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Monday, February 26, 2007

Jump On The Bandwagon

The Hoyas' bandwagon is starting to get pretty crowded. Don't look now, but Georgetown is starting to become a trendy pick to win it all. Exhibit A is Corey McCartney's Fast Break column on He names Georgetown and Kansas as two teams that are peaking at the right time and look poised to make a run at the national championship.

Outside the constant debate of who should be the NCAA tourney's No. 1 seeds are two teams almost lost in the shuffle but are proving to be very real threats to win it all: Georgetown and Kansas. The Hoyas -- winners of a school-record tying 11 in a row behind arguably the nation's best frontcourt in Roy Hibbert (who leads the nation in effective field goal percentage (69.7) and Jeff Green -- weren't exactly perfect in beating Pitt (G'town committed 14 turnovers, was outrebounded 33-29 and attempted 20 fewer shots) but they still won to assume sole possession of first place in the Big East. It helps that the Hoyas are so efficient: They're second in the nation in field goal percentage (52.2 percent) and fourth in points per possession (1.14). That's what makes them so dangerous; that even when they're not at their best, they can still beat a tope team.

At a time like this, I'm reminded of Pat Ewing, Jr.'s comments at the beginning of the season. He told several members of the press that he thought Georgetown would be a serious contender for the national title. After the loss to ODU his prognostication sounded pretty foolish. I guess PE2 knew what he was talking about after all.

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