2008 National Champs: The Georgetown Hoyas

Todd ParmeleeSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2008

The Georgetown Hoyas will make the Final Four and possibly win it all this year.  Their play in the Big East Tournament has suggested this. 

First of all, the Hoyas offense is running better than it has all season.  They are incredible at passing the ball and finding an open man. Rarely do they have to force their shots.  As a team they have 487 assists on 409 turnovers. 

Against Villanova, Georgetown shot 17 for 28 from behind the three point line.  They pulled away midway through the second half for a convincing 82-63 victory.  The Hoyas won the game, despite Roy Hibbert being held scoreless. 

In the semifinals of the Big East Tournament the Hoyas dominated West Virginia, winning the game 72-55.  The Hoyas held West Virginia’s Joe Alexander to just 12 points on 5 for 16 shooting.  Alexander had scored nearly 30 points per game during his previous five games. 

More importantly, Roy Hibbert got back on track for Georgetown scoring 25 points and collecting13 rebounds.  It was one of the best performances of Hibbert’s career, coming on the heels of one of his worst. 

Georgetown, once again shot the ball well from three point range shooting 7 for 17.  The Hoyas have several three point threats: Jonathan Wallace (45.5 percent), Chris Wright (50 percent), Jesse Sapp (40.3 percent) and Austin Freeman (37.8 percent).  Do not forget about Roy Hibbert, who is shooting 100 percent from behind the arc this year.  Hibbert hit a game winning three pointer versus UConn this year.  On the year, Hibbert is a perfect three for three from beyond the arc. 

As a team, the Hoyas are shooting 38 percent from three point range, while holding opponents to 29 percent.  Overall, the Hoyas limit their opponents to just 36.4 percent from the field, ranking among the nation's elite in team field goal defense.

The Hoyas now will face the Pitt Panthers in the Big East Tournament Finals.  Pittsburgh, the seven seed of the Tournament, will be playing their fourth game in four days.  They are coming into the game playing their best basketball since they knocked off Duke at Madison Square Garden earlier this year. 

The Hoyas are riding a hot streak heading into the NCAA Tournament.  Going into the Big East Tournament Championship game they have won seven straight games since losing to Syracuse 70-77 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

The Hoyas have necessary ingredients to contend for a National Championship: solid guard play, dominant big-man, and a deep bench.  Stop one Hoya from scoring and there are four of five other guys capable of scoring double digits. 

The Hoyas also have championship bloodlines.  Head coach John Thompson III’s father won a National Championship with Georgetown in 1984.  The 1984 Georgetown team was led by Patrick Ewing.  Ewing's son, Patrick Ewing Jr., is the sixth-man on Georgetown. Ewing Jr. is not just any sixth man, he won the BIG EAST Conference's inaugural Sixth Man of the Year award and is a likely NBA Second Round Draft Pick.

Boston Celtics head coach, Doc Rivers is the father of Hoya backup guard Jeremiah Rivers.   


Other Final Four Contenders

North Carolina, UCLA Bruins, Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals, Tennessee Volunteers, Memphis Tigers.


Possible Contenders

Stanford, Drake, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt.


Likely To Be Upset

Duke, UConn, Xavier, Wisconsin, Indiana, Texas