We Can Do It Now Hoyas!
I remember well. The last time the Hoyas (13-2 3-1 Big East) played the Cincinnati Bearcats (12-4 2-1 Big East) the :Hoyas and Hoyanation took a hard lost 58-46 on February 23, 2011. The bigger loss, however, came by the way of Chris Wright's broken left hand, which he suffered early in the second half of this game.
The Hoyas are coming off of road loss of their fourth conference game against West Virginia. Not having key players - senior's Jason Clark and Henry Sims on the floor for most of the first half due to foul trouble took some momentum away. Some of the Hoyas 15 turnovers were at "key points" during the game. The Hoyas kept fighting until the end with freshman F Greg Whittington hitting a three pointer with .46 which brought the Hoyas within six. Score 66-62, Mountaineers.
The Bearcats are coming off of a two point loss to a short handed tough St. John's team. Bearcat G sophomore Sean Kilpatrick and senior G Dion Dixon lead their team in scoring.
"Our attention to detail, particularly on the defensive end, was not where it was supposed to be," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "Most of it was our turnovers. They got a lot of easy baskets off our turnovers." I think as long as the point guard/guards attack the basket and play inside out this should get things back on track.
My game strategy as always is to "attack" right from the start of the game especially the bigs in the paint - to get them into early foul trouble right away. This will get my team in the bonus (7 team fouls) to go shoot free throws. We win the first half on the free throw line. Same thing with the second half.
It's all about playing smart from start to finish, but we have to recognize who's in foul trouble and to go at them. This indeed will cut down on turnovers especially at crucial ppoints in the game. Guards have to look up at the scoreboard or ask their stat person who's in foul trouble on the visiting team. Normally, they should be able to look up at the scoreboard to see this.
The Hoyas are "regrouping and refocusing" on tomorrow's Big East matchup at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats.