The Georgetown Hoyas were highly inconsistent last year, and that came back to bite them in the NCAA Tournament. Despite earning a No. 3 seed in the Big Dance, the Hoyas were upset by the Ohio Bobcats in the first round.
Coach John Thompson III expects a lot from his team, and the way they finished last year had to leave a bitter taste in his mouth. Thompson will clearly be looking for some more consistent play from this talented team in the season ahead.
The Big East will be a tough conference as always, but Georgetown will be a tough matchup for everyone this year.
Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Offseason Changes
The Hoyas kept most of their players in the fold from last year’s squad, but the one player missing is a huge loss. Greg Monroe moved on to the NBA, and he will be sorely missed. Monroe averaged 16 points and almost 10 rebounds per game during his freshman year.
The versatility of a player like Monroe really helped the rest of the team get better shots at the basket, so they’ll need to adapt to life without him at the center position.
Georgetown doesn’t have anyone as good as Monroe coming in, but there are some solid players. Nate Lubick is a 6'8" forward with great passing skills and a good understanding of the game. Moses Abraham is more of a long-term project, but the big man from Nigeria will likely make a big impact before his time at Georgetown is done.
Markel Starks is a point guard that can score in bunches, and he should get a decent amount of playing time as a freshman.
Georgetown Hoyas Outlook
The Hoyas will be great on the perimeter this season. The trio of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, and Jason Clark are all veterans that understand the system extremely well. Wright improved dramatically last year, and I expect to see him continue that improvement this season.
Freeman had medical problems in the middle of the season but he continued to play at a very high level. Freeman is a potential Big East Player of the Year. Clark is a good long-range shooter and he plays solid defense as well. It is tough to find many teams with a more impressive lineup on the perimeter.
The Hoyas aren’t nearly as strong down low, and most of their big men don’t really have a polished low-post game. Julian Vaughn will be counted on to step up his production at the power forward position.
Hollis Thompson is a versatile player that will likely be the sixth man for this team, and I think he has a chance to really shine this year. Lubick will likely get a great deal of playing time as a freshman, so the Hoyas will need him to keep his composure in big spots.
Georgetown Hoyas College Basketball Odds
The Georgetown Hoyas are listed as the fourth favorite to win the Big East. The book has posted the Hoyas at +650 to win the regular season in this brutally tough conference. What about Georgetown’s chances to win it all this year? They are listed at +2,500 to win the NCAA Championship.
The Hoyas will open on Nov.12 with a bit of a tricky game at Old Dominion. In the non conference schedule, their toughest games appear to be against Missouri and Memphis, with both games taking place away from home. The Big East schedule will be tough as always. They only play Pittsburgh and Villanova once this year, but they do play Syracuse twice.
Georgetown College Basketball Predictions and Picks
This Georgetown team was a tough to get a read on last year, and I think they will be similar this season. I expect this team to knock off some of the top-ranked teams in the nation, but lose some games they aren’t supposed to lose. The veteran leadership will probably help take them a little farther in the tournament, but the lack of a low-post presence will hurt.