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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Georgetown could fall to a No. 8 seed (or worse)

By Eric Prisbell

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.

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 1:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

How about a rematch with ODU! Georgetown with the 10 seed and ODU with the 7. (yeah, not holding my breath)

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | March 9, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Be interesting to see how the committee explanes how a team with an rpi around #12 and the toughest schedule in basketball is a 9 or 10 seed.
If the last 4 games is what determines seeding, ODU fans should be enraged if they are not a #1 seed.

Posted by: micgo95 | March 10, 2011 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Be interesting to see how the committee explanes how a team with an rpi around #12 and the toughest schedule in basketball is a 9 or 10 seed.
If the last 4 games is what determines seeding, ODU fans should be enraged if they are not a #1 seed.

Posted by: micgo95 | March 10, 2011 1:14 AM

Exactly. I like Lunardi, but he's being kind of a pr1ck here. Georgetown's 5-5 in their last 10, which is a negative. But their worst loss of the season was to Cincy (twice) who's RPI is 31. They need to be evaluated on their overall season, with and without Chris Wright. I bet they'll be a 6 seed.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 10, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The committee will look at the injury situation. If they get a whiff of news that Wright is out of the tourni. then the Hoyas are going to be a low seed. They have shown that they are not that competitive without him. Other than that, I'd say they are a 6.

Posted by: VaBroker | March 10, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm predicting a 7 seed

Posted by: micgo95 | March 10, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

They could be a one seed, it's going to be an exit in the first two rounds regardless. G'town just chokes when it comes to playing postseason basketball, ya know, when it counts.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 10, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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