The Georgetown Basketball Program represents Georgetown University in NCAA Division 1 men’s intercollegiate basketball competition. It is also known as the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball program. In fact, the said program plays an important role in preparation for the Big East Conference, an intercollegiate athletic meet. Dave Gavitt found it in 1979, and they acknowledge them as a Division 1 multi-sport conference in 2013.
Participating in men’s basketball since 1907, the Georgetown Basketball team won the Big East Conference on 7 occasions. Additionally, they took part in NCAA Tournament 30 times, and in the National Invitation Tournament on 13 occasions. Besides their winning records, The Hoyas are well known for producing numerous successful basketball players. These include legendary NBA players like Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Henry Hyde, and others.
History Of Georgetown Basketball Team
Founded in 1906, Georgetown Basketball (men’s) Team played its first game on February 09, 1907. In this game, they defeated the University of Virginia by a score of 22-11. Eventually, the Hoyas were the regular-season conference co-champions in 1939 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference.
In 1943, the team reached the next level by posting its first-ever 20 wins season. As a result of this success, the team secured a berth in the 1943 NCAA tournament. Undoubtedly, the momentum was hampered when the program was suspended from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II. So, the team faced severe challenges to find a strong foothold in the lean years. Success stories were very irregular in the next 3 decades.
Witnessing a lot of ups and downs, the program went through various eras. These were John Thompson Jr.’s era (1972-1999), Craig Esheric era (1999-2004), John Thompson III era (2004-2017), and Patrick Ewing era (2017-present).
Awards And Honours
The Georgetown Basketball program has always produced great players, bringing glory and pride to its name. In 1984, Patrick Ewing was the Best East Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament. Furthermore, in 1985, he was declared Best East Player of the Year and Associated Press Player of the year. In addition, Patrick Ewing also received the Naismith Player of the Year award in 1985. He was also the Big East Defensive Player of the Year from 1982-1985.
Alonzo Mourning is another name to remember. Alonzo won both Big East Defensive Player of the Year and Big East Player of the Year awards in 1992. Also, he bagged the Big East Defensive Player of the Year award in 1989 and 1990.
Dikembe Mutombo won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 (jointly with Alonzo Mourning) and 1991.
Allen Iverson won Big East Rookie of the Year in 1995 and Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. Meanwhile, John Duren, Reggie Williams, Charles Smith, and Jeff Green were among the other names.
Rivals Of Georgetown Basketball Team
Syracuse University is known to be the biggest rival, and the two teams are competing with each other since 1930. Villanova University, St. John’s University, and the University of Connecticut, have also given a tough competition to this team through years. Sometimes there have been glorious victories, and at times the defeats have agonized the supporters. Having said that, the Georgetown Basketball team has always made his fans to come back and shine like a super champion.