Bubble Watch: 5 Reasons Why Georgetown Will Make the Tournament

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Bubble Watch: 5 Reasons Why Georgetown Will Make the Tournament

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USA TODAY Sports- Anthony Gruppuso

The Georgetown Hoyas have had an up and down season so far, but it is my prediction here that they will make the tournament for a variety of factors. I know that their conference record (6-7) is not that impressive so far this season, but a late push could have them playing March basketball at least for a little bit.

John Thompson III's group is young so they make mental mistakes at times, but they appear to be learning to take the games at their own pace.

"I think the guys, they understand what we're looking for, they're not forcing anything," Thompson III said after the win against Butler. "We understand, this group -- we can't turn the ball over, we have to get to the foul line."

The Hoyas will certainly have to continue hitting their free throws if they want to play beyond the Big East tournament, and with Thompson running the show you can bet that they will be focused when the moment to deliver arrives.

Here are the five reasons that the selection committee will end up adding the Hoyas, but bear in mind that I am not picking them to win the conference. That will likely be Doug McDermott's honor, but Villanova also might have something to say about it. The new look Big East certain has certainly produced some quality basketball so far, and you can bet that more than a couple of teams in the conference will be dancing come Springtime.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.
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5. Quality of Competition-

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Their wins against VCU as well as Michigan State are definitely marquee victories to be proud of, but it will probably take a solid effort against either Villanova or Creighton to finally lock in a tournament spot.

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4. Veteran Leadership-

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USA TODAY Sports- Anthony Gruppuso

When Otto Porter Jr. declared for the draft most of you probably gave up on the Hoyas, but their upperclassmen did not. Senior Markel Starks has been leading the way, and his play has been keeping the backcourt settled in the early season.

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3. Super Sophomores-

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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera out of Indianapolis has been a revelation this season, and the sophomore's play is one of the key reasons that the Hoyas are feeling good as the year closes.

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2. Coaching-

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John Thompson III obviously has a long coaching legacy at Georgetown, and his steady hand should have the Hoyas dancing this March yet again. The former Princeton coach's experience will be the difference down the stretch, and he should have this young squad balling out.

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1. Strength of Schedule-

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USA TODAY Sports-Anthony Gruppuso

Say what you will about the new teams of the Big East, but this is a conference that is quite strong from top to bottom. This has caused most of the teams to have strong RPI rankings and the Hoyas are no different; if they can get a couple more big time wins this season, then this slideshow will happily not cause me to look foolish.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.

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