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Now That's What I Call Hoyas, Vol. 2013

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It has been an almost unprecedented week for the Hoyas and their fans. At least, it seems that way to someone who started watching college basketball in 2003-2004. Aside from winning the National Championship in 1984 and beating Duke in 2006, the collection of wonderful news from the past 5 days is hard to top. Not to be redundant, but these details are worthy of recounting (at least) one more time.

Georgetown owns the first, last and most Big East Regular Season Titles. John Thompson III finally received recognition as Big East Coach of the Year. Otto Porter Jr. was named Big East Player of the Year. Syracuse got swept in two regular season meetings; the historic rivalry was officially closed. Chris Wright has overcome significant personal obstacles and been called up by the Mavericks. Henry Sims accumulated his first NBA stats. A top recruit committed to the program after witnessing the best atmosphere the Verizon Center has to offer. The Stonewalls keep expanding our sports vocabulary (tifo?) and inspiring everyone to cheer louder. Students cut spring break short to sleep outside, show up in force, and create an environment that made the rest of us wish we were still in college. An official declaration of our independence from the football schools was made last Thursday, projecting a more secure future than most would have imagined possible 6 months ago. Finally, with a single gesture, Big John reminded us that the tradition of this conference is not to be taken lightly.

We have the privilege of cheering for a team full of good young men. Think of how frequently a comment exclaims "I love this team!". To understand why this is, I invite you to look at each highlight-reel play...twice. Watch the impressive athletic feat in the foreground. On the second pass, focus on the reaction of players in the background, the guys saluting their teammates and vaulting off the bench with arms thrust high. Frustrating moments abound, but it cannot be denied that this team is talented. Displays of tenacity and athleticism have been present throughout the year. Before the post-season drives us all mad, it's time to relive some of the highlights.

NB: Computers may spontaneously explode due to this GIF compilation. You asked for it.

Midnight Madness

Groaning about the team's implicit no-dunking policy has become tradition for Georgetown fans. The annual dunk contest at Midnight Madness is famous for as many makes as misses, but one spectacular leap stole the show this year. Jabril Trawick dunked while soaring over the head of 6'9" Tyler Adams.

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Non-Conference Play

It looked as though Georgetown's matchup with the then-#11 UCLA Bruins was not going to feature top-ranked recruit Shabazz Muhammad. Luckily, the NCAA reinstated him just in time for the Legends Classic. His debut included an emphatic one-handed rejection by Greg Whittington that welcomed Mr. Muhammad to the college game by knocking him squarely on his ass.

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In one of the season's first "Deal With It" moments, a particularly spunky young Hoya fan took it upon himself to spread some good cheer to ESPN's viewers. Taking Indiana to overtime in that game will be remembered as the point where the expectations for this season started increasing exponentially.

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Otto Porter Jr. was recently crowned Big East Player of the Year...in case you'd forgotten. All business, he pops his mouthguard out and turns away from the cameras without a second glance during the game against Texas in the Jimmy V Classic.

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Can you remember the last time the Georgetown Hoyas dunked 7 times in a single game? Because that's what Whittington, Porter, Trawick, Bowen and Moses did against Longwood back in December. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...the sophomore class.

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In a move that caused one bloglord to dub him "Sir Lancerblock", Porter vehemently denied one of Longwood's attempts at driving to the hoop.

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The defenders of Western Carolina could be forgiven for thinking this shot from Starks wasn't going to drop. Mid-air evasion and simultaneous elevation are not something most humans are capable of.

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The Big East

This time last year, Aaron Bowen was an enigmatic afterthought on the Hoyas' bench. His emergence as an role player who could bring fire to a game was a welcome development during the early season. And against the #5 Louisville Cardinals, Bowen's acrobatic putback provided the winning points to propel the Hoyas past their second consecutive ranked opponent.

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Cincinnati was a scary game. We hadn't beaten them in the past four attempts. Readers still experience brief rage blackouts at the mention of the name "Cashmere Wright". He broke our point guard and I have no intention of forgiving him anytime soon. So when the Hoyas blew a 10+ point lead at Cincinnati, I was preparing to dive under my couch. Instead, Congressman Starks nailed this blind fade-away three to put the Hoyas up 54-51 and the team never gave up that advantage.

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Against DePaul, a single sequence gave us this trinity of awesome. Moses blocked the first shot attempt; Caprio thoroughly rejected the second. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera corralled the deflection and passed it ahead to Bowen, who was more than happy to provide his signature exclamation point dunk.

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Speaking of Aaron Bowen, he flew in from the three point line for this aerobatic putback during the second game against St. Johns. DSR was suitably impressed.

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Rakeem Christmas was a heavily recruited big man. Moses Ayegba decided to enroll at Big Man U. It is easy to see which player wins this head-to-head.

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On February 23, 2013, the Carrier Dome was closed. JTIII did not proclaim it as his father once had, but the 35,012 on hand knew it to be true. Otto Porter silenced the crowd and any remaining critics, effectively clinching Big East Player of the Year honors by turning in a dominant 33 point performance. This and-1 with just over a minute to play was the final nail in that coffin. Game Over.


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Down 7 with under 2 minutes to play in 2OT, this was already being rationalized as a loss to UConn. The players disagreed, and Porter's drive to the basket with 9 seconds left put the Hoyas on top, inspiring this instantly classic quote from JTIII: "Losers quit when they are tired. Winners quit when they have won."


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Throughout the season, Otto's game has elevated to a new level. His skill is exciting, as are the moments like this putback against Rutgers when celebration overwhelms his typically stoic demeanor.

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Trawick's dunk was not your run of the mill garbage-time basket. It simply declared, "We're done here."

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With under a minute to go in the game, the cameras fell on John Thompson Jr.. He held a Georgetown scarf aloft and slowly turned to face all sides of the arena. The throat slash that followed was everything that needed to be said on how he feels about finally kissing Syracuse goodbye.

The Big East is dead. Long live the Big East.

Stay Casual, my friends.

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