Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Secret Game, Barack Obama and John McLendon

The Secret Game, Barack Obama and John McLendon

The Hoyas will be playing in the John McLendon Classic tonight against the Missouri Tigers, should be a great game for both teams. Go Hoyas! We Are Georgetown!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The #16 Hoyas "Glide" to Kanas City to face the Big 12 Conference #11 Missouri in nonconfernce matchup



Everyone is saying this will be a tough test for the #16 Georgetown Hoyas (6-0), but only the tough get tougher.  I think it's true, but this also will be a tough test for the #11 Missouri Tigers (5-0).  The Mizzou Tigers have wins over Western Illinois, North Florida, Wyoming, LaSalle and  Arkansas-Pine Bluff.  Overall Missouri owns a 50-game non-conference home court winning streak, which dates back to the 2005-06 campaign.  That 50-game run is a school record. 
I wonder if that record still stands if the Hoyas beat them on a neutral court, the SprintCenter, but still in Missouri.  The Sprint Center is not their homecourt but it's their hometurf, lol.  Gotta make you wonder Hoyanation and friends.  Is this why the Tigers scheduled this game away from the Mizzou Center, which holds 15,063 fans?    We'll see!

So far the Hoyas have had legit tests especially on the road.  Their first game was at Old Dominion University, a team that has beaten the Hoyas twice at home.  The atmosphere was a very hostile environment.  It really felt like March Madness, but it was November Madness right off the bat.  The Hoyas snapped the Monarch's 23 game winning streak by beating ODU 62-59.

The Hoyas beat the Tulane Greenwave convincingly at home, then traveled to play in the 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston Classic beating the Big South Conference Regular Season Champions and runner's-up to Winthrop for the conference championship game Coastal Carolina for their first game of the tournament.  Coastal Carolina also got a bid to the NIT to play against UAB, but lost in the first round of the tournament to the Blazers.   Also, last season the 2009-10  Chanticleers Basketball team set a school record for most wins in a season while finishing with a record of 28 wins and 6 loses.

In the semifinal of the Charleston Classic the Wofford Terriers lost to the Hoyas.  The Terriers, were last season's winners of the Southern Conference.  In 2010, Wofford won their conference's championship and made its first trip to the NCAA championship, but lost in the first round to the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten Conference.  Their record was 26-9.

In the final game, which was the championship game ACC opponent North Carolina State Wolfpack fell victim to the Hoyas, and the Hoyas went on to win the championship. Wolfpack had beaten East Carolina, and a deep, and tough George Mason University Patriot team.  The Patriots are from the Colonial Athletic Conference.

The Hoyas are coming off a big win over the University of North Carolina-Asheville at home where senior Hoya scoring leader Austin Freeman made tied a Hoya record of 7 3 pointers.  The score 87-62.  One thing I could say it surely wasn't a "trap game" for the Hoyas.  Although there was a "lull" on defense momentarily, the Hoyas stayed focused and recharged themselves to the energy they needed to sustain the Bulldogs for the rest of the game.  UNC-Asheville hails from the Big South Conference.  The Bulldogs only boasted a record of 15-16 last season, but was a fine tune up game for the Hoyas before traveling to play the Tigers on 9:00 pm Tuesday night. 



Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Hoyas groove to improve to 6-0 in a 87-72 win over the Bulldogs in the "Hoya Dream Season"

David Crowder

I got to the game a little early as usual, and noticed something very serious before the game, that someone was Hoya leading scorer senior Austin Freeman.  I think Austin knows what time it is and out to play every game as if it's his last.  I could clearly see this in his face.  Once the tip off took place it was like Freeman couldn't wait to get the ball in his hands.  Austin hit the first three points of the game on the right side of the perimeter.  After that it was all she wrote for Austin.  He ended with 32 points and tied the school record for 3 pointers and third four-point play of the season.  "I just wanted to be aggressive," said Freeman, averaging 20.2 points this season.  "Just come out and take good shots, don't force anything."

"I expected him to make them when he's open, and he did," Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach said. "But when we guarded him a couple of times, he just leaned back a bit and made them anyway. He truly is a great shooter."  

The Hoyas (6-0) didn't look like a team that was thinking about the big picture of playing Missouri on Tuesday with there play.  "We jumped on them," said Hoyas guard Chris Wright, who had nine assists and said he was fine despite rolling his right ankle early in the second half.   Wright rolled his ankle later during the game and said he was okay afterwards.  He ended up with 9 assists and the team had a total of 21 assists to the Bulldogs 12 asssits.  This once again showed the unselfish on behalf of the Hoyas that will carry them a long way to the NCAA's promise land.  The UNCAsheville Bulldogs (2-3)  were outrebounded by a margin of 41-25 in the loss.

Sophomore Hollis Thompson had his first double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Holiis went up for an open dunk and got scratched on the eye lid and had to get stitched up shortly before games end.  Senior forward Julian Vaugh had another great performance with 16 points, 9 rebs., and 2 assists.  UNCAsheville made a couple of runs during the game, but the once again the Hoyas remained poised.  "Coach says every team makes runs," Vaughn said.  "So I felt like late in the second half, they were making their run.  Their guards were getting off a little bit, hitting some big shots, so we had to refocus and be like,  "The game isn't over."

This was a good game for the Hoyas to play before the trip to Kansas City to play #11 Missouri Tigers.  Fine tuning plays a good role for the Hoyas and as long as they play hard, smart and have basketball they should be just fine Hoyanation and friends.  “We’re a work in progress,” Thompson said. “There is a lot of room for growth in that locker room.”

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III gives a signal during the second half of an NCAA basketball game against North Carolina-Asheville, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Washington. Georgetown won 87-72.

Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, left, and UNC-Asheville's Jaron Lane struggle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Washington

UNC-Asheville's J.P. Primm (3) loses control of the ball as Georgetown's Hollis Thompson (1) defends during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
Georgetown's Austin Freeman moves the ball past UNCAsheville's Chris Stephenson, left, during the second half of an NCAA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Washington
UNC-Asheville's J.P. Primm (3) and Georgetown's Markel Starks, right, struggle for control of the ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Washington.

Georgetown's Julian Vaughn (22) dunks the ball against UNC-Asheville's D.J. Cunningham (33) as teammate Georgetown's Hollis Thompson (1) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010

Georgetown's Julian Vaughn (22) dunks the ball over UNC-Asheville's D.J. Cunningham, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010



Friday, November 26, 2010

After a 5-0 start the mighty Hoyas "GLIDE" back into action against the University of North Carolina-Ashville Bulldogs



Hoyanation and friends it's been a great ride so far for the Hoyas during the "Hoya Dream Season", and it continues on tomorrow against Big South Conference's University of North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs (2-2).  Junior Matt Dickey is the leader in scoring for the Bulldogs at 18.8 pts. per outing.  The Bulldogs biggest upset win came against the Auburn Tigers of the Southeastern Conference 70-69 on 11/12/10.

The Hoyas (5-0) are coming off of a great quality championship win the 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston  Classic in South Carolina against the ACC's North Carolina State. Senior Austin Freeman leads the Hoyas in scoring at 17.8 points per game.

The other two teams in the Charleston Classic they Hoyas beat were Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Wofford Terriers.  "I definitely feel this is a confidence builder," said Thompson, who entered the game shooting 36 percent from the floor. "Now that I'm on the right track, I need to stay on the path. I just think its the law of averages. I know I'm a good shooter, so I'm going to keep shooting and they're going to fall."

Quotes in the Washington Post 11/22/10 from the Hoyas 2010 Charleston Championship win:

"We have a lot of pieces of in our locker room and on any given night were going to need different people, when they're called upon, to step up," Georgetown Coach John Thompson III said. "Everyone on our team has confidence in one another and a true understanding that it's going to be different people who are going to step up, and tonight those two were key."

Thompson feels his team proved something to itself by sweeping three quality teams in four nights:

"The whole experience here, starting with playing with Coastal Carolina, which won their conference last year, to Wofford, which won their conference last year, and end up in the championship game against N.C. State," he said. "The whole experience is something we can build upon. What this group has to get quickly, by the time league play starts, is that you have to come prepared every night. The style of play of the opposition may be different. The personnel will be different. But we're going to play good teams every night. We're going to have to be focused like we were in the second half there as we head toward league play."

Glidehoyas Quote:

"From watching each game of the 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston Classic, showed me how much this Hoya team plays unselfish, smart, hard, consistent basketball with a sense of urgency.  The are a cohesive unit and play well together as a team and are well prepared and coached." 




Monday, November 22, 2010

The Hoyas send the Pack packing and "glide" to the 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston Classic Championship in the "Hoya Dream Season"



It wasn't just a game, it was a championship game.  The 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston Classic.  No matter if it was earlier during the season because the Hoyas (5-0) are taking practices and games one step at a time.  The coaches are coaching, the players are playing.  The "Hoya Dream Season" is now in full stride.  Hoyanation and friends, the Georgetown Hoyas are "champions" for the first time this season.  In this tournament the Hoya challengers were Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Wofford Terriers and championship challenger the North Carolina State Wolfpack. 

The Hoyas win the championship game of the 2010 Charleston Classic 82-67with sheer determintion, focus, poise and great teammwork against the N.C. State Wolfpack.  Freeman finished with 15 points and Clark had 14 in the championship finale. Georgetown Hoyas came into the final after displaying depth, versatility, power and long-range accuracy earlier in the tournament. Hoyas' Hollis Thompson scored 18 points, Chris Wright added 17 and the Hoyas used a 15-0 second half run to power past the Wolfpack.  "This just shows that any night we can fight adversity," said Wright, selected the tournament's MVP. 

"This whole experience, I think we can build upon," Thompson said after Georgetown's 82-67 victory over North Carolina State. "When league play starts, you have to come prepared every night," Thompson continued. "We're going to play good teams every night and we have to mentally, physically, emotionally be honed in and focused like we were in the second half tonight."

Quote from N.C. State Coach Sidney Lowe: "They beat us," North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe said. "They took advantage of their experience."

Hoya Senior Julian Vaughn goes up for the shot but gets fouled in the process

Hoya Jerrelle Benimon hustling for loose ball in Charleston Classic

Hoya Jason Clark on guard in the Charleston Classic

Hoya senior Guard Austin Freeman with a dunk in transiton in championship form

Hoya Austin Freeman picks up loose ball and rolls with it in the 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston Classic 11/21/10

Austin Freeman signs autograph on the Charleston Classic Brack board after championship win

 Coach John Thompson III an d Hoya troops Chris Wright and Julian Vaughn in press confernce at the 2010 Charleston Classic 11/19/10

Father and son enjoy seeing the Georgetown Hoyas win the 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston Classic 11/21/10



Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Hoyas glide into the champsionship game the "Wright" way in the 2010 Charleston Classic



The North Carolina State Wolfpack (3-0) are playing without their star senior forward 6'8" Tracy Smith due to a knee injury 5 minutes into the Wolfpack's first Charleston Classic tournament game against the East Carolina Pirates.   Smith is one of N.C. State's most experienced players with 51 starts in the 87 games he has played.  Playing without Smith, the Wolfpack advanced to championship game against No. 20 Georgetown by beating George Mason 78-65 on Friday night.  Coach John Thompson III on N.C. State's big team, "It's something we're going to have to deal with," Thompson said. "With Tracy being out, they might actually be taller.  They don't get smaller, they get bigger.  That is the strong point of their team."  Freshman Guard Ryan Harrow (13.7 points per game) is leading the Pack in scoring and is the leade in assists at 5.7 per outing.

Hoyanation, I'm looking forward to seeing my Hoyas (4-0) continue their Hoya Dream Season in dramatic fashion tonight against ACC foe the North Carolina State Wolfpack.  The Hoyas have taken their Charleston Classic games step by step and have gotten better at some of the little things that add up to the big picture.  Some of those things in include; communication, point guard leadership and composure, feeding the post and playing unselfish team basketball.  This in itself is a sight to see.  What we're seeing is a group of young men sacrificing their unselfishness for their teammates.  This is what Hoya basketball is all about.  Sharing is the word to use, sharing the rock.  ‎"For us to have success, there's a balance between what we're going to need from Chris," Thompson said after practice Saturday.  "We're going to need Chris to score points, but he's going to have to get his teammates shots and create opportunities for his teammates more so than last year.

‎"I take a lot of pride in assists," said Wright, who also seems to be playing with more patience and composure. "I take a lot of joy and excitement from seeing my teammates get baskets.  Everybody wants to score, but somebody's got to pass them the ball. I have no problem with that and I enjoy it.  It's me understanding that I need to help other people score, and it will help everyone in the end."

We all have to remember that Senior Hoya guard Chris Wright was suppose to attended N.C. State, but instead chose Georgetown, so you can imagine with the Wolfpack fans that have packed the stands for the first two games what it would it's going to be like when Wright takes the floor, lol.  "That doesn't matter," Wright said.  "As long as we win, I'll be happy."

Senior guard Austin Freeman is leading the Hoyas in scoring at 18.5 pts. per game, and Chris Wright is the leader in assists at 6.5 per game.  Senior center Julian Vaughn is the leader in rebounding at 8.0 per game and leads the Hoyas in blocked shots at 9 for the first 4 games.  Vaughn also averages 9.0 points per game.

I guess you could say, "I'M READY FOR THE SHOWDOWN!" 




Friday, November 19, 2010

Hoyas bite and pressure the Terriers in 74-59 2010 Charleston Classic semifinal win

Hoyanation and friends, it was a good game to watch, but you had to watch with lots of patience and calmness knowing the Hoyas would get the job done.  The game was what I expected it to be.  A very thorough game.  Wofford (1-3) never say die attitude pushed the Hoyas (4-0) to the limit to excel with poise and lots of confidence.  Senior Noah Dahlman led the Terriers in scoring with 19 pts., 4 rebs., and 1 assist.  The Hoya coaches were coaching, the players were playing, yes it was a sight to see them in action on a Friday afternoon.  “Good teams, well-coached teams, are going to make runs,” Thompson said.  “It’s how we respond, to settle down and say, ‘Let’s take that away" That composure," Thompson said.  "In several of our games this year we've shown it.  And that's good to see so early in the year. 

Chris Wright's 18 pts., 5 rebs., 5 assists, 3 steals, proved to be a major factor. His leadership and steady, unselfish play at the point guard position has been very effective this season. I think he knows it all starts with him offensively and defensively. Great job Chris "Lumpy" Wright!

Senior Austin Freeman's 14 pts., 3 rebs., 3 assists and leadership during the tough moments proved to be a factor also.  I knew the Terriers were going to make a couple of runs, but this is were the tough get tougher.  At one point during the game Austin Freeman received a pass from Chris Wright over in right corner with a defender on him and canned the shot right his defender's face.  Now, this a shot when you're playing on the playground and when you make it, you yell out, "face", lol.  Nasty shot!    

Junior Jason Clark 8 pts., 1 reb., had a laid back performance on offense tonight, but on defense his performnce was an A+.  Clark has been carrying the Hoyas ever since the season started.  His defense on the ball in pressurizing his opponents has been big.  With his lengthy wingspan, his opponents find it very hard to throw the ball over the top of his long arms and fingertips, lol.

Now it's time to get to the good part!  Our bigs!  They're coming right along Hoyanation.  I've been hearing so much about what Georgetown needs to do with their inside presence, well I'm here to tell you the inside presence it right on schedule.  True indeed the guards need to do a better job at inserting the into the post, but even that has gotten better because the bigs are showing signs of confidence, and it alerts the guards to give them the ball more.  The inside/out game of a basketball is a beautiful thing especially with the Hoyas because that's Georgetown Basketball.  Senior Julian "JuJu" Vaughn was 4-9 on field goals and 4-4 on the free throw line, that's a great sign because Jules knows he's gonna get fouled, so he knows he has to make his free throw.  He also had 12 pts., 10 rebs., 1 ast., 4 blks., in 29 minutes.  Vaughn says the Hoyas want to finish things strong Sunday. “We didn’t come here just to play well,” he said. “We want to win it all.”

Henry "Big Hank" Sims, in 10 minutes of play 3-3 on field goals, 5 rebs., 1 assist and 1 steal and nice one handed dunk in the open court created havoc for his opponents as our other true big.  We not only have one, but we have two plus three more, lol.  Let's talk about this Mr. Basketball Analysts.  I've been telling them about the madness that's about to take place here on he Hilltop in D.C.  Big ups to the rest of the Hoya Unit, Vee Sanford, Markel Starks, Nate Lubick, and Jerrelle Benimon on their contribution on the court, and big ups to Aaron Bowen, John Caprio and Senior Captain Ryan Dougherty holding down on the bench quarters.

The Hoyas are going to shut all the critics real soon.  We will not be hearing anything about Greg Monroe (with all due respect) being going and who's going to take care of the middle and our perimenter play as being the answer.  The Hoyas are a team and our Hoya players develop because they work hard.  But some just don't "fully" know the game or my Hoyas like I so dearly do. 

Junior Hoya Henry Sims grabbing and holding on to rebound 11/19/10

Senior point guard Chris Wright in attack mode 11/19/10



The Hoyas look to take away all angles from the Terriers great passing game in the semifinals of the 2010 Charleston Classic


The Wofford Terriers (1-2) of the Southern Conference move onto the semifinal bracket to take on the Hoyas (3-0).   The Terriers losses came from U of Minnesota and Clemson U.  The Terriers got their first win of the early college basketball season against the University of South Carolina Upstate (0-3) from the Atlantic Sun Conference.  The Spartan's three losses came from Michigan, Virginia and Wofford.  The Terriers looked sharp yesterday passing the the rock around from various angles on the hardwood.

Hoynation and friends, the Hoyas look to take those angles away from Wofford.  The Hoyas size, quickness and team defense should be a factor in achieving their goal of getting this semifinal win and advancing to the championship round against NC State or George Mason U in the 2010 Charleston Classic.  Senior Hoya point guard Chris Wright 12 assists were a career high for him"That was not a challenge," Thompson said with a laugh. "I just knew. It's his understanding of what we need from him coupled with he's playing with some guys that can put the ball in the basket. So I say it here, now, 12 is not going to be the most assists he's going to have over the course of this year."

The Hoyas made 14 3's in the win over Coastal Carolina.  "This is probably the second game in a row where we took too many," Hoyas Coach John Thompson III said when asked whether launching 30 shots from long range was part of the game plan. "But if your question is whether our guys can make them at that clip, my answer is yes. . . . We have guys who, across the board, will make open shots."

Wofford Senior Forward Noah Dahlman 16.0 points per outing is the leader in scoring for the Terriers.   Senior guard Austin Freeman 20 points per outing is leading the Hoyas in scoring.  The Hoyas looked to continue their "dream season" in top form today.  The game will be show Live on ESPNU at 2:30.




Thursday, November 18, 2010

Georgetown's Chris Wright glides his team to victory with 12 assists in first game of the 2010 Charleston Classic


Senior Hoya point guard Chris Wright on the prowl

Senior Chris Wright showed great poise and leadership at his point guard spot to a perfection tonight with 12 pts. 12 assists, and 6 rebounds in a 81-60 win over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the first round of the 2010 Charleston Classic.  The Hoyas shared the ball to a perfection.  The Chanticleers were outrebounded 33-17.  In the first half the Hoyas had 10 turnovers and did a good job taking care of the ball in the 2nd half.  The Hoyas were indeed playing the "Wright" way.  Ya'll have to excuse me, I'm sitting here watching the press conference on MASN TV while I'm doing my blog, lol.  Loving it!  Austin Freeman added 20 points, 14 in the second half.  Once again playing with a heavy heart Jason Clark hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points and once again was the steady and consistent player he has been so far this season.   "Georgetown looks like a potential Final Four team they are really good, that's why they are--who they are" - Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis

Coming off an illness, senior Julian Vaughn 11 pts., 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 5 block shots, changed gears and had a stellar performance in the post with his baby skyhooks and post moves two two handed monster dunks.  You still hear folks talking about Greg Monroe absence and who will step up inside the post.  Well, I'm here to tell you it's changing and all that talk will come to "cease" before it's all over, and don't be surprise if that talk will stop faster than that!  The baby skyhook/skyhook is Julian's bread and butter and believe me he will spread it on the court, not "bread", but the basketball court.  How about that one, lol.  The Hoyas were indeed, "GOOD TO GO"!   WE ARE GEORGETOWN!

Hoyas' Soph. Hollis Thompson and Senior Julian defending the paint against Coastal Carolina in the Charleston Classic 11/18/10

Coach John Thompson giving his Hoyas instruction

Soph. Vee Sanford on the move in the 2010 Charleston Classic

Soph. Hollis Thompson going up for the bucket in Charleston Classic