Could it really be that Jabril Trawick has been the ingredient the Georgetown Hoyas have been missing? Is it that simple?? I wanted to see if the stats show any differences between before and after the 5-game losing streak. And well, once again the stats indicate that, yes really, Trawick has been the difference maker. And maybe we’re not missing Joshua Smith that much.Mainly, in terms of scoring (cause scoring wins games), we see that Trawick’s absence has hurt the team more than Smith’s. Take a look at the comparisons and note that the first column for “With Smith” and “Pre-Trawick Injury” are going to be relatively equal because Smith was first suspended for the Providence game and Trawick injured himself that game and missed the next five games.
For me, I focus squarely on the points per possession. Look at how clearly the number dips during Trawick’s absence and quickly jumps back to the same rate prior to his injury. The biggest difference is the team no longer has Smith down low and his production has been scooped up by Jabril Trawick, Markel Starks and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Sure the burden lies directly on the guards but that also means the front court has been doing its job to allow those players to increase their scoring. AND the team has once again figured out how to get to the free throw line by looking at the FTR.
This is good news to see production return because this will be an important factor come Selection Sunday. The committee could factor out the 5-game losing streak because of injuries and suspensions. And if the team continues to perform well, then we are well off on a crowded bubble line. Unfortunately, the committee doesn't look beyond the stats to look at the difference between the pre-Trawick injury team and the post-injury team. Because I think we can all agree this is not the same team we saw earlier in the year. There is a renewed energy and motivation to win.
p.s. every game left scares the crap out of me…..One Game at a Time.