Nothing quite gets the blood boiling more than a drubbing at the hands of Syracuse, so we're getting these Awards out early so we can move on. Onto the Awards...
The Miley Cyrus Award for Perfect Basketball:
"Party In the USA" by Miley Cyrus is 3 minutes and 24 seconds long. That's about as long as the CLINIC Georgetown put on last night jumping out to a 14-0 lead against the Orange, forcing two turnovers and two missed shots. Georgetown's 14 points came off of a blistering 5-5 shooting (4-4 from three) performance, and the team had one steal, one block, and three rebounds. Syracuse had 0 points on 0-3 shooting and two turnovers. Alas, 36 minutes and 36 seconds of basketball remained. In the next three minutes alone? Georgetown had 0 points on 0-4 shooting while committing three turnovers that fueled the fire for an 8-0 Cuse run to get them right back in the game. 'Cause all I see are stilletos, I guess I never got the memo.
Nikita Mesheriakov Memorial Stay Hot Award:
This Award is in serious danger of being named after The Bench after yet another horrifying performance that was uglier than the Cuse student body. Here were the numbers for Benimon, Thompson, Sims, and Sanford: 38 minutes, 4 fouls, 5 turnovers, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and ZERO POINTS. This is a big problem. A big, big problem. The kind of problem that can end a season really early against a team like Cornell in round 1 of the Dance. The kind of problem that makes me wonder if Nikita himself was our best option as a 6th man.
Jersey Shore Reunion Episode Award for Most Entertaining Game-Thread Post:
Did you see that Jersey Shore reunion episode? Aside from the apparent Ronnie - Sammi breakup, weren't you shocked at how pale some of our heroes looked? How much does Angelina hate herself? Today's winning post is actually a series of posts. You might be asking 'Wait, is this fair? I thought only one post could win this Award?'' To that I say know your role, and shut the hell up. Sometimes life isn't fair.
Casual Observation: Any reference to early 90s pop stars always wins.
More Awards after The Jump:
Caveman Lawyer Award: Gtown’s zone offense. I’m just a caveman and don’t understand the complexities of a proper zone attack but there’s one thing that’s pretty obvious – tossing the ball around the perimeter a couple of times and then jacking a 3 is not an effective attack. Move the ball with some purpose, get it into the middle and make the zone collapse and then kick out for open jumpers or make smart interior passes to score.
The Al Roker Award:
Chris Wright has clearly become the barometer of this team's success. The Hoyas are unbeaten when he scores in double figures, and only 1-4 when he doesn't. This is a particularly striking statistic, especially since CW is the 3rd scoring option on the team behind Monroe and Freeman.
Mrs. Boeheim Award for Best Looking Mrs. Boeheim:
Dolly Parton Award: Given to a group most clearly in need of support – Clark, Wright, Freeman, Monroe, and Vaughn. Put simply, there is no way to win without the bench providing something. At this point, Benimon and Hollis are basically co-sixth men and their mission is simply to do no wrong. In other words, there is no confidence that the bench can do anything to extend a lead – they are simply in the game to give the starters a quick rest. Particularly in a game like last night, where Monroe and Vaughn are struggling mightily and hitting an outside shot against the zone would be monstrous, the bench has to answer the call.
Paula Abdul Opposites Attract Award: Henry Sims, for taking 2 steps forward, and 2 steps back. Outstanding effort in the Rutgers game punctuated with some casual rim attacks to getting thrown into the game cold and immediately dunked on? Not sure we can pin all the blame on Henry here but there's a simple lesson - he has to be ready to play at any time.
The PS3 Award For Hitting the "Start" Button to Change The Camera Angle:
The Carrier Dome. This isn't Syracuse specific, but in all Football domes, when reconfigured for basketball games, the special seats they have to put in across from the benches means everybody gets a slightly askew view of the court due to new camera placement. It's a pleasant breath of fresh air while Austin Freeman is draining threes. It becomes a crippling mockery of televised sports when Greg Monroe is fouling out.
Jack Kevorkian Death With Dignity Award: JT3. Everyone hates coaches who insist on fouling up until the very last second - although the team was unable to stop fouling, he was calling them off for the last few minutes.
Muscle Triplicator Award: Syracuse. This award would normally revolve around Pauly D, The Situation, and Ronnie’s love for the gym but we’ve tapped that well and decided to take it old school with a Night at the Roxbury reference. We’ve documented it since the Kenner League but for some reason, the team did not get the memo that THE WEIGHT ROOM is a requisite for winning against the elite Big East schools. Ranging from Andy Rautins punking Jason Clark to Henry Sims getting dunked on, it’s crystal clear that the Hoyas need to get stronger. It’s an unusual team when the two players I’m most comfortable attacking the basket are the backcourt. Even Vaughn was outmuscled last night.
Don't you have better things to do Award:
For the second game in a row given to you, our idiot readers, for plastering the in-game thread with 300+ comments and visiting the site over 4,000 times (12,000+ pageviews). It was 67 degrees and Sunny in DC yesterday. WHY DON"T YOU GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY LIFE instead of sitting in YOUR mom's basement eating double-stuff oreos and reading the deluded ramblings of a handful of grown men who are going to cry into their body pillows after the team implodes in the Big East Tournament.
Jackie Chiles Award:
Most Disturbing In-Game Analysis Award: ESPN's announcing crew for discussing Andy and Leo Rautins' matching tattoos. There's simply no way to undersell how strange it is that this creepy metrosexual family has matching tattoos that somehow read FAMILY in one direction and FOREVER in the other. I'm all for compelling human storylines but this was simply odd.
Hope is a Cruel Bitch Goddess Award:
I guess we give this to Austin Freeman for his hot-hand shooting to start the game (particularly from three) to open up a 14-0 run at the start of the game. I guess we know how THAT ended.
Worst Lefty Big Man in the Carrier Dome: Derrick Coleman. Unlike Derrick (who notoriously signed with the ill fated BK shoes before learning that they were Crip gang wear), Monroe still has a chance to salvage himself. But fouling out of big games simply won't do it. Coleman was content to chuck threes and jog from foul line to foul line - the latter isn't true with Greg but I HATE that he spends so much time on the perimeter. We all know that the NBA is his future but wouldn't he be better served showing that he can really get after it from 15 feet and in rather than showing that he's only a 25% shooter from 3? Maybe I missed it but I sure didn't see the Cuse giving him any respect out that far though they were triple teaming him when he caught it in the post.
GLOBAL PHENOMENON Award: Big ups to our readers in South America (Chile), Europe (Germany), Canada (Waterloo), Asia (Korea), Mexico (Juarez) and the beautiful Philippines (Manila) for joining the GLOBAL PHENOMENON that is Casual Hoya and helping the GLOBAL PHENOMENON that is Casual Hoya be the GLOBAL PHENOMENON that is Casual Hoya.
Chicken Little Award:
All the fans that thinks the sky is falling. We played like garbage against a good team in a hostile environment. At least we didn't lose to Old Dominion. Oh wait, TO THE BUNKERS.
The Annie Award: Fear not, Hoyas fans. The sun will come out tomorrow!
G_Monroe10 GM tworld! Tough one last nite. But there's anotha big one on saturday. Gotta bounce back. HABD!
The Georgetown Hoyas are still a nationally ranked powerhouse.
Duke is NeXt.