The Morning After: Post-Game Articles, Quotes and Love for Greg Monroe

It's raining in New York and I could not care less.  As far as I am concerned, sun is shining, birds are chirping and the Hoyas are dominating.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 80, Marquette 57
Defensive rebounding. Greg Monroe is good. There's your recap.

Georgetown Hoyas rout Marquette, 80-57, and soars into Big East title game
Monroe is the most skilled big man this rugged conference has seen since Emeka Okafor, who led Connecticut to the 2004 national championship. He shot 9-for-15 and punctuated his latest virtuoso performance with a two-minute stretch that included a driving jam, a 3-pointer, an assist and two blocks as the Hoyas took total control, driving an 11-point lead up to 70-52 with 5:32 to play.

Hoyas cruise into final - washingtonpost.com
There seemed to be nothing Georgetown and its multi-dimensional sophomore center couldn't do on Friday night. Courtesy of Monroe's virtuoso performance, the Hoyas glided into Saturday's Big East championship game with an 80-57 rout of fifth-seeded Marquette, proving there was nothing aberrant about their upset of top-seeded Syracuse the previous day.

(More Greg Monroe Love After the Jump)

Greg Monroe, humble superstar - Beyond the Arc - msnbc.com
This team first aspect is something that John Thompson III preaches, something that he has ingrained in his players. You ask him a question about a certain player's performance, he will say it is a function of the team, proof that his system is working the right way. The saying goes "there's no I in team", but with Thompson, there's no I, you, he, or me; it’s always we, us, or the team. A perfect example came when he was asked about Monroe's aggressiveness early and whether it helped set a tone for the team and the game. "I think the same thing happens when Austin comes out aggressively, when Chris comes out aggressively. When we come out aggressively and focus, it sets the tone in general." That's a pretty standard answer from Thompson. And it’s refreshing. Incredible, really.

ZagsBlog.com – Monroe Not a Hoya Great – Yet
Still, just as USC is known for producing quarterbacks and ARizona for point guards, Georgetown will forever be associated with producing some of the best big men in the history of the game.

Monroe Leads Hoyas to Big East Finals as Revenge Tour Continues | The Hoya 
"It played a lot in [the decision to come to Georgetown]," Monroe said of the other Georgetown greats. "The history here as far as big men is great. There’s no secret about that. I just come in and try to do what I can."

Marquette has no answers for Georgetown in 80-57 loss - chicagotribune.com
Marquette simply had no answer for Georgetown's Greg Monroe (23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists) and the rest of the Hoyas' interior, getting outrebounded by 20 and outscored in the paint by 24.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - Recap - March 12, 2010 - ESPN
A lot of that success is owed to guys like Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutumbo and Alonzo Mourning, who made playing inside at Georgetown akin to linebacker at Penn State. The tradition has carried on in recent years, to Roy Hibbert and now Monroe. "I'm honored to follow people that were so good here," Monroe said. "The things they accomplished and did and went on to do great things at a high level -- me just being here two years, I can't put myself in the same category as those players." He's leaving that to everybody else.

Sprinting toward Selection Sunday | College Hoops Journal
Georgetown 80, Marquette 57. Greg Monroe was always going to make money, but the check may have added a comma in the past three days.

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