Georgetown Hoyas Are the Hottest Team in the Big East Conference

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On Friday night, the Georgetown Hoyas went on the road and came away with a crucial conference victory at Cincinnati.

The Hoyas, who have now won seven consecutive games, are the hottest team in the Big East Conference, and their success is coming at the perfect time. Otto Porter and Markel Starks continue to pace the team on the offensive end, but the key to their success lies on the defensive end of the floor.

As the regular season schedule hits its stretch run, the numbers don’t lie and the Hoyas’ success shouldn’t come as any sort of shock. In addition to Georgetown’s seven game winning streak, the Hoyas have also won nine of the past ten games overall. Ironically enough, their lone loss in that stretch came against a South Florida squad that currently sits at 1-11 within the Big East.

In Friday’s victory over the Bearcats, the Hoyas’ defensive intensity once again set the tone. That, despite playing on the road in a contest that could have created an even bigger log jam atop the conference standings had Cincinnati won. However, Georgetown limited the Bearcats to only 55 points on Friday night and that statistic simply lines up with what is becoming an ongoing trend for the Hoyas in conference play.

Georgetown does not need to wow anybody on the offensive end, albeit they do have the weapons to score the basketball if necessary. It is their defensive pressure and intensity however, that has seemingly changed their season. The Hoyas are only allowing 55.7 points per game on average, a number that currently ranks seventh nationally.

There should be no denying Georgetown’s ability to win the Big East Conference this season and Friday’s road win has brought them one step closer to doing so.

 

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