Another Thursday morning and another BIG EAST Coaches Conference call. Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III called in just before noon and spoke about the upcoming game against Providence:
"Lately, I think our guys have found ways to win games and we just have to keep that going on. Stating the obvious, that's very difficult in this league. Providence, specifically, we're going to have to have a very good defensive effort. They've got guys who can put points on the board and they just put pressure on you offensively and defensively, so we're going to have to be good on both ends of the floor."
Following his comments on the game, Coach fielded a pair of questions, first from Kevin McNamara at the Providence Journal on just how tough the BIG EAST Conference is and then a question on a player in the league.
Question: You can probably speak to the uncertainty of the league so far moreso than anyone, with your start and then the last four or five games. Did you play noticeably different in the streaks or is it just that the games are so close and can go either way?
JTIII: "Both to be honest. We did play noticeably different during the bad stretch. Collectively, Chris, Austin and Jason, were not playing well and, particularly, not shooting well. They're terrific and we can't win when all three of those guys are off. And during that stretch they were all off. Lately, we've been defending much better. We've been trying to make the opposition get more difficult shots. That's also been a difference. That being said, and everyone has said it and the coaches have said it from Day One, this league is tough. Parity is not just a word, it's a reality. Coach Pitino said it the other day, you just don't know where your wins are going to come from."
It's a big hoops weekend on the Hilltop. The men's team starts things on Saturday by hosting Providence at Verizon Center. Tipoff is at noon.
Make it a doubleheader and come back to campus to see the No. 17-ranked women's team host Cincinnati at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas have a four-game win streak against league opponents entering the weekend.
And speaking of doubleheaders, that gets me thinking of baseball. If you really want to make it for a fun day, after the women's game, you can head up to Leavey Center for the Seventh Annual First Pitch Dinner. Head Coach Pete Wilk puts together a tremendous event every year and this year's should be no different, with Major League pitcher Jamie Moyer the featured speaker.
Okay, I'm off to get ready for Saturday's men's hoop game. We've got some media availability today before practice and I'll have some videos up later today with interviews from Coach Thompson, Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and the rest of the guys.