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After ugly 46-40 win over Towson, should Georgetown’s offense be of concern?

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Georgetown’s ugly 37-36 win over Tennessee was supposed to be a fluke, but after the Hoyas nearly repeated that unsightly performance Saturday against Towson, should we have some questions about John Thompson III’s team?

The Hoyas shot just 29.8 percent from the floor against Towson, including 2-of-16 from three-point range in a 46-40 win at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The most puzzling things about Georgetown’s wins over Tennessee and, now, Towson, is that they stand in such stark contrast to the Hoyas’ near-upset of No. 1 Indiana in Brooklyn in November.

Thompson III’s team pushed the Hoosiers to overtime, hitting 11 threes and shooting 44 percent from the floor.

So what’s the difference?

Their shooting has been dangerously streaky, leading to what began as a 2-of-24 night from the field for Georgetown. Players like Markel Starks, who was so important against Indiana going 7-of-14, go cold.

Starks is often a volume shooter, but has a tendency to take a larger number of shots regardless of how well he is shooting. He shot 9-of-14 against UCLA, but was 2-of-11 Saturday.

Otto Porter, though he still fills up the stat sheet, has been cold from three-point range after being effective early in the season.

So this is a danger going forward for those looking for Georgetown to succeed in Big East play and moving forward into March. If the offense goes cold, they could have big problems against tougher teams.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.