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Led by Porter, a player of the year candidate as a sophomore, this is a better team than Georgetown had a year ago. That’s more reason to believe it could be different this time around.

“I’m not saying that we weren’t deep enough last year, but I think we are extremely deep this year,” Starks said. “We can throw guys in through crucial points in the game and have them give us production.”

Trawick said there was belief last year. It just didn’t work out.

If the Hoyas are able to make a run in the next couple of weekends, it’s not hard to see that loss to N.C. State as one big reason. But there are others.

“When you look at every year, you think that this is the year,” Trawick said. “I love this team. We’ve got a lot of great dudes on this team. I think everyone is for each other on this team and that’s why we’ve been able to have the success we’ve had so far.”