Thursday, March 12, 2009
Can we officially declare Notre Dame and Georgetown the biggest disappointments of the season?
Georgetown capped off a disappointing Big East campaign with a "we gave up weeks ago" loss to St. John's Tuesday, while Notre Dame went quietly to West Virginia Wednesday, putting any talk of the bubble to bed.
Probably a good thing for teams looking at five or six seeds. While both Georgetown and Notre Dame had 14 losses, they'd both be scary first-round games for teams expecting a cake-walk in the first round.
Rough season to root for either team.
Notre Dame, ranked No. 9 in both major preseason polls, was thinking Final Four early on. They had the weapons. Strong inside play from possible Big East POY candidate Luke Harangody complemented nicely by the outside game of Kyle McAlarney. But losing seven straight midseason really fucked up those Final Four talks.
Georgetown lost a lot to the draft. Bigs Roy Hibbert and Patrick Ewing Jr. are tough to replace, dammit! The Hoyas made it as high as No. 12 in one poll, but then couldn't really remember how to win, losing seven of eight in the middle of the season.
The Big East was going to be brutal. Everyone knew it and the league showed just why. But you gotta win the big games to be talked about positively in March. Georgetown and Notre Dame fell victim to the league. And while talented and strong, they'll be watching March Madness from home.