The Georgetown Hoyas are just 3-6 in the NCAA Tournament since reaching the Final Four in 2007, and with the program getting off to a shaky start to begin the 2016-17 season, questions regarding the future of head coach John Thompson III have begun to circulate. 

But the easiest way to quiet critics is to win, and the Hoyas (12-10, 3-6) did just that this week, beating No. 16 Creighton 71-51 at Verizon Center and No. 11 Butler 85-81 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

With an upcoming game against lowly DePaul, the Hoyas are in a good position to put together a solid winning streak and improve their standing, not only in the Big East, but in the NCAA Tournament selection process.

While the ten losses, which includes four straight losses to begin conference play and a head-scratching non-conference home loss to Arkansas State, paint a bad picture, the Hoyas have a hearty crop of good wins, and as of the end of January, have the resume of a NCAA Tournament team, according to USA Today's latest Bracketology update.

USAT bracketeer Shelby Mast has the Hoyas as one of the last four teams in the field of 68, meaning they would travel to Dayton, Ohio to play in the First Four against TCU. The winner of that game would go on to play UCLA, with the winner advancing to face Creighton or Monmouth. That would be fun. 

 

While the optics still seem garish, the Hoyas have three wins against RPI Top 15 teams (Oregon, Butler, Creighton) and have already played 13 teams ranked in the KenPom Top 100. While they still have plenty of work to do, the Big East's strong depth means they will have opportunities to pick up more good wins. A road trip to Creighton, along with two games against Villanova would provide the resume boost that not many other programs could benefit from.

The idea of Georgetown in the tournament might make some chuckle, especially considering the way their recent tournament appearances have finished.

But the latest Bracketology clearly proves that the Hoyas are in position to make the tournament if they continue to win, and after last week, it looks like that's what they've decided to do.