Chart Week here at Play For The Garden will be displaying one chart per Big East team; two a day in alphabetical order spanning the week.
Georgetown is one of the most storied programs in all of college basketball. They won the national championship in 1984, have gone to five Final Fours, and have had a handful of players go on to have hall of fame NBA careers. But the reputation they have seemed to acquire most recently is that they make quick exits from the NCAA Tournament.
OK, so in the Hoyas last five appearances (in six years) that reputation is definitely true. They have gone out in the first weekend every time, while never being worse than a 6-seed. They even lost in the Round of 64 as a 2 and 3-seed. That’s clearly disappointing.
But in the two years before that, they went to the Final Four and to the Sweet 16; both under JT3.
That’s the nature and beauty of the NCAA Tournament.
The Esherick years were forgetful, but even Big John’s final nine seasons were rather mediocre with the Hoyas only advancing past the first weekend twice.
In this day and age it’s all about ‘what have you done for me lately’. And lately the Hoyas have had strong regular seasons, but have floundered in postseason play. JT3 is a good coach and Georgetown is going to continue to attract top-tier talent. So it seems logical that the streak of going out in the first weekend is likely to come to an end soon. Could it be this year? I think it will.