Georgetown's impressive streak

Otto Porter Jr. has been playing well during Georgetown's seven-game winning streak. Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports

Georgetown is the worst team in the Big East at beating South Florida. The Hoyas tried to accomplish that task on Jan. 19 in Tampa, and came away with a 61-58 loss. That game marks the only win against a Big East opponent recorded by the Bulls, who are now 1-11 in conference play.

Fortunately for John Thompson III, his team has only had to face USF one time. Against the rest of the league, the Hoyas are actually very good. Their seven-game win streak since that day in Tampa has propelled them into a first-place tie, at 9-3, with Syracuse and Marquette.

Thompson's men have arrived at this point thanks primarily to outstanding defense. Over the course of this seven-game win streak, Georgetown has held opponents to just 0.88 points per possession. This has brought the team's defensive efficiency for the conference season as a whole down to 0.92 points allowed per trip, and the Hoyas are rapidly closing in on Louisville (0.91) for the league lead in that category. When you think "defense" in the Big East, most people think first of the Cardinals, but the Hoyas have proved they deserve mention in that same echelon.