If you want to earn that label, you have to do something crazy; like dominating the Big East conference leader, Villanova, to the tune of a 13 point victory, and then lose to one of the worst teams in the conference, Rutgers, two games later. Bravo, Hoyas...bravo.
In all seriousness, though, Georgetown has a few issues. And while they seem to have little trouble getting pumped for big games, they can't seem to bring it against Rutgers. They have six losses, but only two of them are against ranked opponents, Syracuse and Villanova. Three of their losses are to teams not even in the top 50 RPI, Rutgers, South Florida and Marquette. Against Duke they came out fired up and shot an obscene 71% from the field, while holding the blue devils to just 37%. Against Rutgers, they let Jonathan Mitchell shoot 9 for 12 on them on his way to 24 points. Sometimes it's hard to plan for a breakout game. Except that Mitchell had a break out game the last time he played Georgetown. The Hoyas should have been keyed in and focused this time around. They weren't.
If Georgetown can make it to the Sweet 16, I really like their chances of making it to the Final Four or farther. But in Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology, he has them projected to go up against the College of Charleston.* I don't like their chances against the Cougars.