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Maybe Notre Dame truly is a top 20 team


Hoya fans are going to regret ever having their team written, spoken, or even thought about by the media covering college hoops.

It seems like it happens every time.

Georgetown wins a few games. They get everyone’s attention. Someone (like, oh, I don’t know, maybe this guy) will go and do something like dub the Hoyas the best team in the Big East. And the next time Georgetown take the floor, they won’t just lose, but they will lose in a manner that makes you question why you thought they actually belonged among the nation’s elite.

It happened again on Wednesday night, as Georgetown lost to Notre Dame 69-55 at the Joyce Center in South Bend.

For the Hoyas, it was just one of those nights. Their Big Three really struggled. Chris Wright was 1-9 from the floor and had just three points. Jason Clark was a little better, getting eight points on 3-9 shooting. Austin Freeman was the only Hoya that was able to get into any kind of rhythm, but quite a few of his 21 points came once Notre Dame had taken firm control of the game. I don’t want to call Georgetown a three point shooting team because there is more to their game than just knocking down perimeter jumpers, but the three ball is definitely a key in their offensive attack. They aren’t going to win many games when they go 4-22 from deep. At one point, they even missed 12 straight triples.

As bad as the Hoyas were, a lot of that credit has to go to Notre Dame.

Georgetown wasn’t getting any of their patented back door cuts. A majority of their threes came with a hand in their face. Tim Abromaitis -- a team-high 20 points on 5-7 shooting from deep -- was on fire, Tyrone Nash and Scott Martin were both in a groove offensively, and Ben Hansbrough knocked down a couple of big jumpers to slow down Georgetown runs.

You can question whether or not Georgetown is truly an elite team after seeing them play like they did tonight.

If you do, make sure you also mention how well Notre Dame played.

The road is a tough place to play in the Big East, but the Irish certainly made a statement Wednesday night.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.