- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 11, 2012

GEORGETOWN

Record: 23-8, 12-6

Coach: John Thompson III (183-81, eighth season; 251-123 in 11 seasons overall)

Conference: Big East (at-large)

Last NCAA appearance: 2011 (round of 64)

Starters, Pos., Yr., Pts.

Jason Clark, G, Sr., 13.9

Otto Porter, G, Fr., 9.5

Hollis Thompson, F, Jr., 12.7

Nate Lubick, F, So., 3.5

Henry Sims, C, Sr., 11.7

Critical juncture: After a feeble defensive performance in a Jan. 28 loss at Pittsburgh, the Hoyas held four opponents below 50 points during a 6-2 February that featured an overtime loss at Syracuse. That stretch solidified Georgetown as one of the top teams in the Big East.

Reason for optimism:Sims. Georgetown’s offense runs through the big fella, who blossomed as a senior at both ends of the floor. Sims averaged 6.2 rebounds and a team-best 3.5 assists during the regular season and his skillset might be the most difficult facet of preparing for the Hoyas.

Reason for pessimism: The absence of extended winning streaks. Georgetown hasn’t won more than two consecutive games since mid-January, and its last three-game run featured victories St. John’s, DePail and Rutgers. A memorable run will require ending that pattern.

Wild card: Greg Whittington. The freshman has demonstrated a knack for scoring at times this season, which comes as no surprise to those who followed his high school career. His defense, though, is better than expected, and he can provide help at both ends of the floor in a pinch.

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