Washington, D.C.-- It was an emotional press conference for the Georgetown Hoyas, who lost to No. 10 Kansas 75-70 on Wednesday night.
The play of Kansas' Brannan Greene, who coming into the night was nothing but a sophomore role player, stung the Hoyas like no other. Currently accounting for just 17.8 percent of all Jayhawk possessions, Greene dropped 19 points and was 5-for-5 from the 3-point line which made an enormous difference. That was one thing that really hurt Georgetown and he was big for Kansas because if he did not make those five 3-pointers, this could have been a game that the Hoyas could have one.
"I just stayed with the rhythm of the team", Greene said. Greene did in fact do that never forcing them, and they really came easily for him. A lot of the shots he made did come from miscommunication from Georgetown's defense in transition.
Transition D has been a problem for Georgetown in some games, but they were able to overcome it due to the quality of their opponents.
Kelly Oubre Jr, who did not do a lot of scoring, played really well. Bill Self believed this was his best game of the season so far, as he finished the game with seven points and five rebounds.
Self said his team kind of got lucky because one of Georgetown main players were missing a lot of shots. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera shot 3-for-15 from the field and was missing shots he usually would make, but on Wednesday night, he was just off. If DSR made a few more shots, there might have been a different outcome. A lot of his points did come from the free throw line, and it's imperative that DSR is a little more consistent as they head into conference play in a few weeks because he is a very important cog to this team.
L.J. Peak, who scored 18 points, got some compliments from Kelly Oubre. Oubre called Peak "a hard-nosed cat" and it showed during the game, as L.J. was really aggressive in getting to the paint and middle penetration was huge for him in this game, even coming in this loss. Peak did get out of his scoring slump tonight because he has not scored close to 20 points in the past few games, but tonight he got 18 and was pretty efficient from the field. Joshua Smith did play well in the second half, finishing with 20 points and five rebounds. Smith's play was good, but it could have been better because having five rebounds is not what the team wants to see.
Overall, the team performance was okay, but turning the ball over 16 times is not going to win games. Although they did force 17, some of those were silly mistakes by Kansas. Georgetown will need to handle the ball better going forward.
As everyone knows, Georgetown became the first college team to wear the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts, in response to the controversial grand jury decision regarding the case of Eric Garner. It was a collective decision by the team to wear them. John Thompson III said, "I think that we as a group have been talking about this for a while," Thompson III said, who believed that it was important that everyone knew why they wore the shirts. "They wanted to do it the other day and I thought that it was important to know why you want to wear it. This isn't one of these things where you go along because it's trendy, the emotions in the locker room are all over the place. The reasons why every individual wanted to wear it is all over the place too."