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Five Reasons Why Georgetown Will Win The National Championship

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Five Reasons Why Georgetown Will Win The National Championship

Five Reasons Why Georgetown Will Win The National Championship
Howard Smith - USATODAY Sports

As we get closer and closer to the brackets being unveiled Sunday night, the teams that are serious contenders to win a national championship in 2013 become more obvious. The Georgetown Hoyas have quietly been one of the top teams in the country all season, but down the stretch it has become more apparent that they should be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

The Hoyas got off to a shaky start once the Big East conference schedule started in January, losing a road game to Marquette and getting blown out at home against Pittsburgh in their first two league games. Georgetown later suffered a surprising road loss against South Florida, which dropped them to 2-3 in conference play and had some people labeling them as a mediocre team. However, the Hoyas stepped their play up a couple notches, especially on defense, and rattled off 11 wins in a row, including wins over Notre Dame, Louisville, Marquette, Syracuse, and Connecticut. Despite a loss to Villanova in early March, the Hoyas won a share of the Big East regular season title and earned the top seed in the final Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, where they were eliminated in the semi-finals by Syracuse in an overtime thriller.

Now Georgetown will turn its attention to the NCAA Tournament, as they seek their first national championship in nearly three decades, with what could be the best team they’ve had since the 2007 team that went to the Final Four. The Hoyas undoubtedly pass the eye test and appear to be at their best heading into the tournament, which is critical to making a deep run in March. Here are five other reasons why Georgetown will win the national championship this year:

Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer. Follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him to your network on Google+.

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The Princeton Offense

The Princeton Offense
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The words “Princeton offense” don’t necessarily strike fear into opposing teams, but it’s certainly an unfamiliar sight for teams in the NCAA Tournament, especially when it’s run using the kind of athletes Georgetown has on its roster. The Hoyas share the basketball as well as any team in the country, and everyone on the floor is capable of making crisp passes that set up teammates for layups or open jump shots, which makes them lethal at running a Princeton style of offense. That style of offense from a team that uses motion and passes the ball as well a Georgetown does gives them a big advantage in The Big Dance.

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Guard Play

Guard Play
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We know this is a pre-requisite for winning in the NCAA Tournament, and the Hoyas should be all set in the guard department. As usual, the names of the Georgetown backcourt won’t scare anyone, but they’re efficient, effective, and know how to get the job done. Markel Starks is the lead guard, as well as the team’s second-leading scorer, but he’s received a lot of help from D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Jabril Trawick. All three are good passers, quality defenders, and capable outside shooters, while Starks is the guy that can step his game up when the team needs him and win a game for them.

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Youthful Enthusiasm

Youthful Enthusiasm
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This team has no seniors, which could be thought as of as a flaw, but for this team it’s a plus. The juniors and sophomores on Georgetown’s roster don’t lack for experience after going through a lot of battles in the Big East the past couple of seasons. Teams don’t necessarily need to be loaded with seniors to win a national championship anymore, and the Hoyas have a youthful energy about them that won’t let the big moments they’ll face in the NCAA Tournament overwhelm them.

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Suffocating Defense

Suffocating Defense
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The Hoyas have one of the best defenses in the country. It’s carried them all season and it’s more than capable of carrying them on a run to a national championship. Georgetown puts a suffocating amount of pressure on the ball and they play help defense as good as anyone in the country. Few teams have been able to crack the Georgetown defense all season, and even the quality teams they’ll face in the tournament will be hard pressed to do so, making the Hoyas tough to knock out.

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Otto Porter Jr.

Otto Porter Jr.
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Otto Porter Jr. may be the best overall player in the country, despite the fact that he doesn’t get as much publicity as some of the other national player of the year candidates. The Georgetown offense runs through Porter, who can shoot from anywhere on the floor and passes as well as any forward in the country. So many defenses have tried and failed to contain Porter, and he’s exactly the type of player that can lead a team through the tournament and dominate a Final Four.