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For the 22nd consecutive year, here are our brackets for the annual Big East Tournament, with the pairings based on the current team standings. We will update it daily all this week.

As of Feb. 25, Georgetown stands in the eighth seed, which would be a fourth trip to the Wednesday play-in bracket in five years, but is one game behind Marquette for the 7th seed. The Hoyas can finish no better than seventh and lower than ninth. Here are the scenarios based on the remaining two games:

Outcome Record Seed Current Opponent
Beat Marquette, Beat Villanova 7-11 7th St. John's
Beat Marquette, Lose to Villanova 6-12 8th or 9th DePaul
Lose to Marquette, Beat Villanova 6-12 8th DePaul
Lose to Marquette, Lose to Villanova 5-13 9th DePaul
 
DePaul (4-12) holds a one game lead on St. John's (3-13) for the ninth seed, but loses the second tiebreaker to the Redmen if the teams end the season tied. DePaul finishes at Creighton and home versus Xavier, while St. John's gets a home game with Butler and finishes the regular season at Providence.

How does it all work?  All 10 teams advance to the tournament. Teams 1 through 6 have a bye into Thursday's round, teams 7-10 will play in a doubleheader Wednesday. All games will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 except the final, which is covered on the Fox broadcast channel.

 

Georgetown's 15-12 mark may give some fleeting hope to fans eyeing some sort of post-season bid, but the latest RPI numbers are not in its favor.

As a result of an extraordinarily weak non-conference schedule, Georgetown ranks just 149th in the Rating Percentage Index, down 22 places from last week and trailing all Big East schools but DePaul. It is the lowest RPI Georgetown has ever posted in the RPI, dating back to its founding in 1981.

Georgetown's 2017-18 non-conference opponents are a combined 102-306 (.331) this season, with just one school (Syracuse) in the top 195 of the RPI and five in the bottom 15 (Coppin State, Maine, Howard, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Alabama A&M).

The RPI by Big East teams through February 25, with five teams as certain entrants and Providence as likely:

Team RPI vs. Group 1 vs. Group 2 vs. Group 3 vs. Group 4
Xavier 2 6-4 7-0 8-0 4-0
Villanova 3 7-3 7-0 7-1 4-0
Seton Hall 22 4-6 3-1 7-2 6-0
Creighton 32 3-7 4-2 6-0 6-0
Butler 35 3-8 4-1 6-1 6-0
Providence 43 3-7 5-1 6-2 4-1
Marquette 65 4-7 3-4 3-1 6-0
St. John's 88 2-10 3-2 5-2 3-1
Georgetown 149 2-7 1-4 3-0 9-1
DePaul 174 1-8 2-5 3-4 5-0
 
 
 

Ed Cooley continues his mastery of the Georgetown Hoyas, as Providence won its eighth straight game over the Hoyas--this time in a 74-69 win at Capital One Arena Saturday.

Both teams opened the game with a sluggish bent, as each team mustered only three goals for the first six and half minutes of play. Three pointers by Marcus Derrickson and Jamarko Pickett opened up a 15-11 lead, where PC was forced to play from behind throughout the first half. An 8-0 run by Providence tied the score with just under eight minutes to halftime, but the Hoyas answered with a 7-0 run of its own, 30-23, with 6:23 in the half.

Led by strong efforts by Jessie Govan (14 points) and Marcus Derrickson (7 points, 6 rebounds), the Hoyas repelled two late runs by the Friars that closed the margin to one at 36-35, scoring the final four points of the half and carrying a 40-35 lead into the break. The Hoyas shot 54 percent in the first half, holding PC to just 38 percent from the field and carrying a 22-12 lead in points in the paint.

Ed Cooley is well known for halftime adjustments and the results inside sent the Hoyas off course. Georgetown missed its first three shots of the second half, then held its breath when Derrickson landed awkwardly on the floor and left the game at the 17:57 mark. Though Derrickson returned to action, he was not as productive and Govan was equally unresponsive from the field, and the Friars went to work.

As has been the case for nearly every Big East opponent facing the Hoyas, a guard shall lead them, and Kyron Cartwright stepped forward. Cartwright scored the Friars' next eight points as a 10-0 run erased the long-held GU lead, 51-46, during a run where the Hoyas missed nine of ten shots. Even a rare technical from Ewing did not rally the Hoyas, as turnovers returned to wreak havoc on its plans. Georgetown had five turnovers in the first half and doubled that total within nine minutes of the second. By the time the shooting woes abated, PC held a 59-49 lead at the 9:05 mark, whereupon GU was 2 for 18 from the field and the Friars had posted 19 assists in 24 field goals.

Inside play neutralized the Hoyas at this point of the game. The 22 points GU had scored in the paint evaporated, with just two after halftime entering the late stretches of the game. Its guard play, long suspect, offered little assurance and less performance--allowing the Friars free reign from three (4 for 5) and contributing just one basket between the group of Jonathan Mulmore, Kaleb Johnson, Jagan Mosely, and Trey Dickerson. With Derrickson ailing and Govan absent, Georgetown was going nowhere.

Down 11 with 7:26 to play, Georgetown showed signs of life while limiting PC from second chance opportunities. A three from Mosely narrowed the lead to eight, 64-56. A pair of free throws by Govan, his first points of the half, closed to six, 64-58. A free throw was followed by Govan's only three pointer of the game, sending him past the 1,000 point career mark and bringing the Hoyas back to four, 66-62, with 5:25 to play.

Providence went to zone, and Georgetown went inside. A layup and foul shot brought the Hoyas to three at the 4:17 mark, 68-65, and a Derrickson offensive rebound and putback closed to one, 68-67, with 3:08 to play. Free throws added back two to the PC lead, but Georgetown had few answers down the stretch. A long three missed from Pickett, Derrickson missed an open jumper at the foul line, and Derrickson turned the ball over at the 1:47 mark. Cartwright missed a jumper up three, and Derrickson set himself inside for the layup, 70-69 at the 1:11 mark.

PC's next play went inside and Kaleb Johnson was well out of position, with Govan fouling Alpha Diallo for a basket with 42 seconds left, 72-69. Diallo missed the field goal,a and the Hoyas called time with 37 seconds remaining. Instead of going back inside, Jahvon Blair launched an ill-advised jumper and that was about it. Georgetown committed three quick fouls to get PC to the foul line, where Rodney Bullock put the game away with 12 seconds left, 74-69.

It would be easy to say that the Hoyas were young an inexperienced in late game situations, but this was simply not so. Georgetown has been an easy mark this season with being unprepared to close games out and PC took advantage of it yet again. The Friars outscored the Hoyas 9-0 in the final moments to win its game earlier this month in Providence, and took a 6-2 margin home with them Saturday.

"We're going to have good games and bad games," said Patrick Ewing, a quote that could easily have come from John Thompson III a year ago at this point of the season--indeed, after 16 games of the 2016-17 season, the Hoyas also stood at 5-11.

"We have to keep striving to get better."

Govan finished with 20 points, but just six after halftime. Derrickson scored four in the second and 11 overall, to go with 15 rebounds. Pickett scored 12 points, but took only one attempt in the final eight minutes and missed it. Georgetown finished a woeful 27 percent from the field (8-29) in the second half and allowed Providence to shoot 5 for 7 from three point range after halftime, further supporting PC's NCAA tournament hopes. The Friars were led by 19 Rodney Bullock, as Providence has won the last nine of ten against the Hoyas since the Big East reorganization, six by six points or less. In addition, it confirmed a fifth straight winning season at PC, the first time in the history of the conference that PC has ever managed such a feat.

Back in DC, the loss locks Georgetown (15-12, 5-11 Big East) into the 7:00 pm Wednesday consolation bracket March 7 at the Big East tournament, its fourth appearance in the last five years and the first time in 18 years that Georgetown has finished below .500 in three consecutive Big East seasons. For yet another season, Georgetown is an afterthought in the conference it helped build, and the conference it saved.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:


            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Starters:
Mulmore      14   0-1   0-1   2-2   3   1  3    2
Pickett      35   1-2   3-6   1-2   3   1  2   12
Johnson      24   2-6   0-0   3-4   2   1  0    7
Derrickson   33   4-14  1-2   0-0  15   0  0   11
Govan        34   7-13  1-2   3-5  11   0  2   20 
Reserves:
Blair        22   0-2   1-4   0-0   2   1  1    3
Mosely       25   2-3   2-2   2-3   4   5  1   12
Walker        2   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Dickerson    11   1-1   0-1   0-0   1   6  3    2
Team Rebounds                       2
DNP: Hines, Muresan, Mourning
TOTALS      200  17-42  8-18 11-16 43  15 12   69
 
 
 

The long whispered college agent scandal is the subject of an exclusive report at Yahoo Sports, opening the books at one of the numerous sports agents targeted in an ongoing federal investigation, with former and current players from Duke, Seton Hall, Creighton, Xavier, USC, and Maryland along those named.

The extensive story reviews specific line items in the financial records of agency Andy Miller and his company, ASM Sports.

Names of interest to Big East fans implicated in the report: former Creighton center Justin Patton, former Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead, and former Xavier guard Edmond Sumner.

"I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates," said Xavier coach Chris Mack. "He plays no role in the recruitment of potential student athletes on Xavier's behalf. Beyond that, our staff has never created a path for him to foster a relationship with any of our student-athletes while enrolled at Xavier. Any suggestion that I or anyone on my staff utilized Andy Miller to provide even the slightest of financial benefits to a Xavier student-athlete is grossly misinformed. We are prepared to cooperate with any and all investigations at any level."

"These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America," said NCAA president mark Emmert in a prarared statement. "Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts."

 
 

Georgetown signee Mac McClung continues his record setting season at Gate City (VA), breaking the Virginia public school season scoring record held by Allen Iverson.

McClung had 41 points in Gate City's 80-43 regional playoff game, breaking the single season mark Iverson set at Bethel HS in 1993. He has 958 points this season (a 38.3 per game average) and should Gate City continue to advance in the playoffs, he would be within range of Caleb Tanner's career scoring record of 2,770.

"The record doesn't mean a whole lot," McClung said. "I just want to win a state championship and be the first ones to do it for Gate City."

"Like Iverson, McClung will compete for Georgetown at the next level," writes USA Today. "And like Iverson, the expectations will be high, particularly after McClung's jaw dropping senior season. As a frame of reference, Iverson racked up his record in 30 games. McClung set the new mark in just 25."

Videos of McClung have gained a widespread following on the Internet. A YouTube video of last night's effort follows below.

 
 

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