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Sunday, November 18, 2007

NY Post Picks Hoyas To Win It All

The New York Post this morning predicted that JTIII and the Georgetown Hoyas will be cutting down the nets in San Antonio in 2008.


Unlike last season, when the Hoyas weren't a known commodity, they won't surprise anyone in '07-08. Georgetown and Louisville were the preseason picks to win the Big East title. Georgetown won the regular-season and tournament titles last season. "When you go through an experience like that, we know how hard and how tough it was to get to that point, let alone exceed that point," guard Jonathan Wallace said. "It leaves a taste in your mind. It's a bittersweet taste." The Hoyas are not an eye-candy team such as Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina or Kansas, which can score in streams. Their Princeton offense is as monotonous as a leaky faucet - drip, drip, drip. "I have to remind our guys, especially this group, there are no 15-point plays," Thompson said. "People have a tendency to get anxious, 'We're not up by X amount points."' "We have methodically pulled away from teams. If we pull away from them, that's how we do things," he added. "We just slowly grind it out."

Which is what the banner-raising ceremony felt like for Thompson. He does not live in the past or the future. Asked after the William & Mary game if he liked the banner but would prefer a more prestigious one being raised next season, he needed several minutes to grasp the question. "Should it be gray instead of blue?" he asked. No, Thompson was informed, it should be the Hoyas' second national championship banner. "I was a little slow, that's what you meant by the wrong banner," he said. "I don't think in those terms. Let's get better today. If we get better, if we improve, we'll pick our heads up at the end of the year and see where we stand." Thompson should be standing on a ladder in the Alamodome, cutting down the nets and wondering how long such a moment can last.

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