Georgetown was a two seed in this year’s March Madness tournament and a trendy pick to go far, as most people followed the chalk up to the Elite Eight (and maybe even beyond). Tonight they burned many brackets as they fell to Florida Gulf Coast University (of all places), the biggest upset of a very busy couple days full of upsets.
My only question: what did you expect?
The Hoyas are always seeded generously in the tournament and lately they always disappoint. In fact, of the five times they have been in the tourney in the last six years, each time they lost to a double-digit seeded team.
2013: #2 seed – lost to #15 in first round
2012: #3 seed – lost to #11 in second round
2011: #6 seed – lost to #11 in first round
2010: #3 seed – lost to #14 in first round
2009: NIT – lost first round game
2008: #2 seed – lost to #10 in second round
Yes, that’s right. Four times in the last six years they have been a #2 or #3 and they have not even made it to the Sweet Sixteen once!
Including their NIT appearance, they are 2-6 since 2008, with first round exits via FGCU, VCU, and Ohio (not Ohio State).
I don’t watch much college basketball. In fact, I didn’t see Georgetown play at all this year (and perhaps not the two years before that, either). But I think it is safe to say that no one in the country has underachieved more than the Hoyas. When we see Georgetown we think BIG/SIZE, but they come up small under the bright lights of March Madness.
So if your bracket is busted because you picked Georgetown to go deep, well, I don’t feel sorry for you.