Yesterday we revealed some "hot takes" from national media folk who jumped on the Eastern Washington bandwagon. Today, there's more! Since I know the coaching staff and players are going to read this, here you go. Thanks again to JGD for compiling.
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What it got wrong: Georgetown as a No. 4 seed.
One team is 27-6. The other is 21-10. One team boasts a 5-4 record against the RPI top 50. The other is 4-10. One team has eight victories over NCAA tournament teams. The other has five.
Sounds like two teams who probably should be on different seed lines, right? Apparently not. Maryland and Georgetown both received No. 4 seeds from the committee even though the Terrapins have a résumé that might have been worthy of a No. 3 seed and the Hoyas probably merited no better than a No. 6.
The one thing that did not work out in Georgetown's favor is the draw it got. It will have to travel across the country to Portland to face high-scoring, up-tempo Big Sky champion Eastern Washington, a team that already defeated Indiana this season. Given the Hoyas' history with double-digit NCAA tournament teams - Florida Gulf Coast, Ohio and Davidson ring any bells? - Georgetown might have been better off with a worse seed and a different opponent.
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8. Eastern Washington will upset Georgetown in the round of 64. Why stop there with the upsets? Get ready for another one between the 13-seeded Eagles and the No. 4-seed Hoyas. Tyler Harvey, the nation's leading scorer, dropped 25 points in EWU's win at Indiana in November. He'll shine again in another win over a high-major opponent.
No team has a worse recent track record than Georgetown in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament, as the Hoyas have become March's consummate dream enablers. Since reaching the 2007 Final Four, Georgetown has lost to double-digit seeds in each tournament it has made. That roll call of infamy-No. 10 Davidson in 2008, No. 14 Ohio in 2010, No. 11 VCU in 2011, No. 11 N.C. State in 2012 and No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast in 2013-makes the Hoyas as an obvious upset pick. (They can't be overjoyed about traveling 3,000 miles to Portland, either.)
Eastern Washington won at Indiana earlier this year and has the nation's leading scorer in Tyler Harvey (22.9 ppg). This will be a popular upset pick and a prescient one, as Eastern Washington has coalesced since forward Venky Jois has overcome ankle issues that hampered him early in league play. Georgetown hasn't been particularly sharp, including losing five of its final 12 and sleepwalking through parts of games against Creighton and Xavier in the Big East tournament. Don't underestimate pucker power, either. The Hoyas' tortured past will be just as big an opponent.
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Georgetown (24). The Hoyas are on this list in perpetuity until they prove otherwise. Ghastly NCAA tournament flameouts have become the hallmark of the past few years, and this team appears capable of living down to that tradition as well.
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3. No. 13 Eastern Washington over No. 4 Georgetown
Reasons to pick the upset: Tyler Harvey. Period. Harvey is the nation's leading scorer at 23.1 points per game, and when his shot is falling the Eagles can beat all but the elite teams in the country. He's knocking down 43 percent of his 3s, and the ability to shoot the 3 is a massive weapon in games like this. Also, he's not alone on the floor. Venky Jois is one of the most efficient big men in the country and he has stepped up in big moments (such as his 20/14/5 game against Indiana or his 23/6 against Cal). Given their ability to score in a variety of different ways from a bunch of different sources -- along with their ability to get hot from 3-point range, as they're probably one of the top three teams in the country at utilizing it -- this is a solid candidate for an upset.
Also, there's the idea that Georgetown is ripe for an upset, just like in the past. The Hoyas haven't gotten into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2007, and have lost to a double-digit seed the past five times they've reached the field since that '07 Final Four run. Simply put, the track record here is not great, and given that the Hoyas seem to be an over-seeded No. 4, there could be another one on the way.
I picked this on Selection Show RT @Jake_Lund: Eastern Washington over Georgetown. Upsets always follow Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 16, 2015
The Upset Everyone Will Pick: No. 13 Eastern Washington over No. 4 Georgetown
In each of the Hoyas' last five NCAA tournament appearances they've been eliminated by a double-digit seed, beginning with ten-seed Davidson in 2008. That's one reason why this will be a popular pick. The other: Eastern Washington ranks among the best offensive teams in the country, with sharpshooting guard Tyler Harvey averaging just over 23 points per game and three other players averaging double figures. And this game will be played in Portland, so the Hoyas will travel much further than their opposition.
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