Georgetown was Too Reliant on Austin Freeman and Chris Wright


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Only two of the Big East’s 11 teams remain in the NCAA Tournament. So much for that Big East is the best conference in college basketball talk. The BE has has many teams still dancing as the tiny hamlet of Richmond, Virginia.

One of the conference teams that fell on their face down the stretch and bowed out early in the big dance was Georgetown. The Hoyas had a very talented senior backcourt in Chris Wright and Austin Freeman. Unfortunately, they did have much this season beyond the duo with  high NBA Draft stock.

A major reason they got blown out by VCU in their first tourney game was because the duo combined to shoot a putrid 6-27 from the field and a ridiculously off 0-13 from behind the arc. And the Hoyas had no one else to step up.

Wright came back from a late season injury to his non-shooting hand (the team suffered greatly in his absence, losing the three games that he missed from a broken bone), but his return wasn’t enough to lead the Hoyas to victory.

Since their 2007 Final Four run, the Hoyas have been upset by a lower, double digit seed the past three years. They are a proud program with a 45-25 all-time tourney record, but have seem to fallen off a little bit these past few years.

Freeman and Wright were the team’s top two scorers and both were all-conference selections. Freeman leaves as the school’s all time leader in free throws and the school’s 7th leading scorer. Wright departs as 6th all-time in assists.

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  1. paulmbanks says

    I think the system is good for mid-majors and bad teams in high-major conferences. if you want to limit in possessions and stay in a game when you’re over-matched, then it works.

    But the Princeton offense isn’t great for team athletic teams with top notch talent

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