The 2014 Postseason Revenge Tour

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Bancroft lends his thoughts on how Georgetown's run in the NIT could be something you'll never forget.

Bobby currently contributes to GUHoyas.com while in the past he has provided Georgetown coverage for Rivals, CBS local, Washington City Paper, and the Associated Press. He hasn't missed a home game since 2003 and has been to every NCAA Tournament game under JT3 except for that Florida Sweet 16 loss (2006). While this wins him no awards, it does make him a semi authority on Georgetown's recent comings and goings in March. Follow him on Twitter.

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If you're a Georgetown fan there's a decent chance that you find yourself questioning the meaning of your sports life right about now. Adding insult to injury most of your friends are probably filling out their brackets while you try and focus your efforts on guessing as to when The Tombs will play their first Kenner League game.


Well don't get too down as there are plenty of possible story lines to look forward to as this year's team isn't finished playing just yet. In a season of ups and downs there's no reason to think the 2013-14 Hoyas don't have one more run in them.

I'd now like to present to you the perfect run of games that could quite possibly make up this year's NIT something you will never forget. Let's just go ahead and call it the 2014 Postseason Revenge Tour presented by Markel and DSR.


Round 1: West Virginia
- First up on the Hoyas 2014 Postseason Revenge Tour are Bob Huggins' Mountaineers. There seem to be an endless supply of reasons as to why Georgetown would want to down their former BIG EAST brothers so let's dive right in.

Long before West Virginia helped contribute to the demise of the best basketball conference ever known to man, the golden age of Georgetown hoops actually started with a dramatic last second win over WVU in the 1975 ECAC South Title Game. Long before Jessie Sapp and Patrick Ewing Jr silenced the Morgantown crowd and forced some of West Virginia's finest to occupy center court, Derrick Jackson's shot gave the Hoyas their first NCAA Tournament bid in 32 years in John Thompson Jr's third year on the scene.

More recently West Virginia has won the last five in the series against the Hoyas including that heartbreaking loss in the 2010 BIG EAST Championship Game that was the precursor to the Ohio disaster in Providence a week later. Basically one of the toughest five day stretches in recent Hoya history.

Handing Business Casual Bob a season ending loss will be a nice way to forget about last week's loss to DePaul.


Round 2: Either Florida State or Florida Gulf Coast
- Well either way, the Revenge Tour can't really go wrong here. The Gulf Coast loss still stings Hoya fans everywhere. Otto and the Miracles weren't supposed to go out like they did last season. Even without Andy Enfield and his model wife, Brett Comer is still pulling the strings and most of this year's Hoyas roster was there at the Wells Fargo Center just 12 months ago.

Depending our your age, you may remember that Alonzo Mourning's final game in the Blue & Grey came against the Seminoles in Boise. After a great first half in which the Hoyas held a 32-23 lead, Mourning fell into a bit of foul trouble as FSU scored 55 second half points in earning the 78-68 win to move into the Sweet 16.

Also in need of a fix is Georgetown's 0-3 record against Florida State.


Quarterfinals: Georgia
- We could almost gloss over this round as the possible opponents don't have a lot in them but since I'm writing this I'll go with Georgia and I'll tell you why.

The last time we saw the battle of Bulldog logos was in the start of the 2001-02 season. You know, that season when Esherick decided to decline an NIT bid only to accept the same offer a season later.

Fresh off the program's first trip to the Sweet 16 since Iverson graced the Hilltop campus; the Hoyas entered the national polls at No. 16 to start the season and headed to Springfield, Massachusetts for the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. The result was a 73-59 beat down from Jim Harrick's squad that would unfortunately be a foreshadowing of things to come. Despite Mike Sweetney's best efforts all season long the Hoyas finished 19-11 as Esherick relied a little too heavily on Kevin Braswell in end of game situations.


Semifinals: Davidson
- No real explanation needed here. The recent slew of March disappoints can be traced back to Easter 2008 in Raleigh. Most remember it for Stephen Curry going off but the current Warrior did miss ten three-pointers that day.

Speaking of three-pointers, DaJuan Summers made one with 17:56 remaining to give Georgetown its largest lead of the game at 46-29. If you then decided to sit down for a family holiday dinner, you should thank yourself as you missed a Wildcat Parade to the Free Throw line. Has a team ever shot 63 percent from the field and lost such a lead in the Big Dance? It's hard to imagine but it unfortunately did happen at least once. Nothing will ever make us forget this loss but maybe exorcising a recent March demon will go a long way towards future postseason success. In a perfect world, this would be a first round match-up


Finals: St. John's
- With Jabril Trawick back from a broken jaw the Hoyas had recovered from a five game winning streak to reel off four straight and get back on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Returning to the scene of their most impressive win of the season against Michigan State, Georgetown suffered a blowout loss that seemed to send them in spiraling out of control. From here the Hoyas would go on to alternate wins and losses before their early exit in the BIG EAST Championships that would ultimately ruin everybody's Selection Sunday.

Just to add something extra, Georgetown would also be avenging a last second loss to the Red Storm in the 2003 NIT Finals.


So there you have it, your Hoyas NIT rooting guide over the next few weeks. Go print out a bracket and get your voodoo dolls ready. Georgetown has a few scores to settle before next season's inevitable return to national prominence.

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