What Can Hurt the Georgetown Hoyas Down the Stretch?
The Georgetown Hoyas are at the top of the Big East Conference and everyone is taking notice. The Hoyas are in a three-way tie with the Syracuse Orangemen and the Marquette Golden Eagles who are all 9-3. Even more jammed up is the top 10 of the Big East Conference that has 10 teams separated by just two and a half games.
The Hoyas seem to have somewhat figured out their horrid offensive production that plagued them early in the season. In saying that, they are still just 254th in NCAA Division I, scoring just 64.2 points per game. However, the Hoyas are at least are scoring in the mid-60′s now, which gives them the ability to win games because their defense has been very solid all season.
Scoring or defense will not be an issue.
They are tough and scrappy and will get on the floor for loose balls.
Work ethic will not be an issue.
Head coach John Thompson III has taken a team to the Final Four. He also plays a unique style, using parts of the Princeton offense to get his guys open shots and easy backdoor layups.
Coaching will not be an issue.
They also have a Big East Player of the Year candidate in Otto Porter Jr. Porter Jr. is a dynamic scorer averaging 15.3 points per game and he also rebounds the ball, averaging 7.9 per game. He leads the Hoyas in both departments. He also shoots 44 percent from three-point land and is a 76 percent shooter from the foul line. Porter Jr. capable of leading a team for stretches during a game and also can come through during crunch time.
Having a superstar will not be an issue.
The only thing that can really hurt the Hoyas is their lack of depth.
They usually only go seven or eight deep, so any team that can exploit that will have a huge advantage. Porter Jr. was in foul trouble against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday night and John Thompson III rolled the dice and played Porter Jr. with two fouls for a majority of the first half.
However, that will not always be the case.
They dodged a bullet against the Bearcats but they may not be able to be so lucky in their upcoming games.
Depth will be an issue.
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