Saturday, December 12, 2009
Hoyas have grown up
By Andy Katz
Georgetown coach John Thompson III put together this week's schedule to re-create a Big East-like week.
The Hoyas beat Butler in New York at the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, then stayed on the road and went West to Anaheim, where they dismantled Washington at the Wooden Classic.
The Hoyas weren’t in an exempted tournament like Syracuse, Villanova or West Virginia. If Georgetown was going to prove it was a Big East title contender it had to come this week.
Beating Butler and Washington on neutral courts doesn’t mean the Hoyas can knock off the aforementioned three, but at least it proves the Hoyas have matured from a year ago. Sophomore center Greg Monroe is playing like a deserving lottery pick, a player that won’t just be placed their on potential, but rather on what he has earned. The depth of the bigs on Georgetown’s roster is also going to give the other big three in the Big East pause during scouting. The guard play has also been solid.
As for Washington, this was not only a discouraging loss for the Huskies but also for the Pac-10, as it whiffed again on beating a ranked team. The Pac-10 fell to 5-17 against teams from the other five power-six conferences and 0-10 against ranked teams. Washington has one more shot to beat a ranked team and that comes next week at home against Texas A&M.
The Pac-10 will be shut out of the Top 25 this week, or at least it should as Washington hasn’t done enough to be ranked. They dropped to 6-2 without a win they can shout about. Cal is not the same team without Theo Robertson and Harper Kamp. Getting Robertson back will at least give the Bears a shot.
The Pac-10 title race is still likely going to be between Cal and Washington, with Arizona, Washington State, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon and USC following in some order. An order that will find a few of them likely in the NIT or CBI, not the NCAA.