- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009


“One of the things I felt I needed to do when I first came here — and there are some people I haven’t quite convinced yet — I had to dispel the notion that we can’t win because our league doesn’t have a salary cap. That’s hogwash. I couldn’t say that 10 years ago, but I have evidence that it’s hogwash.” — Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly


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Georgetown at Marquette

The Hoyas look to end a four-game slide with a victory against the Golden Eagles, who have yet to lose a Big East game. Georgetown will be without leading scorer DaJuan Summers, who will miss the game with an ankle injury.

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

After reeling off 16 straight victories to claim the nation’s No. 1 ranking, the Panthers have lost two of four. The Fighting Irish have had a tough stretch of their own, losing four straight against the Big East elite.

TWT FIVE “ Reasons Georgetown could be NIT-bound

1. Not enough wins — There are only five games left in which the Hoyas would be clear favorites. Without an upset win or two, they could end up with 17 regular-season wins. That’s bubble territory.

2. Bad losses — Seton Hall and Cincinnati aren’t good. Another loss to a Big East bottom-feeder could mean trouble.

3. Nonconference strength of schedule — Georgetown’s ranks 88th in this category, which is better than in past years but still not impressive to the selection committee.

4. Big East standings — The committee isn’t supposed to look at where teams finish in their conference. But Georgetown is tied for 10th in the Big East, and no conference ever has sent more than nine teams.

5. Road record — The Hoyas’ record in road/neutral games is 3-5, and the team has just one road win: at Connecticut. That’s a good win, but Georgetown may want to steal a victory at Marquette, Syracuse or Villanova to get some breathing room.

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