The Casual Awards: Here Come The Hoyas

What. A. Game. Your Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown nearly pulled off an epic win against the #1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers last night in what was the best game so far of this young college basketball season. While I think we all need some coffee and a couple days to relax before the Hoyas lace 'em up again against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, as usual we here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON are handing out hardware to those most deserving. Away we go!

The Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award:
Otto Porter. Markel Starks led the Hoyas with 20 points but it was Otto Porter who was the clear difference maker last night. After struggling in the first half as Georgetown was mystified by the Hoosier zone, Porter was more aggressive in the second and hit shot after shot and made plays all over the floor to key a Hoyas run that brought the Hoyas from a 44-39 deficit to a 49-45 lead. Porter was 5-7 from the floor in the 2nd half and finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in yet another outstanding all-around effort.

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez Judges Award:
Speaking of said another outstanding all-around effort from Georgetown's best player, the below is your 2012 Legends Classic All-Tournament Team!

Cody Zeller, Indiana
Markel Starks, Georgetown
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
Jordan Hulls, Indiana (MVP)

Wait, what? That's right, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Shabazz freaking Muhammad made the All-Tourney team over Otto Porter, who was arguably (and it's not even a difficult argument) the best player on the court for any of the teams that played in the entire Legends Classic. When it's all said and done, Porter is likely going to look back and laugh at this as well as his glaring omission from the All Big East Rookie Team last season as he continues to do all that Hoyas fans can ask of him.

Fan of the Millennium Award:

via Hoya Saxual

This Hoyas fan (and I assume current student) wins the world. I will personally give a Casual Headband to the person or persons that bring this fan before me for a Casual interview.

Big Man U Award:
Mikael Hopkins. Yes, the mental lapses are there and he's still a bit careless with the ball on occasion, but Hopkins has done a very good job this season so far. At 6'9" and thrust into the center spot in the starting lineup with big shoes to fill, Hopkins has scored in double digits in every game, and last night went toe to toe with who many perceive as the top player in the NBA Draft. A couple of ticky tack calls ended Mikael's night early, but in his 25 minutes he put up 11 points on 5-10 shooting and frustrated Zeller enough that he was really a non-factor during regulation. If Class of 2013 center Dakari Johnson, who is squarely on Georgetown's radar and reportedly was "excited" to watch the Hoyas last night commits to Georgetown, it will give the Hoyas a true center and will cement the frontcourt for the future. If he wants a Casual Award named in his honor in order to make this happen, I am happy to rent the space.

Casting Call Award for Available Rotation Spot:
Georgetown's 8th man. Jabril Trawick and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera have solidified their positions in the rotation, though DSR's defense remains erratic. After that, though, JTIII clearly is looking for more options on the wing and in the front court. Moses Ayegba saw time in the Hoyas' first two wins but not in Brooklyn; Stephen Domingo's vaunted shooting stroke might need a year of polish; and Aaron Bowen, apparently brought in for defense, made a questionable foul far from the basket in limited action. The good news is that a worthy sub is unlikely to languish on the pine.

The Award for Nice Job Building a Roof Strong Enough to Support a Dimmer Switch:
The Barclays Center. Tremendous theatrical lighting. Dark in the stands. Bright on the court. When I go to Brooklyn, I want to see a show.

Jonathan Wallace Memorial Award:
Markel Starks. I said before the season started that I thought Starks could be the best true point guard Georgetown has had since Wallace graduated, and after the Florida, Duquesne, and Liberty games I looked like an idiot. Thank you, Markel Starks, for making me look like less of an idiot. As far as I'm concerned that shot you took that hit nothing at all before going over the backboard didn't even happen.

VilLOLnova Award:
Final score from The Pavilion last night: Colombia 75 - Villanova 57. Yikes. In case you're interested, tonight Princeton is getting 14 points vs Syracuse.

Old Balls Award:

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Isiah Thomas. This guy is just so embarrassing that at this point do Hoosier fans even get amped when he shows up? Hope Thomas enjoyed watching his alma mater win a title last night as it's the only one he's ever seen in New York.

The Award for Being On Their Knees and Blowing the Game Award:
The Refs. Let's just look at, oh, the first 180 seconds of OT.

4:45 64-64 Foul on Jabril Trawick
4:06 65-64 Foul on Nate Lubick
3:35 69-64 Foul on Nate Lubick
2:52 70-66 Foul on Markel Starks
2:03 72-66 Foul on Jabril Trawick

Oh, and let's go another six seconds:
1:54 73-68 Foul on Aaron Bowen

There's the ballgame.

Broad Street Brilly Award:
One of the many bright spots for the Hoyas over the past couple of nights was the emergence of Jabril Trawick as a reliable option off the bench. Trawick brought his high energy and hustle to both games, and against Indiana was particularly effective on both ends of the court, playing within himself and hitting shots on drives to the hoop and from the perimeter.

Good Practice Award:
The Hoyas had to learn how to break one of the best 2-3 Zones in college basketball in a baptism by fire last night, and in the 2nd half succeeded as Otto Porter planted himself at the foul line and made good things happen. Georgetown will see an zone as effective as that approximately twice more this season: the first on 2/23 and the second on 3/9. We'll be ready.

Three Goggles Award:
Georgetown's length clearly frustrates our opponents on the perimeter, but it hasn't prevented them from taking and making a boatload of threes. Duquesne and Indiana combined to hit 20 of 36 three pointers against Georgetown.

What Are You Talking About Award:
Liberty and UCLA combined to make just 9 of 43 three pointers against the lethal length of Georgetown.

Document Your Lunch Award:
If you made the trip to Brooklyn and didn't make a pit-stop at Junior's for the famous cheesecake, you simply did it wrong. I also note the intriguing side dish of a remote control that is now apparently on the menu.

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Grit and Heart Award for Complimenting White Dudes:
Dick Vitale. I don't know about you, but two games is about my quota of Dickie V for the season. He generally was okay, by his standards at least, throughout the UCLA and Indiana games. But then toward the end of the game, the babbling broadcaster lapsed into one of the most common sportscasting foibles, picking out a white dude to compliment for his effort (with the alternative being his brains). In this case, Dickie praised Jordan Hulls for his hustle and putting his body on the line after the Indiana guard dove for a ball. Because, you know, a hard-fought game that went to overtime featured no instances of determination and self-sacrifice by anyone but the short, pudgy, white dude.

Hype Man Award:
Props to Indiana coach Tom Crean, who despite an awful haircut had only nice things to say about the Hoyas. On Otto Porter: "Porter's got that ability to play at the rim, he's got the ability to play in the mid-range, he's got the ability to play on the perimeter, and I think when you've got a guy like that it makes it really difficult because he can not only get baskets for himself but he can really distribute the ball to other people." On Greg Whittington: "I think Whittington is one of the underrated, undervalued future stars in college basketball," he said. "Everybody knows about Otto Porter right now but Whittington is going to be tremendous."

Great Designed Play Award:
Tie: John Thompson III and Tom Crean. The last 19 seonds of regulation featured two excellent play designs, with JT3's isolation call for Porter for the tying basket and Crean's nearly absurdly perfect Hulls goes length of the floor and passes to Zeller for a layup with 4 seconds left design working for the Hoosiers. I thought it was a charge on Zeller to be honest, but whatever.

Brandon Bowman Memorial Award:
Otto Porter, you slay me. Already counting my money with Georgetown +9.5 seemingly in the bag, Porter led the Hoyas crusade down the stretch and banked in that clutch shot to force the extra frame, then inconceivably fouled a Hoosier who was running out the clock with Indiana up 9 with 15 seconds left in OT with JT3 clearly telling his players not to foul. Hoosier makes one of two from the line for the final 82-72 margin. The over/under by the way was 138. Total at the end of regulation? 128. The Hoosiers had 18 points in the five minute overtime frame. They had 28 points in the entire 2nd half.

Thanksgiving Award:
Person I'm most thankful for as a Hoya fan this Thanksgiving? John Thompson III. What an incredible job he is doing and has done with this program.

Lord Voldemort Award:
The freshman and sophomore years varietal of Nate Lubick reared its ugly head last night and I never want to see it again. 4 points on zero field goals, 4 fouls, 3 rebounds and 5 turnovers in 25 minutes for Nate, who has to play better than that for the Hoyas to win games against teams with big frontcourts.

Document Your Barclays Center Experience Award:
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Jim Nantz Award for In-Game Commentary:
Here are a few casual nuggets from the record-breaking Game Thread:

Hello. We are Georgetown University.

You killed our conference. Prepare to die.

by Great Vengeance and Furious Anger on Nov 20, 2012 6:51 PM EST reply actions 5 recs

WE LOST THE TIP

ALL HOPE IS LOST.

by StPetersburgHoya on Nov 20, 2012 10:08 PM EST reply actions

Tyler Adams is just unbelievable

Kid’s life turned upside down and he’s first off the bench.

by Hoya Vey on Nov 20, 2012 10:14 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

Breaking out the scotch

Can’t handle the nervousness…

by CT_HOYA on Nov 20, 2012 10:14 PM EST reply actions

ESPN put a camera in the subway....

wow….

by Hoya Argentino. VAMOS CARAJO! on Nov 20, 2012 10:22 PM EST reply actions

Did Indiana steal those pants from the Harlem Globe Trotters storeroom?

Section 101.

by RileysDressLikeAHoyaJersey on Nov 20, 2012 10:23 PM EST reply actions

YES! Eat it Zeller

by HookerInTheLane on Nov 20, 2012 10:27 PM EST reply actions

full on delusion

checking flights to atlanta

by The Lorry Michel Backrub on Nov 20, 2012 10:28 PM EST reply actions

Oh poopy.

by StPetersburgHoya on Nov 20, 2012 10:29 PM EST reply actions

This is an enjoyable basketball game

by PitHoyaFan on Nov 20, 2012 10:30 PM EST reply actions

They could replay this game in March and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference

She Hannibaled my Fabian!

by shwonkBC on Nov 20, 2012 10:30 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

These 3.30am games are killer

The difference between depression and anger is effort

by Dried Nuts on Nov 20, 2012 10:34 PM EST reply actions

Ahhh fuck Isiah Thomas

Go away you monster

by Great Vengeance and Furious Anger on Nov 20, 2012 10:37 PM EST reply actions

Isiah's in the house

Do you think he harassed anyone on his way to the game?

by StPetersburgHoya on Nov 20, 2012 10:37 PM EST reply actions

Tom Crean

Little Critter with glasses and a tie?

After that last, unholy row,
I never, ever play, basketball now.
It joins a list of things I'll miss like fencing foils and lovely girls I'll never kiss.

by vivanloshoyas on Nov 20, 2012 10:43 PM EST reply actions

Trawick. Hot.

And that shot was pretty sweet too.

by Hoya Saxual on Nov 20, 2012 10:46 PM EST reply actions

secksay

by eatthatbox09 on Nov 20, 2012 10:47 PM EST reply actions

If Hopkins becomes a competent center at some point this season

we’re going to have a lot of fun.

by AnotherGtownJack on Nov 20, 2012 10:47 PM EST reply actions

The more they show Crean

the more I want to punch him in the face

by What'sinyourWallace? on Nov 20, 2012 10:51 PM EST reply actions

"The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition..." - St. Ignatius

by HoyaNinja on Nov 20, 2012 10:52 PM EST reply actions

Georgetown down only 4 you say??

by Hoya Vey on Nov 20, 2012 10:54 PM EST reply actions

No.

We are not going to send the boys 600 miles to play a half a game right before Big East play. Please tell us that this will not happen.

"The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition..." - St. Ignatius

by HoyaNinja on Nov 20, 2012 11:07 PM EST up reply actions

Any chance Otto ends this game with 138 points?

by ScreamingHoya on Nov 20, 2012 11:01 PM EST reply actions

really not looking forward to waking up at 4 to take the missus to the airport tomorrow...work should be fun

by PitHoyaFan on Nov 20, 2012 11:02 PM EST reply actions

Starks + NYC = magic

by beatcuse on Nov 20, 2012 11:10 PM EST via iPhone app reply actions

Tears are streaming down my face right now, but all I hear is laughter coming out of my mouth

by ScreamingHoya on Nov 20, 2012 11:17 PM EST reply actions

WE GOT A DUNK!

WE GOT A FUCKING DUNK!!!

Eat that box

by TexaHoya on Nov 20, 2012 11:20 PM EST reply actions

that crowd. i hear you hoya saxa. gtown runs nyc.

by Hoya Vey on Nov 20, 2012 11:23 PM EST reply actions

HEY

Who wouldn’t want this team in their conference, c’mon you hear me A-10 ACC

by scruggsfor3 on Nov 20, 2012 11:25 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

can I take this commercial break to pose the greatest question of all time?

I need to make a pie for my friendsgiving/thanksgiving. pumpkin or pecan?

by BeerBottlesToTheFaceOfSyracuseFans on Nov 20, 2012 11:25 PM EST reply actions

Trawickulous

by LetsGetWattaded on Nov 20, 2012 11:28 PM EST reply actions

Seriously this is a good basketball game

by Great Vengeance and Furious Anger on Nov 20, 2012 11:29 PM EST reply actions

Little white kid shoots long three

Film at 11

by Hoya Annoya on Nov 20, 2012 11:30 PM EST reply actions 1 recs

multiple white devils

Any jesuits in the barclay’s center have a canteen of holy water on hand?

Take No Prisoners, especially if they wear Orange.

by hoyabballownsall on Nov 20, 2012 11:30 PM EST reply actions

Oh God

Please do not let this go to overtime. Please do not make me do the adrenaline speedballs again. It’s only November.

"The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition..." - St. Ignatius

by HoyaNinja on Nov 20, 2012 11:30 PM EST reply actions

5 minutes without a score

"The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition..." - St. Ignatius

by HoyaNinja on Nov 20, 2012 11:44 PM EST reply actions

Hold onto your butts....

by Great Vengeance and Furious Anger on Nov 20, 2012 11:51 PM EST reply actions

I'm pretty sure

I just peed a little.

by BeerBottlesToTheFaceOfSyracuseFans on Nov 20, 2012 11:58 PM EST reply actions

Play for the win

play for the fucking win

Eat that box

by TexaHoya on Nov 20, 2012 11:59 PM EST reply actions

Nikita time

by scruggsfor3 on Nov 20, 2012 11:59 PM EST reply actions

HOLY BALLS

by eatthatbox09 on Nov 21, 2012 12:01 AM EST reply actions

fuck im going to die

by AnotherGtownJack on Nov 21, 2012 12:02 AM EST reply actions

Pants full of pee

She Hannibaled my Fabian!

by shwonkBC on Nov 21, 2012 12:03 AM EST reply actions

Frodo Baggins is a bitch

She Hannibaled my Fabian!

by shwonkBC on Nov 21, 2012 12:07 AM EST reply actions

NO PLEASE GOD NO

"The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition..." - St. Ignatius

by HoyaNinja on Nov 21, 2012 12:09 AM EST reply actions

still proud of this team

Now lets not shit the bed on saturday

by PitHoyaFan on Nov 21, 2012 12:18 AM EST reply actions

"The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition..." - St. Ignatius

by HoyaNinja on Nov 21, 2012 12:18 AM EST reply actions

Fuck the #1 team, fuck their refs, fuck their network, fuck Maryland, and fuck the silver lining

I want it all. Let’s take it this year.

Show me something

by WarmupEwing on Nov 21, 2012 12:23 AM EST reply actions 3 recs


Can't Say It Any Better Than This Award:
From Grantland:

"If you're a casual college basketball fan without a favorite team, or if you're looking for another team to follow because your favorite team sucks, it's time to familiarize yourself with Georgetown. The Hoyas embody everything there is to love about college basketball. (If you close your eyes, you can hear all the Syracuse fans vomiting after they've read that last sentence.) Even though the Hoyas are young (no seniors), they play smart, they're disciplined, they're unselfish, they play with enormous chips on their shoulders, they have a stud of a go-to guy (Otto Porter), and unlike so many mid-major teams that match the same criteria, the Hoyas have the size and athleticism to hang with the country's best teams night in and night out.

You'd have to think that after an easy win over 11th-ranked UCLA and an overtime loss to top-ranked Indiana, Georgetown - unranked in the preseason and an afterthought in this year's Big East picture - would be a top-10 team if the first college basketball poll came out on Thanksgiving. If you're a Georgetown fan, you should be ecstatic with how the Hoyas played in the Legends Classic. If you're not a Georgetown fan, maybe you should be. I suggest you jump on the Hoyas bandwagon now, though, because it will fill up real quick."


Gratuitous GIF of Kate Upton Doing Kate Upton Things Award:
Kate Upton.

The Georgetown Hoyas are not quite yet a nationally ranked powerhouse.

Mount St. Mary's is NeXt.


Gobble, gobble.

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