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Bubble Watch: Five Things Georgetown Basketball Must Do to Make the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The Georgetown Hoyas Can Still Make the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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Last year, the Georgetown Hoyas were really good and received a No. 2 seed. I had the Hoyas beating Florida Gulf Coast in the Round of 64 first round, but then losing to San Diego State. I made a good call that Georgetown would lose earlier than most expected, but I completely underestimated Florida Gulf Coast, who went on a run to the Sweet 16 and were one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in last year’s tournament.

Georgetown is currently 16-12 overall and 7-9 in the Big East. The Hoyas have two regular season games remaining. On Mar. 4, the Hoyas play the Creighton Bluejays (currently ranked No. 9) at home and on Mar. 8, they play the Villanova Wildcats (currently ranked No. 8) on the road.

What do the Hoyas need to do as this season comes to close to punch their ticket to this year’s tournament so they have a shot at some redemption? In his latest edition of his Bracketology (updated Feb. 27), Joe Lunardi has Georgetown listed on the bubble as one of the First Four Out.

Here are five things the Hoyas need to do to punch their ticket to this year’s big dance.

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5. Stay Out of Foul Trouble

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This is really for the Georgetown bigs. The big men for the Hoyas being in foul trouble was a huge part of why they lost a heartbreaker to the Marquette Golden Eagles on Thursday.

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4. Have Other Players Step Up Other Than Markel Starks and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

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These two guards have carried way too much of the Hoyas’ load this season. The Hoyas need to play team basketball to finish the regular season and in the Big East Tournament if they hope to play their way into March Madness.

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3. Continue to Defend the Three Pointer Well

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This particularly holds true when Georgetown plays Creighton. The Hoyas are holding opponents to 31.7 percent from behind the arc, but Creighton is shooting 42.8 percent from downtown. If the Hoyas hope to beat Creighton they need to continue to defend the three well.

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2. Beat Creighton and Villanova

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Georgetown has already lost to both Creighton and Villanova earlier this season on the back end of a five-game losing streak. That being said, beating the number eight and number nine teams in the nation back to back to end the season will exponentially increase the Hoyas chances of making this year’s NCAA Tournament.

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1. Win the Big East Tournament

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The 31 teams that win their conference tournament receive automatic bids. The 32nd automatic bid goes to the Ivy League regular season champion since they Ivy League does not have a conference tournament. If the Hoyas win the Big East Tournament they can start packing for March Madness because they are automatically in the tournament.