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Tough schedule won't faze Georgetown

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,Craig Stouffer

There was an air of ease at Georgetown media day Saturday even though there isn't a single senior on this season's roster. That's because it was last year's freshman class that burst on the scene to help the Hoyas win their first NCAA tournament game since 2008.

That group of sophomores, led by unknown turned All-American candidate Otto Porter, is ready to build on their chemistry and take the next step.

"They're a very confident group," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "I kind of let them go along with that. I don't want to beat them up or break that down. We have to take the steps so that they can become enlightened, as to accomplish everything we want to accomplish, what has to happen and what goes into that."

Georgetown's schedule is unforgiving in opposition and spotlight intensity, starting against Florida on board the USS Bataan and including two games (vs. UCLA and Georgia/Indiana) at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and another vs. Texas at Madison Square Garden.

There's also no telling exactly where the bulk of scoring will come from. But more cloudy is conference realignment's effect on the Hoyas. For Thompson, it matters only that he has a good team.

"If the question is are we sitting here bright eyed and bushy tailed, willy nilly, saying the conference, tell us what to do, where to go?" Thompson said. "No, that's not happening. But right now being a part of the Big East is what is best for Georgetown. Will I say that a year from now, four years from now, five years from now? I don't know."

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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