Friday, January 28, 2011

Bulldogs look to put bite in the Cats in Philly road game



Hoyanation and friends the "Hoya Dream Season" is in mid-season form now.  I seem to still be hyped from Wednesday's game against St. John's.  The game seemed like a new start to a new season because of the previous 8 day layoff.  The Hoyas were rejuventated, confident and very hungry to get back on the hardwood to get the win against the Redmen, and I know they remain the same as we speak.  I think the nonconference games took a toll on some of our Hoyas going into conference play. 

The fatigue would've played a factor sometime during the season anyways, so why not early, lol.  For some reason, I knew this or figured it.  But at least we had already won the majority of our tough and tested nonconference games especially on the road for our record for tournament purposes.  The early losses in conference play is not something I think we expected, but it was something I thought I could live with knowing we had an 8 day layoff and rejuvenated ourselves going into a game that would put the Hoyas at (4-4) (.500)  This would also propel the Hoyas' off for the rest of the season.  "There was no good thing in losing those games early, but it's a long year," Coach John Thompson III said. "As everyone is seeing, teams in this league are going to beat each other up.  We just had to climb out and keep fighting."

The one thing I like about this whole situation is some of the other Big East conference teams are fatigue and not playing well at the present and this is the time you don't want to be down and out in the Big East.  This does not by all means need to be taken out of context because the Hoyas will continue to play, hard, smart, tough, sense of urgency, team oriented basketball.  Last game against St. John's our Hoyas' communicated, helped one another and aggressively pursued guards along the perimeter. 

Jason Clark shooting has been off as of late, but still managed to do some of the little things that mattered;  rebound and defend.  He found his shooting touch in the St. John's game.  ‎"It's a confidence builder," Clark said of his perfect shooting night.  "I've been off lately, but I've stayed in the gym putting up shots.  It's important to stay with it, because we're all shooters and we all know we can make shots."

I love the adjustment that was made to start another big, Nate Lubick alongside foward Julian Vaughn instead of sophomore Hollis Thompson.  I think this was great for Hollis, Nate and the Hoyas in general of this move because the Hoyas' benefitted from this smart move on behalf of our great coaching staff.  Hollis Thompson had this to say about the move from starter to nonstarter.  “Coach obviously knows what he’s doing, so when he tells you you’re not starting, it’s for the best of the team,”  “Whatever’s best for the team, I’m going to support.”
"When you come off the bench, you have an opportunity to see what we're doing right and what we need to do better, and I try to bring that to the team," Thompson said.  "I think it worked."

After the game St. John's Red Storm Coach Steve Lavin had this to say about Georgetown; "They played with a hard edge, an aggressiveness, maybe a payback mentality," Lavin said.  "They were shooting it so well, they were in rhythm, clicking, hitting on all cylinders.  They run a precision-oriented offense in terms passing, spacing, cutting and timing.  This was one of those nights Coach Pete Carril would be lighting a cigar somewhere, proud, calling JTIII, proud of one of his disciple's efforts."

The #21 Hoyas are (15-5  4-4) and #8 Villanova is (17-3  5-2) both teams are ranked.  Georgetown is coming off of a 77-52 win over the St. John's Redmen.  The Villanova Wildcats are coming off a big road loss 83-65 against the Providence Friars (13-8 2-6), 14th Big East.  While the Hoyas have the confidence and the momentum, the Wildcats are looking to be on the prowl to get back into the hunt on Saturday.  Hopefully, our Hoyas will prevail because WE ARE GEORGETOWN!

Common, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, No I.D.




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