Ohio slays a D.C. team again
Not attempting to pile on, here, but there were a few things I wanted to note about Georgetown's upset loss to Ohio, so I might as well put them all in one place.
The Bobcats may not have a glorious basketball history, but over the last 16 seasons, they've been absolutely brutal to the D.C. area.
They've gone 1-0 against Maryland, becoming just the fourth non-ACC team to win at Maryland during Gary Williams's tenure in December of 2007.
They've gone 3-1 against George Washington, including a win in the 1995 postseason NIT.
They've gone 2-1 against Virginia, including an upset of the 14th-ranked Cavaliers in the 1994 preseason NIT.
They've gone 1-1 against George Mason and 1-1 against American, beating the Eagles by 31 points in 2005.
And they've gone 1-0 against Georgetown, shocking the third-seeded Hoyas in this year's tourney.
That's a total of 9-4, including 4-1 against BCS conference schools. Brutal. Thanks to Max Wasserman for the help on this.
Via D1scourse, the 97 points Ohio scored are the most ever scored by a team seeded 13th or lower in the first round. That's bad.
Earlier this week, I announced that Georgetown had won the local blog poll for the third time in four years. Because of declining participation after the tournament, I've started ending the voting before the tournament starts.
Well, bad call. No matter what happens through the rest of this event, Old Dominion now has a better record than Georgetown, an NCAA tournament win (over a Big East opponent) and a head-to-head win, on the road. I think it would be hard to justify Hoyas over Monarchs, to say nothing of the Terps.
Lesson? Don't end the voting before the season's actually over.
Let's go back to President Obama's tourney picks.
"They don't have any seniors on their team. They're a young team, but I think they're getting better. I think Thompson does a great job, and so I'm feeling pretty good about Georgetown making a nice little run."
Look, I had Georgetown all over my brackets, too, but I'm not the president of the country. Got to be better than that, sir.
Hoyas as Goliath
Via Mister Irrelevant, this was the fourth time a Georgetown team has lost to a team seeded at least five spots lower. More upsetting, it's the second time in three years.
Three-Part Series Up Next?
In the three years following Georgetown's breakthrough Final Four appearance in 2007, the Hoyas now have two NCAA tournament appearances and a 1-2 record.
In the three years following Maryland's breakthrough national championship in 2002, the Terps had two NCAA tournament appearances and a 3-2 record.
Of course, if you play the same game with Florida, the Gators have one NCAA tournament appearance and an 0-1 record since the last time they touched a Final Four, so first things first, I suppose.
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