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The 4th Greatest Basketball Program In The South: Georgetown Hoyas

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on May 22, 2008

Georgetown Hoyas

Location: Washington, D.C.

Nickname: Hoyas

Reason For Nickname: It comes from some Latin chant that makes no sense to the causal sports fan.

Colors: Blue and Gray

Conference: Big East

Arena: Verizon Center (built 1998, capacity 20,173)

Postseason Appearances:

NCAA Appearances: 25, including one National Championship and five Final Fours

NIT Appearances: 10 Appearances

Conference Championships: Big East Regular Season Champions (1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 2007, 2008). Big East Tournament Champions (1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2007).

Coaching Legacy: John Thompson Jr. is credited for making Georgetown basketball what it is today. Prior to coming to Georgetown, the Hoyas had two postseason appearances in their history and went to 24 straight under Thompson before retiring in 1999. Today, his son continues his legacy as the Hoyas went to their first NCAA Final Four since his father took them there in 1987.

Big Man On Campus: For all of their success, the Hoyas’ greatest basketball star would be none other than Patrick Ewing, who led Georgetown to their only NCAA title back in 1984. Along with Ewing, other stars include Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Jeff Green, and David Wingate, players who put Georgetown basketball on the map.

Rivalries: For years, the Hoyas have maintained a heated rivalry with Syracuse. One of the famous moments in this rivalry occurred in the final game ever to be played in Manley Field House in which John Thompson said, “Manley Field House is closed forever!!!!”

Did You Know?: Former NFL Commish Paul Taglibue played for the Hoyas in the early 60’s.

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