Saturday,March 12, 2011 3:47 p.m., Updated 6:20 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.com"Everybody wondering if im sic playing in the NCAA's," Georgetown's injured point guard ChrisWright tweeted on Saturday. "Yes i sic will be playing."And with that, the Hoyas program and fan base received their best news in what otherwise has been a bleak nearly three weeks of losing and rudderless basketball.Wright, out since February 23 with a broken left hand, has been "cleared to play",an athletic department official confirmedon Saturday.
Since the injury occurred, coach John Thompson III has been "optimistic" that his senior point guard would be back in time for the NCAA Tournament. Wright's tweet to his followers on showed that belief was warranted.
The Bowie native started 93 straight games before being injured going for a loose ball in the second half against Cincinnati.The 6-foot-1 tri-captainunderwent surgery the next day on his non-shooting hand and has missed the Hoyas (21-10) last three games, including Wednesday's 79-62 loss to Connecticut in the Big East Tournament.
Ron Thompson, Comcast Sportsnet analyst and brother of the Hoyas coach, reported via his own tweet that "Chris Wright has been cleared to play. 1st 'full' practice will be Mon. Good for Ncaa sic Tourney."Wrightis the Hoyas second-leading scorer with13.1 points and leads the teamin assists (5.4) and steals (1.5).
Starting with that home loss to the Bearcats, the Hoyas have lost four straight and the offense has looked anything but potent without their floor leader. During the skid the Hoyas only managed to crack 60 points in the loss to the Huskies and averaged a paltry 51.5 points. In that stretch they shot33.9 percent from the field and 24.6 percent (16-for-65) from beyond the arc.For much of the season Georgetown ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Kansas in field goal percentage, but have now dipped to 12th. The Hoyas also averaged only eight assists and 13 turnovers sans Wright, who is third in the Big East in assists.
Georgetown and the rest of the college basketball world will learn their NCAA path on Sunday when the bracket is revealed. In some eyes the Hoyas my have fallen to a No. 8 seed, but their overall resume speaks of a higher slot and the return of Wright could alter the selection committee's perception.Play will begin on Tuesday, but the Hoyas are not expected to begin play until Thursday or more likely Friday. The Verizon Center will be hosting second and third round games on Thursday and Saturday. The Hoyas would likely not scheduled opposite those games not can they play on their home court.