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The Big East season is young, but Georgetown’s bench has yet to make much of an impact, getting outscored 34-8 through the first two games.

Given the reliance of Coach John Thompson III on his five starters, it may be awhile before the offensive presence of Omar Wattad and Jason Clark is felt. The key factor, no doubt, will be the health and fitness of Chris Wright, Jessie Sapp, Austin Freeman, DaJuan Summers and Greg Monroe.

The Hoyas’ first five are getting plenty of playing time. In the conference-opening upset of then second-ranked Connecticut, Georgetown’s starters played an average of 34 minutes 12 seconds. The Huskies’ starters, by contrast, were on court on average of 29:36.

Pittsburgh isn’t as deep as Connecticut but managed to spell its starters more than Georgetown’s en route to its 70-54 victory at Verizon Center. The Panthers’ starting five averaged 30:24, while the Hoyas’ starters played an average of 35:24.

Asked if his starters seemed depleted down the stretch against Pitt, Thompson said that he wasn’t sure, adding: “Our guys are in pretty good shape. As long as the guys on the court are doing what they should do, we’ll be fine.”

But it’s something that bears watching, particularly during stretches in which the Hoyas play two games in a three-day span.

By Liz Clarke  |  January 5, 2009; 6:24 AM ET
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