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Casual Hoya 17 hours ago

Sweet Sixteen Open Thread: This Sucks

The Hoyas are done and that sucks, but there's still hoops on that you may or may not watch depending on your level of depression.  In case you will indeed be watching and you want to drown your sorrows in the form of comments on a blog, you're in luck! Let's Go Xavier, I guess. Sweet Sixteen GamesThursday, March 26 (ET) Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter 7:15 p.m. CBS Cleveland I Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Wichita State Shockers Albert/Webber/Elmore/Johnson 7:47 p.m. TBS Los Angeles I North Carolina Tar Heels vs Wisconsin...
Casual Hoya Mar 26, 2015

Next Season: Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios

Rather than dwell on the past, let's take a look at what next season's best case and worst case scenarios might be with the current roster.  We'll update this with the incoming freshman class once we're able to get a look at them in Kenner League. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Best Case: One of the most consistently good players in the III era returns Georgetown to the second weekend of the tournament, hitting big shots throughout the season. DSR wins Big East POY and is an All American. DSR leaves the Hilltop as perhaps, the best point guard to play under JTIII. The Phonebooth chants D-S-R...
Casual Hoya Mar 25, 2015

Thompson's Gamble: Was Josh Smith a Success in Blue and Gray?

Chances are that five years from now, you won't be able to tell me how Joshua Smith performed in his Georgetown debut. "He definitely just fouled out, right?" you'll ask yourself. "Or was that one of those 20-10 games? Who were they even playing? Did they win?" The answer -- as many of you still remember, and the rest of you could probably guess -- is complicated. In the 2013-14 season opener, played against Oregon on a military base in South Korea, Smith dropped a cool 24 points. He shot a blistering 10-of-13 from the field, but only 5-of-9 from the charity stripe. He dominated the paint...
Casual Hoya Mar 24, 2015

Georgetown Hoyas: Season In Review

And so ends another season for the Georgetown Hoyas. After a decisive win over a feisty Eastern Washington team, the Hoyas came up short in a hard-fought battle against the Utah Utes. For the 8th consecutive year Georgetown failed to reach the second weekend. It's difficult for me to wrap my head around this team. The 2014-2015 campaign - my first year as an alumni - was in many ways the most enigmatic one in recent years. No single narrative can really define this team, for better or worse. Certainly the pieces were there: The most highly anticipated freshman class since the current...
Casual Hoya Mar 23, 2015

View from Campus: Season Wrap-Up

The "Gyration Master" is back with one final recap of the Hoyas' final game and a few reasons to be optimistic about Georgetown's future. There isn’t too much to say about Georgetown’s last game. I’ll try to get that out of the way fairly quickly. Things looked good early when the Hoyas hit five early 3-pointers, but once the offense slowed down, Utah clawed back. They played a very physical game, perhaps too physical (looking at you, Jakob Poeltl), that led to Jabril Trawick losing time to injury. They forced Joshua Smith to run with them and drew him into foul trouble. Their defense...
Casual Hoya Mar 23, 2015

Qasual Questions: OK, Now What?

The NCAA Tournament dream is over for the Hoyas, but today is a new day and here are some QQs to ponder about that Georgetown - Utah game: Where did you watch the Georgetown-Utah game? What did you eat or drink during the game? What or who do you blame, if anything or anyone, for the loss to Utah? Does Villanova's loss make you feel any better about ours? How about Kansas's loss? Maryland's? Early expectations for next year's squad?
Casual Hoya Mar 22, 2015

Georgetown Falls to Utah, 75-64, in NCAA Tounrament Round of 32

Hoyas cannot contain sharp-shooting Utes, struggle to generate offense after hot start. Georgetown exited with a merely average NCAA Tournament loss Saturday nigh to a talented, well-coached Utah team. The 75-64 defeat was the result of the Utes' superior offensive execution, Georgetown's struggle to find points after a scorching start, and the last chapter in the Hoyas' season-long battle with foul trouble. The game started out incredibly well for Georgetown, which ran out to a 11-point lead on the back of some hot outside shooting. Some of those early points came from regular contributors...
Casual Hoya Mar 21, 2015

GAMEDAY OPEN THREAD: The Calm Before the Storm

Throw your pregame angst here. Anything goes.
Casual Hoya Mar 20, 2015

Sleeping with the Enemy: The Utes of Utah

Your Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown get set to take on the Utes of Utah in the Round of 32 and as usual we here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON are bringing you everything you need to know about Georgetown's next opponent.  Here with us to shed light on all things Utes is Block U, your trusted source for all of your Utah needs.  Let's do this! Utah! Before we get to the hoops, tell us something about Utah, the school, that we might find interesting. The question we get all the time is: What is a Ute? I was at an NCAA Tournament game Utah played against North Carolina once when a Tar Heel fan...
Casual Hoya Mar 20, 2015

The Casual Awards - ONE DOWN, FIVE TO GO

We won a NCAA tourney game. Let's do the damn thing and win 5 more. Shabbat shalom, everyone!  While you were goaltending three-pointers and guaranteeing victories on silly sports talk shows, we were dancing on the streets of Marrakech while doing our darndest to bring you one more edition of The Casual Awards.  Before moving on to a gut-check Saturday night showdown against the Runnin’ Utes, we once again celebrate and vilify all of those most deserving.  Away we go…. Chris Wright Heart of a Champion Award: Bradley Muthaf*cking Hayes. And that isn’t a damn typo, people. ...
Casual Hoya Mar 20, 2015

View from Campus: Students Revel in Victory

Despite being unable to make it to Portland, Casual Hoya's "Gyration Master" and fellow students reveled in the Hoyas' NCAA Tournament game win. The Georgetown Hoyas did us all a favor Thursday night by providing most of the student body with their first win in the NCAA Tournament, vanquishing the pesky Eagles of Eastern Washington 84-74. The Hoyas built their lead by outscoring Eastern Washington 37-11 over a 10-minute stretch spanning across the late 1st and early 2nd halves, and despite continuous pressing, fouling, and 3-point shooting from Eastern Washington, were able to hold...
Casual Hoya Mar 20, 2015

View from Press Row: Hoyas Advance to Round of 32

No, it wasn't a dream. But if you are Eastern Washington's attention seeking coach, you might have called last night in Portland a nightmare. With what seemed like an entire nation of ‘analysts' picking your beloved Georgetown Hoyas to lose yet another NCAA Tournament game to a double digit seeded team, the good guys in the traditional Grey uniforms flipped the switch and reversed course by notching a double digit win thanks to some unlikely heroes. We've already put out a great recap which you can read here but there's still some stuff we need to talk as the Hoyas are literally 40...
Casual Hoya Mar 20, 2015

Bring on the Utes: #4 Georgetown 84, #13 Eastern Washington 74

Just a ho-hum double-digit victory over a double-digit seed. OH YEAH AND HOYAS WIN. After 96-plus hours of feverish cheering from the talking heads, bloggers, and every other jackass that wanted to see 3s rain on our beloved Hoyas, Georgetown came out Thursday night and took care of business, beating pre-annointed Cinderella Eastern Washington, 84-74. The win was uneven but also indescribably beautiful for a fan base that has weathered storm after storm over the past several NCAA Tournaments. The Hoyas advance to face a beast of an opponent in #5-seeded Utah Saturday night. Georgetown's...
Casual Hoya Mar 19, 2015

A Call to Arms: Preparing to Celebrate Hoya Salvation Day

Dear Georgetown People: Good morning.  In less than 24 hours, Hoyas from here will join others from around the world.  And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind.  Mankind -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today.  We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore.  We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that yesterday was the 18th of March, a date that represents past embarrassments (think Ohio, VCU, NC State). That's the past. Today is a new day.  With a new foe: Eastern Washington.  We're fighting...
Casual Hoya Mar 18, 2015

Sleeping with the Enemy: The Eagles of Eastern Washington

Your Fighting Hoyas of Georgetown are getting set to do battle with Eastern Washington in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and as usual we here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON are bringing you everything you need to know about Georgetown's next opponent.  Here with us to dish on all things Eagles is Jonathan Reed of Big Sky Basketball, your trusted source for all of your Big Sky needs.  Let's do this! 1) Eastern Washington Eagles! How does it feel to be the first 13 seed in NCAA Tournament history to be favored by the national media in this game but a 7.5 point underdog in Vegas?It...
Casual Hoya Mar 17, 2015

2 Reasons Eastern Washington Might Beat Georgetown (And 5 Reasons The Hoyas Will Probably Win)

The Eagles are everyone's favorite Cinderella. Can the Hoyas avoid another early upset? Another year, another forecast upset. No sooner had Georgetown been slotted as a 4 seed and sent to Portland to play 13 seed Eastern Washington, than the forecasts of the Hoyas' imminent doom started rolling in. Pundits pointed to the Hoyas' over-seeding and their string of recent early exits from the NCAA tournament, and figured Georgetown was primed for another upset. Those same experts saw Eastern Washington's run-and-gun, 3-jacking attack spearheaded by The Nation's Leading Scorer Tyler Harvey, and...
Casual Hoya Mar 17, 2015

Pull Yourself Together, Man: BET Moments Challenge Rampant Cynicism

All season long the consensus has been that the Hoyas play better basketball when cast in an underdog role. That wish has come true, though things are looking good heading into the Dance. Okay, haters to the left. Did everybody get a sufficient amount of paranoid ranting out of their systems yesterday? Has the collective consciousness of the media and your March Madness twitter feed familiarized you with every possible reason to lose sleep over our upcoming matchup? Good. Time to switch things up. The NCAA tournament kicks off TONIGHT in Dayton and your Georgetown Hoyas will take on the...
Casual Hoya Mar 16, 2015

Bulletin Board Material: Us Against The World

Yesterday we revealed some "hot takes" from national media folk who jumped on the Eastern Washington bandwagon. Today, there's more!  Since I know the coaching staff and players are going to read this, here you go. Three things the selection committee got right and three it got wrong | The Dagger - Yahoo SportsWhat it got wrong: Georgetown as a No. 4 seed. One team is 27-6. The other is 21-10. One team boasts a 5-4 record against the RPI top 50. The other is 4-10. One team has eight victories over NCAA tournament teams. The other has five. Sounds like two teams who probably should be on...
Casual Hoya Mar 15, 2015

Haters Gonna Hate: Compilation of National Media's Hot Takes on Georgetown v. Eastern Washington

We figured it would be a good idea to compile some of the tweets and hot takes from the national media's reactions to 4th seeded Georgetown's opening round game against 13th seeded Eastern Washington. Special thanks for JGD for keeping track. The Big Lead:(Worth noting that this guy @JasonMcIntyre thinks that by the time this game tips that Eastern Washington will be favored. The Line is currently Hoyas -8 per VegasInsider.)Eastern Washington (13) vs. Georgetown (4) in the South The Hoyas are grossly over-seeded. In their last four trips to the tournament, they've lost in the first round...
Casual Hoya Mar 15, 2015

Gamblers Anonymous: What Vegas is Saying About Hoyas v. Eastern Washington

The Hoyas are an 8 point favorite over Eastern Washington on Thursday, which seems crazy considering the wave of media that has picked the plucky Eagles to upset our mighty boys in Blue and Gray. Below is what one sage Vegas oddsmaker has to say about both squads: Eastern Washington: I'm still mad at them for covering on a missed FT offensive rebound against Idaho! They cannot play ANY defense.The Big Sky Conference is just not very good - but they can shoot - they won't do well against a team that WANTS to play defense and take them seriously - but against some teams that don't - they may...

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