Georgetown and upsets
I am posting this in part to combat Steinberg's anti-Hoya bias, but also because I said I'd report in following Georgetown's press conference and practice. But I don't have many exciting things to relate, other than I saw Roy Hibbert make at least two three-pointers while they were doing shooting drills. During the presser, Coach John Thompson III compared Belmont to West Virginia and Notre Dame, in terms of how the Bruins can put several shooters on the floor at the same time. When asked what he learned from the Big East tournament, he responded, "That winning is good."
Big crowd of reporters inside the Hoyas' locker room; the local TV stations are well-represented - both Dave Feldman and Brett Haber are here. For some reason, the TV inside the locker room was tuned to ESPN Classic, which was in the midst of "First Round Upsets Marathon." And on the screen was a 1984 game between fifth-seeded Auburn (featuring Charles Barkley in very short shorts) and 12th-seeded Richmond. Richmond won, 72-71.
I asked Tyler Crawford why on earth the 2nd-seeded Hoyas, on the day before they'll play 15th-seeded Belmont - in a pairing that has produced some stirring upsets - would be watching that. "I have no idea," he said. "That's not cool." (Honestly, I'm not sure any of the Georgetown players were actually paying attention to the TV.)
The biggest cheer during Georgetown's open practice came when Big John walked in and took a courtside seat.
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