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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W, 11-9
UMBC
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April 17
L, 12-1
Towson
Nats Academy
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April 18
W, 15-7
Virginia
Nats Academy
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W, 15-14
UConn
Cooper Field
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3:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
April 19
3:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
April 20
3:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 20
All Day
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
April 20
All Day
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
April 20
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Callawassie Island Clubhouse; Callawassie, S.C.
April 21
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 21
12:00 PM
Villanova
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 21
2:00 PM
Villanova
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 21
TBA
Clemson
Winston-Salem, N.C.
April 21
12:00 PM
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
April 21
10:00 AM
Villanova
Washington, D.C.
April 21
12:00 PM
Marquette
Cooper Field

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2:00 PM
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April 21
3:00 PM
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Cooper Field
April 21
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Charlottesville, Va.
April 21
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Callawassie Island Clubhouse; Callawassie, S.C.
April 21
All Day
Class of 2006 Cup vs. Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
April 21
All Day
MAISA Womens Championship
Norfolk, Va.
April 21
All Day
Penn & Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
April 21
All Day
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Washington, D.C.
April 21
All Day
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Camden, N.J.
April 21
All Day
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
April 22
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 22
12:00 PM
Villanova
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 22
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Callawassie Island Clubhouse; Callawassie, S.C.
April 22
All Day
Arrigan Memorial Regatta
Washington, D.C.
April 22
All Day
MAISA Womens Championship
Norfolk, Va.
April 24
7:00 PM
George Washington
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April 25
3:00 PM
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Cooper Field
April 25
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Philadelphia, Pa.
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April 26
TBA
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April 26
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April 27
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Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
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Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
TBA
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Cayce, S.C.
April 27
TBA
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Cayce, S.C.
April 28
7:30 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.
April 28
1:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.
April 28
3:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.
April 28
1:00 PM
St. Johns
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April 28
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April 28
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April 28
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St. Mary's City, Md.
April 28
TBA
Semifinals
Cayce, S.C.
April 28
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Ithaca, N.Y.
April 28
TBA
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Cayce, S.C.
April 29
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TBA
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.
April 29
TBA
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Cayce, S.C.
April 29
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St. Mary's City, Md.
April 29
All Day
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Hanover, N.H.
April 29
TBA
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Cayce, S.C.
April 29
All Day
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Callawassie Golf Club - Callawassie Island, S.C.
April 29
All Day
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Worcester, Mass.
April 30
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Callawassie Golf Club - Callawassie Island, S.C.
May 1
7:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Shirley Povich Field
May 1
All Day
BIG EAST Championships
Callawassie Golf Club - Callawassie Island, S.C.
May 3
TBA
BIG EAST Semifinals
Villanova, Pa.
May 4
7:00 PM
Villanova
Shirley Povich Field
May 4
All Day
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College Park, Md.
May 4
All Day
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College Park, Md.
May 5
7:00 PM
Villanova
Shirley Povich Field
May 5
12:00 PM
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Nats Academy
May 5
2:00 PM
Seton Hall
Nats Academy
May 5
TBA
BIG EAST Championship
Villanova, Pa.
May 6
1:00 PM
Villanova
Shirley Povich Field
May 6
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
Nats Academy
May 9
5:00 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore 7 innings
Shirley Povich Field
May 9
7:30 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore 7 innings
Shirley Povich Field
May 11
4:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 11
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Camden, N.J.
May 11
All Day
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Geneva, Ohio
May 11
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Geneva, Ohio
May 12
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
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All Day
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Geneva, Ohio
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Geneva, Ohio
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1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

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All Day
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Worcester, Mass.
May 15
7:00 PM
UMBC
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May 17
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shirley Povich Field
May 18
4:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shirley Povich Field
May 19
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
Shirley Povich Field
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All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Norfolk, Va.
May 23
All Day
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Norfolk, Va.
May 24
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Norfolk, Va.
May 24
All Day
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Tampa, Fla.
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All Day
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Tampa, Fla.
May 25
All Day
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Norfolk, Va.
May 25
All Day
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Sarasota, Fla.
May 25
All Day
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Tampa, Fla.
May 25
All Day
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Tampa, Fla.
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All Day
NCAA East Preliminary Championships
Tampa, Fla.
May 26
All Day
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Tampa, Fla.
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Sarasota, Fla.
May 26
All Day
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Norfolk, Va.
May 27
All Day
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Norfolk, Va.
May 27
All Day
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Sarasota, Fla.
May 28
All Day
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Norfolk, Va.
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All Day
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Norfolk, Va.
May 30
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Norfolk, Va.
May 31
All Day
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Norfolk, Va.
June 1
All Day
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West Windsor, N.J.
June 1
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Norfolk, Va.
June 1
All Day
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Mercer Lake, N.J.
June 2
All Day
IRA National Championships
West Windsor, N.J.
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All Day
IRA National Championships
Mercer Lake, N.J.
June 3
All Day
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Mercer Lake, N.J.
June 3
All Day
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West Windsor, N.J.
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All Day
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Eugene, Ore.
June 6
All Day
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Eugene, Ore.
June 7
All Day
NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore.
June 7
All Day
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Eugene, Ore.
June 8
All Day
NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore.
June 8
All Day
NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore.
June 9
All Day
NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore.
June 9
All Day
NCAA Championships
Eugene, Ore.