OMG OMG OMG. We are four days away from the Georgetown Fightin' Hoyas tipping off against the Old Dominion Monarchs. We are four days away from endless possibilities, sweeping highs, and disasterous lows.
College basketball kicked off last night. I watched none of it. I was too busy monitoring my fantasy football action, and honestly, I have no interest in college basketball until Georgetown plays. The college basketball season begins when Austin Freeman swishes his first three, when Chris Wright first comes crashing through the lane, and when Nate Lubick garners his first comparison to Tyler Hansbrough or some other equally
white hard working player.
In the meantime, let's have some bold predictions for 2010-2011.
After The Jump, read my predictions.5. Villanova will finish .500 or worse in the Big East.
I'm sorry to you Nova fans, but I am not buying this year's squad. Corey Fisher is a girlfriend humper. And when your leader is a girlfriend humper, that doesn't bode well. Corey Stokes and Maalik Wayns are wildly overrated. Actually, at this point, I would just call Stokes rated. He's just not very good. Jay Wright, as handsome as he is, has to start thinking about the quality of character that he is recruiting. Last year Reggie Redding was suspended for marijuana possession, Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher had a girlfriend humping contest, and Taylor King kept trying to re-create the final scene in Scarface. This year hasn't started any better, as freshman JayVaughn Pinkston is under investigation for punching out two frat bros on campus. Solid work.
4. St. Johns will finish in the top 4 in the Big East.
I am a believer in Steve Lavin, and the Johnnies are veteran laden and talented. Yes, I am still trying to find a positive in Georgetown losing two games to St. Johns within a week in the 2008-2009 season.
3. Duke will not win the National Championship.
The reality is that Duke won a forgettable NCAA title last year. Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse (with Arinze Onuaku) would have eaten Duke for breakfast. Fortunately for Duke, all the breaks went right for them during their run through March. The same won't happen this year.
2. Georgetown and Syracuse will play for the Big East regular season title on February 26th.
If that doesn't give Georgetown fans motivation to show up in droves for the game, I don't know what will. This game will be the biggest home game in JT3's history. Let's look at the different forces that will combine for Super Saturday. We will be playing for the Big East regular season title. We will be playing our biggest rivals. We will be playing on Saturday. ESPN's College Gameday will be there. Erin Andrews will be there. The entire Casual Hoya staff will be there. It will be senior day for Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, Julian Vaughn and Ryan Dougherty.
1. Georgetown will play into the 2nd weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
I'd like to see one game before I make an absurd prediction like a Final Four or a National Championship, but I have full confidence that we will make the Sweet 16. The college basketball landscape is pretty barren this year because of all the early entries into June's NBA Draft, and Georgetown returns four starters. We have one of the three best backcourts in the nation. We will play deep into the NCAA Tournament. That's my final answer.