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Georgetown vs. Villanova


2/28/09


The Georgetown Hoyas might be down and out of the race for the Big East title with a 5-10 record in conference play, but the Villanova Wildcats are still alive and could make a strong push in the final games of the season to shock some of the top teams in the conference.

The Hoyas started out strong and at one point were in the Top 25 standings. There big win over the UConn Huskies seemed like a sign of things to come this season, but it has really only ended up being the highlight to a very disappointing season.

After the win over UConn the Hoyas just headed into an ugly downward spiral. First it was losing two straight to Big East conference heavyweights in the Pittsburgh Panthers and Notre Dame. They did rebound slightly from their disappointing losses by beating both Providence and Syracuse in consecutive games, but then they just fell apart by losing nine of the next 11 games.

There is a slight chance that Georgetown could make a run at the tournament, but highly unlikely now that their regular season is practically over and with the Big East opponents being the toughest teams in the country. Maybe if the Hoyas were in a different conference this season they would be considered a good team, but with all the talent in the Big East this season even some of the best teams in the country don’t stand a chance against teams in this conference.

The Villanova Wildcats on the other hand have been playing exceptional basketball as of late winning nine of their last ten games including some big wins over the Pittsburgh Panthers and Marquette Golden Eagles.

Although the Wildcats have flown relatively under the radar in the best college basketball conference in the country, they are playing as good as anyone right now and could be looking at pulling off some upsets in the NCAA tourney.

With upsets not uncommon in the Big East lately Villanova has a good shot of making something happen in the conference standings if they can win their final three games of the regular season. Their chances are slim to non existent that they will be able to top the four top teams in the Big East, but you never know with college basketball, anything can and will happen.

Upsets are definitely not uncommon on the college level, but the chance of the Hoyas getting the best of the Wildcats is extremely slim to say the least. Villanova did struggle to an 8-20 DePaul in their last game by only beating them by a two points, but I am pretty sure the Wildcats have learned from their mistakes and will be looking to destroy Georgetown on Saturday.

As long as the Wildcats’ top scorers in Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds play at a high level against the Hoyas, Georgetown could be in for an embarrassing beat down when they go up against the 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats this weekend. Check Sportsbook.com for the latest College Basketball Odds


 

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