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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

They say it is not about revenge

but for me it is all about revenge. I was at that debacle last year in McDonough. Georgetown gave ODU 1/6 of all of the tickets in the arena and so we actually did not have the home court advantage everyone was expecting. And their fans were as close to the court as any of ours. Not a good deal. They got louder and louder as ODU hung around and finally went on a run in the final minutes of the game to put it away. That game was definitely the low-point of an otherwise stellar year. Tonight's game should be payback. But the reality is that Georgetown is poorly built for these contests. First, the Princetown offense does not accentuate a big time program's comparative advantages when playing a mid-major. We limit the number of possessions (increasing the chance of a fluky outcome) and there isn't as much running and gunning (decreasing the role of athleticism). This is great when you are playing Duke or Pitt or UNC. But it is not so good when you are playing ODU or even a team like Ball State. Second, early in the season, the players are still getting comfortable in the complicated offense. It usually takes until league play for everything to click. The turnaround from JTIII's terrible loss against Temple in his first game as a Georgetown coach and the win at ranked Pitt several weeks later is case in point. Having said that, this is a veteran club and we should expect it to be focused and ready to go.
Hoyas to Pay Norfolk a Visit

In the happy aftermath of Old Dominion's surprising victory over nationally ranked Georgetown last season, Coach Blaine Taylor expressed his appreciation to the Hoyas, not just for playing them last November but also for also agreeing to travel to Norfolk this year. "It probably sets the stage for a nice rematch," Taylor said after the Monarchs' 75-62 win at McDonough Gymnasium, the Hoyas' tiny on-campus arena. But Georgetown Coach John Thompson III doesn't view tonight's game as a chance to avenge last year's upset. "I don't talk in those terms," Thompson said. "That being said, our guys know they came here and beat us last year. . . . There haven't been any rah-rah speeches; I'm not good at those anyway. It's a test, it's an early-season test on the road, and that's what we want." The fifth-ranked Hoyas (3-0) should get that against Old Dominion (3-3), which is coming off back-to-back losses to No. 1 North Carolina and then-No. 6 Louisville. The Monarchs are expecting a capacity crowd of nearly 8,500 at Ted Constant Convocation Center. Different programs take different approaches when putting together a nonconference schedule; with Thompson, "it's strictly a case of trying to put us in a position to be ready for league play." That means taking the Hoyas on the road. In Thompson's first three seasons as coach, the Hoyas played nonconference games at Oregon, Illinois and Duke. They also traveled to Davidson, Navy, James Madison and Fairfield. Georgetown, which has already played at Ball State, still has games at Alabama (in Birmingham) and at Memphis to play. Second-ranked UCLA, on the other hand, will play only one true road game (at Michigan on Dec. 22) before opening Pacific-10 Conference play in January with trips to Stanford and California. In the Big East, Syracuse has been known for soft nonconference slates that rarely take the Orange out of New York; this season, they will travel to Virginia (Dec. 5).

1 comment:

IPB said...

I don't want to jinx us, but I'm confident we will prevail tonight. There are enough remaining players from last season's squad who will remember their last game against ODU and use it as a motivator tonight!