NCAA tournament 2011: Big test looms for depleted Georgetown
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.
| March 9, 2011; 9:32 AM ET
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