Georgetown Basketball & Wale Tip Off Season with Midnight Madness

Oct. 16, 2010

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WASHINGTON - Like they do every October, the lines outside McDonough Arena for Midnight Madness started early in the afternoon. By early evening, the lines reached near the top of the hill as thousands of Georgetown students stood in line for the chance to be in the arena for the official start of the college basketball season.

And once inside, Georgetown Basketball fans enjoyed one of the most exciting nights of Midnight Madness as the Hoyas men's and women's basketball teams were introduced and the crowd was treated to a live performance by D.C. rapper Wale.

Doors to the arena opened around 8 p.m. and early in the evening, the new slogan for the WAG t-shirt was introduced to the crowd: Victory Now, Georgetown Forever. Fans were then treated to tremendous performances from the Georgetown University Step Team, GU Jawani and Groove Theory. A game of Knockout was staged among 10 students from the crowd, with the winner getting the chance to take a half-court shot for $10,000 (the shot fell short).

That was followed by a shooting contest between the upperclassmen and underclassmen on the men's and women's teams and various students. The contest was won by the upperclassmen for the second-straight year and saw the underclassmen perform 10 push-ups at midcourt.

The floor was then handed over to Wale, who performed two songs, including his 2009 single 'Chillin.'

The women's basketball team was introduced one-by-one, capped off by the introduction of Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who led the crowd in a chant of Hoya Saxa.

Before the introduction of the men's team, the NBA jersey for former Georgetown All-American Greg Monroe was placed on the famed Jersey Wall at McDonough, with his mother on hand to do the unveiling.

The men's team was then introduced, with the last two to visit the floor being senior guards Chris Wright and Austin Freeman, followed by Head Coach John Thompson III.

After leading the teams in a dance routine at midcourt, Thompson pointed out the 1984 NCAA National Championship banner hanging on one of the walls of the Arena and introduced three members of that team, Michael Graham, Gene Smith and Reggie Williams.

The men's basketball team went through a dunking exhibition and run of the floor before Wright and his teammates led the crowd in the rallying cry of "We Are...Georgetown."

 

 

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