Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball

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Georgetown Hoyas
Basketball current event.svg 2020–21 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
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University Georgetown University
First season 1906–1907
All-time record1,700–1,083 (.611)
Head coach Patrick Ewing (4th season)
Conference Big East
Location Washington, D.C.
Arena Capital One Arena
(Capacity: 20,356)
Nickname Hoyas
ColorsBlue and Gray [1]
         
Uniforms
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Home
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NCAA Tournament Champions
1984
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1943, 1982, 1985
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1943, 1982, 1984, 1985, 2007
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1943, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2007
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1943, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2021
Conference Tournament Champions
1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2007, 2021
Conference Regular Season Champions
1939, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2008, 2013

The Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball program represents Georgetown University in NCAA Division I men's intercollegiate basketball and the Big East Conference. Georgetown has competed in men's college basketball since 1907. The current head coach of the program is Patrick Ewing.

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Georgetown won the National Championship in 1984 and has made the Final Four on five occasions. They have won the Big East Conference Tournament a record eight times, and have also won or shared the Big East regular season title ten times. [2] They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 31 times and in the National Invitation Tournament 13 times.

The Hoyas historically have been well regarded not only for their team success, but also for generating players that have succeeded both on and off the court, producing NBA legends such as Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, and Allen Iverson, as well as United States Congressman Henry Hyde and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

History

Early years (1907–1943)

Founded in the fall of 1906, the Georgetown men's basketball team played its first game on February 9, 1907, defeating the University of Virginia by a score of 22-11. In its first 60-some years, the program displayed only sporadic success. [3] Until McDonough Gymnasium opened on campus for the 1950–51 season, the team changed home courts frequently, playing on campus at Ryan Gymnasium and off campus at McKinley Technology High School, Uline Arena, and the National Guard Armory, as well as playing individual home games at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum and The Catholic University of America's Brookland Gymnasium, among others. [3] [4] The downtown locations of these venues was also influenced by the number of Law School students who played on the team in this era. From 1918 through 1923, while on campus at Ryan Gymnasium, Georgetown managed a 52–0 home record under coach John O'Reilly. A large on-campus arena was proposed in 1927, but it was shelved during the Great Depression. [5]

Bill Dudack was the team captain in 1921, and returned to coach the 1929-30 team. Bill Dudack.jpg
Bill Dudack was the team captain in 1921, and returned to coach the 1929–30 team.

The team recruited its first All-American, Ed Hargaden, in 1931. [3] From 1932 until 1939, the Hoyas played in the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference, and they were regular-season conference co-champions in 1939. [6] In 1942, a Hoya went pro for the first time, when three seniors, Al Lujack, Buddy O'Grady, and Dino Martin, were drafted professionally upon graduation. [3]

The next year the team, led by future congressman Henry Hyde, reached new heights and posted its first 20-win season ever, going 22-5 on the year. This success translated into a berth into the 1943 NCAA Tournament, the school's first postseason appearance. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the Hoyas made it all the way to the National Championship game, where they ultimately lost to Wyoming. Georgetown's coach of this squad, Elmer Ripley, was later inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973. [3]

World War II and the lean years (1943–1972)

The 1942-43 team went 22-5 and reached the NCAA finals, but the team was suspended for World War II the following season. 1943 Georgetown Hoyas.jpg
The 1942–43 team went 22–5 and reached the NCAA finals, but the team was suspended for World War II the following season.

Coming off of the best season in school history, momentum was stalled as the program was suspended from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II. Following the hiatus the program struggled to find its footing, and it was rarely successful over the next three decades, only making two postseason appearances during this time period.

In 1953, former Baltimore Bullets player Buddy Jeannette coached the team to its first National Invitation Tournament invitation, but the team lost in the first round to Louisville. [3] Top players from this period include Tom O'Keefe, the first Hoya to reach 1,000 career points in 1949–50, and future National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who graduated second in Hoya career rebounds in 1962. [3] O'Keefe returned to coach the team from 1960 until 1966. In 1966 the school hired John "Jack" Magee, who had led Boston College as a player to its first NCAA Tournament bid. Magee had some relative success early on, as he led the team to the 1970 NIT, just its third post-season appearance ever. However, the team lost to LSU in the first round. A losing season the subsequent year, followed up with a three-win season in 1971–72, the worst in school history, ultimately led to his dismissal. This was the last time a Hoyas head coach suffered back-to-back losing seasons for over 35 years. [7]

John Thompson Jr. era (1972–1999)

Coach John Thompson and Patrick Ewing meet with Ronald Reagan after winning the 1984 National Championship. Ronald Reagan with John Thompson, Patrick Ewing.jpg
Coach John Thompson and Patrick Ewing meet with Ronald Reagan after winning the 1984 National Championship.

John Thompson, Jr., played two seasons with the Boston Celtics before he achieved local notability coaching St. Anthony's High School in Washington, D.C. to several very successful seasons. Thompson was hired to coach Georgetown in 1972, and with recruits from St. Anthony's like Merlin Wilson, quickly and dramatically improved the team. Georgetown, while still independent, participated in the Eastern College Athletic Conference′s 1975 postseason ECAC South Tournament, and after a 16–9 regular season found itself facing West Virginia in the conference tournament championship. Derrick Jackson's buzzer beater won Georgetown its first tournament championship, and a bid to the 1975 NCAA Tournament. [6] Georgetown repeated as ECAC South Tournament champions the following year, beating George Washington University when Craig Esherick's buzzer beater sent the game to overtime, and as ECAC South-Upstate Tournament champions in the 1978-79 season, beating Syracuse University in Jim Boeheim's first game against the Hoyas as Syracuse's coach. [8]

Prior to the 1979–80 season, Georgetown joined with six other schools, Providence, St. John's, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Connecticut, and Boston College to found a conference focused primarily on basketball. The Big East Conference provided Georgetown increased competition, and several of its longest rivalries. On February 13, 1980, in the final game at Manley Field House, Georgetown star Sleepy Floyd scored two last-second free-throws to snap No. 3 Syracuse's 57 game home winning streak, leading Coach Thompson to declare "Manley Field House is officially closed." [9] They faced Syracuse again three weeks later in the first Big East Tournament Finals, winning 87–81. [8] In the 1980 NCAA Tournament, the team advanced to the Elite Eight, where they fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes on a last second foul call.

The team moved its home arena in the 1981-82 season to the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland to accommodate its growing fan base. It also marked the arrival of heralded recruit, Patrick Ewing, who became one of the first college players to start and star on a varsity team as a freshman. That year, Ewing led the Hoyas to their second Big East Tournament title in school history, and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament, the Hoyas advanced to their first Final Four since 1943, where they defeated the University of Louisville 50-46, to set up a showdown in the NCAA Final against the University of North Carolina. In one of the most star-studded championship games in NCAA history, Ewing was called for goaltending five times in the first half (later revealed to be intentional at the behest of coach Thompson), setting the tone for the Hoyas and making his presence felt. The Hoyas led by one point late in the game, but a jumpshot by future NBA superstar Michael Jordan gave North Carolina the lead. Georgetown still had a chance at winning the game in the final seconds, but Freddy Brown mistakenly threw a bad pass directly to opposing player James Worthy, and North Carolina won 63-62.

For the 1982-83 season, Georgetown began the season as the No. 2 ranked team in the country. The early season included a highly anticipated matchup with No. 1 Virginia, and highly regarded center Ralph Sampson. Arenas nationwide jockeyed to host the matchup but Georgetown insisted on hosting it at the Capital Centre. WTBS won the rights to broadcast the game with a $550,000 bid, and it was billed as the "Game of the Decade". It became the first major college sports event telecasted exclusively on cable television. In the game, held on December 11, 1982, Virginia's veteran team won, 68–63. [10] [11] The Hoyas went on to post a 22-10 record for the season and made another NCAA Tournament appearance, but were defeated in the second round of the tournament by Memphis State. This was the only season in Ewing's four-year Georgetown career where the team did not make it as least as far as the National Championship game.

In the 1983-84 season Georgetown again won the Big East conference regular season title, and faced Syracuse for the Big East Tournament championship. In a physical and tightly contested contest, Georgetown won 82-71 in overtime, securing their third tournament title in the first five years of the newly formed conference. In the NCAA Tournament, the No. 1 seeded Hoyas ultimately advanced to the Final Four for the third time in school history to face Kentucky, a team which had never lost a national semifinal game and was led by the "Twin Towers," Sam Bowie and Melvin Turpin. Georgetown was able to turn an early 12 point deficit into a 53-40 win to advance to the National Championship game. [12] In the final, the Hoyas faced the University of Houston and future Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon, who were making their second straight National Championship game appearance. Georgetown led comfortably throughout the final, and went on to an 84–75 victory, giving the school its first NCAA Championship in school history. Ewing was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while Thompson became the first African American coach to win an NCAA Division I title. Freddy Brown, who made the key turnover in the title game two years prior, was given the chance to raise the trophy first. [13]

To begin the 1984-85 season, the defending champions opened the season as the No. 1 ranked team and won their first 18 games. On January 26, 1985, the St. John's University Redmen snapped the Hoyas' 29 game win streak (dating back to the prior season), in what was the first of an unprecedented four contests this season. Their next meeting on February 27, 1985 was one of the most anticipated games in college basketball history, with Georgetown and St. John's ranked No. 2 and No. 1 respectively. Coach Thompson entered Madison Square Garden wearing a shirt under his blazer in the same sweater pattern as St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca, and as a result the game became known as "the sweater game." The Hoyas easily won the game 85-69, and then defeated the Redmen again just a few weeks later in the 1985 Big East Tournament Finals, capturing their fourth title in six years. The teams met one more time, after both advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. Again No. 1 Georgetown was victorious, easily handling St. John's 77-59. In the title game the Hoyas found themselves matched up with another conference rival in Villanova, whom they had beaten twice that season. An overwhelming favorite going into the game, Georgetown was upset by the Wildcats 66-64, who shot a record 78.6 percent (22 of 28) from the floor, denying Georgetown back-to-back titles. [14] Ewing graduated, having helped his team to a 121–23 record in his four years, and was the first player in school history to be drafted with the first overall pick. [15]

Georgetown playing Princeton in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament Georgetown-Princeton 1989.jpg
Georgetown playing Princeton in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament

Following the enormous heights of Ewing's four-year run, the program continued its success in the years that followed. Senior Reggie Williams led the Hoyas to both Big East regular season and tournament championships in the 1986–87 season. Freshman Alonzo Mourning and sophomore Dikembe Mutombo helped win both titles in the 1988–89 season. Mourning and Mutombo were both excellent shot blockers; Mourning led the nation in 1988–89, [16] and fans created a "Rejection Row" section under the basket. [17] They repeated both championships in the 1989–90 season and won the regular season title in the 1991-92 season.

In the 1994–95 season, newcomer Allen Iverson won the Big East Rookie of the Year award. [18] During his two years at Georgetown, Iverson scored a Georgetown-record 22.9 points per game. [19] In 1995–96, he propelled the Hoyas to a major upset over the Connecticut Huskies during the season, but Georgetown later lost to the Huskies in the final seconds of that year's Big East Tournament. [14] In the NCAA Tournament, the Hoyas came up one game short of the Final Four, losing to the University of Massachusetts, the top ranked team in the country.

In the 1996–97 season, with an 11–7 conference record, the Hoyas won the regular season Big East 7 Division title for the second year in a row, but fell in the first round of the 1997 NCAA tournament. In December 1997, just after the beginning of the 1997-98 season, the team moved back into Washington, D.C. with the construction of a new arena, the Verizon Center (originally MCI Center), in Chinatown. The 1997-98 campaign ended in an overtime loss to Georgia Tech in the NIT. [20]

Thompson retired abruptly in the midst of the 1998–99 season on January 8, 1999, citing marriage problems, and was replaced by his assistant Craig Esherick. [21] Under Thompson, 26 players were chosen in the NBA Draft, eight in the first round, including two players selected first overall; Ewing by the New York Knicks in 1985 and Iverson by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. Over his 26½ seasons, Thompson's Hoyas went an impressive 596–239 (.714), running off a streak of 24 postseason appearances with 20 in the NCAA tournament and four in the NIT. [6] He was honored as the National Coach of the Year three times during his career at Georgetown, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Craig Esherick era (1999–2004)

Craig Esherick coached the Georgetown Hoyas basketball squad from January 1999 to March 2004. Esherick was a four-year player for the men's basketball team from 1974 to 1978 and then the lead assistant coach under John Thompson Jr. from 1981 to 1999. The team finished with a 15–15 record in his first season – going 8–10 after Thompson resigned and Esherick took over –before losing to Princeton in the first round of the 1999 NIT. They improved in 1999-2000, going 19–15 and accepting an invitation to the 2000 NIT. After winning the first-round game in triple overtime over Virginia, [22] the Hoyas lost in the second-round game to California. [23]

In 2000–01, led by future top NBA Draft pick Michael Sweetney, they made the NCAA tournament after finishing 23–7 in the regular season. In the opening round of the NCAA tournament the 7th-seeded Hoyas advanced past 10th-seeded Arkansas on a game-winning shot at the buzzer by Nat Burton. The Hoyas subsequently beat Hampton, and then lost to third-seeded Maryland in the Sweet Sixteen. [24]

In 2001–02, the Hoyas went 19–11, barely missing an NCAA tournament bid. The team rejected a bid to the 2002 NIT bid because of travel-arrangement issues associated with the players' ability to attend classes, resulting in their first season without a postseason tournament since 1973-74. [25] In 2002-03, the Hoyas finished the regular season with a 19–15 record, and accepted a bid to the 2003 NIT, where they made it to the final but lost to Big East rival St. John's. [26] Sweetney was named a second-team All-American and was drafted with the ninth pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. [27]

In Esherick's final season, 2003–04, the Hoyas struggled to a 13–15 overall record and a dismal 4–12 Big East record, and for the first time since the 1973-74 season received no invitation to either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. The 13 wins were the team's fewest since the 1973–74 season and Esherick was fired after 5½ seasons as head coach on March 15, 2004, five days after an opening-round loss in the Big East Tournament to Boston College. He had posted a 103–74 (.597) record during his tenure as head coach. Georgetown began a national search for a new coach after Esherick's firing that resulted in the hiring of John Thompson III. [28]

John Thompson III era (2004–2017)

John Thompson III took over coaching duties in April 2004. John Thompson III.jpg
John Thompson III took over coaching duties in April 2004.

On April 21, 2004, John Thompson III was selected as the head coach of the Hoyas. The son of the legendary Hoyas coach took over the position after over a decade at Princeton University. The younger Thompson was a player for the Tigers from 1984 to 1988, was an assistant coach at Princeton from 1995 to 2000, and then took over as head coach at Princeton until his move to the Hoyas. Thompson's head coaching stint at Princeton was marked with success as he led the Tigers to three Ivy League titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT appearance. [28]

Thompson brought with him an adaptation of the Princeton offense as an offensive philosophy to Georgetown. He had learned it under the tutelage of legendary coach Pete Carril at Princeton and began to adjust the strategy to the more athletic players he would be coaching at Georgetown. Thompson III also immediately brought two new assistant coaches to Georgetown in Robert Burke and Kevin Broadus. [29]

Thompson inherited three players that Esherick had recruited: Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, and Tyler Crawford. He also brought with him a former Princeton recruit, Jonathan Wallace and saw the return of two major contributors from the previous Georgetown team in Brandon Bowman, Ashanti Cook, and Darrel Owens. John Thompson III's first notable win with the team took place on January 21, 2006 in the 16th game of the 2005–06 season, when unranked Georgetown upset No. 1 Duke. This was Georgetown's first win over a No. 1 ranked team in 21 years. [30]

The team being presented with the trophy for East Regional Champions in the NCAA Tournament 2007 Georgetown Hoyas NCAA East Regional Champions.jpg
The team being presented with the trophy for East Regional Champions in the NCAA Tournament

The 2006–07 season marked the centennial of Hoya hoops, which was celebrated by honoring some of the team's most famous alumni at the Georgetown-Marquette game on February 10, 2007. Led by juniors Green, Hibbert, Wallace, Patrick Ewing, Jr., the son of the Georgetown player from the elder Thompson era, the Hoyas won their first regular-season Big East Championship since 1992 and defeated Pittsburgh to win their first Big East Tournament championship since 1989. Jeff Green was named the Big East Player of the Year and the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. In the NCAA Tournament, the Hoyas beat North Carolina in the Regional Final when their defense caused North Carolina to suffer an improbable collapse in which UNC missed 22 of their final 23 field goal attempts. [31] The Hoyas then advanced to the Final Four where they fell to an Ohio State team led by Greg Oden.

Georgetown faced the Pittsburgh Panthers for the Big East tournament final in 2007 and 2008. Georgetown Hoyas vs. Pittsburgh Panthers 2007.jpg
Georgetown faced the Pittsburgh Panthers for the Big East tournament final in 2007 and 2008.

The 2007–08 Hoyas finished with a regular season record of 27–5, and again won the conference regular season title. They lost to Pittsburgh in the Big East Tournament championship game. [32] They received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost their second-round game. After the season, Roy Hibbert, Jonathan Wallace, and Patrick Ewing Jr. all graduated, while Vernon Macklin and Jeremiah Rivers both transferred from the school. [33]

The Hoyas began their 2008–09 season ranked No. 22 AP/No. 18 Coaches, however, college basketball's toughest strength of schedule eventually wore down a team that was also one of the youngest. [34] The Hoyas were 7–11 in Big East play for a 12th-place finish, followed by a first-round loss in the Big East Tournament. The Hoyas accepted a bid to the NIT, but lost in the first round to Baylor.

In 2009–10, the team finished the season 23–11, and 10–8 in Big East play. They advanced to the championship game of the Big East Tournament before losing to West Virginia. They received an at–large bid to the NCAA Tournament, earning a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, where they were upset by No. 14 seed Ohio in the First Round. Greg Monroe entered the NBA Draft as a sophomore and was selected by the Detroit Pistons.

The 2010–11 team was led by Austin Freeman and Chris Wright. The team scored multiple early wins over ranked teams, including an overtime win at No. 9 Missouri, but their stumbles at the end of the season coincided with Wright breaking his hand and missing three games. The team received an at-large bid as a No. 6 seed, but lost in their first game of the NCAA Tournament to No. 11-seeded and eventual Final Four participant VCU. [35]

Prior to the 2011–12 season, the Hoyas made a goodwill trip to China for several matches with local teams. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attended their first game, a win over the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons. Their second game against the Bayi Rockets, however, ended in a brawl, causing the team to leave the court while Chinese fans threw garbage and debris. [36] Georgetown won its final games, against the Liaoning Dinosaurs and the Taiwanese national team without incident. [37] [38] The Hoyas finished the season in fourth place in the Big East and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed in the Midwest. After a win in the Second Round, they were upset by No. 11-seeded NC State.

The 2012–13 season saw the Hoyas as the top overall seed in the Big East Tournament based on a tiebreaker, but lost in the semifinals. Georgetown received a bid as a No. 2 seed in the South bracket in the NCAA Tournament, facing tournament newcomer Florida Gulf Coast University in the Second Round. Georgetown lost to the 15th-seeded Eagles 78–68, the seventh number two seed to lose to a 15 seed. It was the fourth consecutive season the Hoyas were eliminated by a double-digit seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The 2013–14 season was the team's first after Georgetown and six other schools left the original Big East Conference and joined Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in forming the new Big East Conference – part of a major conference realignment in which several other teams moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference from the old Big East and the old Big East became the American Athletic Conference. Like the previous year, the 2013–14 season started abroad, with the Hoyas playing in the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys near Pyeongtaek, South Korea. [39] After a 17–13 regular-season record followed by an upset in the first round of the Big East Tournament at the hands of last-place DePaul, the team received a No. 4 seed in the NIT, losing in the second round to top-seeded Florida State. [40]

In 2014–15, the Hoyas rebounded from their previous season's performance. Ranked as high as No. 21 at times, they completed the regular season with a 20–7 record and a second-place finish in the Big East, and advanced to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament before losing to Xavier. Ranked No. 22 in the country, they received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost to Utah in the third round. [41]

The Hoyas under Thompson III struggled for the next two years. They began their 2015–16 season with a four-game exhibition trip to Italy and Switzerland, and early in the regular season defeated No. 14 Syracuse, but then staggered to a 15–18 finish. They failed to receive an invitation to either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT for the first time since 2004 and only the second time since 1974.

During the 2016–17 season, Georgetown defeated three ranked teams—No. 13 Oregon, No. 16 Creighton, and No. 11 Butler—as well as their former Big East rivals Syracuse and Connecticut, but they finished ninth in the Big East with a 5–13 conference record—the most losses they had ever suffered in a season in either version of the Big East Conference—and lost to St. John's in the first round of the 2017 Big East Tournament to finish 14–18. They missed both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT for the second straight year, the first time they had missed the postseason in back-to-back seasons since 1974, and Thompson became the first Georgetown head coach to preside over consecutive losing seasons since John "Jack" Magee in 1970-71 and 1971-72. On March 23, 2017, Georgetown officials announced that Thompson had been fired. [42] [43] [44]

Patrick Ewing era (2017–present)

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Patrick Ewing returned to Georgetown as head coach in 2017.

On April 3, 2017, Georgetown University announced that it had hired Patrick Ewing, the school's most decorated player, as its head coach. In his four years as a player at Georgetown, Ewing led the Hoyas to three Big East championships, three Final Fours, and the 1984 National Championship. Prior to taking over as the program's head coach, Ewing had spent the previous thirteen years as an assistant coach in the NBA, working for four different franchises under the tutelage of coaches such as Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, and Steve Clifford.

In 2017–18, Georgetown finished with a 15–15 record and 5–13 in the Big East. The Hoyas won the first eight games of Ewing's tenure, and finished their non-conference schedule with a 10–1 record, but struggled in conference play. The season ended with a 77-88 loss to St. John's in the first round of the Big East Tournament. The team did not participate in any postseason tournament.

In Ewing's second season, the 2018–19 team finished 19–12 and 9–9 in the Big East, in a four-way tie for third place in the conference, their highest finish since 2015. Signature wins included an 85–73 win against No. 17 Villanova, the defending national champions, and an 86–84 win at No. 16 Marquette on the final day of the regular season, denying the Golden Eagles a share of the conference title. At the conclusion of the conference schedule, Jesse Govan was named First Team All-Big East, James Akinjo was named Big East Freshman of the Year, and Mac McClung and Josh LeBlanc were named to the All-Big East Freshman Team. The Hoyas lost their first game in the 2019 Big East Tournament to Seton Hall 57-73. They were selected to play in the 2019 NIT, their first postseason appearance since 2015, but dropped their first-round game 68-71 to Harvard.

The following season the 2019–20 Hoyas finished 15–17 and 5–13 in the Big East. In November, the team participated in the Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City where they beat No. 22 Texas 82–66, and moved to the final to face No. 1 Duke. Despite having a double digit lead in the first half vs Duke, the Hoyas ultimately fell 73-81. On December 2, 2020, Ewing announced that James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc would transfer. Just over a week later, two more players in Galen Alexander and Myron Gardner, announced their intentions to transfer as well, leaving the Hoyas with only 9 scholarship players. In conference, wins over No. 19 Butler and No. 25 Creighton were highlights, but injuries and a thin roster saw the Hoyas lose their final 7 games, including a 62-75 loss in the opening round of the 2020 Big East Tournament to St. John's. All postseason tournaments were subsequently cancelled due to COVID-19.

The 2020–21 Hoyas finished the season 10–13 and 7–9 in the Big East. Before the season started, leading scorer Mac McClung announced his decision to transfer to Texas Tech. With the early departure of Omer Yurtseven, and the four midseason transfers from the prior year, the 2020–21 Hoyas consisted of eight new players (five freshmen and three transfers). Because of COVID-19 protocols, the team played all of its home games on campus at McDonough Arena without fans. After a 69-74 loss at Syracuse, the team went on a 21-day pause due to COVID-19 protocols. After the hiatus, the team returned to win six of its next ten games, including a 86–79 win at No. 15 Creighton. The Hoyas 7–9 record led to an 8th place finish in the conference. At the 2021 Big East Tournament, the team won its first tournament game under Ewing, with a 68–49 victory over Marquette in the opening round, then followed that up with wins against top-seeded Villanova and Seton Hall, sending them to the title game where they defeated Creighton 73–48 for their first title since 2007, and the eighth in school history, extending their own conference record. The Hoyas earned a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost their opening round game to Colorado 73-96.

Awards and honors

Season-by-season results

SeasonHead coach [45] ConferenceSeason results [46] Tournament resultsFinal poll [47] [note 1]
OverallConferenceConferencePostseason AP Coaches'
WinsLosses %WinsLosses %Finish
1906–07 No coach [note 2] Independent22.500nonenone
1907–08 Maurice Joyce Independent51.833nonenone
1908–09 Maurice JoyceIndependent95.643nonenone
1909–10 Maurice JoyceIndependent57.417nonenone
1910–11 Maurice JoyceIndependent137.650nonenone
1911–12 James Colliflower Independent116.647nonenone
1912–13 James ColliflowerIndependent115.688nonenone
1913–14 James ColliflowerIndependent106.625nonenone
1914–15 John O'Reilly Independent88.500nonenone
1915–16 John O'ReillyIndependent96.600nonenone
1916–17 John O'ReillyIndependent84.667nonenone
1917–18 John O'ReillyIndependent86.571nonenone
1918–19 John O'ReillyIndependent91.900nonenone
1919–20 John O'ReillyIndependent131.929nonenone
1920–21 John O'ReillyIndependent104.714nonenone
1921–22 James ColliflowerIndependent113.786nonenone
1922–23 Jock Maloney Independent83.727nonenone
1923–24 John O'ReillyIndependent63.667nonenone
1924–25 John O'ReillyIndependent62.750nonenone
1925–26 John O'ReillyIndependent58.385nonenone
1926–27 John O'ReillyIndependent54.556nonenone
1927–28 Elmer Ripley Independent121.923nonenone
1928–29 Elmer RipleyIndependent125.706nonenone
1929–30 Bill Dudack Independent1312.520nonenone
1930–31 John Colrick Independent516.238nonenone
1931–32 Fred Mesmer Independent611.353nonenone
1932–33 Fred Mesmer Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 611.35335.3754th [note 3] nonenone
1933–34 Fred MesmerEastern Intercollegiate Conference1211.52255.500T-3rd [note 3] nonenone
1934–35 Fred MesmerEastern Intercollegiate Conference613.31617.1255th [note 3] nonenone
1935–36 Fred MesmerEastern Intercollegiate Conference711.38955.5005th [note 3] nonenone
1936–37 Fred MesmerEastern Intercollegiate Conference98.52937.300T-5th [note 3] nonenone
1937–38 Fred MesmerEastern Intercollegiate Conference711.38955.500T-3rd [note 3] nonenone
1938–39 Elmer RipleyEastern Intercollegiate Conference139.59164.600T-1st [note 4] [note 3] nonenone
1939–40 Elmer RipleyIndependent810.444nonenone
1940–41 Elmer RipleyIndependent164.800nonenone
1941–42 Elmer RipleyIndependent911.450nonenone
1942–43 Elmer RipleyIndependent225.815 NCAA Runner Up nonenone
1943–44
Basketball program suspended due to World War II [note 5]
1944–45
Basketball program suspended due to World War II [note 5]
1945–46 Ken Engles Independent119.550nonenone
1946–47 Elmer RipleyIndependent197.731nonenone
1947–48 Elmer RipleyIndependent1315.464nonenone
1948–49 Elmer RipleyIndependent915.375 [note 6] none
1949–50 Buddy O'Grady Independent1212.500none
1950–51 Buddy O'GradyIndependent814.364 [note 7]
1951–52 Buddy O'GradyIndependent1510.600
1952–53 Buddy Jeannette Independent137.650 NIT First Round
1953–54 Buddy JeannetteIndependent1118.379
1954–55 Buddy JeannetteIndependent1213.480
1955–56 Buddy JeannetteIndependent1311.542
1956–57 Tom Nolan Independent1111.500
1957–58 Tom NolanIndependent1011.476
1958–59 Tom NolanIndependent815.348
1959–60 Tom NolanIndependent1112.478
1960–61 Tommy O'Keefe Independent1110.524
1961–62 Tommy O'KeefeIndependent149.609
1962–63 Tommy O'KeefeIndependent1313.500
1963–64 Tommy O'KeefeIndependent1510.600
1964–65 Tommy O'KeefeIndependent1310.565
1965–66 Tommy O'KeefeIndependent168.667
1966–67 John Magee Independent1211.522
1967–68 John MageeIndependent1112.478
1968–69 John MageeIndependent1212.500
1969–70 John MageeIndependent187.720 NIT First Round
1970–71 John MageeIndependent1214.462
1971–72 John MageeIndependent323.115
1972–73 John Thompson, Jr. Independent1214.462
1973–74 John Thompson Jr.Independent1313.500
1974–75 John Thompson Jr.Independent1810.643 ECAC South Region
Tournament
Champions [note 8]
NCAA First Round
1975–76 John Thompson Jr.Independent217.750 ECAC South Region
Tournament
Champions [note 8]
NCAA First Round
1976–77 John Thompson Jr.Independent199.679 ECAC South Region
Tournament
Semifinal [note 8]
NIT First Round
1977–78 John Thompson Jr.Independent238.742 ECAC South-Upstate Region
Tournament
Semifinal [note 8]
NIT Fourth Place 20
1978–79 John Thompson Jr.Independent245.828 ECAC South-Upstate Region
Tournament
Champions [note 8]
NCAA Second Round 12
1979–80 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference [note 9] 266.81351.833T-1st Champions NCAA Regional Final 1110
1980–81 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference2012.62595.6432nd Semifinal NCAA First Round
1981–82 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference307.811104.7142nd Champions NCAA Runner-Up 67
1982–83 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference2210.688115.6884th Quarterfinal NCAA Second Round 2020
1983–84 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference343.919142.8751st Champions NCAA National Champions 22
1984–85 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference353.921142.8752nd Champions NCAA Runner-Up 11
1985–86 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference248.750115.6883rd Semifinal NCAA Second Round 1315
1986–87 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference295.853124.750T-1st Champions NCAA Regional Final 44
1987–88 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference2010.66797.563T-3rd Quarterfinal NCAA Second Round
1988–89 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference295.853133.8131st Champions NCAA Regional Final 22
1989–90 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference247.774115.6883rd Semifinal NCAA Second Round 86
1990–91 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference1913.59488.5006th Final NCAA Second Round 23
1991–92 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference2210.688126.667T-1st Final NCAA Second Round 2218
1992–93 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference2013.606810.4448th Quarterfinal NIT Final
1993–94 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference1912.613108.556T-4th Final NCAA Second Round
1994–95 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference2110.677117.6114th Semifinal NCAA Regional Semifinal 2216
1995–96 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference298.853135.8131st
Big East 7
Division
Final NCAA Regional Final 47
1996–97 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference2010.667117.6111st
Big East 7
Division
Semifinal NCAA First Round
1997–98 John Thompson Jr.Big East Conference1615.516612.333T-5th
Big East 7
Division
Quarterfinal NIT Second Round
1998–99 John Thompson Jr.
Craig Esherick [note 10]
Big East Conference1516.484612.33310th Quarterfinal NIT First Round
1999–2000 Craig EsherickBig East Conference1915.559610.375T-8th Semifinal NIT Second Round
2000–01 Craig EsherickBig East Conference258.758106.625T-2nd
West Division
Quarterfinal NCAA Regional Semifinal 2117
2001–02 Craig EsherickBig East Conference1911.63397.563T-3rd
West Division
Quarterfinal
2002–03 Craig EsherickBig East Conference1915.559610.3755th
West Division
Quarterfinal NIT Final
2003–04 Craig EsherickBig East Conference1314.481412.250T-12th First Round
2004–05 John Thompson III Big East Conference1915.55988.500T-7th Quarterfinal NIT Quarterfinal
2005–06 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference2310.697106.625T-4th Semifinal NCAA Regional Semifinal 2316
2006–07 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference307.811133.8131st Champions NCAA Final Four 84
2007–08 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference286.824153.8331st Final NCAA Second Round 812
2008–09 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference1615.516711.389T-11th First Round NIT First Round
2009–10 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference2311.676108.556T-7th Final NCAA First Round 14
2010–11 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference2111.656108.556T-6th Second Round NCAA Second Round
2011–12 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference249.727126.667T-4th Quarterfinal NCAA Third Round 1517
2012–13 John Thompson III Big East Conference [note 9] 256.806144.778T-1st Semifinal NCAA Second Round 817
2013–14 John Thompson III Big East Conference [note 9] 1815.545810.4447th First Round NIT Second Round
2014–15 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference2211.667126.667T-2nd Semifinal NCAA Second Round 2224
2015–16 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference1518.455711.3898th Quarterfinal
2016–17 John Thompson IIIBig East Conference1418.438513.2789th First round
2017–18 Patrick Ewing Big East Conference1515.500513.2788th First round
2018–19 Patrick EwingBig East Conference1914.57699.500T-3rd Quarterfinal NIT First Round -
2019–20 Patrick EwingBig East Conference1517.469513.278T-8th First Round Postseason cancelled (COVID-19)--
2020-21 Patrick EwingBig East Conference1313.50079.4388th Champions NCAA First Round -
Legend

  National champion
  National runner-up
  Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
  Conference regular season champion
  Conference division regular season champion
  Conference tournament champion

Conference Championships: 11

Conference Tournament Championships: 11

NCAA Tournament

National Invitation Tournament

Postseason history

NCAA tournament seeds

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Year '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '94 '95 '96 '97 '01 '06 '07 '08 '10 '11 '12 '13 '15 '21
Seed #3371511418138696210107223632412

NCAA tournament results

The Hoyas have made 31 appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. They have a record of 47–30.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1943 Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
NYU
DePaul
Wyoming
W 55–36
W 53–49
L 46–34
1975 QuarterfinalsCentral MichiganL 75–77
1976 QuarterfinalsArizonaL 76–83
1979 Second RoundRutgersL 58–64
1980 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Iona
Maryland
Iowa
W 74–71
W 74–68
L 80–81
1981 First RoundJames MadisonL 55–61
1982 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Wyoming
Fresno State
Oregon State
Louisville
North Carolina
W 51–43
W 58–40
W 69–45
W 50–46
L 62–63
1983 First Round
Second Round
Alcorn State
Memphis State
W 68–63
L 57–66
1984 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
SMU
UNLV
Dayton
Kentucky
Houston
W37–36
W 62–48
W 61–49
W 53–40
W 84–75
1985 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Lehigh
Temple
Loyola-Chicago
Georgia Tech
St. John's
Villanova
W 68–43
W 63–46
W 65–53
W 60–54
W 77–59
L 64–66
1986 First Round
Second Round
Texas Tech
Michigan State
W 70–64
L 68–80
1987 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Bucknell
Ohio State
Kansas
Providence
W 75–53
W 82–79
W 70–57
L 73–88
1988 First Round
Second Round
LSU
Temple
W 66–63
L 53–74
1989 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Princeton
Notre Dame
North Carolina State
Duke
W 50–49
W 81–74
W 69–61
L 77–85
1990 First Round
Second Round
Texas Southern
Xavier
W 70–52
L 71–74
1991 First Round
Second Round
Vanderbilt
UNLV
W 70–60
L 54–62
1992 First Round
Second Round
South Florida
Florida State
W 75–60
L 68–78
1994 First Round
Second Round
Illinois
Arkansas
W 84–77
L 73–85
1995 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Xavier
Weber State
North Carolina
W 68–63
W 53–51
L 64–74
1996 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Mississippi Valley State
New Mexico
Texas Tech
UMass
W 93–56
W 75–65
W 98–90
L 62–86
1997 First RoundUNC CharlotteL 67–79
2001 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Arkansas
Hampton
Maryland
W 63–61
W 76–57
L 66–76
2006 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Northern Iowa
Ohio State
Florida
W 54–49
W 70–52
L 53–57
2007 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Belmont
Boston College
Vanderbilt
North Carolina
Ohio State
W 80–55
W 62–55
W 66–65
W 96–84 OT
L 60–67
2008 First Round
Second Round
UMBC
Davidson
W 66–47
L 70–74
2010 First RoundOhioL 83–97
2011 First RoundVCUL 56–74
2012 First Round
Second Round
Belmont
North Carolina State
W 74–59
L 63–66
2013 First RoundFlorida Gulf CoastL 68–78
2015 First Round
Second Round
Eastern Washington
Utah
W 84–74
L 64–75
2021 First RoundColoradoL 73–96

NIT results

The Hoyas have gone to the National Invitation Tournament 13 times. They have a record of 15–14.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1953 First RoundLouisvilleL 79–92
1970 First RoundLSUL 82–83
1977 First RoundVirginia TechL 79–83
1978 First Round
Second Round
Semifinal
Third Place Game
Virginia
Dayton
North Carolina State
Rutgers
W 80–78OT
W 71–62
L 85–86
L 72–85
1993 First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Semifinal
Final
Arizona State
UTEP
Miami (Ohio)
UAB
Minnesota
W 78–68
W 71–44
W 66–53
W 45–41
L 61–62
1998 First Round
Second Round
Florida
Georgia Tech
W 71–69
L 79–80OT
1999 First RoundPrincetonL 47–54
2000 First Round
Second Round
Virginia
California
W 115–1113OT
L 49–60
2003 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Tennessee
Providence
North Carolina
Minnesota
St. John's
W 70–60
W 67–58
W 79–74
W 88–74
L 67–70
2005 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinal
Boston University
Cal State Fullerton
South Carolina
W 64–34
W 74–57
L 66–69
2009 First RoundBaylorL 72–74
2014 First Round
Second Round
West Virginia
Florida State
W 77–65
L 90–101
2019 First RoundHarvardL 71–68

Coaches

Traditions

Rivalries

Syracuse University

Georgetown's biggest rival is Syracuse. The two schools have been playing each other since 1930, but their rivalry was solidified in the 1980s as the respective programs were the leading powers during the infancy of the newly formed Big East conference. In 1980, the first season of new conference, Georgetown famously ended Syracuse's 57-game home winning streak in the final game to played at Manley Field House before moving to the Carrier Dome. After the win, Georgetown coach John Thompson declared, "Manley Field House is officially closed". Weeks later, the two schools met in the inaugural Big East Championship, with Georgetown prevailing 87-81. The teams met in four Big East Tournament Championship games during the 1980s, with Georgetown winning all four contests.

The animosity between the programs was further extended when Syracuse announced their decision to leave the Big East effective in 2013 to join the ACC, forcing the split of "Catholic Seven" and the football-playing schools. This led to the creation of the reformed Big East Conference and the American Athletic Conference. However, Georgetown and Syracuse have continued to play each other in all but one of the years following their exit from the conference.

Villanova University

As a fellow Catholic institution and conference foe, Villanova has been a natural rival for the Hoyas for many years. The schools are arguably two of the most successful programs among the group of teams that currently make up the Big East Conference. The rivalry is best known for the 1985 NCAA Championship Game where No. 8-seeded Villanova shocked the highly favored and top-ranked Hoyas 66-64, preventing Georgetown from winning back-to-back titles.

Among current Big East Conference foes, Villanova and UConn are the only schools that have as many Final Four appearances (5) as the Hoyas, and they currently rank third to Georgetown in number of Big East Tournament Championships.

St. John's University

Having first played each other in 1909, St. John's is one of Georgetown's oldest rivals. The two teams played off and on since that first contest until 1965, when they began annually scheduled games, and they only intensified when both programs became founding members of the Big East Conference in 1979. The rivalry was brought to national attention during the 1984-85 NCAA Division I men's basketball season when both programs were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 throughout the season and met on a total of four occasions, including the famous "Sweater Game" at Madison Square Garden, the 1985 Big East Championship, and the 1985 Final Four. The Hoyas won 3 of the 4 matchups that year.

The rivalry gained renewed interest when both schools remained in the new Big East Conference following the many iterations of conference alignment.

University of Connecticut

An original member of the Big East, UConn and Georgetown battled for conference supremacy for multiple decades, until UConn left the conference to join the American Athletic Conference in 2013. One of the most intense periods for the rivalry was the 1995-1996 season where both teams found themselves ranked in the Top 5 throughout most of the year, led by stars Allen Iverson and Ray Allen respectively. During the regular season, Georgetown upset then ranked No. 3 UConn in Washington DC, but a few weeks later at Madison Square Garden, UConn prevailed in a classic Big East Tournament Final 75-74, on a last second shot by Allen.

UConn is the only team to match Georgetown's record of 10 Regular Season titles and is second behind the Hoyas in total conference tournament titles. The schools continued to play each other in their non-conference schedule, and have renewed their rivalry now that UConn has returned to the league in 2020.

Blue and gray

A "Gray Out" at the Verizon Center - later renamed Capital One Arena - in Washington, D.C., as Georgetown plays American on December 29, 2007. Georgetown Hoyas vs. American University.jpg
A "Gray Out" at the Verizon Center – later renamed Capital One Arena – in Washington, D.C., as Georgetown plays American on December 29, 2007.

Georgetown's official colors are blue and gray. The colors were selected in 1876 by the Georgetown College Boat Club (the original crew team) in honor of Georgetown students and alumni who wore the Union blue and Confederate gray in the Civil War. A student committee declared blue and gray "as appropriate colors for the Boat Club and expressive of the feeling of unity between the Northern and Southern boys of the College", and recommended its adoption for the team. [48] By the time the men's varsity basketball team was formed, the blue and gray colors were already widely adopted by the school.

Presently, Georgetown is one of the few teams to wear gray as their primary home uniform color, as traditionally teams wear white uniforms at home (though the Hoyas do have a white alternate jersey that is worn on occasion). Fans are generally encouraged to wear gray to home games, and sellouts are referred to as a "gray out."

Kenner League

Each summer Georgetown University's McDonough Gymnasium hosts the Kenner League. Named after one of the founders and first director of the Metropolitan Police Boys' and Girls' Club of Washington DC, the Kenner league is the only NCAA sanctioned summer league in Washington DC. Formed in 1982, the league allows Georgetown players to continue their development in an NCAA-structured environment, and to stay within view of watchful eyes on a college campus (even if the coaches were not allowed there by NCAA rules). From its humble beginnings, the Kenner legacy continued to build throughout the 1980s, with coverage in the Washington Post beginning around 1986, then a high school bracket following soon thereafter, and ultimately the arrival of "senior" teams featuring a mix of former Georgetown players, visiting NBA stars, and local hoop legends.

Kenner continued to grow, with more fans making the trip weekly to the gymnasium for a series of weeknight and weekend games each summer. As new recruits arrived at Georgetown, following them at the Kenner League became a priority for fans. Many fans might think Georgetown runs the Kenner League, but it does not. The league is an independent effort, whose organizers must raise money from Nike and team sponsors to cover the cost of officials, jerseys, and other organizational costs, and maintain NCAA certification. As summer leagues go, Kenner is among the longest running of its kind. Since the league has been in existence, nearly 200 Georgetown players have played in the Kenner League. [49]

Alumni

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Allen Iverson
Dikembe Mutombo Lipofsky-Dikembe Mutombo.jpg
Dikembe Mutombo
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Otto Porter Jr.
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Alonzo Mourning
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Jeff Green

The Hoyas have an excellent history of preparing players for the NBA. Two Hoyas were the NBA first overall draft picks: Patrick Ewing in 1985 and Allen Iverson in 1996. Alonzo Mourning was the second overall pick in the 1992 draft. Dikembe Mutombo also was drafted in the first round, 4th overall [50] Other alumni have gone undrafted, but entered the NBA later, such as Jaren Jackson in 1989 and Henry Sims and Chris Wright in 2013. [51] [52]

Several Hoya basketball players are famous purely for their off-court accomplishments. Brendan Gaughan, who walked onto the basketball squad, is a driver in NASCAR's Truck Series and also raced one season in the Cup Series. James L. Jones, who played for the Hoyas in the mid-1960s before joining the Marine Corps, went on to become Commandant of the Marine Corps, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and President Obama's National Security Advisor. Paul Tagliabue, who played in the early 1960s and was one of the leading rebounders in school history, [53] became Commissioner of the National Football League from 1989–2006 and later served as Georgetown's Chairman of the Board of Directors. Henry Hyde, who led Georgetown to its first national final, was elected a member of Congress from Illinois and Chairman of House Judiciary Committee. He received the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. William Shea, who played in the 1920s, was the New York attorney who brought the New York Mets to the city. Shea Stadium, now demolished and replaced on-site by the Mets' current home of Citi Field, was named in his honor.

NBA draft picks

YearRoundPick [54] OverallNameTeam
2013 133 Otto Porter Jr. Washington Wizards
2010 177 Greg Monroe Detroit Pistons
2009 2535 DaJuan Summers Detroit Pistons
2008 11717 Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers
2008 21342 Patrick Ewing, Jr. Sacramento Kings
2007 155 Jeff Green Boston Celtics
2003 199 Mike Sweetney New York Knicks
2001 22150 Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje Portland Trail Blazers
1998 21443 Jahidi White Washington Wizards
1996 111 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
1996 12626 Jerome Williams Detroit Pistons
1996 2130 Othella Harrington Houston Rockets
1995 22958 Don Reid Detroit Pistons
1992 122 Alonzo Mourning Charlotte Hornets
1991 144 Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets
1987 144 Reggie Williams Los Angeles Clippers
1986 22044 David Wingate Philadelphia 76ers
1986 22347 Michael Jackson New York Knicks
1986 4676Michael Graham Seattle SuperSonics
1986 73142Ralph Dalton Cleveland Cavaliers
1985111 Patrick Ewing New York Knicks
1985 2226 Bill Martin Indiana Pacers
1984 5194Gene Smith Indiana Pacers
1984 911195Fred Brown Atlanta Hawks
1982 11313 Sleepy Floyd New Jersey Nets
1982 41079Eric Smith Portland Trail Blazers
1982 823184Ed Spriggs Boston Celtics
1981 106209Mike Frazier Atlanta Hawks
1980 11919 John Duren Utah Jazz
1980 2528Craig Shelton Atlanta Hawks
1980 816176Al Dutch Seattle SuperSonics
1979 1018202Steve Martin Washington Bullets
1978 41177Derrick Jackson Golden State Warriors
1978 714145Ed Hopkins Washington Bullets
1976 815137Merlin Wilson Washington Bullets
1972 41663Art White Milwaukee Bucks
1970 163225Paul Favorite Cincinnati Royals
1969 118149Jim Supple Cincinnati Royals
1967 2214Steve Sullivan Detroit Pistons
1967 8786Frank Holloendoner Cincinnati Royals
1964 10178Jim Christy New York Knicks
1962 7557Bob Sharpenter Syracuse Nationals
  Active players    Top overall pick

Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

See also

Notes

  1. The Associated Press began men's basketball team rankings during the 1948–49 season. The Coaches' Poll began publishing its rankings during the 1950–51 season.
  2. An elected student manager led the team during the 1906-07 season.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 The Eastern Intercollegiate Conference never held a post-season tournament during its seven seasons of existence.
  4. In previous seasons, the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference had held a single-game playoff to determine the conference champion in the event of a first-place tie at the end of the regular season. At the end of the 1938-39 season, Georgetown and Carnegie Tech finished tied for first with identical 6-4 conference records, but no playoff game took place. Instead, the teams were declared conference co-champions.
  5. 1 2 Georgetown suspended all of its athletic programs from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II.
  6. First season for the AP Poll
  7. First season for the Coaches' Poll
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 Although remaining an independent, Georgetown participated annually from 1975 through 1979 in one of the regional ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) not a true athletic conference, but rather a loose sports federation of colleges and universities in the eastern United States organized these tournaments beginning in 1975 so that ECAC members who were NCAA Division I independents in basketball could play in post-season tournaments that gave their winners automatic bids to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In this way, these ECAC tournaments played the same role for independents that conference tournaments did for members of basketball conferences.
  9. 1 2 3 Georgetown was a founding member of the original Big East Conference of 1979-2013. In 2013, Georgetown left the original Big East to become a founding member of the new Big East Conference. The original Big East Conference then was renamed the American Athletic Conference.
  10. Thompson resigned on January 8, 1999, and Esherick immediately succeeded him as head coach.
  11. As an independent, Georgetown won three ECAC regional basketball tournaments, in 1975, 1976, and 1979.

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1981–82 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1981–82 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1981–82 NCAA Division I basketball season. Led by tenth-year head coach John Thompson, it was the first season in which they played their home games at the Capital Centre in suburban Landover, Maryland, except for five games at McDonough Gymnasium on campus in Washington, D.C.

1983–84 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1983–84 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1983–84 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson coached them in his 12th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, except for one game played at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.. The team was a member of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 34-3 overall, 14-2 in Big East play. They won both the Big East regular-season championship, the 1984 Big East Tournament championship, and they defeated Houston in the 1984 NCAA Tournament final to win the first national championship in Georgetown history.

The 1984–85 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1984–85 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his 13th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 35-3, 14-2 in Big East play. They won the 1985 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament and advanced to the final of the 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which they lost to Big East rival Villanova in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history. They were ranked No. 1 in the season's final Associated Press Poll and Coaches' Poll.

2004–05 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2004–05 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 2004–2005 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Hoyas were coached by John Thompson III – his first year at Georgetown – and played their home games at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. The Hoyas are members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 19–13, 8–8 in Big East play. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2005 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Connecticut They played in the 2005 National Invitation Tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to South Carolina.

2002–03 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2002–03 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 2002–2003 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Hoyas were coached by Craig Esherick and played their home games at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. The Hoyas were members of the West Division of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 19-15, 6-10 in Big East play. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2003 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Syracuse. After declining to participate in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) the previous season, they accepted an invitation to play in the 2003 NIT after failing to receive an NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament bid. Making Georgetown's fourth NIT appearance in six years, they became the second Georgetown men's basketball team in history to reach the NIT final and the first to do since the 1992-93 season, losing it to Big East rival St. John's.

2001–02 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2001–02 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 2001–2002 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Hoyas were coached by Craig Esherick and played most of their home games at the MCI Center in Washington, DC, although they played some home games early in the season at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus. The Hoyas were members of the West Division of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 19-11, 9-7 in Big East play. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Miami in overtime. Missing an at-large bid to the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Georgetown instead received an invitation to play in the 2002 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), but declined it and had no postseason play, the first Georgetown men's basketball team since the 1973-74 season to appear in neither the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.

2000–01 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 2000–01 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 2000–2001 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Hoyas were coached by Craig Esherick and played most of their home games at the MCI Center in Washington, DC, although they played some home games early in the season at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus. The Hoyas were members of the West Division of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 25–8, 10–6 in Big East play. Their record earned them a bye in the first round of the 2001 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, but they lost to Seton Hall in the quarterfinals. The first Georgetown men's basketball team to appear in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament since the 1996-97 season and the last one to do so until the 2005-06 season, they reached the West Region semifinals of the 2001 NCAA Tournament before losing to Maryland.

1999–2000 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1999–2000 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1999–2000 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Hoyas were coached by Craig Esherick in his first full season as head coach; he had replaced John Thompson in mid-season the previous year after Thompson's resignation. The Hoyas played most of their home games at the MCI Center in Washington, DC, although they played two home games at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season 19-15, 6-10 in Big East play. They advanced to the semifinals of the 2000 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Connecticut. Not invited to the NCAA Tournament, they appeared in the 2000 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) – their third consecutive NIT appearance – and advanced to the second round before losing to California.

1998–99 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1998–99 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1998–99 NCAA Division I basketball season. They were coached by John Thompson, in his 27th season as head coach until January 8, 1999, when he resigned and Craig Esherick succeeded him. The Hoyas played most of their home games at the MCI Center in Washington, DC, although they played one home game at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season 15–16, 6–12 in Big East play. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1999 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Miami. Not invited to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row, they instead appeared in the 1999 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) – their second consecutive appearance in the NIT – and lost to Princeton in the first round. Georgetown finished with its first losing record since the 1972–73 season.

1996–97 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1996–97 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1996–97 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his 25th season as head coach. Their home court was USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East 7 Division of the Big East Conference, were the regular-season champions of the Big East 7 Division, and finished the season with a record of 20-10, 11-7 in Big East play. Their record earned them a bye in the first round of the 1997 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, and they advanced to the semifinals before losing to Boston College. They received a No. 10 seed in the West Regional of the 1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – Georgetown's 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 years – and lost to No. 7 seed North Carolina-Charlotte in the first round.

1995–96 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1995–96 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1995–96 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his 24th season as head coach. They played their home games at USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East 7 Division of the Big East Conference, were the regular-season champions of the Big East 7 Division, and finished the season with a record of 29-8, 13-5 in Big East play. Their record earned them a bye in the first round of the 1996 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, and they advanced to the tournament final before losing to Connecticut. They were awarded a No. 2 seed in the East Regional of the 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – Georgetown's 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years – and advanced to the East Regional Final before losing to No. 1 seed Massachusetts. They were ranked No. 4 in the season's final Associated Press Poll and No. 7 in the postseason Coaches' Poll.

1992–93 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1992–93 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1992–93 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his 21st season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, except for two games at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 20-13, 8-10 in Big East play. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1993 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Seton Hall. Not invited to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament for the first time since the 1977-78 season, breaking a string of 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, they participated in the 1993 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) – their first NIT appearance since 1978 – and became the first team in Georgetown men's basketball history to advance to the NIT final, which they lost to Minnesota.

1991–92 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1991–92 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1991–92 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his 20th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 22–10, 12–6 in Big East play, sharing the regular-season conference championship with Seton Hall and St. John's. Their record earned them a bye in the first round of the 1992 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, and they advanced to the final before losing to Syracuse. They were the No. 6 seed in the West Region of the 1992 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – the last of 14 consecutive Georgetown NCAA Tournament appearances – and advanced to the second round before losing to West Region No. 3 seed Florida State. They were ranked No. 22 in the season's final Associated Press Poll and No. 18 in the final Coaches' Poll.

1988–89 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1988–89 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1988–89 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his 17th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 29–5, 13–3 in Big East play. They finished as the Big East regular season champions and won the 1989 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, the sixth Big East Tournament championship in Georgetown men's basketball history, defeating Syracuse in the final game. They were the No. 1 seed in the East Region of the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – the 11th of 14 consecutive Georgetown NCAA Tournament appearances – and advanced to the East Region final before losing to the region's No. 2 seed, Duke. They were ranked No. 2 in the season's final Associated Press Poll and Coaches' Poll.

1982–83 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1982–83 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1982–83 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his 11th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 22-10 overall, 11-5 in Big East play. They lost to Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the 1983 Big East Tournament and advanced to the second round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament before losing to Memphis State.

1977–78 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1977–78 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1977-78 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John Thompson, coached them in his sixth season as head coach. An independent, Georgetown played its home games at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C., and finished the season with a record of 23-8. Knocked out of the ECAC South-Upstate Region Tournament in the semifinals, the team missed an NCAA Tournament bid for the second consecutive season. The Hoyas instead appeared in the 1978 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), their second straight NIT appearance, and finished in fourth place.

1985 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship Game

The 1985 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game was the final of the 1985 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and determined the national champion in the 1984–85 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The game was held on April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The Georgetown Hoyas, the tournament's top seed from the East region, faced the Villanova Wildcats, the eighth seed from the Southeast region. The teams came from the same conference, the Big East, and the championship game was the third meeting between them in 1984–85, after two regular season contests. Villanova won the title game by a score of 66–64, in what is considered by analysts to be one of the biggest upsets in an NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament game. The Wildcats had the highest field goal percentage in Final Four history, over 78 percent (22-of-28) in the game, winning their first national championship in men's basketball.

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