John Thompson III's Bold Decision: Conquering The Carrier Dome And The Syracuse Orange

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Austin Freeman #15 of the Georgetown Hoyas looks on in the second half of the game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Virginia Commonwealth won 74-56 in regulation. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As part of Nestea's "Bold" campaign, the overlords would like us to write about a bold decision that JT3 made that worked out well.  When Georgetown fans look back at the 2010-2011 season, they will most likely remember Chris Wright's broken wrist and their subsequent broken hearts.  What I am asking is for you to visit the dark recesses of your mind and take yourself back to a simpler time, before Wright got hurt.  

Remember when the Hoyas ripped off like 1,000 straight wins in Big East play?  When it culminated with a triumphant victory in the Carrier Dome?  The first victory for JT3 in his career at Georgetown?  God, that was awesome.  And that triumphant victory was jumpstarted with a bold decision from the man at the top putting his point guard at the middle of the vaunted Syracuse 2-3 zone.

More of the bold decision after The Jump.

From February 9th, 2011:

Chris Wright played his best game as a point guard in his Georgetown career, which is remarkable because he only scored 6 points.  Wright was the center of Georgetown's offense tonight, slashing through the zone and finding open Hoyas on the three point line.  He had 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks, with only 1 turnover.  John Thompson III got his first win at Syracuse because of his wrinkle putting Wright in the middle of the zone.  The ball movement shredding the zone tonight was by far the best we've seen by a Georgetown team in the Carrier Dome.  The Hoyas had 20 assists on 24 made shots.  Read that again and let it sink in.  Wright's ability to slash through the zone created open looks for Austin Freeman, Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson, while Julian Vaughnscored a gritty 12 points and added 8 rebounds.

What's so great about Thompson's bold decision is we'll be able to see if he can implement it again this year two different times when Georgetown squares off against Syracuse in its annual home-and-home.  Just another year in the most heated rivalry in the best conference in college basketball.  Wait, what's that?  Georgetown and Syracuse aren't playing twice this year?  WHAT IN THE BLOODY HELL?  Well, that's a huge letdown.  I guess I'll go back to hibernating for the rest of the summer.  See you at Midnight Madness.

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