Not really sure what to say here. The last hour or so has felt completely surreal. We knew Georgetown could be erratic, with losses to South Florida, Old Dominion and Rutgers, but this was different. This was the first game of the NCAA Tournament against a team that went 7-9 in the MAC. And we got annihilated. In all of those previous losses, we had a puncher's chance. At 7:43 left in the first half, Greg Monroe cut Ohio's lead to 5, and it never got closer. To lose as a #3 seed is one thing, but at least let it be a buzzer beater or something. We lost by 14 and gave up 97 points to Ohio. This was their second win in the tournament in the last 45 years.
For all the griping and bitching we all did about seeding and brackets and regions, to come out like this is truly embarrassing. Chris Wright deserves to hold his head high, he was the only guy who showed up today, scoring 28 points on 9-17 shooting. Greg Monroe put up good stats, with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists, but killed us with 7 turnovers. Austin Freeman looked to be ill, which doctors said could happen in the first month of his diagnosis, unfortunately it happened at the wrong time. He gets a free pass because he was phenomenal this year, and hell, he's dealing with a lot more than any of us can imagine right now. Jason Clark, on the other hand, was atrocious. Armon Bassett, whoever that is, dropped 32 on Clark, and it could have been more. I don't care if they were unconscious from three point range, we should have closed out and made them beat us inside.
Now for the elephant in the room. John Thompson III needs to be reevaluated. Doing well in the Big East Tournament is one thing, but to lay an egg this badly on national TV in the first round of the NCAA Tournament is another. Our last three seasons have finished 2nd round exit, NIT, 1st round exit. It pains me to say, because he has done so much for the program in terms of bringing it back to prominence, bringing in good talent, etc, but at the end of the day, he is judged on his tournament results.
I'm still in shock that this season ended this way, especially knowing how good this team could be when on. Unfortunately, we also knew this team could be very, very bad when off. At the end of the day, it's upsetting because it's embarrassing, because we got outclassed, and most of all, because the season is over. I'm past the point of anger, any fan could tell you that this team could lose to anyone on any given day, I'm just sad that it ended this way. I'm sad for Thompson because he is going to take so much heat, I'm sad for Monroe because he will end his Georgetown career without ever having won an NCAA Tournament game, I'm sad for Wright because he will take an undue amount of blame for not hitting the 3 pointer that could have cut the lead to 4, and I'm sad for this program because it will be another year of answering the same redundant questions. We waited a year since the meltdown last year to prove to the country that Georgetown was back to national prominence. Unfortunately, after tonight, we've never been further away.
Everyone be safe tonight. This blog has been incredibly fun and rewarding this season, and we appreciate all the contributions and comments. Sorry to see the season end on such a sour note. We will have plenty of content and discussion for the next week when we really dig into this loss and its implications. But tonight, it's just a sad time to be a Georgetown fan.