Despite consecutive Big East regular-season titles, Georgetown was picked to finish seventh in the conference in October’s pre-season polls. The reason for the plunge in expectations, according to several of the coaches who voted, was the Hoyas’ loss of starting stalwarts Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace.
But Georgetown (8-1) has out-performed the prognostications so far, rising to a season-high 12th in this week’s Associated Press ranking. That places them fourth among the seven ranked Big East teams, trailing only Connecticut (No. 2), Pittsburgh (No. 3) and Notre Dame (No. 8).
Louisville (7-2), Villanova (10-1) and Marquette (9-2) had been picked to finish ahead of Georgetown in the Big East pre-season poll. This week Louisville is 19th, Villanova is 18th and Marquette has tumbled from the rankings.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson III said he doesn’t put much stock in weekly rankings at this point in the season. “We haven’t played a league game yet,” Thompson said. “After Christmas it’ll sort itself out.”
December 22, 2008; 8:18 PM ET
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