Georgetown eluded the clutch factor from Marquette's Matt Carlino, winning a wild overtime game 95-85 in Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon.
Marquette fans might say that the BYU Cougars transfer's deep 2-point basket with 0.9 ticks remaining was a 3-pointer -- and boy was it close -- but this was a terrific contest from start to finish. The Hoyas now own a two-game road winning streak, and a four-game winning streak with its recent thrashing of the Villanova Wildcats in Washington, D.C. standing out the most. Georgetown got strong contributions from many, especially Isaac Copeland, who has scored 17 points in two straight games.
Golden Eagle guards Carlino and Duane Wilson combined for 52 points in MU's unfortunate losing effort.
We did learn a lot in this game from both teams. Here are three things in particular.
1. Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson are big time players
Carlino and Wilson were exceptional in the loss to Georgetown. At times, the Hoyas had no answer for this duo, and it looked like 3-pointer after 3-pointer was just raining down inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The analogy, "It's raining cats and dogs" was appropriate for what the backcourt of Marquette made it looked like. Georgetown's defense really contained the two of them in overtime, centering the attention was on them after Fischer fouled out. So the Hoyas did not have to worry about a post presence because Marquette went small and needed the backcourt to play well in overtime,. But they did not, and both were ice cold and Wilson only made one shot. With that being said, these two are nothing if not terrific, and showed that in bunches on Saturday afternoon.
2. Georgetown likely has the third best cast of freshmen in the country
We say this because it's obvious to everyone that Kentucky's host of youngsters, and the combination of Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor at Duke the inarguably the best. Georgetown's assortment of freshmen are nothing to scoff at. At all. Isaac Copeland is coming on strong in the last few games, and has been doing a great job on both offense and defense. But his offensive production has went up tremendously, It all started against Butler and from there, he has been doing very well. Copeland's defensive intensity is now transferring over to the offensive side and that is what fans what to see. In his past three games, he has had over 10 points, including 17 apiece in the last two, and it is good to see him actually come on because he is a terrific player with is length to affect shots on defense and that is what he did today, adding to what already is a stellar core of freshmen with he, L.J. Peak, Tre Campbell and Paul White.
3. Joshua Smith cannot be stopped
If a big man that defends Joshua Smith does not weigh over 350 pounds or is 6-foot-11, then that team will have problems. Smith made Luke Fischer look relatively like he was not even in college basketball because he did not struggle at all in this game, because every time he got the ball in the post, he made it or missed and got fouled to be sent to the line. Smith finished the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds. We often do not see this stat line, but he is playing very well during his senior season, despite the persistent foul issues, and a lot of big men in this conference will struggle because it is hard to guard him or stop him when he's on like he was in Milwaukee.