After witnessing the two most complete back-to-back games in all my years of attending the Big East tournament, the Hoyas' run to the tourney title did not conclude as the Hoya Nation had hoped. Thankfully, coaches and athletes are better than fans at putting the last game behind them so that they can get ready for the next contest. Last Sunday, Coach Thompson and his team joined with students, faculty, and fans in the student dining hall and learned that they were selected to play in the midwest region of the NCAA tournament.
The initial draw features the Hoyas against nearby Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) in a first-round game to be played in Raleigh, NC. For all the past palaver about interest in seeing Georgetown play the University of Maryland (the one in College Park -- sometimes referred to by tongue-in-cheekers as UMCP), isn't it a quirky twist that Georgetown -- actually the first college established in the state of Maryland -- finds itself NCAA-ed up with Maryland's sister school as the Terps head to the NIT.
Head coaches, assistants, and top players met in 2007 in the Hoya Yard: Duke lacrosse returns again this year to the
There are other scheduling ironies going on this coming weekend. Remember the Duke lacrosse episode two seasons ago? Two years ago this weekend, the Hoyas were dressed and in their locker room on the Duke campus when they were informed that the game had been cancelled, with the Blue Devils's season soon to follow. The home-and-home series was continued last season at Georgetown. To make up for the cancelled game however, the number one-ranked Blue Devils agreed to return to Georgetown again this year. If events had transpired differently, Georgetown fans might be watching the Hoyas play two NCAA hoop games sandwiched around a top-ten lacrosse match-up all in a three-day span in the Raleigh-Durham area. Not to be though. Instead, Duke fans can travel to DC this Saturday for the lacrosse match-up at 11 am followed by the likely basketball match-up of the Blue Devils and the West Virginia / Arizona winner at the Verizon Center. There must be a parallel universe inter-acting somehow with our reality.
I, for one, am encouraged by the play of the Hoyas in Madison Square Garden last week: two great wins followed by an offsetting performance on the third day in the championship game. However, from here on out in the NCAA tourney, there will only be two games each weekend.
Unless that parallel universe interferes, that should suit the Hoyas just fine.
John Thompson's classroom will be open this coming weekend on national television
Hoop Club prez Al Bozzo '85 with past Gridiron Club president Chris Murphy `92
Tournament trail: it's time again for the Behrens bandwagon to hit the road
Mega-Hoya fan and 2008 John Carroll awardee Bill Licamele '68 with classmate Bob Crowley