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“I’ll be honest with you — it doesn’t matter right now (that Kabongo and Boyd didn’t play),” Barnes said. “Right now, it’s not about that. We’re better than we’re playing.”

Before the game, Barnes talked with his players about making sure to pass the ball down low. Barnes believed the Longhorns could score from there against a smaller Georgetown team, and they could also draw fouls against the Hoyas.

Barnes said he kept reminding them throughout Tuesday’s game about that plan, too, but they didn’t listen. Texas finished with 20 points in the paint, six fewer than Georgetown. The Hoyas committed 18 fouls, but the Longhorns didn’t capitalize, making only 11 of 21 free throws.

“They didn’t do one thing tonight that we weren’t expecting,” Barnes said.

Georgetown, ranked 15th in The Associated Press poll and 23rd in the USA Today poll, plays again on Saturday at home against Towson. With no seniors on the roster, the Hoyas believe they can continue to improve.

“We are a work in progress,” Thompson said. “I think we’re going to be much better than we are right now. But with each passing day, not just me but the team, the group, is feeling a lot more confident.”