Georgetown jumps off Big East title defense, jumps all over ‘Nova

The Big East tournament is one of the finest displays of basketball anywhere in the world, and the Voice‘s Anthony Francavilla will be there all weekend to keep you updated on the Hoyas’ progress. Georgetown got it started right, and got it started quickly, with an 82-63 smackdown of the Villanova Wildcats. With no controversial last-second foul calls to hide behind this time, all ‘Nova fans can do now is shake their heads and think about the tournament record-tying 17 threes the Hoyas dropped to offset a nightmare afternoon for senior center Roy Hibbert (0 points, fouled out) and pull away in the second half. The loss could spell tournament trouble for the Wildcats, who were already treading precariously on the NCAA bubble.

Also from our Great News department, freshman guard Chris Wright was back in action for the Hoyas after missing the entire conference schedule with an ankle injury. He scored 6 points and notched 4 assists in 15 minutes of action, and proved his value as a speedy press-breaker that Georgetown has desperately lacked this season.

Up next for JTIII and his boys are the West Virginia Mountaineers, who took down the 15th-ranked UConn Huskies in the second afternoon game, 78-72. WVU has its own beef with Georgetown, as the Mountaineers lost the teams’ only regular-season meeting in Morgantown thanks to an acrobatic last-second block by Patrick Ewing Jr. that many felt should have been called goaltending. It was, at any rate, about as close a call as you could ever see. The world will find out tomorrow night at 7 if the Mountaineers are better at exacting revenge than the Wildcats.

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