After a loss to the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers on February 14, everything that I thought I knew about Georgetown basketball flew right out the window as I watched them fall to 18-6 on the year. Week in and week out, I puzzle myself to figure out what this team is all about, and my mind is continually being changed because of how sporadic the Hoyas are.
They can play so spectacular, like the Hoyas did against Duke and Villanova at home, blowing them both away. They can awe you with their offense when it is clicking on all cylinders, with Austin Freeman and Jason Clark knocking down threes, Greg Monroe dominating the interior, and Chris Wright quarterbacking the high powered attack.
It is a beautiful thing when the Hoyas are performing their best (at least if you’re a Georgetown fan. It probably didn't seem so beautiful to the Cats or the Blue Devils after getting kicked out of Washington). Georgetown is so talented that can beat any team in the nation on a given night and when they get hot, they are unstoppable.
However, there is another side to these Hoyas that isn't quite as glamorous as the high voltage team that can show up to the game. When Georgetown is having an off night, they are WAY off. It is extremely disappointing to see them so far away their best ball because you know what kind of talent they have, but they can just play absolutely miserable.
Threes are not falling, big men in foul trouble, little to no defense. It is like there is a completely different team that traded places with the spectacular Hoyas that can play so well.
The most recent example of the Hoyas falling flat on their face against a below average team was when the Hoyas failed to hit a three in the second half of the Rutgers loss last Sunday, even though they are the most efficient outside shooting team in the Big East.
Some of this inconsistency can be credited be to the weak bench play the Hoyas have had throughout the season, especially at guard.
There is nobody, outside of occasionally freshman forward Hollis Thompson, that can come off the bench and make an impact when one of the starters is not performing or is in foul trouble. Even though the bench play has been poor, I believe that coaching has a large deal to do with the sporadic play of the Hoyas.
John Thompson III has done a solid job throughout his time with the Georgetown, but I think he and his staff are one of the main problems with the Hoyas inconsistency over the past few years. If you look at their schedule, there is a somewhat nerve racking pattern going on with the Hoyas over the season and especially the past five or six games.
Before or after big games for the Hoyas, there always seems to be a let up against an inferior team, taking away from some of the Hoya's thunder.
A perfect example of this was their recent loss to Rutgers, just days before the upcoming game against No. 5 ranked Syracuse on Thursday. Or their let up against USF right before their game against then-No. 2 ranked Villanova. You could also say that a let up happened when Georgetown was upset by Marquette, just three days before the Hoyas were scheduled to play their once highly ranked rival, the UCONN Huskies.
I'm not sure why, but it is more than obvious the Hoyas have been overlooking certain opponents, or looking ahead to "More important" games. I believe that the Georgetown staff has been looking past some opponents and not taking them seriously. If this is true, there is a serious issue inside the Hoya team that needs to be amended if the Hoyas want any chance at going deep into the NCAA tournament this year.
No matter how much talent you have on your team, there is no way a anybody will ever win a couple games in the NCAA tournament if you are looking past opponents because if you don't bring your A game in the bid dance night in an night out, you’re going to get beat. The tournament is meant for the best teams, and it has no cheap wins.
Unless Georgetown gets their act together, I wouldn't pick the Hoyas going any further than the sweet 16. The Hoya's need to come together as a team and really focus on every game for the rest of this season. They can't look past teams because if you look past an inferior team, and they beat you, even if you win the "Bigger" game, your still only one and one.
Championship teams don't consistently lose to poor talent. Teams like the Tar Heels last season take it one game at a time and make every game seem as important as the next, because really, they are all important. The Hoyas have some serious problems and even though they have the talent to make a tournament run, they won't unless they make some changes to the teams focus over the rest of the season and into the tournament.