At first glance, Ataefiok Etukeren could be any MSB senior. He still does not know where he will be working after graduation, but he is confident he can land a job at one of the billion-dollar businesses where he has been interviewing. But Etukeren isn’t a typical MSB senior. He’s 6’3”, 245 pounds, and can run 40 yards in under 4.7 seconds. And his potential employers aren’t banks—they’re NFL teams.
It’s finally over. Georgetown’s extended downward spiral ended Wednesday night, as the Hoyas fell to Baylor 74-72 in the first round of the NIT. The game was a microcosm of the Hoyas’ season, with a tantalizing first half performance giving way to a late collapse.
Faced with what may be the nation’s toughest schedule, Georgetown had long been given the benefit of the doubt as it endured loss after loss. But after falling twice in three days earlier this week, the Hoyas may have finally run out of chances to redeem themselves.
At the beginning of Big East play this season, Georgetown was one of the hottest teams in the country. But on Wednesday, as losers of nine of their last 12, the Hoyas desperately needed to rekindle that early season fire. A quick trip to Tampa may have been the solution.
Six losses in seven games. It’s as ignominious a streak as Georgetown basketball has seen since John Thompson III took the reins of the program in 2004. With a 13-9 record, and 4-7 record in the Big East, the Hoyas have quickly fallen from the top 10 to dangerously near the NCAA tournament bubble.
Sometimes the answer to a slump is as simple as a little extra time in the gym. Such was the case for Jessie Sapp and the rest of the Hoyas (13-8, 4-6), who defeated Rutgers 57-47 Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.