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Pitino: Bring it on! Hoyas: Revenge on the linen suit!

Posted by frankpos on March 8, 2008

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One game, winner-take-all. Two top 15 teams on a tear. Both touted as national contenders. Senior Day for one of the most celebrated senior classes in G-Town’s history in front of one of their rare sellout crowds of 20,000. In front of the that big national CBS eye. Vegas says G-Town– and it’s 21 game home win streak– by 4.

OK, it’s huge. It’s now. Let’s do it.

Andre McGee: “Playing Georgetown on national TV in a championship-type game, it’s going to be great. We beat them once so there’s going to be a lot of hatred toward us, the crowd is going to be on us, it’s CBS. It will be fun, kind of like an NCAA championship, a lot on the line, a chance to win a Big East title.”

“I think defense was the main thing in the first game,” McGee said. “We really made them take some tough shots, with one or two seconds on the shot clock. It’s going to be a grind because that’s the way they play. They slow the ball down and they’re a big execution team, so we’ve really got to be on our toes on defense.”

Said Padgett: “We did a very good job playing defense in the first game. We just stayed patient. We knew it was going to be a 40-minute game and it pretty much ended up being one. They’re going to be ready for us. It’s the biggest game of the year coming up.”


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You think G-Town’s hoppin”? At the Hoya Talk board, they’re calling it the “Revenge on the linen suit.”
http://hoyatalk2.proboards48.com/index.cgi?board=general

Mike on the Card Chronicle alerted me to this insight into the Hoya psyche: http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080306/SPORTS/746916137/1005

“Georgetown is prepared to celebrate perhaps the most significant Senior Day in school history.

Minutes before Saturday’s Big East title showdown between No. 11 Georgetown (24-4, 14-3 Big East) and No. 12 Louisville (24-6, 14-3), John Thompson III will take center court at Verizon Center to acknowledge a group of seniors that has made a profound impact on the program.

When Jonathan Wallace, Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green and Tyler Crawford arrived on the Hilltop before the 2004-05 season as Thompson’s first class of freshmen charges, Georgetown was a virtual hoops has-been. The Craig Esherick era had ended the previous season following a 13-15 campaign that was defined by a 4-12 slog through the Big East, the school’s worst showing in the conference….

“Forget basketball. This group, and I am including Jeff [Green], is just an incredible group of young men,” Thompson said. “They are remarkable people. They came in to an uncertain situation and gave themselves completely to the notion of team. I don’t think I’ve ever had an entire group understand and commit themselves as selflessly from Day 1.”

Hoya Saxa: http://www.hoyasaxa.com/sports/archives/archive0308.htm#5

“Hibbert’s development on both sides of the court was striking. In his freshman season, he failed to score in eight games, but by junior year he was second in the nation in shooting percentage, with 26 double figure scoring efforts and five straight double-doubles that powered Georgetown into the Final Four.
The NCAA exposure and Hibbert’s battle with NBA first rounder Greg Oden led many NBA scouts to consider Hibbert a top ten selection. Hibbert was “50/50” on the move, but announced in May, 2007 that he would return to finish his degree and complete his four years at Georgetown as so many have done before.
“I thought about it and said to myself, ‘Do I really want to stay in the draft and sit on the bench?'” My heart was here,” Hibbert said. “I feel like I have unfinished business here.”
Yeah, OK, Roy is coming to play…
But as we all know,

“David Padgett is a stud”

“….and he handled himself in our interview as smoothly as a 10 year NBA veteran.” Jim Rome on Rome is Burning show

Pitino (interviewed by Rome) : “David Padgett is one of the top 3 players I’ve ever coached.”

Worth a look…

So, let’s see, you want an analysis and prediction, too, probably. Keys for Cards: 1) Force turnovers; 2) Rebound with their Bigs; 3) Keep up their recent great shot selection and shooting (shooting over 46% in 7 of last 8 games.)

Cards by 3.

And if we win, on the road in a game of this magnitude against a pumped # 11 G-Town…well, like Mike on Card Chronicle:

“My imagination will officially be running wild, and it won’t be wearing any pants.”

Go Cards!

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