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Hoyas impressive in win at Louisville

John Thompson III has to be proud of his Hoyas after his team ended Louisville's 20-game home win streak.

My friends, this Georgetown team is for real and proof of that came at the Yum Center on Wednesday. Let's remember that the Hoyas were picked 10th in the Big East preseason poll. Next week you may see Georgetown in the top 10 of the national rankings.

You may not have heard enough about Otto Porter, Markel Starks or Henry Sims, but these guys played like all-world performers against the Cardinals.

Porter is a diaper dandy from Missouri who dominated as a glass-eater despite limited time in the first half. Kansas and Missouri showed interest in him late in the recruiting process, but Thompson III won out, and he is glad he did.

Starks is one of the most improved players in America, as he proved at Louisville. Sims is one of the best passing big men that I have seen of late. These two simply needed more playing time and they have taken advantage of their opportunity to play.

In breaking down Georgetown's win at Louisville, the Hoyas did a better job executing offensively. Georgetown also survived a tremendous amount of pressure when the Cardinals made a late run. The Louisville fans almost willed their team to the winner's circle, but the Hoyas showed presence of mind and handled the press.

I don't think people remember how good the Hoyas were last season. The team sat at 21-6 when guard Chris Wright was injured. Georgetown ended up losing five in a row to close the season, including the last outing against VCU in the big dance.

This year's team is without Wright and Austin Freeman, yet it has come together and played brilliantly. There were expectations from veterans Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson, but victories over Memphis and at Alabama have given a boost of confidence. This squad also excels on the defensive end.

The bottom line is others have stepped up as well, and the Big East should take notice. It is hard to believe that the Hoyas have not finished better than tied for eighth in the conference in each of the last three seasons. This is a program with so much tradition, with stars like Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Reggie Williams and the list goes on and on.

The Hoyas deserve a big-time salute for winning at Louisville. The Cardinals now have the tough task of going 75 miles down the road to take on rival Kentucky on New Year's Eve. That is a special rivalry, with a sea of red and a sea of blue in the stands. Rick Pitino's team has a tough task ahead, coming into the showdown with its first L. You know the Louisville kids will play with emotion and passion, the way the future Hall of Fame coach wants to see it.

For now, Georgetown is the team enjoying the spotlight, baby!