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The Morning After: Georgetown Hoyas vs. Villanova Wildcats

What the professionals are saying about the Hoyas


Georgetown vs. Villanova: No. 5 Hoyas fall to Wildcats to snap 11-game winning streak - The Washington Post
“You have to give them credit,” Thompson said of Villanova. “They came out and were extremely aggressive. You have to give them credit for what they did, as well as us being careless with the ball.”

Villanova knocks off No. 5 Georgetown, 67-57
The Wildcats, who lead the Big East in points off free throws with nearly 19 per game, outscored the Hoyas (23-5, 23-4) by an astonishing 26 points from the line, converting 30 of 42 attempts to 4 of 8 for the visitors. They also recorded 15 steals and scored 24 points off Hoyas turnovers. From the Sports Desk Latest Sports Stories Doc won't back down 76ers lose 11th straight on road Phils, Nats spring into rivalry Phils' outfield remains unsettled Flyers, Pens back at it More Sports » Latest Sports Blogs OWLS INQ: "Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs Fordham 44 minutes ago THE PHILLIES ZONE: Grape 13: Twins at Phillies 54 minutes ago Bleacher Report What Every Phillie Must Fix Before Opening Day Complete Guide to Eagles Free Agency Making the Case for Sixers Keeping, Firing Collins Expected Defensive Changes Indicate Eagles Aren't Building Around Brandon Graham Phillies Spring Training Stock Watch Stay Connected Get the latest newsletter delivered to your email. Sign up now! Already a member? Yes No The free throws came in handy. Villanova tallied just one field goal in the final 14 minutes, 18 seconds of the game, a three-point basket by Darrun Hilliard with 5:43 to play for a 54-48 lead. Two free throws by Ryan Arcidiacono made it an eight-point game.

Villanova gobbles homecooking, upsets No. 5 Georgetown to leapfrog NCAA at-large rivals |
But the real story was the unbalanced foul totals and resulting points. The Hoyas were whistled for 27 fouls and had three players disqualified, including their starting backcourt, to the the Wildcats' 12 fouls. Villanova hit 30 free throws to Georgetown's 4. The Cats shot 42 to the Hoyas' 8. At one point midway in the first half, Nova shot 7 free throws in 37 seconds.

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The game with the Hoyas was an ugly affair, with three Georgetown players fouling out and the Wildcats hitting 30 free throws while the Hoyas could only muster four there. The win keeps Villanova from entering postseason play on a multiple game slide, and sets them up well for next week’s Madison Square Garden processions.

Rapid Reax: Villanova 67, Georgetown 57 - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Turning point: This was taut and tight throughout, but the real crunch time came late. With Villanova up 56-52, Georgetown got three good looks at the basket, including an Otto Porter 3-pointer, but Nate Lubick couldn’t hold on to the rebound. JayVaughn Pinkston sank two free throws on the ensuing possession and the Wildcats hung on for the win.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Villanova Wildcats - Recap - March 06, 2013 - ESPN
Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points as the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4) had an 11-game winning streak snapped. The Big East leaders lost for the first time since Jan. 19, against South Florida. The Hoyas would have been guaranteed at least a share of the regular-season title with a win. "We needed this game, also," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We're playing for a championship. That's something just as important. We were desperate coming into this game, also."

Hoya Prospectus: Game stats: Villanova 67, Georgetown 57
Efficiency: Villanova 1.081, GEORGETOWN 0.891 eFG%: Villanova 0.544, GEORGETOWN 0.530 Substitutions: Villanova 40, GEORGETOWN 19

Georgetown loses, meaning those four No. 1 seeds are even more wide-open | CollegeBasketballTalk
Put it all together, and here we sit, just 11 days away from Selection Sunday, and we don’t have a single team that has clinched a No. 1 seed. Not one.

Villanova all but punches ticket to NCAA tournament with win over No. 5 Georgetown | CollegeBasketballTalk
Turnovers are still a concern for Villanova, though. The Wildcats turned the ball over 16 times on Wednesday, but were still +4 in that category by forcing an uncharacteristic 20 Georgetown turnovers. Looking ahead to the Big East tournament, that will likely be one of the stumbling blocks for this team.

Villanova sinks #5 Georgetown, 67-57 - VU Hoops
However, the story of the night may have been written at the free throw line, where Villanova connected on 30 of 42 visits, while the Hoyas went 4-8. Those trips iced the game for Nova as they made one field goal in the final 14 minutes of play. It was a rare occurrence, according to ELIAS, the last time that a top-5 team was outshot by at least 30 FTs was Texas Tech's upset of Number-5 Texas on March 1, 2008.