When we last saw our Hoyas
Things got ugly in Newark. Georgetown experienced its worst loss of the season, losing by 18 points to a Seton Hall team that had lost seven of its last 10 games. The Hoyas were practically unrecognizable Tuesday night, allowing the Pirates to shoot 61 percent from the field.
“I think everybody in our locker room, everybody in this program knows that what happened in that game is not acceptable,” senior guard Jason Clark said Thursday. “That’s not Georgetown basketball. That’s not us.”
It’s hard to pinpoint where Georgetown went wrong, because it was basically everywhere. The only bright side to the loss might be that it didn’t seem to be the product of some intrinsic flaw. The Hoyas simply fell behind and then allowed their mistakes to compound to devastating effect.
“The biggest thing is when we weren’t scoring on offense we let it show up on defense, and when we weren’t playing defense we let it show up on offense,” Clark said. “Like coach said [after the game], we’ve just got to be better. We have to be better.”
Normally, a late February game against Villanova would be a marquee matchup with major implications at the top of the Big East standings. This year, however, Jay Wright’s squad is suffering through a hellish season, and the Wildcats are amazingly tied for the worst overall record in the conference at 11-16.
Despite its struggles, Villanova could easily beat the Hoyas if they play like they did on Tuesday. Dysfunctional as they may be, the Wildcats still are talented. They nearly knocked off Notre Dame and UConn in their last two games, losing in overtime to both. Villanova was also without their best player, junior guard Maalik Wayns, for those games. On Thursday, Wright said that Wayns, who averages 17.8 points per game, was “hopeful” for Saturday’s game.
Key to the game
Get back to being Georgetown. Clark put it best–the Hoyas weren’t themselves on Tuesday. Villanova is already one of the nation’s worst shooting teams, and if Georgetown can play defense like they had been before Tuesday, John Thompson III shouldn’t even have to worry about his players putting the ball in the basket.
Player to watch
Jabril Trawick. Yeah, it’s technically Senior Day, but Clark and Henry Sims still have another home game to play on Monday. Instead, we go with the freshman guard and Philly native knows Wayns better than any other Hoya–they go all the way back to middle school when they played AAU ball together.
“I definitely have the mindset of going into the game and not taking it lightly on anybody that we play,” Trawick said. “But at the same time it’s still fun to link up with dudes from back home again.”
If Wayns does play, don’t be surprised if the former teammates square off at some point.