In one of the most exciting and well played games of the weekend, Georgetown (24-4, 14-3) stole a win from Marquette, 70-68 in overtime. The win allowed the Hoyas to keep pace with Louisville for first place in the Big East. Fifth year senior Patrick Ewing Jr. seems to be the heart and soul of this team. Not blessed with the size of his father, his blue collar work ethic helped spark this come-from-behind victory. Meanwhile, Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace filled the stat sheet with twenty points apiece. Three of Wallace’s points came after inexplicably getting fouled with just seconds left, while shooting a three. Wallace sank all three of his free throws, in the face of the rabid Marquette fans, to send the game into overtime.
Earlier in the week, Georgetown beat St. John’s 64-52, behind DaJuan Summers 21 points, 15 of which came on three pointers.
With a dominant big man, strong defense, clutch free throw shooting, and experience in the tournament, Georgetown should be a favorite to reach the final four, even though they likely will not earn a number one seed.
Gonzaga (23-6, 12-1 WCC) won their eighth straight WCC championship with an 88-76 win over Saint Mary’s. The game was the first time two Top 25 ranked WCC teams have played each other in conference play. Gonzaga’s win sets up a bubble busting opportunity in the WCC tournament. Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s have both likely locked up a ticket to the dance. However, third place San Diego is hosting the WCC tournament. If San Diego can use home court advantage to win it all, then to the chagrin of many BCS schools the WCC may get three teams into the tournament.
Texas Tech (16-12, 7-7 Big 12) upset Texas. It is impossible for Pat Knight to step out of his father’s shadow, but with wins like this he may become more that than just another example of nepotism.