The Georgetown Hoyas got to enjoy a rare Saturday off after playing the Cincinnati Bearcats last evening. The Hoyas beat the Bearcats, 62-55, which moved them into sole possession of first place…temporarily.
This afternoon, while the Hoyas were watching most likely, several games shook down in their favor.
First, the Marquette Golden Eagles took care of the Pittsburgh Panthers rather easily, 79-69, to move into a tie with the Hoyas at 9-3 in the conference. This may actually be what the Hoyas wanted as strange as it sounds because they split with the Golden Eagles but lost their only game to the Panthers. This loss by Pittsburgh gives the Hoyas a game and a half cushion on them.
Then, surprisingly, the Providence Friars manhandled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 71-54, in Providence, Ri. The loss also puts the Fighting Irish a game and a half behind the Hoyas and the Hoyas also have the tiebreaker against the Irish so they are in good shape with them.
However, there are other teams looming. The Syracuse Orangemen are right there at 8-3 and the Louisville Cardinals are 8-4. Both of these teams have superior coaching (Jim Boeheim is a Hall of Famer and Rick Pitino made the finalist list on this years ballot) and were seen to be national title contenders at the start of the season.
Georgetown did beat Louisville, but has yet to play Syracuse. They will face the Orangemen in a home-and-home in their remaining schedule. Those two game will have a huge impact on the regular season title.
All-in-all though, the Hoyas had a good had off. They are still in first place, other teams lost, and they did not even have to put their sneakers on today.
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