Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Dec. 7, 2009

 

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

 

 

Paul Gauguin’s 1898 masterpiece asked three questions Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Hoya fans certainly know who we are – We are Georgetown! -  and where we come - Again Georgetown!  But they can be forgiven if after six games they are still asking themselves, “what type of team are we?” and “where is this team going to take us?”  Over the next week or so, we may well start to have some better, if incomplete, answers to these questions.

 

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, our fearless leader, John Hawkes, stated in this blog that our game against the Lafeyette Leopards was either:

a.    A referendum on GU's progress thus far in rebuilding from last year's NIT appearance,

b.    One valuable data point among many in determining the strengths and weaknesses of the Hoyas as they prepare for the heart of Big East play, or

c.     A game about which we should draw no meaningful conclusions whatsoever.

 

 

 

Against Lafayette, I was somewhere between b. & c. - probably leaning toward c.  Going into the game against Butler, I am somewhere between a. & b.  In basketball, after all, not all data points created equally.

Going into the game – the first one that I will have had the opportunity to witness in person – I still have a number of questions about the team and hope that this one game will, at least partially, answer some of them.

 

 

 

My questions are:

  1. Will the progress that we have witnessed from Julian Vaughn and Jason Clark in the early season sustain itself as we start player tougher, Big-East-caliber or near-Big-East-caliber teams? How about the progress we have seen from Henry Sims in his last two outings?
  2. Is our defense good enough to shut down a good team? Has our competition thus far lulled me into the belief that the long arms of Jason Clark, Greg Monroe, and Julian Vaughn coupled with the quickness of Chris Wright and Austin Freeman can be a pretty potent defense? Can we shut down an excellent three-point shooter like Butler’s Shelvin Mack?
  3. What about our depth?  Can we expect valuable contributions from Henry, Hollis, Vee, Jerrelle, and Nikita off the bench?
  4. Is Jason Clark (a favorite of mine) going to be the turnover-creating machine that we witnessed against the American Eagles?

All data points may not be equal, and we will learn more from the next three games than the last three games.  But clearly one game or week cannot answer all of these questions. Still, as I watch the game on Tuesday, I will be looking for some tentative conclusions that I can draw. 

 

 

 

Tune into the postgame coverage on this blog to read how much we have learned from this next data point.

 

 

 

-Bob Maruca

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April 26
7:00 PM
UMBC
Shirley Povich Field
April 26
L, 2-1
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
RECAP

Livestats
April 27
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
3:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 28
9:00 AM
St. Johns
Cayce, S.C.

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April 28
4:00 PM
Seton Hall
Cayce, S.C.

Live Stats
April 28
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
2:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 29
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 29
2:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 29
9:00 AM
Semifinals
Cayce, S.C.

Live Stats
April 29
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Cooper Field
April 29
12:30 PM
Semifinals
Cayce, S.C.

Live Stats
April 29
1:00 PM
Florida
Gainesville, Fla.

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April 29
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
All Day
America Trophy
Ithaca, N.Y.
April 30
1:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 30
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 30
9:00 AM
Championship
Cayce, S.C.

BEDN
Live Stats
April 30
12:30 PM
Championship
Cayce, S.C.

BEDN
Live Stats
April 30
All Day
America Trophy
Ithaca, N.Y.
April 30
All Day
Eastern Sprints
Worcester, Mass.
April 30
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
April 30
All Day
Class of 2006 Cup vs. North Carolina
Washington, D.C.
May 1
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
May 2
7:00 PM
George Washington
Shirley Povich Field
May 2
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
May 4
TBA
Semifinals
Providence, R.I.

CBSSN
May 4
TBA
Semifinals
Villanova, Pa.
May 5
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 5
All Day
Payton Jordan Invitatinoal
Palo Alto, Calif.
May 5
All Day
Kehoe Twilight Meet
College Park, Md.
May 5
All Day
Payton Jordan Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif.
May 5
All Day
Kehoe Twilight Meet
College Park, Md.
May 6
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 6
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 6
4:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 6
4:30 PM
Championship
Providence, R.I.

FS2
May 6
TBA
Championship
Villanova, Pa.
May 7
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 7
12:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 8
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 9
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 10
5:00 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore 7 innings
Shirley Povich Field
May 10
7:30 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore
Shirley Povich Field
May 10
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 12
7:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 12
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 12
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 12
All Day
Patriot League Championships
Camden, N.J.
May 13
7:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 13
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 13
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 14
1:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 14
All Day
Eastern Sprints
Worcester, Mass.

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May 16
6:00 PM
UMBC
Baltimore, Md.
May 18
3:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 19
3:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 19
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 20
12:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 20
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 21
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 22
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 23
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 23
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 24
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 24
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 25
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 26
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 26
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 27
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 27
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 27
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 28
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 28
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 28
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 29
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 29
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 29
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 30
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 31
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 1
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 2
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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June 2
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 3
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.
June 3
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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June 4
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.
June 4
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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June 5
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.