February 15, 2008

Hoyas zoning in vs zones

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February 15, 2008 - Going into the final third of their 2007-2008 season, the Georgetown Hoyas have shown an impressive ability to not only win close games, but do so via defense, leading their conference, the Big East, in points allowed per game (56.7%), overall field goal percentage allowed (35.3%), and opponent's three point field goal percentage (28.6%). This group of Hoyas is starting to remind many of the Georgetown of old, whose penchant for preventing foes from scoring was legendary.

That's not to say the team, coached by John Thompson III, has not flexed its offensive muscle, as it is 20-3 and leads its league ever so slightly in field goal percentage (49.2%). Thompson's crew, ranked eighth nationally and leading the Big East, still benefits from 'The Georgetown Offense'; a blend of concepts he learned growing up as the son of Hall of Fame coach and former Hoya great John Thompson, Jr., and playing for Pete Carrill at Princeton University.

But all has not come up aces for the Hoyas offensively, particularly lately as the team has sputtered against zone defenses (See the 20 point second half in their recent 59-51 loss at Louisville for the most glaring example).

With a tilt versus Syracuse looming tomorrow, everyone in Blue and Grey knows they will be again tested, given the 'Cuse's well known deployment of a tricky 2-3 zone alignment.

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