Top Five: Things learned so far about Georgetown

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Georgetown was unknown and unranked before two big performances at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., this week. With an upset win over UCLA and an overtime loss to top-ranked Indiana, here are five things now clear about the Hoyas:

5. They were undervalued » For the second straight year, leaving the Hoyas out of the preseason AP Top 25 was a clear oversight. This year voters should have known how good the sophomore class was, especially considering its importance last season.

4. Games against them are valuable » It's no wonder Florida wants to resume the game that was halted at half on board the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla. After Brooklyn, the Gators know the Hoyas will help their resume, but what incentive does Georgetown have, and where does the game get played? The Hoyas were down 27-23 when the game was stopped.

3. Georgetown's length causes problems » With four starters 6-foot-8 or taller, the Hoyas are disruptive defensively and physical enough to match up with teams that have superior big men. But Mikael Hopkins and Nate Lubick are both foul prone.

2. Guards are producing » A trio will make up for Jason Clark's departure offensively. Markel Starks had 43 points combined vs. the Bruins and Hoosiers, and Jabril Trawick and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera are capable inside and out. They all need to defend better.

1. Otto Porter Jr. is a player of the year candidate » After missing most of two games with a concussion, the Hoyas transformed upon the sophomore forward's return. He was an all-around beast against UCLA, and he was a clutch scorer inside and out against Indiana.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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Craig Stouffer

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