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The arrival of the Big East schedule promised to clear up some issues for a Georgetown team whose murky play during the nonconference slate left some wondering about the prognosis for this young group. So far, the results have not been pretty.
Rebounding is one of the aspects of basketball that can be difficult to teach, given the unpredictable nature of where the ball will bounce, combined with the complex chemistry of positioning, strength, agility and desire needed to corral it, all the while fending off an opposing player hoping to do the exact same thing.
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.