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The Morning After: Austin Freeman is a Beast

Freeman perfect go-to guy for Hoyas -
He’s just so casual about it. Perhaps that’s the most impressive aspect to Austin Freeman’s personality — because it contrasts so glaringly with how he makes a stat sheet pop. Thirty points, six assists, one turnover, 8 for 8 from the foul line, two 3s, three rebounds and, most importantly, lifting his team for the first time this season to an above-.500 record in the Big East.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Villanova Wildcats - Recap - January 29, 2011 - ESPN
"We wanted to concentrate on getting the ball to Austin," Georgetown point guard Chris Wright said. "It's stupid not to give him the ball."

Austin Freeman leads resurgent Hoyas to victory over Villanova
"That's my man," Hoyas senior guard Chris Wright said. "The thing about it is, we all have roles. And Austin's role was to score 30 points today. On the defensive end, we were all focused on guarding penetration. On offense, you go to Austin and put him in situations where he's productive.

Georgetown vs. Villanova: Austin Freeman scores 30 points as Hoyas hold on
"He made every play down the stretch," Villanova Coach Jay Wright said of Freeman, who grabbed four rebounds and matched a career high with six assists. "And not just shots."

Recap: Villanova vs. Georgetown -
"It's indicative of what he's done for four years here," Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said of Freeman. "We put the ball in his hands and good things happened."

The Associated Press: Freeman leads No. 21 Hoyas over No. 8 'Nova 69-66
It was the third time this season Freeman has scored at least 30 points, and he finished with six assists and four rebounds. He also did an outstanding job defending Villanova's Corey Stokes, who finished 4 of 10 from the field and had 13 points.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 69, Villanova 66
The statement I often lead with after big games is whether the offense or the defense was the big difference in the game.  Today, it was both:  coming into the game, KenPom figured the Hoyas would score about 1.03 ppp and allow 1.12.  Instead it was about the reverse, with Georgetown's defense looking a touch better at the end of the game, thanks to the great Lift-off half.

Yet Another Basketball Blog (YABB): Saturday Notes
I loved Georgetown’s ability to avoid charges against Villanova. I know the fans in attendance must have been going nuts, but when you looked at the replays, Georgetown was constantly jumping to the side of Villanova players that were trying to draw the charge.

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Freeman Carries Hoyas Past 'Nova - The Hoya - Sports
"I think our defensive focus has been better," Thompson said. "I think our guys are starting to take a little bit of ownership and pride in, ‘I need to stop my man.' If there's one thing I would point to during this [four-game winning streak] relative to the [1-4 start], it would be that."

Loss to Georgetown highlights Villanova's steep learning curve | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/30/2011
"This is just life in the Big East," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "I think [Pitt coach] Jamie Dixon said it recently, that in the first part of the season the Big East beats up on the rest of the country. Then we start conference play and beat each other up. Start losing a few games and people say, 'What's wrong with this team and that team?' It's just life in the Big East."

Prouda Saxa " Teds Take
That was a great performance against a higher ranked team. Way to go!


postgame: Georgetown 69, Villanova 66 - The Nova Blog
I can't even begin to describe what I saw in today's loss. All I know is I hate Austin Freeman. I can only think of this when I see him lining up against 'Nova.