Georgetown story lines
New-look Big East: The Big East lost Syracuse, Louisville and Connecticut, among others, and gained Butler, Creighton and Xavier. The new-look conference won’t strike the same fear in opponents as the bruising Big East of old, but the hope is that home-and-home schedules, with each team playing the other twice each season, will forge new rivalries and burnish existing reputations. Marquette and Georgetown are the teams to beat.
Seasoned back court: The departure of top scorer and rebounder Otto Porter Jr. may have left an NBA-size hole in the Hoyas’ lineup, and the offseason ACL tear suffered by 6-foot-8 forward Greg Whittington represented a major blow. But Georgetown’s offense should keep humming, anchored by senior guard and co-captain Markel Starks and the sharp-shooting D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, a potent perimeter threat. They’re regarded as the Big East’s most seasoned and solid back court.
Postseason slump: If there’s one statement Georgetown wants to make this season, it’s burying its puzzling pattern of postseason collapses. Coach John Thompson III took the Hoyas to the NCAA tournament’s Final Four his third season, but the team hasn’t advanced past the first weekend since then (2007), falling in their opening game three of the past four years.
— Liz Clarke