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In a few years, the Big East as we know it will be the stuff of legend, with tales told about John Thompson and Lou Carnesecca patrolling the sidelines of a once-proud basketball conference lost amid the shifting tectonic plates of college athletics.
One of the beliefs about basketball, or any sport, is that a team needs one player to whom everyone can turn when things get tough, or the one guy who won't hesitate to speak his mind, either in motivation or anger, to fire up his teammates.
If sentimentality is not extinct in college athletics, it surely is an endangered species. A wild 36-month (and counting) stretch of conference-hopping saw to that.
Georgetown took a step toward its future Saturday.
In this year of transition for Georgetown, coach John Thompson III has stressed that everyone on the roster is still learning their way, tasked with making sense of new positions, greater responsibilities and increased pressures to perform.
This was the blowout for which Georgetown and its fans have been waiting, although, even in a 36-point victory, there were a few caveats.
Georgetown has played in its fair share of uncomfortably close games during the first eight contests of the season. While the optimist might suggest this kind of trial by fire will prepare the Hoyas for the rigors of the Big East campaign, the pessimist has an eye on another issue.
After going 1-31 last season, Towson retained only three scholarship players and added three transfers from the Big East. The Tigers also put together a schedule that was something — literally — to write home about, opening with 10 straight games on the road.
Standing on the free throw line with 2:39 remaining on Tuesday night, Georgetown junior forward Nate Lubick had no idea he had a chance to set his career-high in points. Neither did coach John Thompson III.