Georgetown and Patrick Ewing have a little bit of magic up their sleeves in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Georgetown is one of the best stories in all of college basketball right now and they are one win away from a Big East Championship. After roster upheaval during the offseason and an inconsistent regular season, the Hoyas are one win away from punching a ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson, who coached Patrick Ewing, passed away in August of 2020. Now, protegé appears to be turning the program around. The players are buying into Ewing and it’s showing.
Seton Hall was the favorite coming into this game, but co-Big East Player of the Year Sandro Mamukelashvili was outclassed by Jamarko Pickett. Pickett had 19 points to Mamukelashvili’s eight.
It was always going to be tough for Seton Hall to replace Myles Powell, but this game was a stark example of how much they missed him this year. When the Pirates needed a big bucket, they didn’t have a true go-to guy.
Jared Rhoden made strides down the stretch and played well against Georgetown, scoring a game-high 22. Despite Rhoden’s solid numbers, he wasn’t able to put the Pirates on his back when it mattered most.
But back to Ewing and Georgetown. The Hoyas are waiting for the winner of UConn and Creighton. Both of those teams are locks to make the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown, needing a win to make the Big Dance, has the desperation factor on their side.
Moreover, the Hoyas seem to have the right mojo to continue this Cinderella run. Ewing is leading his alma mater in the building where his jersey is hanging in the rafters.
The Big East Championship is set to take place on Saturday (6 p.m. ET).