The Georgetown Hoyas opened its Maui Invitational journey with a convincing 86-45 basting of the UNC Greensboro Spartans last night. For the Spartans, the magical run in the Maui Invitational ended with a thud on the floor of the Verizon Center, where the Hoyas improved to 2-0 on the season. For the Hoyas, it's time to fuel the jets and pour the boat drinks, because Maui here we come! Before we get on the plane, however, we're handing out some hardware to those most deserving. Maui No Ka 'Oi, by the way, means Maui is the best. It can also be applied to other things, like CasualHoya.com No Ka 'Oi, for example. Away we go...
Maui, here come the Hoyas. via www.optoutproductions.com
Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award:
Hollis Thompson. Hollis tied Jason Clark for the team lead with 19 points, and connected on 7-of-10 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point land, while grabbing four rebounds in just 18 minutes to lead the Hoyas. The Hoyas controlled this game from the opening minute, and it was Hollis who came out of the gate flying and set the tone early with five quick points.
More Awards after The Jump:
John Thompson Award for Coaching Excellence:
John Thompson III. JT3 has done a very good job of integrating the freshmen thus far, as all of them have gotten plenty of burn in Georgetown's first two games. Last night, Greg Whittington, Otto Porter, and Jabril Trawick led the team in minutes. With Kenner League, the low-profile trip to China, and now these games, the kids have had plenty of time to mesh with the elders, which will be helpful with Kansas looming on the Pacific horizon.
The I Have No Problem With That Award:
I have no problem with Jabril Trawick's emphatic dunk at the buzzer to push the margin of victory to 41 points. JT3 may have mentioned something to him after the game about it, but as a fan it's nice to see these guys step on opponents' throats, even if that opponent is UNC Greensboro.
The Glade Air Freshener Award:
This Georgetown team. This team plays hard on both ends of the court, and the commitment to defense is a refreshing sight to behold. Last night the Hoyas utliized their length on the perimeter to contest numerous passes , and Sims and Lubick muscled down low to impact a number of good looks. These Hoyas may struggle for wins as the Big East schedule takes hold, but it won't be for lack of effort, and that's refreshing, much like Glade's apple cinnamon scented air freshener.
Chicago is My Kind of Town Award:
Theory in the great city of Chicago, IL might be the greatest Hoya bar in the history of the world. Over six TVs dedicated to Georgetown vs. UNC Greensboro on a night when the hated Packers were playing the hated Vikings on Monday Night Football?!?! The bar owner actually apologized to Hoyas fans for changing the sound from a 40 point blowout to MNF. And oh, free shots when the Hoyas break 40 points at the half, and 80 points for the game. If you are not a Theory for the next game, then you aren't living (in Chicago).
I Didn't Know I lived in Russia Award:
The Green Turtle concession stand at the Verizon Center. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU ARE OUT OF STELLA? I WILL SEE YOU IN HELL!
The America Wins Award:
The Hard Times cafe concession. Sweet sweet stella draft.
The Watered Down Crap Award:
Stella is to Europe what Bud Light is to America. It's just that good, and definitely not worth going to TWO concession stands in search of it.
Come on, Man Award:
To the technological masterminds behind guhoyas.com or CSTV or whatever the hell it is that stole my $10 for a "monthly pass" so that I could have the privilege of WATCHING Hoyas games that aren't broadcast in my neck of the woods. The first half shenanigans against Savannah State in which the sound feed was a decade behind the live action was fixed by the time the game ended, so I was SURE that by the time this game tipped off that there wouldn't be any issues. WRONG. Listening to Chvotkin call the game is great, but staring at a dark screen for two hours can really make you question your purpose in life.
My life has no meaning.
Boots to Asses Award:
The Rock. Flipped on WWE RAW last night since the Monday Night Football game was terrible, and caught The Rock make an electrifying appearance in Boston. In addition to dominating the mic and controlling the crowd for over ten minutes with his usual array of catchphrases, The Rock told John Cena that Cena had lady parts, delivered a couple of Rock Bottoms to that Miz guy and left to a standing ovation. Rock and Cena team up as a tag team at Survivor Series on Sunday, which will most certainly end with them turning on one another and setting up an epic clash down the road. Also, I am over 30 years old.
Casual Global Hoops Tour Award:
Looks like there will be a Casual Caravan heading from New Orleans to Baton Rouge tomorrow night to catch the Lady Hoyas in action against the LSU Tigers. On Thursday, yours truly will be heading to NYC to catch St. John's in action against Arizona at Madison Square Garden. All welcome.
Lenny Kravitz Best Hair Award:
Hollis Thompson! Man, that is some quality hair growth young Hollis has.
Otto Porter Award:
This award, given to the Hoya that best fills the boxscore, goes to...Jason Clark! Clark scored 19 points while attempting a whopping 18 shots (1-7 from three), and added 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in his 20 minutes of action.
Occupy Verizon Award:
Good to see Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green in attendance last night. I assume this will happen a lot, especially considering Billy Hunter is a buffoon. I mean at what point to the players kick back and realize that they get paid millions of dollars to play basketball for a third of the year and now they're holding out because they want more than 50% of the basketball related income? I have no sympathy for these guys. But yes, good to see Roy and Jeff at the game.
Old Balls Award:
Might as well rename this award the Jerry Sandusky Award. What the hell was he doing last night being interviewed by Bob Costas on national television for? Why not just march into the courtroom and scream "I'm guilty!" This guy sickens me and gives me the jeepers creepers and the heebie jeebies.
Jim Nantz Comments of the Game Award:
Good work as always in the Casual Gamethread, here are some golden nuggets:
Gratuitous Pic of Kate Upton Wearing Next to Nothing on a Beach Award:
The Georgetown Hoyas are an undefeated not quite yet nationally ranked powerhouse.
Kansas is NeXt.