Georgetown Hoyas (21-9, 10-8 Big East)
Big East Tournament Seed: No. 8; plays Connecticut Huskies/DePaul Blue Demons winner (noon on ESPN).
Head Coach: John Thompson III took over Georgetown and quickly brought them back to national prominence by reaching the Final Four in his third season. Now in his seventh season in DC, Thompson’s teams are perennially in the top-25.
Team MVP: The Big East Preseason Player of the Year, senior guard Austin Freeman, hasn’t disappointed. He averages 17.8 points per game on 49-percent shooting and 86-percent free-throw shooting. He’s an all-around scorer and compliments senior point guard Chris Wright perfectly.
Playing For: The Hoyas are playing for seeding in the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown is solidly in, but since the Hoyas have been reeling a bad showing in the Big East Tournament could see them in an unfavorable spot come Selection Sunday.
Breakdown: Georgetown doesn’t really have a resume that jumps out at you. They seem more of a compiler of wins, if you will. Their most impressive non-conference win was at the Missouri Tigers, and their best conference victory is either a home victory against the Louisville Cardinals or a road win at the Syracuse Orange. The Hoyas generally have beaten who they're supposed to beat and lost to who they’re supposed to lose to.
Recently, they have not played well, losing four of five coming into the tournament. Two of those losses came against Cincinnati, including a 22-point hammering on Saturday. The Hoyas are the most efficient shooting team in the league (48.0 percent) and one of the best three-point shooting teams (36.5), which is what they’ll have to lean on to pull off a few wins this week.
-- written by Chris Celletti.