Unfortunately no anime this time, and the media coverage is quite lackluster. So enjoy a nice day of football. Casual Awards to follow tomorrow.
This was a rare opportunity for Savannah State to host a Top 25 team at 6,000-seat Tiger Arena, which appeared about half full on an afternoon when many college football rivalry games were on TV. The announced attendance was 3,176.
The highlight for Savannah State came when the Tigers shocked the crowd and the Hoyas by jumping out to a 7-0 lead. That prompted Georgetown coach John Thompson III to call a timeout, and it was all Hoyas the rest of the way.
"The number of points Jason scores is irrelevant," Thompson said. "He plays great defense, and he's a very unselfish player. He's at the core of what we're doing this year. He's going to have a lot more than 14 as we go along."
This is the time of year when major programs beef up on opponents that are willing but overmatched. Savannah State is happy to face the Hoyas because coach Horace Broadnax played for the 1984 Georgetown team that won the NCAA championship. That team was coach by John Thompson, father of the Hoyas' current coach
SSU tried its best Saturday, both on and off the court. Georgetown defeated SSU, 63-44, but it was a moral victory for a Tiger program that lost, 100-38, to the Hoyas last season in Washington, D.C.
Last year, G’town put up 100 against Savannah State. Coming off that ugly Temple game, do the Hoyas have some real long-term offensive concerns?
While one's first reaction is to assume that Savannah St. must have run at a much slower pace to minimize the carnage, in fact there were only 7 less possessions this time around. The real difference was the very high offensive efficiency last year, or perhaps better to say the disappointingly low offensive efficiency this year. It's not clear to me if the presumed advantage to the opposition the second time they see the Princeton/Georgetown offense is real, but at least we should hope that Coach Broadnax did a much better job preparing his defense. And we should also acknowledge that the offense this November is far behind last November's.