A Thriller! Georgetown Tips Off Basketball Season with Midnight Madness

Oct. 17, 2009

GALLERY

WASHINGTON - Complete with a performance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," led by Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson III, the Georgetown men's and women's basketball teams tipped off the college basketball season behind a packed house at McDonough Arena Friday night.

The rain and cold weather did not affect the crowd at McDonough Arena, as thousands of students packed the building for the annual celebration.

Behind a live national television audience on ESPNU - with nationally-recognized college basketball analyst Bill Raftery and Lou Canellis - calling the action, fans were introduced to the Hoya men's and women's basketball teams in a fun-filled evening.

Doors to the arena opened around 7:45 p.m. and fans were treated to tremendous performances from the Georgetown University Step Team and Groove Theory.

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 and saw the underclassmen perform 10 push-ups at midcourt.

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 standout DaJuan Summers was unveiled on the famed Jersey Wall at McDonough. The men's team was then introduced, with the last two to visit the floor being junior guards Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, followed by Head Coach John Thompson III.

 

 

After leading the teams in a dance routine at midcourt, Thompson honored late pop singer Michael Jackson by pulling out a white glove for his left hand and leading the men's team in a performance of his legendary song "Thriller."

The evening closed with a dunking exhibition and run of the floor by the men's basketball team and the rallying cry of "We Are...Georgetown."

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November 14
7:00 PM
Howard
McDonough Arena
November 16
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Baltimore, Md.
November 19
2:00 PM
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
November 24
8:30 PM
Auburn
Nashville, Tenn.
November 25
8:30 PM
Chattanooga
Nashville, Tenn.
November 26
3:00 PM
Northwestern
Nashville, Tenn.
November 29
7:00 PM
Florida International
McDonough Arena
December 7
7:00 PM
Minnesota
McDonough Arena
December 10
2:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.
December 21
6:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
December 28
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

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December 30
2:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

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2:00 PM
Xavier
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7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

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7:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena

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January 12
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

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1:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.

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