The Big East is one of the many conferences in college basketball that has multiple teams competing for one of the last few 2014 NCAA tournament berths. The Xavier Musketeers upset the Creighton Blue Jays and effectively sealed their place in the Big Dance, and, another bubble team, the Georgetown Hoyas looked to do the same.
The Hoyas just couldn’t miss from the floor at long stretches in the game, but the biggest contributors were D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Markel Starks, who had a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott once again proved why he deserves the Wooden award with a 22 point, 12 rebound double-double, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the 54 percent shooting performance from the Hoyas en route to their 75-63 point victory.
Georgetown is catching fire at the right time. Yes, the Hoyas have a lot of very bad losses on their resume; they’ve lost to the Seton Hall Pirates (twice), the Marquette Golden Eagles and Northeastern. However, they make up for it with their wins. Georgetown has wins over the Michigan State Spartan, the Kansas State Wildcats, the VCU Rams and now Creighton.
The Hoyas don’t have the record to make the NCAA tournament, but they do have the wins. If Georgetown can make it to the finals of the Big East tournament, they could legitimately stand a chance of making it to the 2014 NCAA tournament, where they could be a very dangerous team.