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Posted at 9:32 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Big test looms for depleted Georgetown

By Eric Prisbell

We are at the point where power-conference teams can play their way in or play their way out of the tournament field with performances in their respective conference tournaments. You just hope that it is clear. These teams have to win today:

Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State, 12:30 p.m.
Colorado vs. Iowa State, 3 p.m.
Southern Miss vs. Tulane, 3:30 p.m.
Baylor vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m.

The big game of local interest is Georgetown-Connecticut (noon) at MSG. The Hoyas played the Huskies tough up in Hartford - I was there - but U-Conn. had too much Kemba Walker, who emerged from a slump with one of his best performances. But the Hoyas still had Chris Wright at that point. Georgetown's usually precise, efficient and effective offense has been out of sorts, to say the least, since Wright broke his non-shooting hand. The Hoyas need a win here to show that they can still be formidable without Wright. (Hoyas Coach John Thompson III said that Wright is progressing and is still expected back for the first round of the NCAA tournament.) Georgetown has demonstrated with great clarity that it is not a very good team without him. A loss today could underscore that point and affect its seeding in the NCAA tournament. The Hoyas are a precarious 5/6 seed right now.

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 9:32 AM ET
 
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Comments

"IF"??? Wright is healthy for the NCAA I can see Georgetown having a high seed. A broken hand doesn't usually heal too quickly?

Posted by: fatlabriley2 | March 9, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown deserves no higher than a 3 or a 4 seed - in the NIT.

Neither this team nor Villanova should be in the NCAA tournament, but they will be. At the very least, fairness dictates they both be unranked in the next polls.

And thinking Wright can play effectively is wishful thinking that borders on depraved indifference. He has a broken bone in this hand, he should be shut down immediately.

Posted by: Fairfax6 | March 9, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

BTW, you still need to use your non-shooting hand when you shoot as part of the overall motion. Can a right-handed pitcher still pitch effectively if his left arm is amputated? Do Post writers know anything at all about the sports they're paid to cover?

At least the Hoyas have a ready-made excuse to explain away this year's failures. I guess no other team ever has to play without one of their starters.

Posted by: Fairfax6 | March 9, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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