Louisville-Georgetown: Hoyas Get Back in Groove with a Big Road Win

Sam BlumCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2010

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 18:  John Thompson III, hea coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, yells to his players during a college basketball game against the Syracuse Orange on February 18, 2010 at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Just days ago, the Georgetown Hoyas were coming off an embarrassing loss in New Jersey to Rutgers. Yes, Rutgers. The loss was part of a hectic week that left people asking if the top Big East teams were actually as powerful as people had once thought. 

The Hoyas came up big at Freedom Hall tonight against a Cardinals team, winners of three straight, which included a road win at Syracuse. Louisville was looking to break off the bubble, and had a big chance tonight, however it was the Hoyas' turn to silence the critics. 

Austin Freeman had a huge 29 point night, while missing just three shots and going 6-6 from the line, while getting four boards and dishing off four assists. Greg Monroe chipped in 16, while Edgar Sosa paced Louisville with 24. 

Tonight was a big game in the standings as well, as they came into the night deadlocked, but now Georgetown will move into fifth place, one game out of a fourth place spot that would give them two byes at the Big East tournament. They are one game back of West Virginia, and will be able to make up that ground when they face the Mountaineers on Monday in Morgantown, WV in what will be a crucial matchup.

The Hoyas also face Notre Dame on Saturday and Cincinnatti the Saturday following. A sweep to end the regular season might get the Hoyas a two seed going into the NCAA tournament. 

Louisville has Connecticut, Marquette, and Syracuse, all potential games that could either make or break the Cardinals as March looms just days away.