In a Game of Contrasting Styles Georgetown May Run To Beat Washington

Robert BContributor IDecember 12, 2009

MILWAUKEE - JANUARY 31: Chris Wright #4 of the Georgetown Hoyas brings the ball upcourt against the Marquette Golden Eagles on January 31, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette defeated Georgetown 94-82. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When you hear the words Georgetown Basketball, two things immediately come to mind defense and a slow tempo.  John Thomspon III has made it clear he always wants his team to use the whole shot clock to get high quality shots and to play solid defense.  Georgetown will face their real first test to see if they can keep this style a whole game against a team that likes to run.  Saturday they face the sixteenth ranked Washington Huskies who like to do one thing and that is run the court.  They are the exact opposite of the Hoyas, Washington likes to run the whole 40 minutes non-stop.  They want to tire you down and get easy baskets off the fastbreak.  The question is will Georgetown try and run with Washington or will they do their best to slow the game's temp down to a hault?  With guys like Point Guard Isiah Thomas who averages about 20 points a game and Foward Quincy Pondexter who averages 22 points a game Washington has the players that can give the Georgetown defense fits all day.  They will count on Chris Wright to play a solid point all game and do his best to contain Thomas, the key to slowing down the Half-Court offense of Washington is keeping Thomas out of the lane becuase he can finish at the rim or he will kick it to one of Washington's key shooters.  Guys like Scott Suggs, Elston Turner, and Venoy Overton could give the Hoyas trouble all day from down town.  Greg Monroe will have to continue his hot streak against Washington and could be in for another monster game since Washington really lacks a true post threat defensively.   There are just so many differences between these two teams, both are solid teams but whoever can win the battle of tempo may come out the winner.  Both the question that faces John Thompson III is does he try and run with Washington or does he stick with his grind the shot clock strategy?  Whichever he chooses will prove to be a major key in the outcome of the game.