Note to any mid-major matched up against Georgetown these next few NCAA Tournaments: be good at shooting three pointers, it will really help spark an upset. One year after the embarrassment that was Ohio vs. The Hoyas, John Thompson III’s club was embarrassed yet again by a lesser opponent, due in large part to the inability to defend the three.
You would think last tournament’s loss would remain fresh in the minds of this current Georgetown squad, and that it would compel them to, I don’t know, guard that Joey Rodriguez kid or something. It didn’t, and tonight VCU cruised to a 74-56, capped by a 12-23 three point shooting output.
In 2010, the Bobcats shot a cool 13-23 from long range en route to a 97-83 victory that crushed Hoya Saxa. Nobody really saw it coming then, but as the wheels came off the buggy the non-commitment to D seemed to make perfect sense – it was a recurring problem Georgetown faced that year. Tonight, same game plan by the fiery underdog, same result. An uninspired Hoyas club gives up after falling behind by double digits.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Two other important things we learned tonight: it’s possible for a First Four team to advance to the true second round of the tournament, and the CAA absolutely deserved its three bids. Fresh off the heels of George Mason’s dramatic victory over Villanova, the Rams became the first team to win two games on a Wednesday and Friday and advance to weekend play, capping off a great start to the tournament for this prominent mid-major. The conference went 2-1, missing out on going a perfect 3-0 by just a few thin hairs awkwardly growing on the chin of Butler’s Matt Howard.
Does this mean George Mason and VCU could finish in the top 10 of the superconference? Ha, I kid, I kid.