Having that strong, consistent core is one reason players are confident this group can avoid another upset and early NCAA tournament exit, like losing to No. 11 seed N.C. State last season, No. 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth in 2012 or No. 14 seed Ohio in 2010.
“I think that we got a group of guys that really understand each other, on and off the court,” sophomore guard Jabril Trawick said. “We’re a very confident team. We think we can beat any team in the country, and we’re ready to play whoever. I think that’s the difference.”
Porter’s emergence has a lot to do with that confidence. He considers himself a leader, along with Starks and Lubick, but fills that role in a quiet fashion.
“Some guys who have that green light, they’re a little more vocal,” Lubick said. “I don’t want to say cocky, but it’s a little more blatant than it is with Otto. That’s kind of just his personality. He’s all about this team and he’s all about winning.”
That was obvious Thursday at Wells Fargo Center before Georgetown took the court for its final practice before facing Florida Gulf Coast. Porter brushed off talk about his Player of the Year season.
“Once the tournament starts, all that doesn’t matter,” Porter said. “It’s a matter of getting team wins and advancing in the tournament.”
For the Hoyas to advance not just this weekend but deep into the tournament, they will more than likely need Porter to keep up his season pace. Given the consistency he has displayed, that wouldn’t be at all surprising.
“Nothing surprises me. He’s a person that can control a game in many different facets,” Thompson said. “He’s a special, special player.”