There were moments Wednesday evening when it appeared Georgetown would be the latest Big East front-runner to have its momentum halted by the UConn Huskies. Even after surrendering a late lead in regulation, Otto Porter and company refused to fall victim.
The Hoyas (22-4, 12-3 in Big East) overcame a seven-point deficit in the final two minutes of a wild second overtime session, escaping Storrs with a 79-78 victory. Porter, a National Player of the Year candidate, propelled Georgetown, converting a go-ahead layup with 9.5 seconds remaining.
This classic Big East rivalry is filled with dramatic moments and pivotal matchups. The latest clash had the makings of another Huskies spoiler, but a relentless Georgetown rally stole the headlines and sent a message to national title contenders across the country.
The Hoyas have won 10 straight contests, a season-defining span that has repeatedly tested the mettle of this team. The streak has sent Georgetown surging to the top of Big East standings and into any discussion about NCAA tournament favorites.
Based on the Hoyas' latest achievements, John Thompson's team should be in line for a top seed in the tourney and must be considered a serious candidate to take home a national championship.
Top-ranked teams have suffered surprising defeats on a seemingly weekly basis throughout the season, so the discussion over who deserves the "nation's best team" title is an evolving debate. After Wednesday's win, it's time to lay out Georgetown's case as top squad in the country.