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Is Georgetown A Serious Contender in the Big East?

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Can Georgetown be a serious contender for the Big East title? Looking at their record, the first answer you’re probably tempted to blurt out is no. They struggle to score points, despite their innate ability to play defense.

Since John Thompson III became head coach, they’ve experienced their fair share of highs and a fairer share of lows. Granted, the Big East Conference is not for the faint of heart, but since Thompson’s first season in 2004 – with the exception of 2007 when he led the team to the title – there are three teams seem to dominate: Syracuse, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

This season is no different. Louisville and Syracuse are proving once again they’re the big dogs in the Big East, while Pitt and Georgetown have found themselves in the middle of the pack. This is a storied Georgetown program that has won seven Big East Tournament Championships, tied with Connecticut for most in Big East history. So far this season, it’s not looking like number eight is coming anytime soon.

The Hoyas are exactly what their 2-3 record says they are–mediocre. They’ve got games on tap with No. 24 Notre Dame tonight and No. 5 Louisville on Saturday. They’re rapidly approaching the danger zone and with two more losses, they’d be in said zone with a 2-5 record.

The good news for Georgetown is three of their next four are at home but regardless where the games are played, they still have trouble scoring points. They’re second-to-last in points scored (64.1 ppg) and rebounds (33.1 rpg). Not being able to score or rebound is a killer in basketball.

Their defense is another story. They’re second best in the conference in points allowed per game (56.3) but it hasn’t translated into wins as one would think. Turnovers are hurting them–as was clearly evident in their latest setback at South Florida on Saturday, when they turned it over 15 times. The Bulls parlayed those turnovers into 20 points while only turning it over five times themselves.

So can the Hoyas turn it around and get some big wins moving forward? You can’t win every game by holding opponents to 55-60 points. Eventually, the offense has to step up and win a game. If they’re hoping to turn their season around, tonight’s tilt with the Irish is a good starting point.

Two losses in the next two games could really damage the psyche of this team. The journey to the top start tonight for the Hoyas.