Postgame Roundup: VCU 74, Georgetown 56
That’s all folks. The Hoyas season came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, on a cold Friday night in Chicago. Like last year’s disappointing loss against Ohio, this one wasn’t even close, as sloppy ball handling and poor three-point shooting doomed the Hoyas in a 74-56 loss to VCU. Even more sad is the fact that this marks the end of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, Julian Vaughn, and Ryan Dougherty’s careers at Georgetown.
The difference between the two teams in this one was like night and day. The Hoyas shot an atrocious 19.2%, while VCU poured in 48% of their shots from downtown. Take away Hollis Thompson and the only Hoya to connect from behind the arc was Markel Starks. With Julian Vaughn’s struggles continuing, Georgetown needed to shoot well from downtown tonight and that just didn’t happen. VCU allowed very few open shots by playing tight defense on the perimeter, made possible because of the poor play of the big men. On the other side, Georgetown had a lot of trouble communicating defensively and let a lot of Rams shooters to get free. Brandon Rozzell went 6-10 from three-point land on his way to a team high 26 points.
All season long turnovers have been a problem for this team. During the first half of the season, the Hoyas averaged about 14 per game. They eventually began to correct their mistakes and during an eight-game winning streak saw those numbers go down. But, after Wright’s injury, they went back to biting themselves in the foot. Many thought that with Wright back, it wouldn’t be a problem, but because of VCU’s furious press, Georgetown turned the ball over 17 times, which led to 17 points. Meanwhile, the Rams only turned the ball over six times, relying on point guard Joey Rodriguez who dished out seven assists.
Georgetown has a long off-season ahead of them. The team will have to deal with an NCAA upset for the second straight year, but more importantly the team’s makeup will greatly change. With Freeman, Vaughn and Wright gone, JTIII will have to determine who will fill the three open starting spots. Will the Hoyas have a point guard who can make up for Wright’s lost contribution as the floor general? The team may have found a replacement for Freeman’s steady scoring in Hollis Thompson, who showed tonight what he is capable of. The big question is though, with only one NCAA Tournament win since 2007’s Final Four run, and three straight disappointing endings to the season, does the program need to be reassessed? Only time will tell.