“I thought we had five guards,” quipped Thompson, who doesn’t like to apply guard-forward labels to his Princeton-style offense. “Because I consider Otto a guard.”
But defense and rebounding can only take a team so far. The Hoyas could use a third scorer to replace Whittington’s points. A promising candidate is freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who is averaging nearly 12 points over the last three games.
Thompson said it’s not unusual to have to adjust on the fly during a season, especially with a team that starts three sophomores and two juniors, but any dispassionate look at Georgetown’s results shows extremes that would try any coach’s patience. The same Hoyas who beat UCLA and took Indiana to overtime in November later scored 37 points in a win over Tennessee and 48 and 45 in losses to Marquette and Pittsburgh.
“We’ve had bad days where we’ve had losses and bad days where we’ve had victories,” Thompson said. “We’ve had good days where we’ve had losses, and good days where we’ve had victories.”