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HOYA SADNESS BRACKET: ROUND OF 32

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In case you have been living under a rock trying to avoid the coronavirus over the past month, we have been slowly revealing two monster 64-team brackets: one for Hoya Madness (The Delusional Bracket) and one for Hoya Sadness (The Cynical Bracket). Importantly, the date range for these high highs and low lows will only span the last 16 years of this program’s history (the entire JTIII and Ewing eras). Round 1 matchups are now complete and we are on to the Round of 32!

Below are the links to the Round 1 matchups:

HOYA MADNESS ROUND 1 BRACKET RESULTS

HOYA SADNESS ROUND 1 BRACKET RESULTS

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Cynical Bracket

The C.J. Fair Region - Second Round

(2) West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58 - March 13, 2010: This one still hurts. Having avenged losses to South Florida, Syracuse and Marquette, the Hoyas stormed into the BET championship game and almost completed the Revenge Tour against the Mountaineers, but they fell just short, as Da’Sean Butler hit a ridiculous jumper with only a few seconds to play. Two weeks after Austin was diagnosed with diabetes and Georgetown got pasted by West Virginia in Morgantown, the Hoyas put up a valiant effort and clawed back from an 8-point deficit with seven minutes to go, but alas, it wasn’t enough.

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(10) Duke 86, Georgetown 84 – November 22, 2015: It was Duke. It was at the Garden. We were up five at the half. And we had a chance to win it at the end. This loss, on its own, would’ve been painful enough, even though the Blue Devils were incredibly talented and ranked fifth in the country; but when combined with our losses to Radford and Maryland, this one left the Hoyas in a 1-3 hole to open the season. Three memorable moments: Kaleb Johnson hit a half-court heave to give the Hoyas a five point lead just before intermission; Grayson Allen, who scored a career-high 32 points, arguably should have been called for his diving/whining/tripping antics in the second half; and Isaac Copeland missed a three at the buzzer that would’ve won it. (People may not remember that the Hoyas mounted a furious last-minute rally behind two Copeland threes to cut the deficit to two with seven seconds to go. When Derryck Thornton missed both free throws, Copeland had a shot to win it, but he was just off. Think about how different that season, and Copeland’s career, might have been if that shot just went in.

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The C.J. Fair Region - Second Round Matchups

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  • 78%
    (2) West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58 - March 13, 2010
    (18 votes)
  • 21%
    (10) Duke 86, Georgetown 84 – November 22, 2015
    (5 votes)
23 votes total Vote Now

(3) Maryland 76, Georgetown 75 – November 15, 2016: One week after the U.S. presidential election, this loss was a harbinger of things to come for the Hoyas. After the Hoyas blew a nine-point lead with 2:21 to go, Melo Trimble hit two free throws with seven seconds left to give the Terps a stunning one-point victory. Despite Peak’s 19 second half points and Georgetown outscoring Maryland 37-17 from the line, a series of brutal turnovers in the final two minutes doomed the Hoyas. Tre Campbell stepped out of bounds. Melo Trimble was fouled on a long inbounds pass with seven seconds left. And Jagan’s last-second layup was blocked as time expired. This game was brutal.

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(6) Radford 82, Georgetown 80 – November 14, 2015: There was a fair bit of optimism heading into the 2015-16 season, but all of that optimism was crushed in the first very game, against a Radford squad that wasn’t very good. Losing to a woeful Radford team would, on its own, justify inclusion on this list. But people should remember that this game wasn’t just a loss – it was a painful loss. Keep in mind that Rashun Davis won this game on a deep three with 1.5 seconds left in double overtime. But it never should have come to that. Following a massive three by Copeland at the end of regulation, Peak picked up a huge steal and layup to tie the game. He was also fouled on the layup, but he missed the game-winning free throw.

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The C.J. Fair Region - Second Round Matchups

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  • 62%
    (3) Maryland 76, Georgetown 75 – November 15, 2016
    (15 votes)
  • 37%
    (6) Radford 82, Georgetown 80 – November 14, 2015
    (9 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now

Cynical Bracket

The C.J. Fair Region - Second Round

(1) Syracuse 58, Georgetown 55 - March 15, 2013: Syracuse needed a third game against the Hoyas to finally eke out a victory, with this one coming in an overtime thriller in the BET semifinals. This was one of the saddest nights at the Garden for Georgetown fans and it marked the last time the Hoyas and the Orange played each other in the Big East Tourney. C.J. Fair’s dunk over Otto was not enjoyable. And that fifth foul on Markel Starks was a travesty.

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(8) Rutgers 71, Georgetown 68 – February 14, 2010: Nightmare at the RAC. This was just a bad, bad mid-February loss at the RAC for a #7 Georgetown team that had finally looked like it was putting the pieces together. Greg Monroe’s big day wasn’t enough to overcome Jonathan Mitchell’s career-high 24 points. It was just a bad loss.

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  • 85%
    (1) Syracuse 58, Georgetown 55 - March 15, 2013
    (36 votes)
  • 14%
    (8) Rutgers 71, Georgetown 68 – February 14, 2010
    (6 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

(4) DePaul 67, Georgetown 65 – February 22, 2017: In a frustrating season, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back and led people to push for JTIII’s ouster. Through thick and thin, the good times and the bad, the one thing Georgetown had seemingly never done was lose a home game to lowly DePaul. Until this one. Losing to the Blue Demons would’ve been one thing, but the way we lost was so surreal that it was offensive. We squandered a 14 point lead (which JTIII’s teams virtually never did); we allowed DePaul to tie the game after a steal led to a fast break with under a minute to go; Jessie Govan airballed a three point attempt on our final offensive possession; and we fouled Billy Garrett with 0.2 seconds remaining to gift-wrap the game. And by the way, DePaul had lost ten games in a row before this one.

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(5) Utah 75, Georgetown 64 – March 21, 2015: Sadness in Portlandia. The #5 seeded Runnin’ Utes handed Georgetown a tough loss and prevented the Hoyas from advancing to the Sweet 16 for (what would have been) their first trip since 2007. After the Hoyas’ surprisingly hot start, Utah chipped away at Georgetown’s 11-point lead; the second half was a back and forth contest until DSR was whistled for a suspect traveling violation in the last two minutes. Peak’s 18 points weren’t enough, as DSR missed all seven of his three-point attempts and Utah shot a ridiculous 32 free throws. After the game, Jabril Trawick had this to say: “I’m disappointed, but I still have my head high. Surprisingly, I didn’t cry or anything. I had a great time. It’s been a great experience. The group they have coming back is going to be a special team.”

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The C.J. Fair Region - Second Round

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  • 48%
    (4) DePaul 67, Georgetown 65 – February 22, 2017
    (20 votes)
  • 51%
    (5) Utah 75, Georgetown 64 – March 21, 2015
    (21 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

Cynical Bracket

The Armon Bassett Region - Second Round

(2) Virginia Commonwealth 74, Georgetown 56 - March 18, 2011: #11 VCU pasted the #6 Hoyas in a game that was never close. Brandon Rozzell came out of nowhere to hit six threes for the Rams, and Hollis Thompson’s 26 points came too late. Lubick, Sims, Benimon and Vaughn combined for only 2 points in 51 combined minutes. This was Chris Wright’s first game back after fracturing his wrist two weeks earlier.

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(10) Monmouth 83, Georgetown 68 – December 15, 2015: Let’s not forget that this was a really good Monmouth team. They beat UCLA, USC and Notre Dame, among others, that season. But the way the Hoyas lost this game was indefensible. Down 12 at the half, Georgetown never made this into a ballgame. The highlight: Monmouth connected on 31 of 37 free throws. This is the game in which people started paying attention to Georgetown’s foul rate: we couldn’t play defense without fouling, and that would come to be the biggest problem for JTIII for the rest of his tenure.

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The Armon Bassett Region - Second Round

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  • 81%
    (2) Virginia Commonwealth 74, Georgetown 56 - March 18, 2011
    (47 votes)
  • 18%
    (10) Monmouth 83, Georgetown 68 – December 15, 2015
    (11 votes)
58 votes total Vote Now

(3) Ohio State 67, Georgetown 60 - March 31, 2007: In a foul-plagued slugfest, Ohio State more or less controlled this game from the start, despite Greg Oden’s constant foul issues. Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace scored 19 apiece, but Hibbert was in foul trouble of his own, and Jeff Green only contributed nine points on a total of five shots. The Hoyas had zero bench points and couldn’t match the speed of Mike Conley (15 points, six assists, five rebounds) and Jamar Butler (ten points).

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(11) Arkansas State 78, Georgetown 72 – November 17, 2016: Just one year after losing to the likes of Radford, Monmouth and UNC Asheville, this loss to Arkansas State, in a game that wasn’t even that close, marked the beginning of the end for JTIII. People expected the Hoyas to be fired up and ready to avenge the loss to Maryland. Instead, we lost, and barely put up much of a fight at home.

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The Armon Bassett Region - Second Round

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  • 78%
    (3) Ohio State 67, Georgetown 60 - March 31, 2007
    (44 votes)
  • 21%
    (11) Arkansas State 78, Georgetown 72 – November 17, 2016
    (12 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now

The Armon Bassett Region - Second Round

(1) Ohio 97, Georgetown 83 - March 18, 2010: The #3 seeded Hoyas were pummeled by the #14 seeded Bobcats in a game that was never close. Armon Freaking Bassett put up 32 points as he hit almost every shot he took. Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 28 points, and Monroe had a solid 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. But there was no defense. None. And this was a Georgetown team that was peaking toward the end of the season and had a real chance to go to the Final Four.

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(9) Maryland 75, Georgetown 71 – November 17, 2015: This loss at Maryland, Georgetown’s first loss against the Terps since the 2001 NCAA Tourney, left a bitter taste in our mouths because we outplayed Maryland for most of this game and fell just short of beating a really strong team (ranked #3 in the country) on the road. The Hoyas, behind a really balanced performance from their starting five, were up seven points with 5:41 to play before the wheels finally came off the wagon. This loss, though painful, gave us a glimmer of hope. Bradley Hayes had 16 points and eight boards, Copeland produced 13 points, six rebounds and five assists, and freshman Marcus Derrickson hit three massive threes in the first strong performance of his career. We just couldn’t stop Melo Trimble.

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The Armon Bassett Region - Second Round

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  • 98%
    (1) Ohio 97, Georgetown 83 - March 18, 2010
    (51 votes)
  • 1%
    (9) Maryland 75, Georgetown 71 – November 17, 2015
    (1 vote)
52 votes total Vote Now

(4) Cincinnati 72, Georgetown 70 - March 8, 2012: The Bearcats stunned #11 Georgetown in a double overtime thriller in the quarterfinals of the BET. Although the slugfest between Yancy Gates (23 points, eight rebounds) and Henry Sims (22 points, 15 rebounds) was fun to watch, the outcome left Hoyas fans wanting more. The teams combined to shoot 4 for 31 from beyond the arc. After Cincy erased an 11-point deficit in the last eight minutes of regulation, the Hoyas could never regain control and faltered at the end, despite some heroics from Henry, including a game-tying bucket at the end of the first overtime. The silver lining is that Cincy would go on to upend Syracuse the very next day.

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(12) St. John’s 75, Georgetown 62 – March 11, 2020: The covid-19 game. Georgetown somehow squandered a ten-point lead with six minutes to go after thoroughly dominating most of the game. St. John’s ended the game on a 19-0 run. After the rest of the BET was cancelled, Georgetown became the only Big East team to be officially eliminated from postseason play. In a fitting end to a tumultuous season, the Hoyas’ final field goal of the game was a tough driving layup by Terrell Allen, after which he suffered a cramp and had to be escorted off the court.

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  • 51%
    (4) Cincinnati 72, Georgetown 70 - March 8, 2012
    (25 votes)
  • 48%
    (12) St. John’s 75, Georgetown 62 – March 11, 2020
    (24 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now

The Steph Curry Region - Second Round

(2) NC State 66, Georgetown 63 - March 18, 2012: The #11 seeded Wolf Pack stunned the #3 Hoyas in a nail biter. Hollis Thompson put up 23 points, but it wasn’t enough, as a foul-plagued Henry Sims had only four points in 21 minutes. This was the last hurrah for Sims, Thompson and Jason Clark, who was visibly upset in the post-game press conference. Loved this team.

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(7) Syracuse 78, Georgetown 73 – January 18, 2005: Brandon Bowman’s big toe. After pulling off upsets at Pittsburgh and Villanova, the Hoyas were looking to thwart #7 Syracuse on the road, but came up just short as Bowman’s game-tying shot with 2.3 seconds left in regulation was initially thought to be a three but then determined to be a two. In overtime, the Orange escaped with a narrow five-point win and remained undefeated in conference play. After the game, Bowman said he wished his shoes were a size 14.

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  • 85%
    (2) NC State 66, Georgetown 63 - March 18, 2012
    (57 votes)
  • 14%
    (7) Syracuse 78, Georgetown 73 – January 18, 2005
    (10 votes)
67 votes total Vote Now

(3) Syracuse 58, Georgetown 57 - March 10, 2006: In the semifinals of the BET, Gerry McNamara willed the Orange to another stirring victory en route to winning the conference championship the following night. After squandering a 15-point halftime lead, Georgetown failed to hang on in the waning seconds. McNamara hit a three with 48 seconds to cut the deficit to one point; after a Demetris Nichols steal, Eric Devendorf then hit the game-winning layup to give the Orange the victory by a single point. Hate Gerry Mac.

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(11) DePaul 101, Georgetown 69 – March 6, 2019: Any lingering hopes of an NCAA Tourney berth were destroyed in this colossal blowout loss in Chicago. Max Strus scored 30. Georgetown trailed by 23 at the half. DePaul hit 14 of 28 threes. That weird walk-on dude on DePaul kept dancing and doing theatrics.

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  • 76%
    (3) Syracuse 58, Georgetown 57 - March 10, 2006
    (50 votes)
  • 23%
    (11) DePaul 101, Georgetown 69 – March 6, 2019
    (15 votes)
65 votes total Vote Now

The Steph Curry Region - Second Round

(1) Davidson 74, Georgetown 70 - March 23, 2008: This #10 seeded Davidson squad overcame a 17-point second half deficit to edge the #2 Hoyas in Raleigh. Curry scored 25 points in the second half, Roy Hibbert was in constant foul trouble and the Hoyas just didn’t have an answer. This was another potential Final Four team and it was also the final game played by star seniors Hibbert, Wallace and Ewing Jr. Those of you who attended this game (in North Carolina!) will remember it as basically a home game for a team seeded tenth. Those of you who watched this one at home will remember that our lead was so big that CBS switched games in the second half. Yeah.

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(9) Butler 91, Georgetown 89 – December 27, 2017: This was Ewing’s first game coaching against a Big East team and it was a memorable disaster. Georgetown improbably squandered a 20-point lead (including an 18-point lead at halftime), fought off multiple furious rallies, and then ultimately fell in double overtime. Some of the low points: Kamar Baldwin had 31 points; Kelan Martin scored 27 points, including a game winning floater with three seconds to go; Sean McDermott tied the game at the end of regulation on a tip-in at the buzzer. A brutal way to start conference play.

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  • 95%
    (1) Davidson 74, Georgetown 70 - March 23, 2008
    (38 votes)
  • 5%
    (9) Butler 91, Georgetown 89 – December 27, 2017
    (2 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

(4) Connecticut 66, Georgetown 62 – March 10, 2005: A heartbreaker at the Garden. In JTIII’s first season on the Hilltop, Georgetown got off to a promising start before dropping its last five conference games to end the season very much on the bubble. After dropping Seton Hall, the Hoyas were set to face a UConn squad that they had not defeated in eight years, and they had a chance to avenge a recent 19-point loss to the Huskies in Storrs. The game started with an impressive Brandon Bowman reverse jam and ended with the Hoyas maintaining possession, down only two points with ten seconds to go. After dribbling around, Ashanti Cook settled for a long two-pointer, never seeing a wide-open Jeff Green at the top of the key. A win could’ve propelled the Hoyas into the Tourney.

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(5) South Florida 72, Georgetown 64 - February 4, 2010: The Dominique Jones “yes sir” game. After crushing Duke a mere four days earlier, the Hoyas squandered a 13-point lead at home, while allowing Dominique Jones to score 22 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to stymie the #7 Hoyas. After hitting an array of shots from all over the court, Jones was seen nodding, smiling and yelling “yes sir” to a stunned Georgetown crowd.

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  • 39%
    (4) Connecticut 66, Georgetown 62 – March 10, 2005
    (15 votes)
  • 60%
    (5) South Florida 72, Georgetown 64 - February 4, 2010
    (23 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now

The Dunk City Region - Second Round

(2) Pittsburgh 74, Georgetown 65 - March 15, 2008: The Hoyas fell short in the Big East championship game, as Pittsburgh avenged its loss from the previous year to send the Hoyas packing. Ronald Ramon and Sam Young led the way for the Panthers, as Hibbert’s 17 points weren’t good enough.

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(10) Syracuse 86, Georgetown 79 – December 16, 2017: This was Ewing’s first game as head coach against Syracuse and it did not end well. Syracuse notched its first victory against Georgetown since the breakup of the old Big East, as the Hoyas squandered a 13-point lead in the second half and fell to the Orange in overtime. Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett combined for 54 points. The turning point came with 5:23 remaining and Georgetown up by 7 points. Marcus Derrickson (who shouldn’t even have been in the game) was called for a charge and fouled out. The Hoyas never recovered.

(THIS 10 SEEDED SYRACUSE LOSS ABOVE WON ITS FIRST ROUND MATCHUP AGAINST THE 2009 DUKE LOSS BY A SINGLE VOTE, 146-145.)

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  • 63%
    (2) Pittsburgh 74, Georgetown 65 - March 15, 2008
    (46 votes)
  • 36%
    (10) Syracuse 86, Georgetown 79 – December 16, 2017
    (26 votes)
72 votes total Vote Now

(3) Florida 57, Georgetown 53 - March 24, 2006: In what would prove to be the closest Tourney game Florida played en route to winning the title, Georgetown damn near pulled off the upset until Darrel Owens’s potential game-winning three clanked off the rim with seven seconds to play in this NCAA regional semifinal matchup. The Hoyas were up by a point with 38 seconds to go before Corey Brewer hit a crazy, off-balance shot for which he was rewarded with a free throw (we were all left to loathe everything about this play: the sequence leading up to the shot, the shot itself and the foul on Bowman). Joakim Noah had 15 points to lead Florida. This would be the last game for seniors Bowman, Owens and Ashanti Cook.

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(6) South Florida 61, Georgetown 58 - January 19, 2013: This game led to a lot of soul-searching for Hoyas fans. Having lost two in a row to Big East foes, the Hoyas were desperate for a win in the Sun Dome. They were well on their way, as they led by eight points at the half and seemed to smother the Bulls with an effective 2-3 zone. But it wasn’t meant to be, as USF overcame an 11-point deficit and the lack of a field goal in the final six minutes of regulation to notch its first Big East win of the season. Otto Porter scored 21 points, but he fumbled the ball in the last few seconds and was unable to hit a game-winning shot. Anthony Collins scored all 14 of his points in the second half. This game, devastating as it was, proved to be the kick in the pants Georgetown needed before beginning its legendary run through the conference en route to the regular season title. We weren’t smiling on that day, though.

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The Dunk City Region - Second Round

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  • 94%
    (3) Florida 57, Georgetown 53 - March 24, 2006
    (67 votes)
  • 5%
    (6) South Florida 61, Georgetown 58 - January 19, 2013
    (4 votes)
71 votes total Vote Now

The Dunk City Region - Second Round

(1) Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68 - March 22, 2013: No explanation necessary. This loss came less than a week after the heartbreaking loss to Syracuse in the BET, making it possibly the worst week in the history of Georgetown basketball since at least 1985.

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(9) Xavier 65, Georgetown 63 – March 13, 2015: The favored Hoyas lost in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament in an up and down affair that saw the Hoyas get thoroughly outplayed for the first 33 minutes before mounting a furious comeback in the waning minutes of the game. Georgetown was down 20 points with 7:53 remaining, but a technical foul on Xavier lit a fire under the Hoyas. Isaac Copeland scored 11 points in four minutes, Xavier missed six of seven from the line, and Georgetown, improbably, had a chance to win the game in the final 15 seconds. But it didn’t happen, and the Hoyas failed to advance to the championship game. This was painful for a variety of reasons: having a massive comeback fall just short, enduring the theatrics of Uber-driving Matt Stainbrook (20 points, nine rebounds), and having to take yet another game on the chin from an Xavier team that absolutely punished JTIII’s teams in his final few seasons (this was their third win against us that season).

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The Dunk City Region - Second Round

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  • 98%
    (1) Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68 - March 22, 2013
    (89 votes)
  • 1%
    (9) Xavier 65, Georgetown 63 – March 13, 2015
    (1 vote)
90 votes total Vote Now

(13) Villanova 70, Georgetown 69 – March 7, 2020: Jagan’s Senior Day. Georgetown improbably battled back from a 17-point deficit to take a four-point lead with less than a minute to go. With a two-point lead and less than ten seconds to go, the Hoyas then lost in brutal fashion after Jermaine Samuels converted an old-fashioned three-point play (following a questionable foul on Pickett and an even more questionable goaltending call against Wahab). The Hoyas failed to squeeze out a deserving win on Jagan Mosely’s senior day. The only saving grace: aside from playing for pride and for Jagan and the rest of the seniors, this game was basically meaningless.

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(5) Cincinnati 58, Georgetown 46 – February 23, 2011: Chris Wright breaks his hand. After surging through the Big East in late January and February, #11 Georgetown stumbled in a big way at home when it got bullied by a very physical yet unranked Cincy squad. This was the beginning of the end for the Hoyas, as Chris Wright fractured his hand and the Hoyas went on to lose their next four games.

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  • 32%
    (13) Villanova 70, Georgetown 69 – March 7, 2020
    (28 votes)
  • 67%
    (5) Cincinnati 58, Georgetown 46 – February 23, 2011
    (58 votes)
86 votes total Vote Now

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