Saturday, March 12, 2011


It's the moment we've all been waiting for Hoyanation and friends, it's Selection Sunday!.  WE MADE IT! Together we made it, we made it eventhough we had our backs up against the wall.  Forever we waited, and they told us we never gonna get it, but we took on the road to March Madness, to the riches, to the Final Four.


Coach John Thompson III, has prepared the Hoyas for this moment from the beginning of the 2010-2011 season scheduling early nonconference games against great teams and coaching.  I think it was a brilliant idea on behalf of Coach Thompson and staff.  Most of those non-conference teams were projected to win their regular season conference titles or tournament titles and perhaps have the chance to live their dream playing in the NCAA's March Madness. Most of those teams did win their regular season titles conference and tournament titles to dance. 

It's almost as if we've looked ahead and said, "hey we need to prepare now for later on whether it be for the better or the worse."  I guess you could say it turned out to be both "better and worse."   Knowing the Hoyas had to develop their younger players and challange the team as whole early on has pay it's dividends later on during season for the better.  Why?  The Hoyas sealed the deal early on to have the opportunity to live their dreams of playing and winning a national title in the NCAA's March Madness.

Better?  Yes! The Hoyas having the nation's toughest and number one early non-conference strength of schedule, and winning most of those games impressed a lot of ayers and naysayers.  Some of those games were played on the road in very hostile environments.  I heard lots of folks doubting the Hoyas from our first game on and througout the season, but the Hoyas took games one game at time, and won. 

Sports Illustrated Luke Winn's Inside College Basketball on Georgetown:

Will Georgetown, this year's No. 1-ranked team, use its schedule as a springboard for a deep NCAA tournament run  or simply be exposed before it even hits the Big East?  Well, I think the Hoyas exceeded this question with the exception of some bumps in the road to the dance.

Bold move by the Hoyas, building a schedule this difficult for their first season without big man Greg Monroe. They're the lone potentially ranked, major-conference team with three true road games and a semi-road game.  The trips are hardly easy, either -- visits to the best team in the CAA (Old Dominion), the best team in the A-10 (Temple), the best team in the C-USA (Memphis) and a Big 12 contender (Missouri in Kansas City). Georgetown's multi-team event, the Charleston Classic, isn't a blockbuster, but the bracket should set up a meeting with the best team in the Southern Conference (Wofford) and either the second-best CAA team (George Mason) or an improved N.C. State squad. A home game against WAC favorite Utah State completes a slate of non-BCS all-stars, most of them better than the Ohio team the Hoyas were upset by in the first round of last season's NCAA tournament.

The only non-conference loss for the Hoyas came on the road in a thriller in front of a loud crowd of 9,509 against the Temple Owls 68-65. This included Coach Dunphy on winning his 400th game.   "I mentioned [the milestone] to the guys" before the game, Ramone Moore said, he scored a career high (30 pts.).  "And you know, Coach is a great coach.  We wanted to come in and get him his 400th win." 

"I don't think it really matters much what the number is," Dunphy said. "The fact is that these kids came together tonight and beat a really good basketball team, that's what matters.  I'd really rather think about what these kids went through to get this victory."

ESPN'S College Basketball Analyst Eamonn Brennan on Touhgest and Easisest non-conference schedules:

Georgetown won't have any time to figure out life after Greg Monroe.  The Hoyas' nonconference schedule is littered with a handful of the best mid-major teams in the country: Utah State, UNC Asheville, Appalachian State and the Charleston Classic slate all offer conference title contenders at every turn.  And then there are the trips to Old Dominion (the favorite in a tough CAA and winner of back-to-back games against the Hoyas), Temple (the favorite in the A-10) and Memphis (the young but immensely talented favorite to win Conference USA). 

In each of its toughest nonconference games, Georgetown either plays on the road or at an unfavorable "neutral" site.  (Guess how many Missouri fans know the way to Kansas City?)  The rigors of the Big East conference schedule shouldn't be as tough as in years past, and … yeah.  That's about the only encouragement you can offer a team facing such a relentless nonconference slate. Good luck, Hoyas.  Great write up except for one sentence, "The rigors of the Big East conference schedule shouldn't be as tough as in years past."  Eamonn Brennan was WRONG about that one.  The Big East was as rough and tough of any years past.

Considered by many for the month of November, the Hoyas non-conference with Missouri in Kansas City was dubbed as the best non-conference game ever and game of the year so far by Yahoo's College Basketball (The Dagger) Jeff Eisenberg for the month of November. In this great non-conference game, Hoya senior Chris Wright hit a three with 0.3 seconds left on the clock to force overtime and Hoya junior Jason Clark hit three 3 pointers in overtime for the 111-102 overtime win.

ESPN'S College Basketball Nation Blog:  A look back at November's best and worst:

I'll go with the best Hoyanation:  

Favorite game to watch: Georgetown 111, Missouri 102 (OT) -- We’ve seen a few close games this season, but none have featured two teams this good, or been as full of twists and turns, as Georgetown’s win Tuesday night. The Hoyas built a big lead early, saw it dwindle as Missouri made its run, looked dead in the water with less than a minute to play, tied the game on a Chris Wright 3, went into overtime, and pulled away from Missouri again. It was technically in Kansas City but should count as a big road win for Georgetown, a heartbreaking loss for Missouri, and an incredibly entertaining affair for everyone else.

Best moment: Chris Wright's last-second 3 -- The best moment of the season came in its best game. With 10 seconds left in regulation Tuesday, and Georgetown trailing by three, forward Hollis Thompson launched a 3 that caromed off the rim. In the ensuing scuffle, Missouri guard Kim English made a cardinal mistake. Instead of letting the ball fall out of bounds, English threw it back at the court, where it eventually landed in the undeterred hands of Georgetown guard Chris Wright. With the seconds ticking away, Wright took his wide-open 3 and cashed it, forcing the most unlikely of overtimes and sending his team to an OT win in hostile territory. It was as thrilling as buzzer-beaters get -- as thrilling as we’ll see all season -- and we didn’t even have to wait until March. 

After a very successful non-conference run, the Hoyas won the first game but lost their next two games at home to West Virginia and Pittsburgh.  "We are in a place we don’t want to be right now," coach John Thompson III said. "And everyone in that locker room, including myself, has to figure out how to get us out of this place. We're the same group of guys that was in there two or three weeks ago, and now we just have to get back to doing the things that got us into that position."

The beginning of the Big East conference play wasn't what most expected with the Hoyas losing their first road game against Notre Dame 55-69.   The next home game was home game win for the Hoyas against DePaul 86-75.   The Hoyas next three conferences spelled doom with losses to St. John's, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh.   After those strings of losses the Hoyas redeemed themselves and reeled off eight straight wins until they were halted on the road by Kemba Walker and his UConn Huskies.  

Worse?  Hoya Senior point guard Chris Wright breaks his hand in home loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Hoyas never recover with a win since his departure on February 23.  The Hoyas had lost three straight going the Big East Tournament play where they were ousted in the second round once again but the tough and gritty Kemba Walker and his UConn Huskies.

With Chris Wright being cleared to play in the NCAA's the Hoyas should be looking to redeem themselves and getting back on track once they find out when, where and who they will be playing on Selection Sunday.  Now the Hoyas can say we have the advantage again.   ADVANTAGE ME!


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