Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Georgetown 31, South Florida 19 at the half
By Dana O'Neil
NEW YORK -- For those who forgot their morning cup of java, this isn't the game to jump-start the adrenaline. Georgetown has eased to its halftime lead and in most circumstances, I'd say the Hoyas should roll to the quarterfinals. The caveat: On Feb. 3, Georgetown led by nine at the half and South Florida erupted for a 46-point second half to win the game. So tune in to see what the second half brings.
Here's a few quick observations:
The Bulls don't have anyone who can keep up with Chris Wright's motor. The Georgetown guard has been lethal in the open floor and is really pushing the tempo for the Hoyas. He's got 10 at the break, plus three assists.
The Hoyas this season have had a tendency to play one good half and one bad or so-so. Anxious to see if Georgetown can put together a complete 40 minutes here. It can't be fooled or lulled by South Florida's crummy shooting -- just 27 percent from the floor. Certainly Georgetown's defense has something to do with USF's problems, but the Bulls are getting decent looks. They just aren't going in.
Someone other than Dominique Jones has to score for USF. The junior has 12 of the Bulls' paltry 19 points. Without him, South Florida's anemic shooting drops to a horrific 3-of-18 (16 percent).