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The Mourning After: Georgetown is in Trouble

In Big East play, Georgetown can't measure up - Chamberlain |
"We have 13 guys in that locker room, a head coach, a couple of assistants, trainers," said Georgetown head coach John Thompson III. "It falls on all of us."

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - January 08, 2011 - ESPN
"Our confidence as a team, the morale, is a little down because of the way we've been losing," Wright said, "but we've got to stay together. We have good enough players that we're going to come out of this."

Georgetown fumbles and stumbles
"It's something I can't do," said Freeman, who moved past Roy Hibbert into 15th place on Georgetown's all-time scoring list. "My teammates need me to be aggressive and get my shot and also help them get easy shots, too." Said Wright, who also had a game-high five turnovers: "It's frustrating. But it was more than just shooting. Me and [the other guards] have to get down there and rebound, we have to get stops."

Georgetown drops second in a row, loses to West Virginia - National College Basketball |
Georgetown (12-4, 1-3) is off to their worst Big East start since 2003-04. Star Georgetown player Austin Freeman was held without a basket in the first half and ended up with only 11 points for the game.

Georgetown basketball needs to figure out what's wrong, and quickly
"We're four games into an 18-game season," Hoyas Coach John Thompson III said, somberly. "The bad news is we've lost three of those games. This is the Big East, so no game gets any easier. Does that put a heightened sense of urgency on the Pittsburgh game? Absolutely."

Reeling Hoyas Fall to 1-3 in Big East | The Hoya
"It’s a typical Big East game," Head Coach John Thompson III said in the postgame press conference. "It’d be easy to sit here and say that’s how the ball bounces, but we are in a place we don’t want to be right now and everyone in that locker room, from myself on down, has to figure out how to get us out of this place. We’re the same group of guys that was in there two or three weeks ago, and now we just have to get back to doing the things that put us in that position."

Ballin' is a Habit: Georgetown's back court struggles again
The strength of this team is their back court and their back court's ability to execute offensively. Simply put, this team has just not been executing, especially during crucial moments in the game. Today, Wright missed two wide open jumpers from the top of the key that could have tied the game or given Georgetown the lead midway through the second half. Georgetown had three possessions in the last two minutes where they were down three points. All three ended up in a turnover. Their final possession of the game, down by four points with twenty seconds left, also ended in a turnover.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: West Virginia 65, Georgetown 59
While the lack of defensive ability is well-documented, this is the second consecutive game where the Hoyas' once vaunted offense self-destructed by turning the ball over too many times, with a -5 turnover margin today [18 to 13], including four straight to end the game.  Georgetown was also man-handled on the glass today, allowing West Virginia to grab 44% [=15/34] of their misses while tracking down only 19% [=4/21] of their own.

West Virginia Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Lose 65-59, Fall to 1-3 In Big East - SB Nation DC
Georgetown entered this game ranked No. 13 in the country, but the team may not even remain in the top 25 after this disappointing home loss. The schedule remains difficult with Pittsburgh coming to the Verizon Center on Wednesday night. A win there would cause us to forget this one pretty quickly. But with the way the Hoyas are playing, that seems somewhat unlikely.