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January 21, 2013January 21, 2013 - Going into Saturday's game at South Florida, the Georgetown men's basketball team seemed to trend upward, as they dispatched Providence 74-65, last week. Having lost sophomore swingman Greg Whittington to academic suspension a game before, the Providence victory seemed to suggest G'Town was stabilizing so to speak; not having the 6'8", multi-skilled Whittington is a loss for any team.
After the USF contest, a 61-58 Hoya loss, that optimism wasn't there; it wasn't just G'Town losing, it was the way the fell, being up 11 in the second half before succumbing to the Bulls.
Head coach John Thompson III afterward attributed his team's defeat to consistency along with effort, or specifically a lack thereof, telling the Washington Post: "This group needs to understand that they have to be good every night can't be good one night and not the next, particularly when you're a man down".
Well, with no mention of Whittington's return, he seemingly will not be available tonight for the team's road tilt with Notre Dame. At 15-3 overall and 3-2 in BIG EAST games, the Domers are a dangerous team that not only has a shooting touch - see senior forward Scott Martin's close to 48% clip from three point land - but inside presence - senior center Jack Cooley paces the league in rebounding, plus field goal percentage. Other players such as junior guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant are dangerous in their own right.
The game has a 730p, EST start, and will be televised on ESPN. Rich Chvotkin will handle the radio duties, with his broadcast slated for 980 AM. As usual, we provide real-time, in-game chat.
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