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Rush The Court Says Complimentary Things About Georgetown

 From it's recap of last night:

Is It Safe to Say Georgetown is For Real? #14 Georgetown 74, #11 Pittsburgh 66.  Given last year’s meltdown when Georgetown couldn’t beat anybody in the Big East, it’s understandable that people would be a little gun-shy this year about the Hoyas as they entered Big East play.  With away losses to Marquette and Villanova in the past two weeks, the whispers about the Hoyas as a fraud were persistent once again.  But tonight should have put much of that talk to rest.  Pitt came into tonight’s home game against Georgetown having already vanquished Syracuse, UConn, Cincinnati and Louisville (the first three on the road), and although nobody really believed that Jamie Dixon’s team was the best in the conference, everyone had come to respect the Panthers.  So this win tonight by Georgetown, in a building where Pitt had won 31 games in a row and held the lead late into the game, is impressive.  How did JT3’s team do it?  Chris Wright is one reason.  He had 27 points on 11-17 shooting, and often looked like the best player on the floor tonight.  Perhaps more importantly, he helped harass Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs into a 3-16 shooting night and eight points, well below his 17.5 PPG average.  We know that with Georgetown’s lack of available depth that the Hoyas’ margin for error is small, but there may not be a more efficient starting five in America with Freeman, Clark, Monroe and Vaughn joining Wright in the regular lineup.  We’ll known for sure soon enough, as Georgetown travels to Syracuse for Big Monday next week and hosts Duke the following weekend.  As for Pitt, Jamie Dixon didn’t think that his defense was up to snuff tonight, but in general it wasn’t bad.  The big issue was that the Hoyas hit 7-10 from deep, and that must really stick in his craw considering how well the Panthers have shut down the three-ball this season (27.6%, 7th nationally).  Pitt was going to lose eventually, we just didn’t expect it to happen at home.

Hopefully the comparisons to last year finally stop, as we asked for today.  It is very nice to hear someone say that we may have the best starting five in the country.  We may also have the worst bench in the country.

Stay Casual, my friends.

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