November 16, 2007
Wolverines no match for clicking GTown
November 16, 2007 - Rarely do two major conference college basketball teams match up, with the game essentially been decided within the first 4 minutes of play; even in blowouts, the majority of games are at least competitive past around the point the first TV timeout is allowed. Not so during Georgetown's 74-52 clobbering of the Big Ten Conference's Michigan Wolverines, last night on the Hoyas' primary home court, the Verizon Center.
The stated 12,653 in attendance, including a raucous student section, witnessed a 12-0 Georgetown (2-0) run to start the game, keyed in large part by a smothering man to man defensive deployment utilized by Hoya head coach John Thompson III. Michigan (2-1) had no answer.
"I thought that was the key, to tell you the truth
I thought we made it difficult for them to get the looks they wanted to get" said Thompson of his squad's initial defensive effort and execution.
Michigan's coach, John Beilein, was not surprised by such great defense.
"I don't think anybody has recognized how good John's defenses have been since he got here" opined Beilein, a veteran of competing against the Hoyas given his experience as Big East rival West Virginia's head coach the past five years. "I think they don't foul you at all, they know the shot blocker is there - it's very difficult to get penetration without having to shoot over the big guy (senior center Roy Hibbert)".
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