The Morning After: Lots of Praise for the Versatile and Deep Hoyas

Ballin' is a Habit: Georgetown's versatility shines through in a win over Utah State
The Hoyas just beat their second consecutive tournament team. For the second consecutive game, the team they beat was able to execute their game plan. Making it all the more impressive is that Missouri and Utah State are polar opposites in terms of the style of basketball they play.

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Utah State Aggies vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - December 04, 2010 - ESPN
"It's not like I'm one of these coaches where I'm going to say, 'This is what we're going to do.' When we come to timeouts ... 'What do you see? What do you think?' They have an understanding of how we do things. And there's certain things that they see on the court that you may not see on the sidelines."

Hoyas Find Another Way to Win Against Aggies | The Hoya
Senior guard Chris Wright, the nation’s fourth-leading assists-per-game man, had just two dimes and led all scorers with 21 points, getting to the line 10 times and embodying the way the Hoyas beat the Aggies on the offensive end. "I think we’ve been shooting the ball well, but we’re also guys who are aggressive, who attack the basket," he said. "Today was a little different in that they were really playing us on the three-point line, and we had to penetrate and get inside. So there are multiple ways that we can be strong on the offensive end, and as long as our defense is solid, we’ll be alright."

USU basketball: Aggies struggle to adjust to Georgetown’s tactics | The Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Utah State coach Stew Morrill shook his head after the game, still a little miffed by the stat sheet. "If you had told me they were only going to make a couple threes, I would’ve thought we would’ve been right there with them," Morrill said. "We didn’t handle the pressure well at all."

No. 16 Hoyas too much for Aggies - The Herald Journal: Sports: utah state men's basketball,
"The press caused us problems that really I don't think it should have," Morrill said. "They are quick and athletic, and we didn't handle the press at all. They got some easy baskets and got themselves going. It was basically a struggle from there on out. "... Credit goes to Georgetown for getting us rattled. They are tough to deal with and the talent they have."

With pressure, Hoyas show the Wright stuff | Washington Examiner
The Hoyas were unable to find space to attempt a 3-pointer much less make one, finishing the first half 0-for-3 and the game 2-for-9 from beyond the arc. Hollis Thompson hit the Hoyas' only meaningful 3 of the afternoon two minutes into the second half. "We didn't get that many open looks," John Thompson III said. "Our team has done, is doing and did a good job today of taking what the defense gives you. We don't have to make 3s to win games."

Georgetown basketball led by Chris Wright in win over Utah State
Asked whether Sims will continue to get more playing time than Vaughn, Thompson said, "It's game by game" before turning to Sims and asking, "You're doing what you're supposed to do, right?" To which Sims responded, "Yes sir." "Okay," Thompson said, "If he keeps doing what he's supposed to do, he'll keep playing."

Vox Populi " Georgetown overcomes behind-the-arc woes, trounces Utah State
"My confidence is definitely growing and its showing on the floor and [I’m] not as nervous and as tense as I used to be," Sims said.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 68, Utah State 51
The Hoyas didn't shoot the ball particularly well in the Lift-Off half, making none of their three 3FG attempts and only 2/5 2FG jumpers.  Even inside, Georgetown wasn't particularly efficiency [6/12 on layups and tip-ins].  But G'town did a good job holding onto the basketball [4 turnovers on 28 possessions] and had a seemingly endless procession to the free-throw line, shooting 17/19 FTs on 14 Aggie fouls.

Rush The Court " Blog Archive " RTC Instant Analysis: Noon Games (12.04.10)
Despite their lack of star power on the inside don’t forget to put Georgetown on the short list of title contenders. Their inside players might not put up big numbers and they might be at a significant disadvantage when they play against a team with excellent interior players, but they do just enough to let their guards, who are fantastic, win the games. I’m not saying they are going to duplicate what Duke did last season, but John Thompson III can point to what the Blue Devils did last year with excellent play from their perimeter players and their inside players (particularly Brian Zoubek) doing what they need to do (rebound and play solid defense) as an example of what his team can aim for.

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