Believe it or not, there is another mainstream media article focused on the differences between this year's Hoyas and last year's squad. Seth Davis of SI, who is a big fan of the Georgetown program, had glowing things to say about the composition of this year's team.
It's understandable that Thompson would not want to say so explicitly, but chemistry is indeed the biggest difference. Last year's group never jelled between the youngsters and upperclassmen Jessie Sapp and DaJuan Summers. These Hoyas (17-5, 7-4 in the Big East) have so far played unselfish, team-oriented basketball, and that has enabled them to bounce back from losses. They fell by five points at Villanova on Jan. 17, but knocked off Pittsburgh on the road three days later. They followed their 17-point drubbing at Syracuse by blowing past Duke. They stubbed their toe against South Florida, but responded by throttling 'Nova in their next outing.
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The excerpt I found most interesting was when Davis asked JT3 to compare this year's team to the team that went to the Final Four in 2007.
Not surprisingly, Thompson also did not want to compare this team to another team he has had at Georgetown, the Roy Hibbert-Jeff Green-Patrick Ewing Jr.-led group that reached the 2007 Final Four. "We were big, long and deep up front that year. We're playing much differently now," he said. When I asked if this group was as good as that team was in early February, he said, "Nope, not yet. But this team has much more room for growth than that team did in early February."
It's a classic JT3 way of not letting them get ahead of themselves, but also letting the team know he thinks they are special. Well I think they are special too, until they lose to Providence tomorrow. Then I will think they are not special.