This is just the break the Hoyas needed. Now it is a sprint to the end of the Big East regular season. The Hoyas (8-3), tied with Syracuse and the Marquette Golden Eagles, have already split the season series with Marquette and still have to play Syracuse home-and-away this season.
There is no hotter team in the conference than Georgetown, who has won its last six games, three of which were against top-25 teams.
The Hoyas will control their own destiny as they also face the Huskies (7-4) in their remaining seven games, and the Hoyas have the tie breaker on the Louisville Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Only the Pittsburgh Panthers have the head-to-head tie breaker on Georgetown.
Just as the Syracuse 2-3 zone defense is unique to prepare for, so is Georgetown’s Princeton-style offense. The Hoyas have been playing zone defense in games, which means that their offense has also had the opportunity to work against the zone in practice. It’s not Syracuse’s zone, but at least it is a start, and the case can be made that it is easier to mimic a 2-3 zone than for Georgetown’s opponents to work on the timing and rhythm of the Princeton-style offense.
What makes Georgetown’s offense so dynamic is that they have players like Otto Porter Jr. running it. Porter Jr. is arising as one of the best players not only in the Big East, but the country. He is dynamic and can score at the rim, from the perimeter and from the foul line.
The big question for the Hoyas is can they score enough points to win games? The Hoyas have struggled mightily in several games this season on the offensive end, but still have a 64.3 points per game scoring average.
If the Hoyas can score in the mid-60’s, then they will win the Big East regular season title.
Championships take lots of skill and a little luck, and the Hoyas caught a huge break last night.
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