- Bow before Valkyrie, NASA’s ‘superhero robot’ entry in DARPA challenge
- 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy suspended for pretend bow-and-arrow shooting
- Tea partiers turn on Capitol Hill budget deal
- Budget deal to get quick vote in the House
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro ‘marriage’
- Sebelius calls for review of Obamacare rollout woes
- American dream dying, but many see free market as solution: Poll
- Air Force base in South Carolina boots Nativity scene
- Israel poised for a $173M boost from the U.S. for missile defense
- Leon Panetta named as source of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ scriptwriter’s information
NCAA tournament: Georgetown capsule
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.
The draw: Despite dropping two of its final three games, the Hoyas held on for a No. 3 seed in the Midwest regional, which they will play Friday at approximately 3:10 p.m.. Georgetown will play Belmont, the winner of the Atlantic Sun, in a rematch of a 2007 first round game the Hoyas won 80-55.
Number of note: 0
Combined NCAA tournament victories for Georgetown's roster. The Hoyas have lost to Davidson (2008 second round), Ohio (2010) and Virginia Commonwealth (2011) in their last three NCAA games.
Projection: These Hoyas don't look like the sort to suffer a first-round flameout like their two immediate predecessors. It is a group that plays well together and smart in general. But they haven't done much of note away from Verizon Center since the start of 2012, and a stay deep into March seems unlikely.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
- George Mason's defense dissipates in 84-74 loss to Northeastern
- Maryland's Pe'Shon Howard willing to let others put ball in the basket
- At 7-5, George Mason looks on the bright side entering CAA play
- Terps beat IUPUI, set for ACC after final tuneup
- Maryland's Jake Layman shows signs of progress in freshman season
Latest Blog Entries
By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
- Teen thugs in DC run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- New budget accord saves $23 billion -- after $65 billion spending spree
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- More than a quarter million sign up for Obamacare in November
- Gov't Motors: Obama fudges math on auto bailout, $10.5 billion loss for taxpayers
- Somber duty: U.S. presidents in hot demand at Mandela's memorial
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- MILLER: Dick Heller challenges D.C.s gun registration, files for summary judgment in Heller II
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
An objective, analysis-based perspective of D.C. sports as seen through the eyes of lifelong D.C. sports enthusiast, John Heibel.
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
Human interest stories to feed interest, satisfy curiosity and see outside the box.
Politics, economics, and business from a real world perspective.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow