The Georgetown Hoyas managed to earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament last year, but they aren’t even ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll to start the 2013-14 college basketball season. Should they be ranked?
If Otto Porter Jr. would have returned, then that answer would have been a definite yes. However, he decided to go pro.
It also doesn’t help the Hoyas’ case that Greg Whittington went down with an injury. Porter Jr. was the best player on Georgetown last season and Whittington was not too far behind as he averaged 12.1 points per game and seven rebounds per game.
Two big losses and the Hoyas really do not have an answer for either one. It is important to note that Whittington has not played since Jan. 8.
However, incoming freshman Reggie Cameron has the talent to make an impact. Markel Starks will be back and he is the returning leading scorer. Starks put up 12.8 points per game last season.
The Hoyas still got some votes, though, and could easily crack the top 25 at some point in the season. Beating the Oregon Ducks in the first game of the season would definitely help.
This team will still have more than enough talent to compete for a Big East title and it helps that the conference lost a couple of powerhouses.
Georgetown probably should not be ranked to tip-off the 2013-14 season, which means the Coaches Poll definitely got it right. This is still a team to watch out for and the Hoyas should make the Big Dance once again.