Five weeks after being unranked, Georgetown moved up two spots to No. 5 in the last Associated Press Top 25, the program’s highest ascent since the 2007-08 season. The Hoyas also received two votes for No. 1.
Georgetown has won 11 straight games, its longest streak since the 2006-07 season, which ended in the Final Four. The Hoyas, who have already clinched a double bye in the Big East tournament, have two regular season games remaining, the first at Villanova (18-12, 9-8 Big East) before Saturday’s rematch with No. 17 Syracuse (22-7, 10-6). The Orange have lost three straight starting with Georgetown’s win at Carrier Dome on Feb. 23.
The Hoyas’ rise has them squarely in the discussion for a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The stiffest competition for that seeding currently comes from the teams ranked ahead of them: Gonzaga, Indiana, Duke and Kansas.
While Georgetown can’t play in the East Region because the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games are at Verizon Center, it is an increasing possibility, due to seeding and geographical proximity, that the Hoyas land in Philadelphia for the first weekend of the tournament.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr.’s national profile is rising as fast as Georgetown’s. He was named Big East player of the week for the third week in a row after averaging 25.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range in wins over Connecticut and Rutgers. Porter is the first player to capture the honor three times in a row since 2002-03.