Hoya Hoop Club Blog

NOTHIN' COULD BE FINA THAN TO BE IN CAROLINA!

Two weekends down and two to go! What a wonderful time to be a Hoya fan! This special team, coached by my personal choice for BIG EAST and National Coach of the Year, John R. Thompson, III, marches on this weekend to the Meadowlands in New Jersey for the East Regional Championships, looking for a chance to march to and through Atlanta for the Final Four the following weekend and secure the National Championship! The journey, no doubt, will be difficult, but I am confident that if we play Hoya Basketball, we can secure college basketball's coveted prize - - the 2007 NCAA National Championship! And I, proud member of Generation Laughna, yet humble servant and scribe of the squad, will continue to march in their wake, monitor their performances, and celebrate their triumphs! It's a wonderful life!

While memories of this past weekend linger most clearly in my mind, I must offer a few comments on last weekend's BIG EAST Tournament Championship, the first since 1989, when Charles Smith (C '89) led the Hoyas to their sixth BIG EAST Championship in their "dominant decade" of the 1980s. (The other five were in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1987.)

First, Jeff Green's performance in the dramatic, semi-final victory over Notre Dame, which included 30 points and 12 rebounds, was, at least, among the five single most dominant performances that I have ever seen by any Georgetown player ever! Jeff's calm and poise throughout the contest belied the most intense, internal competitive fire that stoked his play throughout the tournament and especially during the Notre Dame game. For example, when he stepped to the free throw line to take foul shots against the Irish, Jeff would calmly draw a deep, cleansing breath, focus intently on the goal, and then proceeded to sink 12 of 14 charity tosses. During pauses in the action, he demonstrated his quiet leadership, speaking words of wisdom to his teammates. It was a remarkable performance that I shan't soon forget. As the song goes, "New York, New York . . . if [you] can make it there, [you]'ll make it anywhere, it's up to you, New York, New York!"

Second, during this 100th Anniversary of Hoya Hoops, it was appropriate that Georgetown, which so dominated the BIG EAST during the 1980s, would win the 25th Anniversary Tournament at Madison Square Garden. And make no mistake, from my vantage point of having attended every Big East Tournament held at Madison Garden, except for 1986 tournament won by St. John's, the Hoyas' tournament triumph this year was every bit as dramatic and meaningful as those during the 1980s. In fact, I would assert that this year's championship title is the most meaningful of them all, since, in my view, with the coming of JTIII and his "We Are Georgetown" philosophy, this championship truly belongs to all of Georgetown.

Finally, the post-tournament championship celebration in the Affinia Hotel's ballroom was a very special and emotional time for me. As I stood just inside the ballroom's entry way, I thought of: (1) my senior year, 1971-72, when the team finished 3-23, resulting in Coach John Thompson, Jr.'s coming to Georgetown; (2) the 18 years since Georgetown last won the BIG EAST Tournament in 1989, the end of a period where the BIG EAST Tournament almost seemed to be a Georgetown birthright; and (3) my six years as President of the Hoya Hoop Club (1998-2005). I walked diagonally through the crowd and thanked every current and former member of the Hoop Club board whom I saw there for their efforts in sustaining and nourishing the Club during that period: from current President Al Bozzo, to Joe Guarriello, Bill Licamele, Tom Wong, Chris Lucey, Neil Sumilas, Payne Miller, Joe Kresse, Scott Minto, Peter Biche, Lara Drezner, Bruce Casner, Al DeRosa, Mark Guerrero, Carlo Tamburo, John Hawkes, Steve Thomas, and Brian Lonardo. I also saw and thanked Hoyas Unlimited Director Allison Rubin, staffers Tim Hogan and Nate Brown, former Director Jennifer Shaheen Montgomery, Athletic Director Bernard Muir, and his Athletic Department associates Kyle Ragsdale and Pat McArdle. Finally, I thanked many students from Hoya Blue and young alumni whom I saw at the party and have met over the last several years. Special recognition in this regard goes, of course, to Kurt Muhlbauer, who, much like Jeff Green, put HoyaBlue on his back and willed it to success through work and extraordinary energy. Once again, "WE ARE GEORGETOWN - - THE BEAST OF THE EAST!" How sweet it is!

This weekend's journey, of course, took us to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as the Number 2 seed in the East Region, for the first rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships. Easily avoiding a first round No. 2 vs. No. 15 seed upset over a game Belmont College Bruin squad from Nashville on Thursday afternoon, despite not playing our best game, the Hoyas then advanced to meet Boston College on Saturday. As all know, two years ago, Boston College, a charter member of the BIG EAST Conference, left the league for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team from Chestnut Hill was led by Jared Dudley, the ACC player of the year, who, prior to the game, made the statement that the ACC was a better conference than the BIG EAST because it had more star power and was "so much more athletic." Even without Dudley's ridiculous assertion, I was hoping for a 30-point Georgetown win and the Hoyas appeared to be on the verge of granting my wish as they broke from the starting gate with a 12-2 lead. Jon "Money" Wallace keyed the scoring for the Hoyas during this stretch. Alas, my wish was not to be, as the Eagles came back to lead by four at half-time and then extended their lead to eight at 39-31 with 15:24 left to play.

Just after that point, the Hoyas began to impose their will and turned the game back in their direction with all players taking key roles at different times. Wallace was fouled driving to the basket and made the first of two free throws before Green grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to make the score 39-34. As he has done so often this season, Money Wallace added a clutch three pointer and Jesse Sapp tied the score at 39 with two free throws at the 12:44 mark. Georgetown took the lead for good at 46-44 on an offensive rebound and put back by Roy Hibbert.

On the pivotal play of the game, with the score at 46-44, Big East Player of the Year Jeff Green soared high above the rim to convert a Hibbert miss into a jaw-dropping dunk to make the score 48-44. Big Roy scored the Hoyas next four points with strong inside moves.

With Georgetown leading 59-55, Big Roy drew defenders to him and then he passed to a streaking Patrick Ewing, Jr. along the baseline for a thundering, SportsCenter reverse jam as Dudley gaped in awe while fouling Patrick. Patrick converted the three-point play for a 62-55 Hoya lead with 42 seconds left. The game, and the last word, belonged to the Hoyas. Next stop, the Meadowlands! Nothin' could be fina . . .!

The trip to Winston-Salem also saw two terrific Hoya Hoop Club receptions at Dudley's on the Park, a post-game event on Thursday and a pre-game pep rally with the band and cheerleaders on Saturday! Fans of all ages mingled with one another and with members of the Athletic Department staff, eating, among other things, chicken wings, egg rolls, stuffed potato skins and fried zucchini rings. Attendees also received t-shirts, compliments of the Hoya Hoop Club, proclaiming, in shades of 1984, "100 Years of Hoya Paranoia!" Kudos go out to Allison Rubin and her Hoyas Unlimited staff Tim Hogan and Nate Brown for their efforts in organizing these terrific outings. Thanks are also extended to Dudley's and its staff, bedecked in the Hoya Paranoia t-shirt, for their wonderful touch of Southern hospitality to the visitors from the North. (We forgave them for name of their establishment.)

One humorous aside, on Friday, I went with a group of very hungry Hoya fans to Winston-Salem's best known sports bar, the Fox and Hound, for lunch and hoops. Upon arrival, I realized that last year in Dayton, I had eaten in a Fox and Hound there on the day between games. The layout was identical and there were more televisions going than I could bother to count, including some of the biggest screens I had ever seen. Another exciting day in Winston-Salem, even though the Hoyas weren't playing!

WE ARE GEORGETOWN!!

Beat Vanderbilt (again)!!

Michael Karam (F'72, L'76)
Generation Laughna
Immediate Past President (1998-2005), Hoya Hoop Club
Vice-President, Hoyas Unlimited

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January 17
6:30 PM
Villanova
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
January 19
7:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena

BEDN
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January 19
TBA
VCU 41
Richmond, Va.
January 20
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 20
1:00 PM
Drexel
McCarthy Pool
January 20
TBA
VCU 41
Richmond, Va.
January 21
2:00 PM
Depaul
McDonough Arena

CBSsn
January 24
8:30 PM
DePaul
Capital One Arena

FS1
106.7 WJFK-FM
January 26
7:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BEDN
January 26
All Day
Columbia Challenge
New York, N.Y.
January 26
All Day
Columbia Challenge
New York, N.Y.
January 27
8:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
January 27
1:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
January 27
All Day
Columbia Challenge
New York, N.Y.
January 27
All Day
Columbia Challenge
New York, N.Y.
January 28
2:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

FS2
February 2
6:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 2
All Day
BU Scarlet & White Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 2
All Day
BU Scarlet & White Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 3
6:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 3
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.

BEDN
Watch
February 3
12:00 PM
UMBC
Catonsville, Md.
February 3
2:00 PM
Seton Hall/Providence
Berkeley (N.J.) Aquatic Club
February 3
All Day
Villanova Invitational
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 3
All Day
BU Scarlet & White Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 3
All Day
Villanova Invitational
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 3
All Day
BU Scarlet & White Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 4
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 4
TBA
Temple
Washington, D.C.
February 6
8:30 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 9
2:00 PM
Seton Hall
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 9
All Day
BU David Hemery Valentine Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 9
All Day
BU David Hemery Valentine Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 9
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 9
TBA
Monmouth N.J.
Washington, D.C.
February 9
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 10
4:00 PM
Seton Hall
Capital One Arena

CBSSN
106.7 WJFK-FM
February 10
3:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Cooper Field
February 10
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 10
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 10
All Day
BU David Hemery Valentine Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 10
All Day
BU David Hemery Valentine Invite
Boston, Mass.
February 11
2:00 PM
St. Johns
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 13
6:30 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 13
12:00 PM
Towson
Arlington, Va.
February 13
3:00 PM
High Point
Cooper Field
February 16
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

BEDN
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February 16
4:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 17
12:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 17
1:00 PM
Robert Morris
Moon Township, Pa.
February 17
3:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
February 17
All Day
JDL Fast Track Last Chance Meet
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 17
All Day
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 17
All Day
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 17
All Day
JDL Fast Track Last Chance Meet
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 18
3:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

BEDN
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February 18
10:00 AM
Navy
Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 21
6:30 PM
Xavier
Capital One Arena

FS1/FSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 21
10:00 AM
Day 1
Geneva, Ohio
February 22
10:00 AM
Day 2
Geneva, Ohio
February 23
11:00 AM
Creighton
McDonough Arena

BEDN
February 23
6:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 23
10:00 AM
Day 3
Geneva, Ohio
February 23
All Day
BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 23
TBA
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 23
TBA
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 23
All Day
BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 24
12:00 PM
Providence
Capital One Arena

CBSSN
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 24
2:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 24
10:00 AM
Day 4
Geneva, Ohio
February 24
12:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
February 24
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
February 24
All Day
BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 24
All Day
BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
Staten Island, N.Y.
February 25
2:00 PM
Providence
McDonough Arena

BEDN
Watch
February 25
1:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 25
11:00 AM
William & Mary
Williamsburg, Va.
February 26
7:00 PM
Marquette
Capital One Arena

FS1
99.1 WNEW-FM
February 27
2:30 PM
George Washington
Arlington, Va.
February 27
3:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Cooper Field
February 28
3:30 PM
Johns Hopkins
Cooper Field
March 3
TBA
Villanova
Philadelphia, Pa.

FOX
TBD
March 3
3:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 3
1:00 PM
Hofstra
Hempstead, N.Y.
March 3
1:00 PM
Delaware
Cooper Field
March 3
All Day
ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 3
All Day
IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 4
11:30 AM
Dartmouth
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 4
12:00 PM
Nova Southeastern
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
March 4
All Day
IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 4
All Day
ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 5
TBA
Florida Atlantic
Boca Raton, Fla.
March 5
TBA
Florida Atlantic
Boca Raton, Fla.
March 6
4:00 PM
Northeastern
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 6
3:00 PM
Marist
Cooper Field
March 6
TBA
Lynn University
Boca Raton, Fla.
March 7
12:00 PM
Western Michigan
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 8
10:00 AM
Barry
Miami Shores, Fla.
March 8
12:00 PM
Barry
Miami Shores, Fla.
March 9
12:00 PM
Western Michigan
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 9
All Day
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
College Station, Texas
March 9
All Day
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
College Station, Texas
March 10
2:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 10
12:00 PM
Hobart
Cooper Field
March 10
3:00 PM
Penn
Cooper Field
March 10
All Day
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
College Station, Texas
March 10
All Day
Virginia Scrimmage
Charlottesville, Va.
March 10
All Day
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
College Station, Texas
March 10
All Day
Virginia Scrimmage
Charlottesville, Va.
March 11
12:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 14
3:00 PM
Coppin State
Shirley Povich Field
March 16
3:00 PM
Princeton
Shirley Povich Field
March 16
3:00 PM
Old Dominion
Norfolk, Va.
March 17
1:00 PM
Princeton
Shirley Povich Field
March 17
4:00 PM
Princeton
Shirley Povich Field
March 17
10:00 AM
Middle Tennessee State
Norfolk, Va.
March 17
1:00 PM
Villanova
Cooper Field
March 17
1:00 PM
Drexel
Philadelphia, Pa.
March 17
TBA
Temple
Washington, D.C.
March 18
1:00 PM
Princeton
Shirley Povich Field
March 21
4:00 PM
Navy
Shirley Povich Field
March 21
3:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Cooper Field
March 21
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Cooper Field
March 23
5:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio
March 23
11:00 AM
Marquette
Washington, D.C.
March 23
TBA
Rhode Island
Washington, D.C.
March 24
3:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio
March 24
11:00 AM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
March 24
12:00 PM
Florida
Cooper Field
March 24
1:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.
March 24
2:00 PM
Boston University
Washington, D.C.
March 24
All Day
Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
March 24
All Day
Delaware
Washington, D.C.
March 25
1:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio
March 25
All Day
Princeton
Washington, D.C.
March 27
3:00 PM
Delaware State
Shirley Povich Field
March 28
2:30 PM
Richmond
Richmond, Va.
March 28
7:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
March 29
6:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C.
March 30
4:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C.
March 31
1:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C.
March 31
12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
March 31
12:00 PM
Denver
Cooper Field
March 31
TBA
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
April 3
3:00 PM
Coppin State
Hanover, Md.
April 4
3:00 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, Md.
April 4
11:00 AM
St. Francis Brooklyn
Washington, D.C.
April 4
2:00 PM
Denver
Denver, Colo.
April 6
3:00 PM
Xavier
Shirley Povich Field
April 6
3:00 PM
George Washington
GW Tennis Center
April 6
All Day
GW Invite
Washington, D.C.
April 7
1:00 PM
Xavier
Shirley Povich Field
April 7
12:00 PM
Butler
Cooper Field
April 7
3:00 PM
Providence
Cooper Field
April 7
All Day
Yale & MIT
Cambridge, Mass.
April 7
All Day
GW Invite
Washington, D.C.
April 8
1:00 PM
Xavier
Shirley Povich Field
April 8
All Day
Harvard & Columbia
Cambridge, Mass.
April 11
3:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
April 13
3:00 PM
George Mason
Shirley Povich Field
April 14
2:00 PM
George Mason
Shirley Povich Field
April 14
1:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
April 14
2:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tenn.
April 14
TBA
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
April 14
All Day
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
April 14
All Day
Stanford
Redwood Shores, Calif.
April 15
1:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.