4. Georgetown (21-10, 12-6/Big East)– OK, so let’s be real–we have no idea what the selection committee was doing when it gave Georgetown, which finished third in a solid but ultimately watered-down Big East, a 4-seed. They’re more like a 6, or even a 7, but I guess that’s not important now.
What is important is that the Hoyas have struggled mightily in the NCAA Tournament in recent years, falling victim to first-round upsets in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In each of those years, Georgetown was seeded third or higher. But wait–it gets worse. In the other two years since the Hoyas made that magical run to the Final Four in 2007, they’ve won a combined two NCAA Tournament games. Davidson, Ohio, VCU, and Florida Gulf Coast have all gotten Cinderella runs started with wins over G’town.
So can this edition of the Hoyas buck the trend? This isn’t the most talented team John Thompson III has had at Georgetown, but it does have a special player in 6-3 junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who averages 16.2 points. 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He is the definition of hard-to-guard.
The Hoyas also boast plenty of beef on the inside in 6-10, 350-pound center Josh Smith. The senior puts up 11 points and 6 boards per game.
89th Points per game (70.7)
82nd Field Goal Percentage (.455)
13. Eastern Washington (26-8, 14-4/Big Sky)–The Eagles have the highest scorer in the country in guard Tyler Harvey, who amazingly wasn’t even recruited by any Division I schools. You can bet many of them wish they had him now. Harvey put up 22.9 points per game this season, and went off in several games–scoring 42 against Idaho, 39 against Weber State, and 35 against Northern Colorado.
The 6-4 guard also scored 25 in an early season win at Indiana (88-86). It’s not just about Harvey, as junior forward Venky Jois (not a typo) averages 16.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Eagles rank third in the nation in points per game.
3rd Points per game (80.8)
19th Field Goal Percentage (.480)
328th Points Allowed (73.6)
PREDICTION: This will be a matchup of two completely different styles, as Eastern Washington loves to run up and down and put up big point totals. Georgetown, on the other hand, is deliberate on offense and likes to win games 60-55. Though it’d be incredibly disappointing (again) for Hoyas fans, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Georgetown fall (again) in the Round of 32. Go ahead, take the Eagles.