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What Does Georgetown Need to Do to Make the NCAA Tournament?

NCAA Basketball: Marquette at Georgetown Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The obvious answer to this question is WIN GAMES, but we asked resident SB Nation’s resident Bracketologist Chris Dobbertean what his thoughts were on Georgetown’s current NCAA Tournament projection and what the chances are of the Hoyas making the Dance.

What are your thoughts on Georgetown’s chances to make the Tournament?

Right now, I have Georgetown as my fifth team out, but given the quality of the teams above them, the Hoyas could end up in Tuesday's projection with a win at Creighton on Sunday. While a 14-12 record and RPI ranking hovering around 60 don't do Georgetown any favors, wins over Oregon (in Maui), Syracuse, Butler (both on the road), and an earlier home win over the Bluejays all help.

Sure, the Hoyas probably want a pair of losses to Providence and an early loss to Arkansas State back, but Sunday's game and the last two games of the season — at Seton Hall and No. 1 Villanova in D.C. — give them plenty of chances to make up some ground late. And when the Big East Tournament starts, who knows what surprises will happen.

OK fine, but how can you justify Syracuse being in the Dance especially given the below?

“If teams that lost by 33 at home to St. John’s (read: Syracuse), teams that lost to a mediocre UConn team (read: Syracuse), teams that lost by 15 at home to Boston College (read: Syracuse) and teams that lost by 10 at home to Virginia Tech (yup, Syracuse again) are all being considered for bids, this is great news for Georgetown! Especially when you remember that this mediocre Georgetown team also managed to win at Syracuse.” - NYHoya

While I have Syracuse in the field right now, a schedule that sees the Orange play fellow bubble team Georgia Tech twice, host surging Duke, and visit Louisville isn't one that's set up for long-term success. Honestly, barring a huge ACC Tournament run, the Orange need to sweep the Yellow Jackets and beat either the Blue Devils or Cardinals to stick around once March arrives.

Thanks, Chris!

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