Wednesday, February 28, 2007
My scouting report on each player is as follows:
Georgetown fans are going to love what this kid brings next season. He is the complete player who has few flaws, if any. The first thing that I noted during warm-ups is how silky his outside shot is. His outside shots have tremendous arc and nice rotation (not as much rotation as Wallace’s shot but close). He spent most of the time during warm-ups stroking threes. One of his favorite spots to shoot the three is the corner and this was confirmed during the game. While Freeman is capable of shooting a mid-range jumper off the dribble, my sense is that he is a much better set shooter. In this way, his game contrasts with Wright’s, which is probably a good thing since they will complement one another (see more on Wright below).
Putting aside his shot, Freeman proved himself to be an excellent passer, as he frequently found his teammates while on the perimeter. He also occasionally drove to the hoop and dished to his teammates.
He moves very well without the ball, as he was the recipient on several occasions of backdoor passes and other passes coming off cuts and screens.
He is an excellent foul shooter. I do not believe he missed any of his attempts. In fact, one of my favorite moments during the game was a sequence when Freeman was fouled. As he stepped to the line, the DeMatha coach pulled all of his players off the free throw line for BOTH foul shots and effectively used the time while Freeman was shooting to have an unofficial timeout conference with his four starters while Freeman shot his two free throws. I have only seen this maybe once or twice before and thought it was a supreme show of confidence in Freeman’s free throw ability. Of course, Freeman nailed both.
Besides Wright, St. John’s had zero talent, so it was difficult to tell how effective Freeman will be on defense. But given how complete the rest of his game is, my guess is there is little reason for concern.
In fact, as good as Freeman was, I got the sense that he held back a bit tonight. Not because he is lazy or something, but because it wasn’t necessary for him to exert maximum effort given how comfortable DeMatha’s lead was throughout. He calibrated his performance to the circumstances. If this is true, it’s sick to even think about what he may be capable of if he is required to take it up a notch.
The two adjectives I would use to describe Chris Wright’s game are explosive and quick. His speed is going to blow you away. On offense, he is most effective while penetrating and slashing to the hoop. He has a good mid-range jumper coming off the dribble from the top of the key and looks even better when he slashes and shakes and bakes his way to the hoop for a quick two. He is going to beat a lot of players off the dribble. Take my word for it.
He is not nearly as strong as a set shooter and he is not nearly as good a three point shooter or with the long range two as Freeman. Don’t get me wrong—he is capable of hitting a shot from a set position and he is capable of hitting a three but he doesn’t look nearly as comfortable or confident from this position, especially from three point range. His outside shot is fairly flat and lacks arc, which is probably why his three-point shooting percentage is average.
On the plus side, he drew several fouls while taking it to the rack. On the downside, he failed to convert many of his free throw attempts. I do not know if his poor free throw shooting was an aberration. What I can say is that his free throw form looked fairly good but this is something to watch out for next season.
His defensive intensity was unparalleled amongst those on the court. He was up on his man all night while maintaining an excellent crouch position, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player move as fast down the court to get back on defense. I have seen too many squads simply beat us down the court this season in transition. Take my word for it—our transition defense will be much improved when Wright is on the floor.
Wright’s game seems to be the perfect complement to Freeman’s and vice-versa. They have the potential to be one of the most dynamic duos in the NCAA.
Both have high basketballs IQs although I would say Freeman’s is just a tad higher at this point.
(1) The camaraderie between Freeman and Wright, which was recently reported by the Washington Post, was evident tonight. About thirty minutes before the tip, Freeman and Wright sat at center court chatting and stretching together for about five minutes while their teammates warmed up at respective ends of the court. This comfort level was nice to see and bodes well for next year. I do not anticipate any ego issues between them.
(2) While the Freeman-Wright tandem is going to be a tremendous asset to the team, I couldn’t help but think that the biggest loser with their arrival is going to be Jeremiah Rivers. Unless a member of the WWFS quartet (Wallace-Wright-Freeman-Sapp) gets injured or is in serious foul trouble, I just don’t see how he gets much playing time next year and even perhaps once Wallace graduates.
(3) I am pleased to report that Coach Thompson (i.e., JTIII) made more than an appearance and was in the house for about 3/4 of the game.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how inappropriate the scene from the Carrier Dome really was. I have heard several people discuss court-storming etiquette over the course of the season. Well before the Syracuse game I caught a discussion on ESPN radio's GameNight concerning a game between Kentucky and Florida. Kentucky really needed to beat Florida (who was the number one team in the land at the time). On Kentucky fan sites people were posting messages about their plans to storm the hardwood if the Wildcats pulled off the upset. The ESPN personality who was hosting the show that night (I can't recall who it was) was dismayed. His point was that if you're Kentucky, one of the proudest programs in all of NCAA basketball history, you simply do not storm the court. Period. It cheapens your program. You should leave that to the other programs that don't have all those national championship banners.
I generally agree. Not every big win requires fans to storm the court. If you're Kentucky, UCLA, North Carolina, or Duke I can't imagine a situation where a court-storming is called for. For most other major programs, I don't think that fans should storm the court unless you beat a number 1 and you're not really a contender. If you're a small time program and you beat a top-10 team in a classic David vs. Goliath show down, then storm away. Otherwise, forget about it.
Syracuse won the National Championship in 2003. They won the Big East tournament just last year. Are you trying to tell me that their program is so hard up that beating the number 10 team in the land justifies bedlam? I don't think so.
Luckily, I'm not the only one who feels this way. Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy of ESPN.com's Page 2, wrote about this very subject on his blog. After watching the scene following the GU-Cuse game he had this to say:
In case you missed it, the Syracuse fans charged the court after toppling Georgetown on Monday night. The NCAA needs to pass a new rule: Students are only allowed to charge the court if their team (A) just won a tournament, (B) upset the No. 1 team in the nation, (C) advanced to the Final Four, or (D) beat Duke and made Coach K nearly cry during the game to the point that he looked like a quivering ninny. Under no other scenario is court-charging acceptable -- if it happens under any other circumstance, you forfeit the game. Case closed.
There you have it. The Sports Guy has spoken. No more court storming. Capiche?
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
How come I can never find Hoya clips on YouTube in a timely fashion? As of the time that I posted this piece there are no less than 15 YouTube videos showing Syracuse's fans storming the court after last night's game.
It's so unfair.
That being said, I'm very upset with the way we lost. I thought an "L" was a possibility, but I expected it to be a close game. It wasn't. The ‘Cuse killed the Hoyas. That's not the way a contender should perform. This is the third or fourth game in a row where Georgetown offensive performance has been relatively lackluster. The Hoyas' shot a horrendous 29.8% from the field (17 for 57). This was also the third time in four games where Roy Hibbert was a complete non-factor offensively (He scored 6 points—he scored a similarly miniscule 7 and 4 points against Cinci and Nova respectively). But the real difference in this game was poor defense. This was only the third time that Georgetown has let an opponent score 70 or more points this season. And it's the first time that Georgetown has let an opponent score that many points in 25 games! The previous two incidents were Georgetown's 86-70 win over Vandy and the 62-75 debacle involving ODU.
The question becomes how will the Hoyas respond? A lot of programs hit a wall this time of year. Will Georgetown take this loss, learn from it, and then move on as a stronger team? Or is this the beginning of a slide back into mediocrity? Time will surely tell.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Also, and in my mind more interestingly, the Hoyas are now projected as a number 2 seed in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology. Lunardi will be doing daily updates to his brackets for ESPN.com from now until Selection Sunday. Tonight's game against Syracuse will go a long way in helping us to solidify that position. That being said, I'm pretty nervous about tonight's game. It's always hard to play on the road on such a quick turnaround. And the Hoyas have never played well at the Carrier Dome. Throw in the fact that this would be a major win for the Orange and their quest for an NCAA birth (some might call it a must win) and this game has all the markers of a major let down.
Let's hope that the team's desire to set a school record by winning 12 straight Big East games is enough to get them up for this game.
Schlabach credits a lot of Georgetown's success on Jeff Green. Hopping on the Jeff-Green bandwagon, Schlabach notes:
Every other Big East team is chasing the Hoyas with a week left in the regular season because Thompson III has a player who also would have excelled on any of his father's teams. Forward Jeff Green, a 6-foot-9 junior from Hyattsville, Md., is a throw-back player, who seemingly doesn't do anything exceptionally well and yet does everything for Georgetown.
Going into Saturday's game, Green didn't rank among the Big East's top 15 scorers. He isn't among the league leaders in rebounds, assists or steals. But when the conference hands out its hardware in a couple of weeks, Green should be the Big East player of the year. There isn't a more valuable or versatile player in the college basketball's biggest league.
As more and more people pile accolades onto Jeff, the chances of him staying for his senior year get smaller and smaller. Here's to hoping that Georgetown makes a great run in the tournament this year. Despite the stellar guards we'll be getting next year, this might be our best shot.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Here is just some of the coverage:
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Pitt's Gray may not play vs. Hoyas
Thu, Feb 22, 2007
By Covers.com staff
The Pittsburgh Panthers may not have their most important player for the biggest game of their Big East schedule.
Center Aaron Gray, who leads the team in points, rebounds and blocks, is considered day-to-day because of sprained right ankle suffered in action against the Washington Huskies on Saturday. The injured ankle prevented Gray from playing Monday against the Seton Hall Pirates. Pitt won 71-68, but failed to cover the 7-point spread.
The Pathers play the Georgetown Hoyas this Saturday in a battle for first place in the Big East. Oddsmakers have not yet released a line for the game.
"The swelling didn't go down that much," Panthers coach Jamie Dixon told ESPN's Andy Katz on Tuesday. "They were still telling me Sunday he (Gray) would play Monday but I wasn't so sure. I am worried about Saturday."
Gray has rested the ankle this week, but he is expected to try to practice on Friday. The game against Seton Hall was the first Gray missed in his two years as Pitt's starting center. The Wooden Award candidate is averaging 14.5 points and 10 rebounds in 27 games this season.
Several media outlets are just beginning to report that former longtime Celtic Dennis Johnson, aka known as "DJ," died suddently this afternoon at the age of 52 after falling ill in Austin, Texas.
For those of you who do not know, DJ was an integral piece of the Celtic 1984 and 1986 championship teams. He also won a championship with the Seattle Supersonics in 1979.
He is probably most famously known as being the recipient of Larry Bird's stolen inbounds pass from Isiah Thomas during the closing moments of game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals, which DJ converted into a layup to put Boston up by a point to win the game. The play call by legendary Celtic broadcaster Johnny Most is one of the most famous of all time. See this link for more info: http://www.nba.com/history/birdsteal_moments.html
This is a terrible loss for basketball and the Celtics family, especially on the heels of Red's death.
It is criminal DJ is not in the Hall of Fame and hopefully he will soon receive the posthumous recognition he so much deserves. See more info on this at http://espn.go.com/page2/s/2002/0605/1390994.html
This will probably not be the final version, but things will be changing.
Sophomore guard Jessie Sapp isn't getting a whole lot of credit for Georgetown's late-season surge, but he should.
If anyone is able to find a clip of it, I would highly suggest posting it.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
This time it is JTIII who is the target of Dick's affections.
COACH OF THE WEEK: Georgetown
John Thompson III is doing a super job with the Hoyas. Georgetown won a pair of Big East games, beating West Virginia and Villanova, the latter coming on the road. This Hoyas squad is in contention to win the Big East title and the current nine-game win streak is impressive.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Georgetown beat Nova by 3. Obviously, that's not a large margin. And if you think about it, Jessie Sapp's amazing shot at the end of the first half was the reason we won. As time expired at the end of the first period Jessie launched a shot from well beydon half court. Nothing but net. The shot capped a 9-0 run, saving the Hoyas from an early Nova rout and bringing them within two at the break. It also ended up being the different in the game.
Enjoy living the moment over and over again.
Update: I just went to the draft post that Diamond Mike was putting together. His video clip was better than the one I found. So, not only will I steal his glory by posting on this topic first, I'll actually steal his video clip for my post too. Enjoy.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Reynolds shining for new family
Many expected that start to come at Georgetown. Reynolds' AAU teammate and "super-close friend" Vernon Macklin had committed to Georgetown, and the Hoyas had one area of weakness -- its thin backcourt -- an otherwise loaded squad. There was just one problem: Georgetown didn't have a scholarship available. John Thompson III and his staff already had promised places to high school juniors Austin Freeman (DeMatha) and Chris Wright (St. John's). And Josh Thornton and Marc Egerson, two players who left Georgetown this season, were still taking up slots. So Thompson and the Hoyas told a McDonald's All-American at a needed position there was no room. "It just didn't work out," said Reynolds, a grimace returning to his face. "I wouldn't sit here and say that I cried that I couldn't go there, but it was a little tough to swallow at first. Situations happen where things don't work out the way you want, and you've just got to live with it. Coach Thompson told me it wasn't because I wasn't good enough. The timing just wasn't right. They were out of spots. It would have been a good situation if it had worked out because I've played with Vernon and Chris [Wright] and against Jeremiah [Rivers], so I knew all those guys."
Luke is impressed by how far the Hoyas have come.
Georgetown Hoyas (19-5)
Wow. This is really not the same Hoyas team I saw lose to Old Dominion at home in November. Not even close. West Virginia coach John Beilein, considered the college game's top tactician, called Georgetown's 71-53 win over his team "a clinic." "I can't wait to watch the film and learn what they're doing, because they're terrific," Beilein told the Washington Times. During their eight-game Big East winning streak the Hoyas' offense has become a well-oiled machine, surging to No. 1 in the nation in Ken Pomeroy's efficiency rankings. Their top six players in minutes all have personal efficiency ratings of 110 or higher (including Roy Hibbert's absurd 131.1), and as a team they're scoring 1.267 points per possession. Next three: 2/17 at Villanova, 2/21 at Cincinnati, 2/24 vs. Pittsburgh.
For those of you who are interested in the financial side of things, this article is very interesting. Its basic premise is that you could have made a lot of money on the Hoyas during their recent eight game run. Even though the bookmakers have started to give Georgetown some love, it hasn't been enough. They have covered the spread in every single game in their winning streak with the exception of Cincinnati--and that was a push.
All discussion of betting aside, you have to love the way the betting enthusiasts describe the Hoyas' recent performance.
Is it too late to hop on the Georgetown betting train?
By Josh Hansen
As a set of nasty winter storms battered the eastern seaboard this past week, another powerful force was quietly gaining strength a little farther south in Washington D.C.
Those who saw it were lucky. Others have only recently been swept up by the Georgetown Hoyas and their massive tear through the Big East like a tornado through a trailer park.
Except the Big East conference is no trailer park. It’s the mecca of college basketball.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
What ESPN.com's Jonah Keri Learned From Rivalry Week
The heirs to Patrick, Dikembe and Zo. That would be Georgetown's nasty frontcourt duo of Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green. After a sluggish start to the season, when Georgetown was searching to replace last year's starting guards, the Hoyas have become experts at running John Thompson III's modified Princeton offense. So much so that Georgetown tops all other D-I teams in Ken Pomeroy's adjusted offensive efficiency rating. The Hoyas crushed No. 12 Marquette by 18 on Saturday in a game that looked like a possible trap. Marquette's dynamic three-guard attack figured to give the bigger Hoyas fits; instead, Georgetown made the Eagles adjust, feeding Hibbert and Green repeatedly and squeezing 47 points out of the twin towers. The Hoyas have no depth, and guard play often rules in March -- but teams aren't going to want their heads dunked on either. There's sure to be some intrigue in D.C.
KenPom Really Loves G-Town
I’m actually pretty convinced that people will understand the greatness of the Hoya offense at some point. Perhaps because we have Jonah Keri already on the case. And I believe Roy Hibbert will eventually get his due. For fun, compare his tempo-free line to that of one Greg Oden.
I actually figured the G-Men for having some offensive troubles against WVU, what with the Mountaineers ability to force turnovers and that being the best chance a team has against Georgetown. Force lots and lots of turnovers. Their only three games below 1 PPP, their TO% was north of 25.
The Mountaineers didn’t do bad, benefiting from 16 in a 57 possession game, but it didn’t matter. Georgetown obliterated the point per possession barrier for the ninth consecutive game by hanging 71 on the Mounties, in part by outrebounding WVU 12-9 on its own end. That and shooting 80+ eFG% in the first half. But these kinds of things are becoming routine.
The 24th will be a great test, but whether or not they run the table (and they almost surely won’t) this team is certainly worthy of Final Four consideration.
Princeton Offense, NBA Talent
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Still, it is great to see that despite that incident Beilein had no problem praising Georgetown. After the game he said:
That was one impressive Georgetown team. It was a clinic. We tried hard, but we were certainly not on their level tonight.And when discussing Georgetown's intense defense, which switched on every screen the Moutaineer's set, he stated:
I can't wait to watch the film and learn, because they're terrific.That's pretty high accolades. In light of these comments, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino's comments, it would seem that praising the Hoyas is the thing to do if you you're a Big East coach.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Georgetown
John Thompson III is doing a super job with the Hoyas. Georgetown won at Louisville (73-65) on the night the Cardinals named the court after legendary coach Danny Crum. Then the Hoyas blew out Marquette, 76-58. Watch out for this Georgetown team as the duo of Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green are dynamic.
When an ACC apologist like Vitale starts singing your praises you know that you must be playing some impressive basketball.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Paul Tagliabue received an award for leadership that almost brought the former NFL commissioner to tears. The former Hoya team captain started off a general theme for the evening. He used a famous quote from former U.S. President John F. Kennedy by telling us not to ask what can Georgetown do for us alumni, but to ask what can we do for Georgetown. He complimented GU President Jack DeGioia and former coach John Thompson, the "Father" on their great vision and leadership. President DeGioia would then make a memorable speech about the history and the future of Georgetown basketball. Next, President DeGioia would surprise the crowd and induct Patrick Ewing, the Hoya Player of the Century, into the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame. Patrick is the first men's basketball player to be inducted since Eric "Sleepy" Floyd. Patrick could not be inducted a year ago since his NBA coaching schedule made it impossible for him to come to the induction ceremony. Patrick was very emotional, thanking coach John Thompson, "the Father," for supporting him and helping him through all of the media attention when he entered college as a shy freshman many years ago. As a member of Generation Ewing it was truly an event to see Patrick's induction.
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The elder Thompson gave a truly inspiring talk. As those of us who have attended many men's basketball banquets know, he can speak well into the evening. He came straight to the point this evening. He told his family how much he loved them. He thanked everyone who worked with him at Georgetown over the years, especially Frank Rienzo, and former GU President Tim Healey, "the Big Irishman." He told his former players how he loved them as part of his family also. The coach joked about how he had been abusive to his players when they played for him. He asked them to understand that he was only doing what he thought was necessary to bring out the best in them as student-athletes. Coach Thompson has always been proud of the accomplishments of his former players not for basketball, but for what they had done for society and their communities: truly the mission of a Jesuit education. He continued the theme of the commissioner in telling his players that his one regret was that he never emphasized enough that they all needed to give back to Georgetown. There was passion in his voice as he stated that for those that could not give financially, they could also give time or service depending on their situation. He set the tone for the future saying that the University should serve as a power base for them. As they would give and help strengthen the University it would pay dividends back to them many times. Indeed he was proud of the education that they had received. He thanked President DeGioia for his friendship, and thanked former President Tim Healey, who is no longer with us, for "having his back"over time. He reminisced about calling former drug lord Rayful Edmond III into his office to tell him to stay away from his players. . . . He finished imploring the crowd that we needed to build an arena and improve our athletic facilities soon. He mentioned that we could not continue much longer in the prehistoric McDonough Arena. Moreover, he did not want his son to struggle with the same facility that he did for all of those years. It is truly an issue that our University must address.
Hoyas center Roy Hibbert said he was nervous Friday night, because he did not want to disappoint the alumni at the Verizon Center on Saturday. Hibbert, unable to sleep, watched a replay of a 1985 game between Georgetown and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.Now, that's a player who loves the program!
“I look back at those games like, Wow, I get to put on a jersey and play and represent Georgetown,” Hibbert said.
Hibbert, a 7-foot-2 junior, said he did not fall asleep until nearly 4 a.m., but he was not sluggish against the Golden Eagles, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
P.S. - IBP, inquiring minds are still waiting for the recap of your exclusive interview.
This game has made me nervous all year, considering how well WVU's teams are coached. Of course, so are we.
The short turn-around following Sat's thriller has made me anxious all year, but then I realized WVU also played on Sat. against UCLA. So the effect of the rapid turn-around impacts both teams.
I say Georgetown in a sqeaker, 67-64.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Apparently recognizing the need for some good PR, NASA is sending the space shuttle crew that will conduct the final mission on the Hubble Space Telescope to the Hoyas' home game against West Virginia next week. The astronauts will be recognized in a halftime cerememony where they will be presented with a Georgetown flag that they will take with them into outer space.
Good stuff. Read the entire article at the Hoyas' Official Site.
|Georgetown||17-5|| ||Quiet waltz through the soft part of the Big East schedule is masking the improvement in the Hoyas' play. Roy Hibbert's had two very big double-doubles in the last three outings. Hosting Marquette Saturday should turn up the volume.|
I guess not every one is so high on the Hoyas, though. The lead piece on ESPN.com today is a pair of stories by Pat Forde and Andy Katz. Both writers participated in a one day mock that followed the exact process used by the selection committee when picking teams to participate in The Big Dance. By this process the Hoyas only ended up as a 10 seed. Now, to be fair, Katz explains that they crammed a three-day process into a single marathon determination. As a result they spent much more time considering who would make the cut and less time considering actual seeding. However, Forde's account leads me to believe that these mock selectors were not easily sold on even including Georgetown in this collection of 65 teams.
The process is every bit as fun and fascinating as I'd imagined -- and much more mentally fatiguing. By the 11th appraisal of Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame and Georgetown, this was starting to feel like the "Clockwork Orange" scene when they pry open Malcolm McDowell's eyelids. And we hadn't even gotten to the seeding process or decided who was playing where.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Comings and Goings in the Tempo-Free World
There’s a perfect storm brewing in the tempo-free world. UNC, one of the 10 fastest teams in the land may well have the best defense in the game, and Georgetown one of the 10 slowest, might have the best offense in the country. I’ve talked about the Tar Heels enough, but how about Georgetown? They provide a deadly combination of shooting (ranking 3rd) and offensive rebounding (10th). It’s Princeton on steroids. Georgetown’s offensive rebounding won’t get the pub it deserves (except for the Friday a while back where they outrebounded Seton Hall 17-7 on the Hoyas’ offensive end.) because they don’t miss many shots and don’t take as many as most teams. Offensive rebounding opportunities are probably rarer for Georgetown than any other team in the land, but they are a significant factor in their success. They can turn the ball over regularly (and do!) and still pummel opponents with points.
You'll recall that Ken has also been singing Roy's praises all year--calling him the best defensive center in college basketball in an ESPN.com article.
Hoyas Keep Their Cool in Louisville
"We could play them 10 times and they'd win nine," said Pitino, whose team shot 33.3 percent and committed just one turnover. "We had to play almost a perfect game to beat them. . . . Their big guys being 16 for 20, they're almost impossible to stop because of their size. We did some good things, but we just could not defend them."
Hoyas' big men turn in big job
"To be perfectly honest, they were a much better basketball team than us," Pitino said. "We could play them 10 times, and they'd probably win nine. That's a very, very good team. The rankings are a little skewed. There are not 20 teams in the country better than Georgetown. They are a top seven or eight team in the country, no question."
Hoyas Can Do It All
Big Roy Can Dunk
Monday, February 05, 2007
Before I decide if the Hoyas can make a deep run in the Tournament, I first want to see how they repond against some of the more talented teams in the Big East. This week's games should give us a good opportunity to gain some perspective on how good the Hoyas really are.
At this time last year, was anyone touting Florida as a national championship favorite? The Gators were ranked 11th when the tournament began, and all of the things we are currently saying about Kansas and some of the other teams out there, we were saying about Florida: inconsistent, inexperienced, no go-to guy, and all the rest.
UConn was the best team last year, but didn't win. This year, the best teams are Florida and North Carolina, and one of them may not win, either. One of the teams that could find its way to Atlanta, and is quietly getting better, is Georgetown. The Hoyas have improved steadily over the course of the season and have the chops to be really tough in March.
Friday, February 02, 2007
In Seth Davis's "Hoops Thoughts" column on SI.com he offers this thought:
If Georgetown could get 6-8 freshman forward DaJuan Summers to have an impactI think Seth may be right. I said early on this season that DaJuan will be the best player on the team next year. With my regrest to our trio of outstanding juniors, I'm standing by my prediction.
every game, the Hoyas could take a major step forward. He may be the best pure
scorer they have.
In the second half we were a completely different team. We shot over 70 percent. We locked down on defense. We turned that 11-2 run into a 30-4 run. The Johnnies basically gave up, and it ended as a blow out.
But the story of the game was Jeff. He finally played agressive and he finally looked good. I guess he must have felt some pressure after Roy had a career night against Cincinnati. So he went out and did the same. Jeff had a career high 24 points. But in true Jeff Green fashion he really did everything. A quick glance at the stats for the game leaders in last night's contest tells the whole story:
|Points||J. Green 24||A. Patterson 16|
|Rebounds||J. Green 8||A. Patterson 8|
|Assists||J. Green 4||A. Mason Jr. 4|
|Steals||J. Green 2||E. Lawrence 3|
|Blocks||R. Hibberts 3||A. Mason Jr. 1|
On to Lousiville. This game will be our biggest challenge in quite awhile. The Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the conference and are tied with the Hoyas for second place in the Big East. If we plan on making any real noise this season it starts with going into Lousiville and stealing one from them at home.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Ewing Jr. Follows Dad’s Path to Garden
He said his father never pressured him to play basketball and stressed education over sports. “He probably would have rather me not play,” Ewing Jr. said. “But watching him play, I couldn’t help but want to be just like him, good as he was.” When Patrick Ewing was finishing his N.B.A. career with Orlando in 2001-2, his son visited him on an off-day, and they played one-on-one, as they often had before. “I tried to get serious, and I ended up winning a game,” Ewing Jr. said. That was a first. “And we played another game after that,” he added. “I missed my first shot and never got the ball back. He beat me, 11-0. And then he told me, ‘That will be the first and only time you will ever beat me.’ And he won’t play me any more.” Patrick Ewing confirmed the story Saturday at the Verizon Center, where he watched from a courtside seat. “Yeah,” he said, smiling. “Once was enough.”
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Later, the intergenerational interaction continued when Thompson’s father, John Jr., spotted the younger Ewing in a dress suit in the hallway outside the locker room. The elder Thompson put his arm around the younger Ewing, pulled him toward him and put his mouth near his ear. As he spoke softly and intently, slight smiles grew on both men’s faces. Those standing nearby seemed to edge backward, away from them, in small steps. Although it was a crowded and public place, this chat seemed private, intimate and personal, like family.