College Basketball Nation: Tommy Freeman
March, 18, 2010
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Quick thoughts on Ohio’s stunning 97-83 victory over Georgetown:
- This might have been the worst defensive effort Georgetown had all season. The Hoyas never could stop ball and didn’t look like they made the attempt.
- Ohio’s Armon Bassett, D.J. Cooper and Tommy Freeman were as confident as I’ve seen in weeks. No one showed any fear.
- How did Cooper get out of Chicago and land at Ohio? Scouts weren’t enamored with his 150-pound frame but he can score.
- Bassett got booted out of Indiana for off-court issues but has found a new life at Ohio. He one of the most prolific scorers in the tournament.
- Georgetown sleepwalked through much of the game before finally rallying late.
- Ohio finished in ninth in the MAC. The Bobcats had to win in overtime at Ball State to make it to the MAC tournament in Cleveland. The Bobcats then had to beat Akron in overtime to win the automatic berth.
- I have to believe this No. 14 vs. No. 3 matchup was the least likely pick all.
- The Hoyas were constantly in flux. One night they looked like a Final Four contender (against Duke and in the Big East tournament) and then they would be flat (at Rutgers). This was just awful.
- Ohio had tremendous contributions from their role players. This was a total team effort. It was amazing how Ohio never got frazzled. Ohio’s John Groce did a tremendous job coaching this team and ensuring they were confident going into this game.
- The Big East was saved by Villanova in overtime from a horrific day.
- The stats are telling: The Bobcats made 13 3-pointers, Bassett scored 32, Cooper 23 and DeVaughn Washington put up a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. The Bobcats forced 18 Georgetown turnovers and made 20 of 26 free throws. Who would have thought the Bobcats would make more free throws than the Hoyas would attempt (19). Georgetown lost this game despite shooting 50 percent. This shows how poor Georgetown's defense was Thursday.
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