NCAA Tournament: Georgetown Blown Out In First Round Again, Falls To VCU, 74-56

For the second consecutive year, Georgetown was routed by a lower-seeded team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This time, the Hoyas fell to VCU, 74-56.

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NCAA Bracket Update: VCU Defeats Georgetown 74-56, Advances To Face Purdue

The No. 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth Rams have beaten the No. 11 seed Georgetown Hoyas 74-56 this evening in an NCAA Tournament game nowhere near as close as the final score would indicate. The Rams of the Colonial Athletic Association absolutely dominated the Hoyas of the Big East in every facet of the game. The VCU win means they will face No. 3 seed Purdue Sunday in a second round match up.

As might be imagined in a game like this, multiplier Rams deserve credit for the margin of victory. Brandon Rozzell was the sharp shooter, making six of 10 threes and scoring 26 points. Senior guard Joey Rodriguez added 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals, while Bradofrd Burgess added 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.Hollis Thompson scored 24 for the Hoyas, but it meant very little when Austin Freeman and Chris Wright (in his return) score only 10 and 6 points on six of 27 shooting combined.

VCU's win, or should I say wins, are not a fluke. This is a solid ballclub on both ends of the floor, with an up-and-coming coach calling the shots. It's just a shame the supposed college basketball experts in this country didn't know that until tonight.

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NCAA Tournament Update: VCU Leads Georgetown 54-36 Midway Through Second Half

The No. 6 seed Rams have continued to put the heat on the No. 11 seed Hoyas midway through the second half. And by "heat" I mean "make every three point shot they see". OK, I'm being kind - VCU is absolutely hammering Georgetown right now.

The Rams are an unholy 11 of 19 from three point land midway through half two, and frankly are showing very few signs of letting up. Brandon Rozzell has led the way, making five of nine threes on the game for 17 total points. Joey Rodriguez and Bradford Burgess have chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Georgetown has simply had no answers in half two. The Hoyas have turned the ball over 14 times and made only one of 14 three point attempts.

Without a major momentum shift and/or gameplan change, Georgetown is looking at a first round exit for the 2011 NCCA Tournament.

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NCAA Tournament Update: VCU Leads Georgetown 35-24 At Halftime

Despite hitting an obvious offensive wall as the first half came to a close, the No. 11 seeded VCU Rams lead the No. 6 seeded Georgetown Hoyas 35-24 at the half of this NCAA Tournament game. The Rams lead can be directly attributed to the differential in made three point shots - Six of 12 shooting for VCU; just one of 12 shooting for the Hoyas.  

VCU has excelled of course behind the arc, but also because of a balanced attack spearheaded by the three-headed monster of Joey Rodriguez  (eight points, three assists, two rebounds), Jamie Skeen (eight points, two rebounds) and Brandon Rozell (nine points on three of five shooting from behind the arc).

Hollis Thompson has lead the Hoyas with 10 points, and Chris Wright has contribute six points and three assist in his much-anticipated return to action.

It will be interesting to see what halftime adjustments John Thompson III makes against a VCU defense that obviously has his team off-kilter. One thing I do know ... VCU is and always was a tournament-quality team. Too bad the talking heads in Bristol never bothered to notice.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Georgetown, VCU Tied At 15 Midway Through First Half

The No. 6 seed Georgetown Hoyas and No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth Rams are tied at 15 halfway through the first half in tonight's second to last first round match-up.

After the Planes, Trains and Automobiles travel schedule of the Rams, I'm shocked they are even tied. VCU of course defeated the USC Trojans on Wednesday eveing in the last of the "First Four" games, and quickly had to turn it around to face the Hoyas on Friday.

Despite what I would assume would be sheer exhaustion, the Rams have been active and effective with their pressing defense to start the game.  Every pass has been challenged, and Georgetown has been inconsistent at best in making the right decision against the VCU pressure.

Chris Wright returned from his wrist injury and first scored at the 15 minute mark, and now and has four points in the first 10 minutes of play (and if Dr. Doyle may say so, he looks just fine to me).  Austin Freeman and Hollis Thompson had chipped in with 4 and 5 points, respectively, for the Hoyas.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: Chris Wright Will Start For Georgetown Vs. VCU

We learned earlier today that he was likely to be in uniform tonight. Now we know that Chris Wright will be in the starting lineup for the Georgetown Hoyas in their second round NCAA Tournament game against the Va Commonwealth Rams tonight. The news was first reported by Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated.

Wright hasn't played since Feb. 23, suffering an injury in the Hoyas' 58-46 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Prior to the injury, the senior point guard from Bowie, MD was averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 assists per game. Wright is a critical member of the Hoyas on both ends of the court, so much so that they have not won a single game since he was forced out with a hand injury.

Before Wright's injury, Georgetown had a record of 21-6 and looked like one of the top teams in the country heading into the Big East Tournament. Can they regain that form with him back in the lineup? We'll find out soon.

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NCAA Tournament: Chris Wright To Return For Georgetown Without Restrictions

Georgetown point guard Chris Wright missed the last handful of games for Georgetown with a broken hand, and over that time the Hoyas did not look very good. But Wright is ready to return, and he should provide a big boost in Georgetown's second round game of the NCAA Tournament against VCU.

It's been over a week since Georgetown played their last game, and in that time Wright had the opportunity to let his hand completely heal. According to Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times, Wright will have no restrictions on him when he returns to the lineup today.

“Nothing is restricted or anything,” Wright said. “My teammates came up to me and said, ‘You look fine, you played fine.’ I wasn’t favoring it or anything. So, I feel good.”

Coach John Thompson III knows exactly how much Wright's return will mean for the Hoyas, but he also realizes that he can't singe handily win the game for them.

“Are we a different team, are we a better team with Chris back? Yes,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “But everyone has to do their job. It’s not just like, OK, you plop Chris into the equation so that means it’s going to be smooth sailing.”

The Hoyas looked disorganized without their leader and floor general. It will be interesting to see how quickly he is able to restore some order to the Georgetown offense.

For more on the Hoyas, be sure to check out our Georgetown blog Casual Hoya. And here is an updated printable bracket, so you can start fresh after yesterday.

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NCAA Bracket Update: Georgetown Takes On VCU In Second-Round Game

The second day of the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament is under way, and one of the late games features two local teams going head-to-head. No. 6 seed Georgetown will face 11th seed VCU at 9:50 Friday after the Rams beat USC in their first round game on Wednesday. The game can be seen on TNT.

VCU was a controversial inclusion in the NCAA field, but it might have made some new fans with its win over the Trojans. But it only shot 33.9 percent from the field, and it will have to improve on that if it wants to have a chance against the Hoyas.

Georgetown is kind of limping into this game, coming off a pretty poor showing against UConn more than a week ago. But it will have point guard Chris Wright back in the lineup tonight, and that should help the Hoyas out significantly.

We'll be updating this StoryStream with relevant updates and scores from this game as they happen.

For more on the Hoyas, be sure to check out our Georgetown blog Casual Hoya. And here is an updated printable bracket, so you can start fresh after yesterday.

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