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The Morning After: On to the Next One; The Georgetown Streak Continues

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A physical Georgetown team is a better Georgetown team | Beyond the Arc
Georgetown was known as a team with terrific guard play and a perimeter oriented offensive attack. But the last two games, they have proven they can win gritty, physical basketball games against quality competition. Maybe there is a reason this team has now won eight straight Big East basketball games.

Post Game Quotes - - Chris Wright
"Yeah it's tough. It's just how the BIG EAST is. We won eight games and we are still in third place, so it just goes to show that as the season goes on, it doesn't matter who you play, every team is very good. Every game night in and night out is tough; every team has very good players and very good coaches." "I guess it was just to throw us off balance and try to catch us off-rhythm, but a lot of the players are very good and they are aggressive players, so as long as you know what their tendencies were and stay attentive to that, we were fine."

Freeman injures ankle, but helps Hoyas power past Marquette, 69-60 | Craig Stouffer | College | Washington Examiner
"We don't need to be reminded that you have to play well to win in the Big East," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "In every game you have to scrap and you have to fight."

Hoyas Battle Their Way to Eighth Straight Win, Dump Marquette, 69-60 | The Afro-American Newspapers | Your Community. Your History. Your News.
"We didn’t play well," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "You have to give [Marquette] credit for that. They do a very good job of taking you out of your rhythm. They just run and jump and trap. They just play hard."

MEN'S BASKETBALL | GU Overcomes Slow Start to Beat Marquette - The Hoya - Sports
"In the first half they outrebounded us, and coming out of the locker room at halftime we emphasized boxing out and getting rebounds," Thompson said. "My teammates did a great job boxing out, which allowed me to come in and get the boards."

The Georgetown Voice " Freeman plays through pain in comeback win
"It didn’t hurt as much while I was playing," he said after the game. "I told the trainer that I was going to play anyways, so I just told her to tape me up and I just went back out there."

Austin Freeman Injury Not Enough To Take Him Out Against Marquette - SB Nation DC
It was clear that simply having Freeman back on the court was a lift for both the home crowd and the team itself. But Freeman provided his team with a tangible boost as well. He added 8 points during a critical Hoya run in the second half that put Georgetown ahead for good to clinch their eighth straight conference win.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 69, Marquette 60
Over the past five games, Georgetown has established that their defensive effort will decide the outcome of their games more than anything else.  And in the Lift-off half today, the Hoyas defense was lacking - unable to turn over Marquette and struggling with interior defense.  For the half, the Warriors shot 8/11 on dunks, layups and tip-ins out of 28 total field goal attempts.  That's means about 40% of their shots were from right at the basket

Georgetown vs. Marquette: Austin Freeman leads Hoyas to 69-60 win despite sprained ankle
"Is he at 100 percent? No," he said of Freeman. But "standing here now, do I think that will affect Wednesday [at Connecticut]? Not at all."

#11/11 Georgetown 69, Marquette 60 - Anonymous Eagle
I'm not going to get into wide ranging examples of refereeing inequity, especially when Marquette shot 9 more free throws (and missed all of them) than Georgetown did.  But I will point at the picture I chose to go with this article, and then point at my admittedly crappy iPhone picture of my TV screen displaying Darius Johnson-Odom after draining a three point basket, and then I will point at the picture going along with the game recap that Rubie wrote for the UConn game.  Only one of these men was issued a technical foul.  Draw your own conclusions.

Marquette suffers another road loss, this time to Georgetown - JSOnline
Right after the shot went in, though, Johnson-Odom was hit with a technical foul for something he said after hitting the shot. Freeman was in the area at the time. "He said, 'Count it,' but he said a word after count it," recounted Butler, who was on the court at the time. "The ref heard it and T'd him up. But he wasn't saying it to the ref or to Freeman." Coach Buzz Williams said: "I didn't see it. That crew is as good as there is."

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - February 13, 2011 - ESPN
Williams himself was almost like a sixth man, constantly straying so far from the coach's box during play that Georgetown's fans jeered him with the chant: "Off the court!" Officials gave him a warning late in the second half, which he said he deserved. "I was out of the box," Williams said, "because I don't know where the box is."


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