The Georgetown Hoyas had a great weekend with their win over the Syracuse Orangemen, and the Marquette Golden Eagles‘ road loss to the Villanova Wildcats. The Hoyas now sit a half game up on the Golden Eagles after Marquette’s win against Syracuse on Monday, and five teams now trail the Hoyas by just two games.
Tonight the Hoyas go for their tenth-straight win, but must beat a scrappy Connecticut Huskies team in Stoors, Ct. in order to keep the streak and first place lead intact.
The Huskies just beat the Orangemen two weeks ago at home, scoring 66 points against the daunting Syracuse 2-3 zone defense, and that is exactly the advantage that the Huskies have over the Hoyas.
UConn averages just over six points per game more than the Hoyas do and because of this, Hoyas head coach John Thompson III will mostly likely treat the Huskies like he did the Orangemen. They will play some zone defense and get great shots in their offensive possessions to grind the clock down, which will make UConn work defensively for a majority of the shot clock.
In addition, Georgetown needs a more balanced offensive effort of their own, as they cannot expect Otto Porter Jr. to carry the bulk of the offensive load as he did against Syracuse.
Nate Lubick, Markel Starks and D’vauntes Smith-Rivera need to help get Porter open by being offensive threats of their own and putting pressure on the Husky defense to play Porter straight up and therefore not sending double-teams to him.
The fact that the Hoyas are closing in on what is essentially that last Big East regular season title is a special feat that they do not want to lose.
A win against UConn will keep their dreams alive.
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