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Friday, December 21, 2007

Jay Bilas [Hearts] The Hoyas

Jay Bilas has a piece on tomorrow's Georgetown-Memphis game on It's been great to watch Bilas, a product of Duke, fall in love with Georgetown over the course of the past year. He is absolutely gushing about GU in this piece, which, ostensibly, is supposed to be a straight analysis of the game. Here's a few highlights:

Georgetown-Memphis looks like a classic battle

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Georgetown's offense incorporates many of the Princeton offensive principles, and it is truly a beautiful offense to watch....

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DaJuan Summers and Chris Douglas-Roberts. Summers is developing into a great college player, and the sophomore is second on the Hoyas in scoring, rebounding and free-throw attempts while leading Georgetown in steals. Summers can shoot the ball with range and post a smaller defender, and he is a very good cutter. Memphis has some great athletes, but none better than Summers.

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Who wins: This game will be about tempo. Just as you saw in the Pittsburgh-Duke game in Madison Square Garden, it is easier to slow a game down than to speed one up, and Georgetown has the ability to wrest the tempo away from Memphis. If the Tigers can press and get Georgetown to take some chances, then Memphis will have a better chance. Memphis has played the tougher slate, and while the Tigers have not played their best, this team is a group of winners. But I like Georgetown to barely clip Memphis in a thriller. This game has classic battle written all over it.

I hope the Bilas brings us some good luck. He'll be in attendance for the game.

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