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Top of the Arc - December 30, 2008

Dec. 30, 9:45 a.m.: So Georgetown gets a victory as impressive as any by any team so far this season. Hoyas Coach John Thompson III was not ready to celebrate too much, saying after the 74-63 victory at Connecticut that “the commissioner is not handing out any trophies after tonight.” Good mindset, especially with Pittsburgh and Notre Dame on the immediate horizon. There is no letup in this league. But, overall, this Hoyas team that lacks any semblance of depth is off to a much better start to the season than most expected. They have routed Maryland and beaten Memphis and U-Conn. The only setback was against one of the nation’s deepest teams, Tennessee, on a neutral court. The next two games will give a better sense of whether this team can compete to finish in the top tier of the Big East. Judging from last night, we know they can compete with those upper echelon teams on any given night.

The most interesting subplot last night involved Georgetown freshman Greg Monroe (16 points) outplaying Connecticut’s Hasheem Thabeet (4 points, 7 rebounds, 7 blocks) in front of 31 NBA scouts. Right now, Monroe should get strong consideration for national freshman of the year. As for Thabeet, take a look at what one NBA scout said about him, according to one report: “No heart, no hands. Not a good combination.”

It was also interesting to see the reaction afterward by U-Conn. Coach Jim Calhoun, who apologized for his team’s performance, refused to call any player by name and said the performance was “unexplainable.” Once again, it appears there is a significant dropoff between the best team in the country, North Carolina, and everyone else.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 30, 2008; 9:38 AM ET
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How about recognizing that Georgetown IS an upper echelon team (#8). Also, please don't lump Maryland in with Memphis and UConn as a quality win.

Posted by: andersot | December 30, 2008 10:20 AM

Don't be so myopic and anti-Terps, Maryland is a very good win, especially when you consider how convincing it was.

I understand some of the reservations about Georgetown, but they have a fantastic starting 5 - one that seemed underrated in the pre-season. And I'm not a Hibbert basher, but there is a bit of addition by subtraction there. Monroe is a more effective player than Roy was - and Monroe is only a freshman!

I don't know how people have been sleeping on a team that starts 3 McDonald's All-Americans and has one coming off the bench.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 30, 2008 12:42 PM

OK, so Mason hasn't played too many games lately, but they did play a top 30-40 team (Dayton) away and narrowly lost. We're treated to a standard AP story of that game and no mention of Mason on this blog for a few weeks. Is anybody at the Post paying attention?

Posted by: buffardi | January 2, 2009 12:28 PM

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