January 9, 2007

Hoyas lose effort royale to Villy

January 9, 2007 - Coming into last night's home game against Villanova, Georgetown was riding high, coming off an impressive 66-48 victory over Notre Dame this weekend. In that contest, G'Town's offense was crisp, defense dominated, and the team's fans extremely supportive.

As is the case in the Hoyas' league, the Big East, every game is a separate entity, and should be treated accordingly. Georgetown's 56-52 loss to Villanova proves it.

While John Thompson, III's team practically did what they wanted against Notre Dame, this game was marked by great defensive effort and physicality on both sides - effort that in many ways forced decreased offensive execution.

When asked if this tilt could be considered a prototypical Big East match up, Thompson replied, "It was from the standpoint every game is going to be tough. You have 16 teams, and on every team can beat everyone…it is a very physical conference, and you have to come ready to play every night, from bell to bell."

During the game, Georgetown shot 42.1 percent from the field, significantly under their league leading 56.1 percent clip, and found their half court continuity hampered. From a tactical standpoint, a chief culprit was Villanova's 1-2-2 full court press.

"They've done that all year. They've done that the past couple of years," said Thompson, when asked if Villanova's extensive use of a full court defensive deployment was anticipated. "They try and slow you down, so that you can't get into a rhythm offensively…They did a very good job of that today."

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