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Was Georgetown's Loss to Radford the Worst Non-Conference Home Loss in Program History?

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I just couldn't get it out of my head.  After spending about 12 hours at the Verizon Center - I also worked the Wizards - Magic game - I just still couldn't shake it.

So while watching Mike Leach and Wazzu upset UCLA in the Rose Bowl, I decided to dig a little deeper and figure out where this home loss to Radford ranks.

So where exactly does Georgetown losing to Radford - a Big South school with zero NCAA tournament wins - rank among non conference home defeats?  Based on personal experience, the media guide, and the internet, I went back to the start of the 1980-81 season.

This is what I came up with.  Forgive me if I missed anything.  It's almost 3am.

The contenders:

1982 - American 62-61, Hoyas were ranked 5th and I'm not sure what conference the Eagles were in.  It looks as though American didn't join the CAA until 1984.  Plain and simple, when you're the No. 5 team in the country losing to American anywhere is bad news.

2006 - ODU 75-62, Hoyas were ranked 8th and this loss probably seems worse because of where it happened.  As we all know it took place on campus at McDonough in what should be fortress.

2009 - ODU 61-57, Hoyas were ranked 11th and they did it again.  They lost to the Monarchs on campus for the second time in just a few years.

The near misses:

1986 - American 62-59, Hoyas were ranked 10th and barely beat AU.  Not great.

2004 - Norfolk State 78-70 OT.  It took some clutch shooting by the Hoyas late but they escaped a disaster loss to the MEAC.

2012 - Towson 46-40, Hoyas were ranked 15th and had just scored 37 points a week earlier in a win over Tennessee.  Georgetown escaped this game against Jerrelle Benimon.  The Tigers finished 154 in the RPI.

2013 - Colgate 61-55.  The Raiders cut the Hoyas lead to four points with under a minute remaining but could get no closer.  Colgate finished 258th in the RPI.

We'll see what Radford does the rest of the season but I think this has to be the worst home non conference loss since the start of the 1980 season.  It's certainly not the ODU losses and American has that whole cross town rival thing going on. 

I am in no way suggesting that this is a season changing loss.  I just wanted to put this loss in historical perspective because I don't quite understand it.  Hopefully it's just a blip on the radar as we make our way through this season with what is easily a talented roster.