In this season of gift-giving, the No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas can enjoy a holiday stretch of easy opponents that could land them in the Top 10 by New Year’s Day.
The Hoyas (6-1) face the Townson Tigers (4-4) tomorrow afternoon. It kicks off a four-game home stretch for the Hoyas. The Tigers have three former Big East Conference players, including former Georgetown forward Jerrelle Benimon, who sat out last year after he transferred. However, they are still no match for the more talented and fundamentally sound Hoyas.
After Townson the Hoyas face Longwood, West Carolina and American University. Barring some major upset, the Hoyas should be 10-1 when they began Big East play in January.
Considering the Hoyas entered the season unranked and then catapulted to the No. 15, a Top 10 ranking could be around the corner.
To impress voters the Hoyas will have to improve on offense. The only team in the Top 25 without any seniors, the Hoyas’ most experienced players are juniors, forward Nate Lubick and guard Markel Starks. The team’s biggest offensive threat is sophomore Otto Porter. A host of other sophomores and newcomers are still trying to gel.
“I think that’s what makes this very exciting; the fact that we can get a lot better. There are a lot of things we can sharpen up on, on both sides of the floor,” said Lubick. “We’re a young team and we don’t really pay attention to those rankings too much but we are just very excited to get better.”
Coach John Thompson III understands that his senior-less team is young and working through some growing pains.
“We are a work in progress. I think that we’re going to be much better than we are right now but with each passing day, the group is feeling a lot more confident,” said Thompson. “As a coach, you want to get to a point where you don’t have to think about which players are in the game; you just take one(player) out and put another in, and we’re getting there.”
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