The Morning After: Georgetown AND Chris Wright to Play Winner of VCU/USC

NCAA tournament: Georgetown to face either VCU or USC - The Washington Post
"It’s going to be good to have our point guard, our floor general, one of our leaders, back on the floor," senior Austin Freeman said. "To have his ability to penetrate, get his own shot and also get his teammates shots. Right now, he’s getting back into shape and trying to get his shot back. He’ll be fine."

Southwest: Kansas appears locked in as it sets sights on Houston - The Washington Post
Either way, Georgetown will have a tough opening game, especially with Wright playing for the first time since his injury. The Hoyas will have to shoot the ball from the outside and would be well-advised to get out on three-point shooters (see 2010, Ohio University ). If they can survive that game, the question will be which Purdue team will show up for the next round. The good Purdue would be tough for Georgetown to beat. The bad Purdue could lose to George Washington, George Mason or George Costanza.

Rick Snider: Quick outs for the locals | Rick Snider | College | Washington Examiner
No. 6 Georgetown gets the winner of a first-round game -- either Southern Cal or Virginia Commonwealth -- in the second round. Those two teams will expend everything in the first game and have nothing left for the rested Hoyas. Wright gets an easy return.

Hoyas facing play-in team | Craig Stouffer | College | Washington Examiner
Most of the Georgetown players began to clap and smile as they learned who they would face in their 2011 NCAA tournament opener on Friday in Chicago. But not seniors Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, who both maintained a poker face. Why? They already knew. Moments after the NCAA tournament selection show began Sunday evening in front of large crowd at Leo O'Donovan Hall, Wright said he was "sweating bullets," so he texted Hoyas coach John Thompson III. "We was too anxious," Freeman said. "We couldn't take it anymore, so we just had to find out, and we asked coach."

NCAA Bracket Preview: Complete Georgetown Tournament Primer - SBNation.com
With Wright healthy, the Hoyas were among the nation’s best teams. They went through a rough stretch to start Big East play when they lost four or five, but they got both their offense and defense in gear and went on a nine-game winning streak thereafter. They have three outstanding, experienced guards in Wright, Austin Freeman and Jason Clark, and while they lack the same depth inside, they were getting a lot out of Julian Vaughn, Nate Lubick and Hollis Thompson prior to Wright’s injury. But when you remove a cog like Wright, the whole team falls off. Such is the nature of a team that relies on the balanced Princeton Offense employed by John Thompson III. 

Georgetown Seeded 6th, Will Play in Chicago on Friday v. VCU or USC | Over the Hilltop
Pre-announcement projections had the Hoyas as a seventh or eighth seed, so the Hoyas’ placement was welcome news. While the tournament selection committee’s process is perennially opaque, two explanations for Georgetown’s better-than-expected seed can be advanced: strength of schedule and injuries. As Ken Pomeroy explained on Slate, the committee leans heavily on the Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI, which is based largely on strength of schedule which, Pomeroy argues, is flawed. (For some reason, Pomeroy and Slate chose not to note that he has a ratings system that rivals the RPI, which a reader might find relevant to his criticisms of the RPI.) Georgetown’s SOS this year was second in the country, including 21 of its 31 games against fellow Tournament goers, and it ranks 13th in the RPI despite its horrendous play of late. The second explanation is that Georgetown’s (perhaps timely) announcement that Wright will play in the tourney led the committee to credit the Hoyas avec, rather than sans, Wright, and gave Georgetown a bump accordingly.

Southwest: Hoyas better be right on status of Wright - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com
The selection committee bought it. Georgetown announced on Saturday that point guard Chris Wright would be ready not only in time for the first round of the NCAA tournament -- but also in time to practice several days before the opener. Georgetown said it. The committee believed it. Now it's up to the Hoyas to make good on their promise. And to not be the liar that Syracuse was a year ago.

Greg Doyel, CBS Sports Ain’t Wright | Over the Hilltop
Doyel’s statement that he "hopes it isn’t a lie" is little more than an under-handed way of generating unfounded rumors. If Doyel’s piece, and CBS Sports’ ostensible endorsement of it, are merely entertainment, then they’re both short-sighted and bizarre: how does a prominent sponsor and beneficiary of the tournament benefit from questioning the honesty of one of its participants? If the piece is supposed to be journalism, it fails on its face: Doyell cites no factual support for his speculation. If he has no support, he should attempt to find some by, say, interviewing JTIII or just calling the press office at Georgetown. If he’s unable to land an interview–perhaps because he’s posted a hypothesis without any reference to any support, or perhaps because the Hoyas are busy preparing for Friday’s two possible opponents–he should say as much.

 

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