It's one game. That's the party line, the coaching cliche, and it's usually the truth. But Georgetown's 65-59 loss to West Virginia on Saturday at Verizon Center felt less like one game and more like a referendum on this team's season.
The Hoyas dropped to 1-3 in the Big East, with No. 5 Pittsburgh heading to town on Wednesday. If they play against the Panthers the way they did Saturday, the Hoyas will start the Big East season 1-4. In a league that put seven teams in the top 25 this past week, that's not good, even if all 16 teams take turns beating each other senseless during the conference season.
"We're four games into an 18-game season," Hoyas Coach John Thompson III said, somberly. "The bad news is we've lost three of those games. This is the Big East, so no game gets any easier. Does that put a heightened sense of urgency on the Pittsburgh game? Absolutely."