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NCAA Bracket Predictions 2011: How Far Will Georgetown Go In The NCAA Tournament?

Trying to predict the NCAA Tournament bracket is a bit of a fool's errand, so I'm going to try to help you out (as if I knew any better). I'm going to take a deeper look at the potential tournament matchups of each of the local teams and try to predict how far they will advance. First up, the highest seeded local team, the Georgetown Hoyas.

Keep in mind that everything I'm about to say is contingent on Chris Wright returning to the Hoya lineup and playing effectively. Everything we have heard suggests that will be the case. If he is not, however, that makes it a lot less likely that they will advance very far at all.

The Hoyas are the No. 6 seed in the Southwest regional. In the first round, they face the winner of the USC/VCU play-in game. Obviously, it's hard to predict the results of a game when you don't know the opponent, but I think the Hoyas will win this one no matter who they are playing.

If they advance Georgetown will face the winner of Purdue and St. Peter's, which I think is safe to assume will be Purdue. I happen to really like Purdue in this tournament and think that they will go pretty far when it's all said and done. But Georgetown certainly has the talent to get past them if they are playing their best. If this matchup were to happen, I would pick Purdue to advance, ending the Hoya season.

But just for fun, let's see what would lie ahead for them if they were able to beat the Boilermakers. Realistically, they could face any one of Notre Dame, Texas A&M or Florida St. in the Sweet 16. I think Notre Dame is the only team they wouldn't beat, and I'm not so sure they couldn't beat the Irish if they were right. I think they would have an easier time winning in this round than they will in the second round, actually.

We'll stop speculating there because I just don't think that Georgetown is good enough to make it past the elite eight, even under ideal circumstances. In fact, I'd be surprised if they made it there. They have the talent to advance pretty far in the tournament, but realistically, I don't think they make it past the second round.