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“We feel really good with where we are and the process we took to get to this point and a lot of work is left to be done,” Reed said. “We’ve talked about it and it’s probably the third inning of a nine-inning game. There’s a lot of work left to be done.”

The Hoyas, though, seized a bit of control along with the rest of the non-football schools on a day they handled Western Carolina 81-68 to improve to 9-1 on the season.

What Thompson wouldn’t agree with is the sense Georgetown now enjoys added stability. In his mind, the Hoyas already had it, in keeping with a phrase he repeated a few times Saturday: “We’re Georgetown.”

“Georgetown was an outstanding before the Big East. We’ve been an outstanding program during our time in the Big East. And we’re going to be an outstanding program with whatever tomorrow holds,” Thompson said. “So the stability is up on the Hilltop. The stability is within our institution. Whoever wants to be with us can be with us.”