NCAA tournament 2011: Georgetown could fall to a No. 8 seed (or worse)
It has been painful to watch Georgetown without Chris Wright the past few games. Predictably, the Hoyas lost to Connecticut this afternoon in the Big East tournament, 79-62. The Huskies are a tough matchup for Georgetown because of their offensive rebounding prowess and Kemba Walker's ability to use ball screens. The two most important questions are these: How effective can Chris Wright be in the NCAAs, assuming he returns after breaking his non-shooting hand? And how far will Georgetown's seeding drop after losing its fourth straight game?
Georgetown Coach John Thompson III has said Wright, who essentially acts as a coach on the court, is expected back. The senior is already practicing on a limited basis. If Wright remains on course for a return, it could save Georgetown from receiving a double-digit seed. Gene Smith, the chair of the tournament selection committee, said in a teleconference this morning that the committee will rely on information from the school and the conference regarding key injuries that will affect seeding. What else can the committee do? It should take Georgetown at its word, right?
Smith added that the committee "looks at how these teams respond to the adversity they face."
As far as seeding, Georgetown will take a tumble. With a healthy Wright, the Hoyas were looking at a No. 3 seed, even after the loss to U-Conn. up in Hartford. Before the Big East tournament, the Hoyas were looking at a 5/6. And that may have been optimistic.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi just told me that, depending on the medical prognosis for Wright, Georgetown could fall to an eight, nine or 10 seed. He joked that the committee should scrap the bracketing procedures and pair Georgetown against Villanova in Dayton.
| March 9, 2011; 1:50 PM ET
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