It’s way too early to panic. But a win on the road would be welcomed for the Road-Challenged Georgetown Hoyas, who, like many Big East teams, are finding it extremely difficult to get a win on the road in this conference. The way the Hoyas have been playing, both on the road and at home, they will have to step up their game considerably tonight to put this one away.
The Hoyas, 10-5, 2-2 in the Big East, lost a clunker to Xavier on New Year’s Eve, then dropped yet another road game at Providence, in a classic matchup between two Big East founding teams. In a game that most commentators viewed as winnable, the Hoyas couldn’t find their shot or even attack the Friars’ zone to get many good looks. To add insult to injury, they flunked their est at the critical foul line, shooting 11 for 20. Mikael Hopkins was responsible for 6 of those misses, going 0 for 6 at the stripe.
It won’t be good enough in these league for post-season hopes to lose all away games, even if counting on winning all home games, which is tough to do when you have the likes of Villanova #8 visiting next week. The Hoyas are going to have to find ways to win on the road and the coaches are going to have to find the right combination of players to both score and defend, and that has been part of the problem, though not the entire problem, this season. The team had not yet found a consistent rhythm, nor has a leader emerged to take over when the game is on the line. The team looked downright lost in Providence and clock management was poor when the team needed points.
DePaul, on the other hand, has been the perennial doormat of the Big East in recent seasons. While 9-8 overall, the team is 3-1 in conference this season, having beaten Marquette and Xavier at home and Creighton on the road before falling to league leader Villanova 81-64. Before dropping six consecutive games in December, DePaul soundly beat PAC12 Stanford by 15 points.
The Hoyas need to approach every game in this conference with urgency, including tonight’s, if they have goals beyond the conference season.