Rapid Reax: Villanova 67, Georgetown 57
March, 6, 2013
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com
PHILADELPHIA -- A quick look at Villanova's 67-57 win over Georgetown.
Overview: Opposite ends of the spectrum here. Villanova came into the game fighting for its tournament life, while Georgetown is trying to lock up a No. 1 seed and a Big East regular-season title.
The Wildcats might finally be off the roller coaster and onto the bracket permanently. Strange résumé notwithstanding, they have three wins against top-5 teams -- Syracuse, Louisville and now Georgetown -- plus are 4-1 against Top 25 teams. That will be hard to discount, especially in a season when everyone’s résumé has a blemish or two.
Count the Wildcats in.
The loss certainly doesn’t destroy the Hoyas. They still have a big regular-season finale against Syracuse plus the Big East tournament to cement their seed and aren’t done in the league race, either. They’re now tied in the win-loss column with surging Louisville and Marquette.
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.
Key player: JayVaughn Pinkston. The Wildcats sophomore scored 20 points, and on a night when his team threatened to lose the game at the free throw line, he helped to win it. Pinkston made 11 of 14 from the charity stripe.
Key stat: 23. That’s how many turnovers Georgetown committed, not just a season high but a debacle. The Hoyas tossed the ball over and even if the Wildcats didn’t score, they got the possession. Against Georgetown’s tight defense, getting a mere chance to score is key.
Miscellaneous: This marked the first time since the 1985 national championship run that Villanova hosted three top-5 teams in one season. ... Plenty of Georgetown fans will look at the foul disparity in this game and think, "Hmm..." The Hoyas were whistled for 26 personals to Villanova’s 12.
Next game: The Wildcats will wait to see whom and when they play in the Big East tournament, while Georgetown closes out the season and its rivalry with Syracuse on Saturday. The Hoyas host the Orange in the final regular-season Big East game between the two.