Georgetown, the new favorites?
So Steinberg and Prisbell have joined the army of others who have Georgetown in the Final Four: Kornheiser, Wilbon, SI.com's Stewart Mandel... I'm going to refrain from making a prediction, since I'll be spending the whole week with the Georgetown guys. (Yes, I'm taking the easy way out. But I will say that I think the faith in Georgetown is justified.)
Last night I heard one talking head refer to the Hoyas as being "on a mission," and I think that's the one thing that really stood out to me in New York. They never got rattled, and they were so clinical and efficient in the way that they won. This team is very good at focusing on the next step, and not getting caught up in the hype or looking too far ahead -- which I think will serve them well over the coming weeks, when there are lots of distractions.
The players were pretty subdued in the locker room after the Pitt win on Saturday night, considering how happy they were out on the court. Someone wrote "Georgetown Big East Champions!" and drew a picture of a Big East ring with "Bling Bling!" on the dry erase board, but that was about as crazy as it got. Because of the late hour, very few reporters made it back to the locker room -- I think there were maybe three of us -- so the players just sat around, eating various forms of chicken from the post-game spread. The tournament trophy sat on the floor in front of the TV. (When I left the locker room, Sead Dizdarevic appeared to be in control of the remote and had the TV tuned to a Will Ferrell movie that I didn't recognize.)
All the famous fathers were there on Saturday night. Doc Rivers congratulated John Thompson III in the hallway. Big Pat walked into his old locker room, wearing a Big East championship hat. Big John spoke to the team after the game (he often does after big wins): "He said he's proud of us, but at the same time, we can't be content with what we've done so far," Jonathan Wallace said. I was waiting outside the locker room when Big John left; he smiled and said, "Wasn't nothing but a party."
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