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February 27, 2013February 27, 2013 - The numbers seven and nine are meaningful for the Georgetown men's basketball program; it has been tabbed seventh in a national poll after defeating Syracuse on Saturday, G'Town's ninth straight win. The Hoyas are 21-4 overall and 11-3 in the BIG EAST.
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Being ranked seventh in the AP poll (and eighth in the USA Today/Coaches version) is a first for the Hoyas, who last week were slotted 11th. It is the latest of a run that saw Georgetown progress from unranked, to 20th, to 15th since week 13, the last of a three week unranked period. To start the season, Georgetown did not grace any polls, doing so for the first time week four at 20th after which they saw 20th, 19th and 15th designations.
By beating Syracuse this past weekend 57-46 in Central New York before an on-campus record 35,012 onlookers, the Hoyas have notched their longest 'W' streak versus BIG EAST foes since 2006-2007.
From a personal perspective, G'Town has enjoyed back to back BIG EAST Player of the Week awards, won by sophomore forward Otto Porter. No other league player has one it in consecutive weeks this season.
Add freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to that hardware mix; this week he was dubbed Rookie of the Week.
Both dropped 33 points - Porter versus Syracuse and Smith-Rivera against DePaul - propelling them to the awards.
Will it be 10 in a row? Tune in!