After winning the Big East regular season title in its previous game, Villanova took care of Georgetown fairly easily on Saturday afternoon in a 77-59 victory at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Georgetown (17-13, 8-10) came into the game with plenty of momentum after a huge win against Creighton last Tuesday, but the Hoyas couldn’t keep it going as they never led against the Wildcats.
There was a golden opportunity for Georgetown to improve on its resume with two ranked teams to finish off the regular season. After defeating No. 13 Creighton, a victory over No. 6 Villanova would have been a huge boost to the current so-so resume that the Hoyas posses.
Georgetown currently sits with five wins over RPI Top 50 teams, but its the bad losses that may scare the selection committee away. Wins over Creighton (No. 7 in RPI), VCU (No. 14), Michigan State (No. 22), Kansas State (No. 38) and Xavier (No. 45) look good, but losses to Seton Hall (No. 137) twice and Northeastern (No. 221) certainly would tarnish any NCAA tournament resume.
The Big East tournament looms and the Hoyas will need to have a good showing to make a last-minute impression before Selection Sunday. As the No. 7 seed in the tournament, Georgetown opens up against the No. 10 seed, which will be either DePaul or Butler. Georgetown is as combined 4-0 against both teams.
If the Hoyas win their first conference tournament game, they will face Creighton once again. Another victory over the Bluejays is a must, but it may not be enough to get Georgetown into the tournament. If it can get past Creighton once more, Georgetown would then face either Marquette or Providence.
A victory over either of those teams isn’t anything special, but three wins in the conference tournament would show the selection committee that the Hoyas would be a tough out in the NCAA tournament.