The Georgetown Hoyas had their 11 game winning streak snapped in a 67-57 loss to the Villanova Wildcats tonight. After running through the better part of the Big East, Georgetown has looked a little tired since the win against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, the highlight of the season thus far. Otto Porter rescued the Hoyas against UConn but was unable to do so again tonight, missing a few late threes that could’ve kept the game alive for the Hoyas late. Give all the credit to Villanova, who played more aggressive on both end of the floor, harassing Porter into a poor shooting night by his standards and not allowing any easy buckets. On offense, the Wildcats continuously attacked the rim, putting some key Hoyas in foul trouble en route to a 42 to 8 FTs attempted advantage. Villanova is surely an NCAA tournament team, having now beaten Georgetown, Louisville, Syracuse, and Marquette, while falling in tight games to Pitt and Notre Dame. Incidentally, those are the current top 6 teams in the Big East, and none of them will want to see the Wildcats next week at Madison Square Garden.
While it is always disappointing to see a long winning streak come to an end, in reality this was as good a loss as any could be for the Hoyas. Remaining on the schedule is a showdown with Syracuse at the Verizon Center, the final Big East regular season matchup between the two historic rivals, and then it’s off to postseason play. Instead of worrying about national polls and number one seeds, Georgetown can now focus on playing good basketball and making a deep tournament run. The Hoyas haven’t made a Sweet Sixteen since the Final Four run in 2007 and anything less this year would ultimately be a failure. The added pressure of a long winning streak would do nothing to make things easier. As a bonus, Villanova will stay in the new Big East with Georgetown and it only helps in the long run that they remain a quality basketball program. No fan wants to see their team lose, but this may turn out to be a good loss for the Hoyas.