Any talk about the Georgetown Hoyas getting an at-large bid must stop and stop right now. The Hoyas was a team playing for everything. DePaul was a team playing for nothing and they housed the Hoyas by a score of 101-69.
The game was never competitive. Georgetown looked like a team that wasn’t prepared to battle. Don’t give me the “DePaul is much better” excuse. They are better than they’ve been in the past. Kudos to head coach Dave Leitao. But to allow DePaul to score over a 100 points in a game you must have is inexcusable.
Just a couple of days ago, I had written how the Hoyas had changed under head coach Patrick Ewing. They were a team with a much needed edge and the great thing about it was, the edge was coming from the young guys. Tonight everyone struggled. The three freshman James Akinjo, Mac McClung, and Josh LeBlanc, had games they would like to forget but it wasn’t just them. Both Jessie Govan and Trey Mourning were in foul trouble all night and put together failing performances. Govan finished the night with six points and three rebounds. Mourning wasn’t any better. He had four points and four fouls.
We will find out a lot about who Georgetown is when they head to Marquette. The Golden Eagles have lost three games in a row. They need a win to try and capture the Big East crown. They will be ready to come out and fight. Will the Hoyas have the same fight or will the game look a lot like tonight?
Georgetown will need some momentum going into the Big East tournament. That won’t happen if they get housed in back to back games.
When Patrick Ewing was hired as the head coach a lot of fans was hoping for the “Hoya Paranoia” days to make a return. That isn’t happening, at least, not this season but Ewing has the opportunity to show his chops as a coach. A win over Marquette and a run in the Big East tournament would still be a run in the right direction but probably not enough for an at large bid. That possibility is gone.