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Posted at 9:16 AM ET, 02/10/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Duke and Georgetown resume comparison

By Eric Prisbell

Georgetown is coming on strong and may be a No. 2 seed in short time. Duke is a very good team that has a reasonably good chance to return to the Final Four. But I continue to have questions about the Duke's overall body of work on paper because several of the teams it has beaten have faded. Let's see how the profiles for Duke and Georgetown measure up:

Record: 22-2
RPI: 7
SOS: 44
Vs. top 50: 6-1
Vs. top 100: 11-2
Best win: North Carolina (RPI: 14)
Worst loss: at Florida State (53)
Road/neutral court: 8-2

Record: 19-5
RPI: 4
SOS: 1
Vs. top 50: 8-5
Vs. top 100: 11-5
Best win: at Villanova (16)
Worst loss: at Temple (35)
Road/neutral court: 10-3

In short, Georgetown has played a tougher schedule and has more victories over quality opponents, but the Hoyas have three more losses than the Blue Devils. The Hoyas are playing extremely well right now, but if I had one No. 2 seed slot open and had to choose between the two, I'd still give Duke a very slight edge. The ACC is down and Duke does not have as many in-conference opportunities against quality teams as Georgetown, but the Blue Devils pass the so-called eye test. But you can definitely make a case for the Hoyas as a No. 2 seed right now, and I may slip them in there over another team by tomorrow morning. In any event, Georgetown has enough opportunities against quality opponents still to come --- four more regular season games against top 50 RPI teams - and therefore could render this all a moot point if the Hoyas keep winning. Georgetown has a chance to climb to a No. 1 seed if they continue to surge. That's what the Big East schedule allows a very good team to do.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 10, 2011; 9:16 AM ET
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This has 1989 written all over it. There's no way Duke doesn't get a #1 seed if they win the ACC tourney. No matter if G'Town is a 2 or a 3 seed, they will be paired in the same region as a rematch to last's year Hoyas blowout. All that matters is if Kyrie Irving plays.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | February 10, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see their OOC RPI rating.

I would bet Georgetown has played a tougher schedule excluding the Big East conference games.

in the blinded eyes of the selection committee:

good ole boys - Duke and K
bad boys - Georgetown, DC

As much as they try to hide things, they still have historical value to teams selected and placement or seed given.

It is the best tournament in all of sports, but still has flaws. The swell of water fountain arguments make it more popular each year.

Posted by: Rando | February 10, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I could not disagree with this article more. For one thing, if Georgetown were to end the season in their current position, just behind Pitt, they would absolutely get a 2 seed. Duke on the other hand, is likely to win the ACC regular season, and possibly the ACC tournament. If this were to happen the question would be whether Duke gets a 1 or a 2 seed, not whether Duke gets a 2 or a 3 seed. Georgetown, if they keep this us, is a lock to get at worst a 2.

As for the comment by Rando, the reason Georgetown gets no respect in the tournament is because they have lost in the early rounds as of late. They haven't won the Big East in a while and they aren't even the best team in their conference this year. Duke on the other hand, just won the national championship, and is still 22-2 despite losing the best PG in college basketball.

Georgetown is a great team, but until they prove it on a big stage, the selection committee will continue to favor teams that have proven themselves worthy.

Posted by: Dan43 | February 10, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully G'twon does get a 2 will be even funnier when they lose to a 15 seed.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | February 10, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@RobinVaBeach - All I would say to your comments is please don't hold your breath and wait for the Hoyas to lose to a 15 seed. Obviously you live in the past and have not been paying attention this year. We'll see how much you're laughing after the Hoyas' first round game.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | February 10, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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