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Georgetown Deserved To Climb Higher in AP Poll

John Thompson III Georgetown Hoyas

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The Georgetown Hoyas handled their business this week and were rewarded in the latest AP Poll.

We sort of.

The Hoyas went an impressive 2-0 by beating the Marquette Golden Eagles and then won an important Friday night game on the road against the Cincinnati Bearcats, and consequently the Hoyas  jumped four spots to the No. 11 team in the nation.

The question is, why are the Syracuse Orangemen still ranked higher than the Hoyas if they lost this week to the UConn Huskies and beat a bad Seton Hall Pirates squad?

Yes, the Orangemen (21-4) have two more wins than the Hoyas (19-4), but besides that their resumes look pretty similar.

Both beat the Louisville Cardinals and both lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers. Both have bad losses; Syracuse to the Huskies and Georgetown to the South Florida Bulls.

The argument can be made that Georgetown’s non-conference win against the UCLA Bruins is more impressive than Syracuse’s non-conference win against San Diego State Aztecs. The same holds true for each team’s non-conference loss in that Georgetown lost to the No. 1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers while Syracuse lost to the non-ranked Temple Owls.

With all of that said, the voters did Georgetown a disservice as the two teams should be tied or ranked back-to-back in the polls. If you consider that their resumes are so similar and that Georgetown is playing maybe the best in the country right now and is also on a seven game winning streak, you can see that they got jobbed.

However, Georgetown can use their being slighted to their advantage as they get ready for their first matchup of the season against the ‘Cuse later this week.

May the best team win.

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