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Georgetown’s improvement showing in upset win over No. 5 Louisville

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aaron Bowen entered Saturday’s game with No. 5 Louisville having played a grand total of 158 minutes in his career as a Georgetown Hoya.

It’s Bowen’s third-year in the program. He’s not exactly the first guy on an opponent’s scouting report. The only reason he’s getting consistent playing time right now is that John Thompson III had to open up his bench when Greg Whittington was suspended earlier this month. But it was Bowen that was the difference on Saturday, as he scored the game-winning bucket as the Hoyas knocked off the Cardinals 53-51.

There were just under four minutes left in the game. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera drove and missed a shot. And Bowen came swooping in out of nowhere, somehow managing to tip-in the miss over his head and off the glass.

I’ve never seen anything like that,” Markel Starks said. “When the shot went up, he just came outta nowhere. It was unbelievable.”

“That was not a normal play,” Thompson said.

Bowen called his shot as well, telling Thompson “I’m gonna get one, coach” as he was subbed in for Nate Lubick at the previous dead-ball.

But there was more to it than simply being the final basket in a game that saw all of two points scored after the final TV timeout. Bowen’s tip-in allowed the Hoyas to make a statement, to serve notice that this is not the same team that lost to Pitt by 28 points in the very same building just 18 days ago.

Louisville has their issues, and we’ll get to that in another post, but regardless of how you slice it, the Cardinals are one of the best teams in the country. They are going to have one of the strongest resumes in the country when the season is all said and done. This is the kind of resume-defining win that Georgetown will need come Selection Sunday. The Hoyas are a long way from the bubble, but with last Saturday’s loss at South Florida, it’s quite obvious that the Hoyas aren’t going to make it through the rest of the Big East schedule unscathed.

Having this win to fall back on certainly could end up being the difference between a four-seed and a six-seed, and that could end up being the difference between a first-round upset and a trip to the Sweet 16.

Yes, that’s a bit of hyperbole. And no, there’s no way that any prediction made today will make sense come March, let alone next weekend.

But don’t let this get lost in the discussion of Louisville flaws. Georgetown once again looks like the team that took Indiana to overtime back in November.

The Hoyas now have back-to-back wins over ranked teams less than three weeks after the country was ready to disregard them.

“We’re geting better. We’re progressing,” Thompson said.

I’d say so.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Kris Dunn vs. Denzel Valentine; Two 6-0 teams from Ohio battle in Orlando

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Michigan State vs. Providence, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Two Player of the Year candidates lock horns on Sunday night as Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine battles Providence’s Kris Dunn. Both players are strong threats to record a triple-double each time they take the floor and both are key reasons why their teams are 6-0. The Friars could probably use this game a bit more than Michigan State since they enter this game unranked and could use another confidence-boosting win for a team filled with newer players. As for the Spartans, winning the Wooden Legacy would mean another great accomplishment before December even started for a team that has national title aspirations.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: No. 23 Xavier vs. Dayton, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

These two 6-0 teams from Ohio will meet in Orlando in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational. The Musketeers have six different players averaging at least 9.7 points per game this season as they’ve received great balance on the offensive end. As for Dayton, Charles Cooke as emerged as a go-to player early this season while guard Scoochie Smith has also been outstanding. This will be the first time these two schools have played since Feb. 16, 2013.


  • One of the fun teams to watch this week has been Monmouth and their amusing end-of-bench antics. On the floor, the Hawks knocked off Notre Dame and gave Dayton a scare and they’ll face USC for the second time this season to close out the AdvoCare Invitational. The Trojans won the first one 101-90, but this is a 12:30 p.m. EST tip, so that could benefit Monmouth the second time around.
  • Wisconsin visiting No. 7 Oklahoma is an intriguing Sunday matchup. The Badgers could certainly use a true road win here as they’re off to a 4-2 start. The Sooners get more of a real test after only playing Memphis as a notable opponent their first three games.
  • Also going on in the AdvoCare Invitational is No. 20 Wichita State facing Iowa and No. 17 Notre Dame battling Alabama. The Shockers are going without senior starters Fred Van Vleet and Anton Grady as they try to escape Orlando with a win. Notre Dame is hoping to close out the event strong after its surprising upset to Monmouth.
  • Action also continues in Anaheim at the Wooden Legacy as No. 11 Arizona will take on Boise State, while Boston College plays Santa Clara and UC Irvine faces Evansville. Arizona will look to get back on the right track after the close loss to Providence in the semifinals.
  • No. 6 Duke gets an afternoon tilt with Utah State at home before they face Indiana during the week. It’ll be interesting to see if Blue Devil freshman wing Brandon Ingram keeps his strong play going from earlier in the week.
  • UCLA returns home and could badly use a win against Cal State Northridge. The Bruins went a disappointing 1-2 in the Maui Invitational and need to get back on the right track before the face No. 1 Kentucky next week.


  • Brown vs. No. 25 SMU, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)


  • Jackson State at Marquette, 12:30 p.m.
  • Rider at Rhode Island, 1:00 p.m.
  • Savannah State at South Florida, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • South Carolina State at Kansas State, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Northern Colorado at Colorado, 2:00 p.m. (PAC12)
  • UC Santa Barbara at Arizona State, 4:00 p.m. (PAC12)

POSTERIZED: Wyoming’s Josh Adams takes flight

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Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.

After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.

Video credit: Wyoming Athletics