After ending Syracuse's 38-game home win streak on Saturday, it's clear that Georgetown is one of the hottest teams in college basketball. Here's why the Hoyas should be a No. 1 seed if the season ended today:
Three of the Hoyas' losses could have easily been wins. They lost by one point at Marquette, by three points at South Florida, and in overtime against Indiana. Their only regulation loss by more than three points was a 28-point loss against Pittsburgh.
The Hoyas' loss to Pitt on January 8 was their last game with Greg Whittington, who was declared academically ineligible for the rest of the season.
The NCAA selection committee is known to evaluate teams based on their roster entering the NCAA tournament. Therefore, Georgetown will be evaluated without Whittington. Without him, the Hoyas are 11-1, including wins over Notre Dame, Louisville, Marquette, Cincinnati and Syracuse.
Highest BPI Since Jan. 12
Since Whittington was declared ineligible, the Hoyas have the highest BPI in the country.
Georgetown has won nine straight games, the longest active win streak among Power 6 teams. No other Power 6 team has an active win streak of more than five games.
The Hoyas are 5-0 against BPI top-50 teams since Whittington has been out and they have the highest BPI against top-50 teams during that span. Their 5-0 record against the top 50 is tied with Miami for the best record during that span. They're 8-0 against the BPI top 100 since January 12, also the best such record during that span.
MORE DESERVING THAN FLORIDA?
Joe Lunardi currently has Florida as his final No. 1 seed. Upon further investigation, the Hoyas might have a better overall résumé than Florida. Georgetown has more wins and a better win percentage against the RPI top 25 and top 50. Georgetown has five road/neutral wins better than Florida's best win away from home (at RPI No. 69 Florida State).
Florida and Georgetown both defeated Marquette at home. The difference? That's Florida's best win. The Hoyas have two wins better than that (vs RPI No. 7 Louisville, at RPI No. 12 Syracuse).
WHY THE DIFFERENCE WITHOUT WHITTINGTON?
With Whittington, the Hoyas started four players who were at least 6-foot-8. Without Whittington, they inserted the smaller, quicker 6-foot-5 Jabril Trawick into the lineup.
Since then, Trawick has averaged seven more minutes per game, fellow guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has averaged 12 more minutes per game (he went from 17.9 to 29.5 MPG), and starting point guard Markel Starks has averaged six more minutes per game.
With a more guard-oriented lineup, perhaps Hoyas star forward Otto Porter has benefited from better spacing on the floor.
Otto Porter With/Without Greg Whittington
Without Whittington, Porter is averaging six more points per game while shooting significantly better from the field and the 3-point line. During that span, Porter is averaging 19 points per game while shooting 52 percent on field goals and 49 percent on 3-point attempts.
As a team, the Hoyas have been better offensively since the change to a smaller lineup relying more on guard play. They've scored three more points per game while shooting better from the field and 3-point line during that span. They've also outrebounded their opponents by nearly three boards per game with the smaller lineup after being slightly outrebounded with Whittington.