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The Morning After: Post-Game Articles, Quotes & Deep Thoughts

We lost - I'm disappointed.  We nearly won against a team that played a lot better than us - I'm content.  We put together a great run in the Big East Tournament that reminded everyone what this team is capable of - I'm proud.  We beat Syracuse when they were the one seed - I'm still ecstatic.

Mike Wise - Don't forget how far the Georgetown Hoyas have come in six years under John Thompson III -
Six years after irrelevancy, they have won two Big East regular season titles, a conference tournament championship, been to one Final Four and are on the cusp of securing another NCAA tournament bid -- a feat almost taken for granted outside the Hilltop.

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Georgetown falls to West Virginia in Big East final -
There was nothing elegant about this coronation. It was a bruising affair in the tradition of Big East basketball, marked by stifling defense, fiercely contested shots and near brawls over rebounds and loose balls. And it was thrilling entertainment, with a capacity crowd of 19,375 on its feet as Georgetown's Austin Freeman hit the three-pointer that knotted the score at 56 with 51 seconds remaining.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Recap - March 13, 2010 - ESPN
"I was just thinking to get to the basket, try to finish, get a layup," Wright said. "I had time on the clock, I wasn't thinking about a pull-up or anything, just get to the basket.

Q. Coach, you came into the tournament on a little bit of a downer. But it seems like everything flipped around for you in this tournament. How do you look at the way you're coming into the NCAAs?

COACH John Thompson III: It's hard to analyze that right now just because I'm extremely disappointed. We got three guys up here with me that are extremely disappointed. We have a locker room back down the hall with a bunch of other guys that are disappointed. You know, that being said, I don't think you said we came into this tournament on downer. I don't think this group has ever lost confidence in what we're doing, lost confidence in each other. And that's still true right now. You know, I said this prior to tonight's game, I said this after last night's game, we're playing well. I like where we are going into the NCAA Tournament, and I probably can still say that. We did some things tonight we have to do better, obviously.

Georgetown’s Frustrations Evident in Big East Final -
Even with the defeat, Georgetown, which lost four of its last six regular-season games, put together a consistent stretch of play with three wins at Madison Square Garden. There is now a clearer sense of what the Hoyas can sustain in a survive-or-desist scenario. Georgetown is expected to be as high as a No. 3 seed in the N.C.A.A. tournament when the field is announced Sunday.

Butler Provides Dagger in Hoyas' Heartbreaker at Big East Finals | The Hoya
Thinking that the Hoyas were losing, Wright fouled Joe Mazzulla to stop the clock, a move Wright admitted was a mistake.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58
In a game where Georgetown was obliterated on the defensive boards, struggling to hit outside shots and saw Greg Monroe shut down as well as any time all season, the opportunity to steal a win and the Big East title was still within reach.

Big East - West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58 - Late Drive Gives West Virginia Its First Big East Title -
"We’re playing well," Georgetown Coach John Thompson III said. "I like where we are going into the N.C.A.A. tournament." News: Mountaineers on top of the Big East
"It's March. And we are extremely disappointed, but this too shall pass" Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "We need to move on and get ready for next week."