The Morning After: Different Game, Different Leader, Same Result

Georgetown vs. Louisville: Chris Wright leads Hoyas to fifth straight win
Wright first scored a spinning, driving off-balance scoop in the lane that tied the score at 55. "I work on that," Wright said jokingly. "That's something in my repertoire. I thought the ref was going to call a foul, but I'm glad it went in." John Thompson added: "That's one of those, as a coach, you're like: 'No, no, no, no, no. Yes'. When it dropped through the basket."

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Wright Steps Up as Star Against Louisville - The Hoya - Sports
"I've said this all year and it's true," Thompson said. "It's not coach speak, it's not just me standing here. We have an unselfish group. On different nights, we're going to have different mismatches. Our team collectively does an outstanding job of getting the ball to the open man when he needs it. Chris had opportunities today and he made his foul shots."

The Georgetown Voice " Wright powers Georgetown past Louisville to extend streak to five
"I have to see how the game is going in order to determine my role," Wright said. "I’ve got to be a playmaker. Whatever that entails or whatever that implies is what I have to do. Today I was open. I got a few transition buckets early and I just felt like if I kept attacking good things would happen."

Chris Wright's 24-Point Outing Leads To Hoyas Fifth Straight Win - Georgetown, DC Patch
"We got stops. They weren't scoring, so they couldn’t press," coach John Thompson III said. "They do press off missed shots also, but because we were getting rebounds and turnovers, the opportunity for them to set up their press didn’t show up as much as they would have liked.  "That's what they do. They pressure you the whole game and they play a zone. And that's all they do and they're good at it."

Louisville Cardinals vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - January 31, 2011 - ESPN
"We have a poised group," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We went through a difficult stretch where we were not making shots. We were getting good shots. They were not going in. We're past that."

Ballin' is a Habit: A photographic breakdown of Georgetown's pick and roll defense
The stat that you are probably going to hear about the most from this game was the 76.5% that Georgetown shot in the second half. Rightfully so. The Hoyas looked terrific on the offensive end in the second half, especially when they were able to beat Louisville's press. But it was the Hoya's defense that won this game, not their offensive execution.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 62, Louisville 59
Interestingly, Georgetown's good defense in the last couple of games has been by forcing jump shots instead of allowing lay-ins. This game, they did force jump shots, but the Hoyas allowed many more close shots than they had in previous games. Much of this seems due to the strong offensive rebounding by Louisville.

Rush The Court " Blog Archive " ATB: Longhorn Defense Stifles Another Big 12 Opponent
With Georgetown’s resurgence in the Big East now at five straight wins, you are going to hear a lot about Chris Wright and Austin Freeman returning to form. And, yes, they deserve credit for their great play. Wright was terrific tonight just 48 hours after Freeman carried the Hoyas to a win over Villanova. But what no one is going to be talking about is the switch that John Thompson, III, made in the starting lineup. Nate Lubick has been starting for the Hoyas over Hollis Thompson. This gives Georgetown more size to start the game while allowing them an offensive sparkplug off the bench when Thompson enters.

Louisville Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Overcome Sloppy Game To Defeat Cardinals 62-59 - SB Nation DC
The Georgetown Hoyas and Louisville Cardinals both entered Monday's game coming off of emotional upset victories. There was definitely a letdown in the style of play, but there was no letdown in the win column for the Hoyas.

Georgetown overcomes Louisville’s expectations : U of L Card Game
Louisville’s 62-59 loss at Georgetown providing a touch of reality, putting those frenetic basketball wins in perspective. UofL has been beating teams with better talent, outplaying them, not playing better than them, but somehow beating them.

Louisville rally comes up just short at No. 14 Georgetown - Card Chronicle
I'm not willing to go so far as to say something along the lines of "well, we were supposed to lose" or "I guess that's what happens when you only get one day of rest after a double overtime thriller," but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't hard for me to be mad at these guys. Disappointed? Slightly, but the negative emotion I feel right now is nothing compared to some of the late January and February evenings of a year ago.

Louisville can't quite win against Georgetown 62-59 | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
But as Pitino preached in his pregame talk to the team, "Good is the enemy of great." He said he didn't want the Cards to be satisfied with a comeback and a moral victory. "Don't tell me we had great heart, don't tell me we had great character. You have to win the game," he said. "Nobody remembers the great heart and character. They only remember the ‘L.' "

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