No Quitter, Go Getter
Let's Get It Back Hoyas!
The Hoyas (13-3 4-2 BE) travel to University of Pittsburgh (15-2 5-0 BE) to play the Panthers. The Panthers are undefeated in Big East play this season. The Panthers have shocked lots of folks in the college basketball world. Despite losing three of its top scorers the Panthers remain undefeated and in first place in the Big East Conference. I think this is due to Head Coach Jamie Dixon's coaching philosophy and great leadership. Ashton Gibbs (17.5 pts.) is leading the Panthers in scoring while Ausitin Freeman's 15.9 points a game lead the Hoyas.
The Panthers are one of two remaining Big East teams without a loss after Georgetown (13-3, 4-2) missed a chance to knock off the other unbeaten Sunday in Philadelphia. The Hoyas fell behind Villanova 46-31 at halftime, the second time in three games they trailed by 15 at the break. But unlike when it rallied to beat then-No. 13 Connecticut 72-69 on Jan. 9, Georgetown lost 82-77 to the No. 4 Wildcats.
Austin Freeman had 10 of his 22 points in the opening 3:38 of the second half, yet the Hoyas could never take the lead despite tying the score twice. "In the first half we got shots but we missed four or five layups and we had too many turnovers. They used junk defenses with guys running and jumping and it was very effective," coach John Thompson III said.
Freeman has certainly stepped up in Big East play, averaging 20.5 points on 59.2 percent shooting. The junior guard, though, has never beaten Pitt, averaging 8.0 points and shooting 39.1 percent during Georgetown's three-game series losing streak. The common thread to the Hoyas' three losses this season has been a struggling Chris Wright, who has been held to single digits four times, including each defeat.
Another key to Georgetown beating Pitt could be Greg Monroe. The sophomore center had a breakout game against Villanova -- 29 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks -- after averaging 11.4 points in his first five conference games. Monroe had 15 points in a 70-54 loss to the Panthers on Jan. 3, 2009, that snapped Georgetown's 29-game home winning streak.
Let's Go Hoyas, Let's Get This One! Beat PITT!