Once again after a riveting victory, we're handing out some hardware to those most deserving. Buckle up.
Ladies and gents, The Casual Awards: Savannah State.
MASN, ESPN, ABC Family and all other content providers. Great job broadcasting this game. Didn't you see the story line about how Horace Broadnax was coaching against his former team? The team he won a National Championship with in 1984? How is this not compelling? If Wojo were to leave his beloved Duke and coach for St. Mary's School for the Blind, I am pretty damn sure ESPN would be all over the broadcast rights to the game against Duke. Egregious oversight.
Stay Hot Award:
Nikita Mescheriakov. Should we just name this award in his honor? Nikita scored for the first time this season, hip hip hooray. But he continued his incredible streak of having more combined fouls and turnovers than points. Including last season, this was the 5th straight time he has accomplished this magnificent feat, and the 10th time in the last 12 games. Stay hot, guy. Stay hot. Honorable mention goes to the starters for going scoreless in the first 4 minutes against Savannah freaking State.
Nicolas Cage Hallelujah Award:
The Savannah State game marked the first time all season a big man did not attempt a three. Woo-hoo! Stop trying to live in Hibbert's shadow gents, it is time to move on. Incidentally, it is quite possible that 'Face/Off' is the most underrated movie of all-time.
The Matt Stafford and Kevin Smith About Damn Time Award:
Named after the two Detroit Lions who had been killing fantasy teams across the country until yesterday, this one goes to Jason Clark for playing like we all knew he could. 14 points on 5 for 9 shooting, including 4 three pointers. Way to live up to expectations young chap. Note that Greg Monroe has this award wrapped up once he decides to wake up.
The Anthony Perry Memorial Award:
Hollis Thompson. Named after the legendary former Hoya who came to the Hilltop with great expectations only to let his on court play cause Hoya fans to wonder what why we recruited him, Hollis played 20 minutes and attempted two shots. I think Hollis will be an invaluable glue guy this year and in the years to come, but he needs to be more assertive. This award is a harsh one at this stage in the season, but come on, man! Be the ball.
Vernon Macklin Tribute Award:
Georgetown shot 4 for 12 from the free throw line. Who was coaching this team, John Calipari? Fundamentals. Fundamentals. Fundamentals. Georgetown is not winning Big East games shooting 33% from the charity stripe.
Jack Nicholson Award for Celebrity Fan of the Game:
Harold Lynch, a 77-year old Georgetown alum, who brought 30 people to the Savannah State game to support his alma mater. I bet if he was still a student he wouldn't mind taking the Metro to get downtown.
Sign of the Apocalypse Award:
The Hoyas defeated Savannah State 100-38 last season, and we all know how that one turned out. Not sure what a 19 point over the same opponent will mean for this year, but I'm now leaning towards taking the 'What are you, crazy?' option in the 'Will Georgetown Make the NCAA Tournament' question.
The Georgetown Hoyas are still an undefeated national powerhouse.
Lafayette is next.