Big East semis Georgetown-West Virginia
“I’m a monster!” screamed Georgetown center Roy Hibbert after converting his final basket of a 72-55 win over the resurgent West Virginia Mountaineers.
Hibbert played like Dilbert in the quarterfinals. Thanks to a colossal mismatch in the post and increased motivation, Hibbert showed extraordinarily well in the third most lopsided game of the 2008 Big East Championship. GU won 72-55.
“The big fella is the hub, he’s the focal point,” admitted John Thompson III. “We don’t want and will not have more days like yesterday, but if there is a situation that because of foul trouble he’s taken out of the game or because of how the opposition is doing he’s not as successful, we don’t need to always force feed.”
Incidentally, Georgetown owns the second most lopsided victory too, disposing of a worn out, undersized Villanova team 82-63 on Thursday.
Roy Boy dumped in 25 points on 12-17 shooting. The center of attention was the game leader in field goals, field goal attempts, offensive rebounds (10), rebounds (13), points, and blocks (2).
“I knew he was going to come out hungry,” said Georgetown guard Jessie Sapp. “So we wanted to feed him. We wanted to keep feeding him and feeding him.”
Feeding the monster serves Georgetown well and opens up the various outside shooters. Binge eating by Roy decimates both the psyche and the body of Georgetown opponents.
As a team Georgetown continued to make flambé of the Big Apple nets. For the weekend the Hoyas are shooting a sinful 54% from the field. If Hibbert shows up, Georgetown is a Final Four caliber team. Unfortunately for Georgetown, Hibbert has played like a question mark, rather than an exclamation point, in this his senior season.
“I’m a monster, be afraid,” shared a notoriously mild-mannered Hibbert in the post-game press conference.
Impact: West Virginia helped themselves more than any other Big East team with their two wins. Beating Providence was nice, but knocking off UConn was enormous. The Mountaineers are ready for the Big Dance.
“We’re going to be fine, said WVU Coach Bob Huggins. “We’re very young. That’s what I think people don’t realize. We’ve got two seniors and two juniors and the rest of our guys are sophomores, red shirt freshmen or freshmen.” Earlier in the weekend he mentioned the team packed for all four days (implying they intended to make the finals of the Big East Championship). Even in defeat the proud coach went a step further. “We’ll have a day between, a day between to prepare. We’ll win our first round game, and that day between to kind of regroup and keep guys a little fresher than probably what they were.”
Georgetown plugs along, receiving little national attention despite winning the Big East regular season, reaching the Final Four a year ago, and standing on the precipice of back to back Big East Championships.
“It takes a lot to win a lot of close games,” intimated Sapp. “Much of the games we’ve been winning were close, but at the end of the day, we still got the W.”