“We’re frustrated,” Coach John Thompson III said after Georgetown lost to Providence on Wednesday night to fall to 0-3 in the BIG EAST.
“There’s a big difference between being frustrated and thinking the season’s over. We’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to figure this out together. We’re in a place right now where we have to pull ourselves up from. In this league no one’s going to help you. No one’s going to care about you. And so we have to pull ourselves up.”
For all of the must wins being thrown around this website from myself and others over the past few days, Georgetown didn’t win on Wednesday night and fell to 0-3 in the BIG EAST for just the second time in program history. I’m slow to call this rock bottom as I’m not sure we’ve hit it just yet. Last season the Hoyas were 15-18 (7-11) making it their worst overall season since 1971-72. But for as bad as those Hoyas were it took them nine league games before they picked up three losses. DSR and the gang were actually 13-9 (6-3) before completely falling apart.
Now the season obviously isn’t over yet but in order to save it the Hoyas have a lot of work to do and in a hurry. Georgetown likely needs to both defeat Connecticut in its final non-conference game and also win 10 of its final 15 BIG EAST games to have a serious shot at an NCAA Tournament bid. While both extremely difficult and unlikely at the moment, that’s what needs to happen in order to turn things around.
Georgetown has now lost 13 straight BIG EAST games to schools other than DePaul and St. John’s in a stretch of futility that has nearly reached a year. What’s worse is that Providence looks to be on that low level this season. It’s also hard to believe that we live in a world where Providence has beaten the Hoyas six of the last seven times.
The Good: Marcus Derrickson had a career night against the Friars with 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field. MD connected on four three pointers which accounted for half of the Hoyas total output on the night. When Derrickson wasn’t scoring from the outside he was doing his damage from the paint. Oddly enough MD’s previous career high came last season, also in Providence when he went for 18.
Also coming up big was reserve Akoy Agau who picked up his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Agau put up one of the more efficient performances we’ve seen from the Hoyas in quite some time as he did all of that in just 21 minutes.
The Bad: Georgetown announced before the game that Tre Campbell did make the trip as the junior is suffering from an undisclosed illness. It’s hard to say exactly what is going on with this as the news is limited but it seemed to set a bad tone as a black could seems to be permanently hovering over the program at the moment.
Other than Agau’s 12 points off the bench, the rest of the Hoyas reserved combined for zero points and six fouls. That’s not going to work, especially when a starter like LJ Peak is having an off game.
Digging even deeper, Bradley Hayes played ten minutes yet failed to register a point or collect a rebound. That’s the Hayes from his first three years and not what we expected to see in his 5th season.
Georgetown is now 27-30 in the new BIG EAST.
The Ugly: LJ Peak and Rodney Pryor have been excellent all season long. Tonight against Providence the two combined to go just 8 for 30 from the field for 22 points. That’s well below their combined average and ridiculously below their shooting percentages coming. It’s possible Peak is still nursing a groin injury but there’s just no way the Hoyas are going to beat anyone with that lack of production. The 22 combined points was the lowest total from the pair this season. The previous low had been 24 points in the blowout loss to Oklahoma State in the consolation game in Maui.
One of the strengths of the team before BIG EAST play was not only their ability to get to the line but to score once they got there as Georgetown came into the game scoring 20 a game from the stripe. Against Providence the Hoyas were just 8 for 16. The Friars finished the game making more free throws - 22 - than Georgetown attempted.
Up Next: No. 18 Butler comes into the Verizon Center on Saturday as the Hoyas look to avoid an 0-4 start in the league. KenPom has had the Hoyas going 0-4 to start the season for a few weeks now but has somehow had their final record as being either 7-11 or 8-10.