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Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball

The Georgetown University men's basketball team represents Georgetown University in NCAA Division I and the Big East Conference. Like all athletic teams at the school, they are nicknamed the Hoyas. The Hoyas have competed in men's basketball team since 1907. The current head coach of the program is Patrick Ewing.

Georgetown Hoyas
2018–19 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
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University Georgetown University
First season 1907
All-time record 1,654–1,040 (.614)
Head coach Patrick Ewing
Conference Big East
Location Washington, D.C.
Arena Capital One Arena
(Capacity: 20,356)
Nickname Hoyas
Colors Blue and Gray[1]
         
Uniforms
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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
Conference tournament champions
1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2007
Conference regular season champions
1939, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 2007, 2008, 2013
Conference division season champions
1996, 1997

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 seven times, and have also won or shared the Big East regular season title ten times.[2] They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament thirty times and in the National Invitation Tournament twelve 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.

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HistoryEdit

Early years (1907-1943)Edit

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 shelved during the Great Depression.[5]

 
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 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)Edit

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 it 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, 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 the Hoyas suffered back-to-back losing seasons for over 35 years.[7]

John Thompson, Jr. era (1972-1999)Edit

 
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 several 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 #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 on a last second foul call to the Iowa Hawkeyes.[10]

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 it but Georgetown insisted on hosting it at the Capital Centre. TBS 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 telecast exclusively on cable television. In the game, held on December 11, 1982, Virginia's veteran team won, 68–63.[11][12] 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.[13] 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 a 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.[14]

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.[10] 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

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. Morning 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.[10] 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)Edit

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)Edit

 
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

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.

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)Edit

 
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 the weeks that followed his hire, Ewing filled out his initial coaching staff with Louis Orr, the former Seton Hall head coach, Robert Kirby, a former Georgetown assistant who had recruited Otto Porter among others during his prior stint with the program, and Akbar Waheed, a recent addition of the previous coaching staff.

In 2017-2018, Georgetown finished with a 15-15 record (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, with their only blemish coming at the hands of Syracuse (79-86 in OT) at the Capital One Center in Washington, DC. The conference season was highlighted by back-to-back wins against NCAA tournament teams in Seton Hall and Butler (at Hinkle Fieldhouse), plus a regular season sweep of St. John's. The Hoyas also took then No. 6 Xavier to overtime on the road, before ultimately losing the game 91-96. Georgetown wound up playing a total of five overtime games during the year, but only went 1-4 in these contests. The season ended with a 77-88 loss to St. John's in the first round of the Big East Tournament. At the conclusion of conference play, three members of the Georgetown team were honored: Marcus Derrickson was named 2nd-Team All Big East, and Jahvon Blair and Jamarko Pickett (both recruited by Ewing) were named to the All Big East Freshman team.[45]

Awards and honorsEdit

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season Head coach[46] Conference Season results[47] Tournament results Final poll[48][note 1]
Overall Conference Conference Postseason AP Coaches'
Wins Losses % Wins Losses % Finish
1906–07 No coach[note 2] Independent 2 2 .500 none none
1907–08 Maurice Joyce Independent 5 1 .833 none none
1908–09 Maurice Joyce Independent 9 5 .643 none none
1909–10 Maurice Joyce Independent 5 7 .417 none none
1910–11 Maurice Joyce Independent 13 7 .650 none none
1911–12 James Colliflower Independent 11 6 .647 none none
1912–13 James Colliflower Independent 11 5 .688 none none
1913–14 James Colliflower Independent 10 6 .625 none none
1914–15 John O'Reilly Independent 8 8 .500 none none
1915–16 John O'Reilly Independent 9 6 .600 none none
1916–17 John O'Reilly Independent 8 4 .667 none none
1917–18 John O'Reilly Independent 8 6 .571 none none
1918–19 John O'Reilly Independent 9 1 .900 none none
1919–20 John O'Reilly Independent 13 1 .929 none none
1920–21 John O'Reilly Independent 10 4 .714 none none
1921–22 James Colliflower Independent 11 3 .786 none none
1922–23 Jock Maloney Independent 8 3 .727 none none
1923–24 John O'Reilly Independent 6 3 .667 none none
1924–25 John O'Reilly Independent 6 2 .750 none none
1925–26 John O'Reilly Independent 5 8 .385 none none
1926–27 John O'Reilly Independent 5 4 .556 none none
1927–28 Elmer Ripley Independent 12 1 .923 none none
1928–29 Elmer Ripley Independent 12 5 .706 none none
1929–30 Bill Dudack Independent 13 12 .520 none none
1930–31 John Colrick Independent 5 16 .238 none none
1931–32 Fred Mesmer Independent 6 11 .353 none none
1932–33 Fred Mesmer Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 6 11 .353 3 5 .375 4th [note 3] none none
1933–34 Fred Mesmer Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 12 11 .522 5 5 .500 T-3rd [note 3] none none
1934–35 Fred Mesmer Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 6 13 .316 1 7 .125 5th [note 3] none none
1935–36 Fred Mesmer Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 7 11 .389 5 5 .500 5th [note 3] none none
1936–37 Fred Mesmer Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 9 8 .529 3 7 .300 T-5th [note 3] none none
1937–38 Fred Mesmer Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 7 11 .389 5 5 .500 T-3rd [note 3] none none
1938–39 Elmer Ripley Eastern Intercollegiate Conference 13 9 .591 6 4 .600 T-1st[note 4] [note 3] none none
1939–40 Elmer Ripley Independent 8 10 .444 none none
1940–41 Elmer Ripley Independent 16 4 .800 none none
1941–42 Elmer Ripley Independent 9 11 .450 none none
1942–43 Elmer Ripley Independent 22 5 .815 NCAA Runner Up none none
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 Independent 11 9 .550 none none
1946–47 Elmer Ripley Independent 19 7 .731 none none
1947–48 Elmer Ripley Independent 13 15 .464 none none
1948–49 Elmer Ripley Independent 9 15 .375 [note 6] none
1949–50 Buddy O'Grady Independent 12 12 .500 none
1950–51 Buddy O'Grady Independent 8 14 .364 [note 7]
1951–52 Buddy O'Grady Independent 15 10 .600
1952–53 Buddy Jeannette Independent 13 7 .650 NIT First Round
1953–54 Buddy Jeannette Independent 11 18 .379
1954–55 Buddy Jeannette Independent 12 13 .480
1955–56 Buddy Jeannette Independent 13 11 .542
1956–57 Tom Nolan Independent 11 11 .500
1957–58 Tom Nolan Independent 10 11 .476
1958–59 Tom Nolan Independent 8 15 .348
1959–60 Tom Nolan Independent 11 12 .478
1960–61 Tommy O'Keefe Independent 11 10 .524
1961–62 Tommy O'Keefe Independent 14 9 .609
1962–63 Tommy O'Keefe Independent 13 13 .500
1963–64 Tommy O'Keefe Independent 15 10 .600
1964–65 Tommy O'Keefe Independent 13 10 .565
1965–66 Tommy O'Keefe Independent 16 8 .667
1966–67 John Magee Independent 12 11 .522
1967–68 John Magee Independent 11 12 .478
1968–69 John Magee Independent 12 12 .500
1969–70 John Magee Independent 18 7 .720 NIT First Round
1970–71 John Magee Independent 12 14 .462
1971–72 John Magee Independent 3 23 .115
1972–73 John Thompson, Jr. Independent 12 14 .462
1973–74 John Thompson Jr. Independent 13 13 .500
1974–75 John Thompson Jr. Independent 18 10 .643 ECAC South Region
Tournament
Champions[note 8]
NCAA First Round
1975–76 John Thompson Jr. Independent 21 7 .750 ECAC South Region
Tournament
Champions[note 8]
NCAA First Round
1976–77 John Thompson Jr. Independent 19 9 .679 ECAC South Region
Tournament
Semifinal[note 8]
NIT First Round
1977–78 John Thompson Jr. Independent 23 8 .742 ECAC South-Upstate Region
Tournament
Semifinal[note 8]
NIT Fourth Place 20
1978–79 John Thompson Jr. Independent 24 5 .828 ECAC South-Upstate Region
Tournament
Champions[note 8]
NCAA Second Round 12
1979–80 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference[note 9] 26 6 .813 5 1 .833 T-1st Champions NCAA Regional Final 11 10
1980–81 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 20 12 .625 9 5 .643 2nd Semifinal NCAA First Round
1981–82 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 30 7 .811 10 4 .714 2nd Champions NCAA Runner-Up 6 7
1982–83 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 22 10 .688 11 5 .688 4th Quarterfinal NCAA Second Round 20 20
1983–84 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 34 3 .919 14 2 .875 1st Champions NCAA National Champions 2 2
1984–85 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 35 3 .921 14 2 .875 2nd Champions NCAA Runner-Up 1 1
1985–86 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 24 8 .750 11 5 .688 3rd Semifinal NCAA Second Round 13 15
1986–87 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 29 5 .853 12 4 .750 T-1st Champions NCAA Regional Final 4 4
1987–88 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 20 10 .667 9 7 .563 T-3rd Quarterfinal NCAA Second Round
1988–89 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 29 5 .853 13 3 .813 1st Champions NCAA Regional Final 2 2
1989–90 John Thompson Jr. East Conference 24 7 .774 11 5 .688 3rd Semifinal NCAA Second Round 8 6
1990–91 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 19 13 .594 8 8 .500 6th Final NCAA Second Round 23
1991–92 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 22 10 .688 12 6 .667 T-1st Final NCAA Second Round 22 18
1992–93 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 20 13 .606 8 10 .444 8th Quarterfinal NIT Final
1993–94 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 19 12 .613 10 8 .556 T-4th Final NCAA Second Round
1994–95 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 21 10 .677 11 7 .611 4th Semifinal NCAA Regional Semifinal 22 16
1995–96 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 29 8 .853 13 5 .813 1st
Big East 7
Division
Final NCAA Regional Final 4 7
1996–97 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 20 10 .667 11 7 .611 1st
Big East 7
Division
Semifinal NCAA First Round
1997–98 John Thompson Jr. Big East Conference 16 15 .516 6 12 .333 T-5th
Big East 7
Division
Quarterfinal NIT Second Round
1998–99 John Thompson Jr.
Craig Esherick[note 10]
Big East Conference 15 16 .484 6 12 .333 10th Quarterfinal NIT First Round
1999–2000 Craig Esherick Big East Conference 19 15 .559 6 10 .375 T-8th Semifinal NIT Second Round
2000–01 Craig Esherick Big East Conference 25 8 .758 10 6 .625 T-2nd
West Division
Quarterfinal NCAA Regional Semifinal 21 17
2001–02 Craig Esherick Big East Conference 19 11 .633 9 7 .563 T-3rd
West Division
Quarterfinal Declined NIT invitation
2002–03 Craig Esherick Big East Conference 19 15 .559 6 10 .375 5th
West Division
Quarterfinal NIT Final
2003–04 Craig Esherick Big East Conference 13 14 .481 4 12 .250 T-12th First Round
2004–05 John Thompson III Big East Conference 19 15 .559 8 8 .500 T-7th Quarterfinal NIT Quarterfinal
2005–06 John Thompson III Big East Conference 23 10 .697 10 6 .625 T-4th Semifinal NCAA Regional Semifinal 23 16
2006–07 John Thompson III Big East Conference 30 7 .811 13 3 .813 1st Champions NCAA Final Four 8 4
2007–08 John Thompson III Big East Conference 28 6 .824 15 3 .833 1st Final NCAA Second Round 8 12
2008–09 John Thompson III Big East Conference 16 15 .516 7 11 .389 T-11th First Round NIT First Round
2009–10 John Thompson III Big East Conference 23 11 .676 10 8 .556 T-7th Final NCAA First Round 14
2010–11 John Thompson III Big East Conference 21 11 .656 10 8 .556 T-6th Second Round NCAA Second Round
2011–12 John Thompson III Big East Conference 24 9 .727 12 6 .667 T-4th Quarterfinal NCAA Third Round 15 17
2012–13 John Thompson III Big East Conference[note 9] 25 6 .806 14 4 .778 T-1st Semifinal NCAA Second Round 8 17
2013–14 John Thompson III Big East Conference[note 9] 18 15 .545 8 10 .444 7th First Round NIT Second Round
2014–15 John Thompson III Big East Conference 22 11 .667 12 6 .667 T-2nd Semifinal NCAA Third Round 22 24
2015–16 John Thompson III Big East Conference 15 18 .455 7 11 .389 8th Quarterfinal
2016–17 John Thompson III Big East Conference 14 18 .438 5 13 .278 9th First round
2017–18 Patrick Ewing Big East Conference 15 15 .500 5 13 .278 8th 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

Total Seasons: 110

Regular-Season Conference Championships: 11

  • Eastern Intercollegiate Conference (1932-1939): 1
  • Big East Conference (1979-2013): 10
  • Big East Conference (2013- ): 0

Conference Tournament Championships: 10

NCAA Tournament

  • Appearances: 30
  • Final Four appearances: 5
  • National runners-up: 3
  • National championships: 1
  • Overall record: 47-29

National Invitation Tournament

  • Appearances: 12
  • Championships: 0
  • Overall record: 15-13

Postseason historyEdit

NCAA tournament seedsEdit

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
Seed # 3 3 7 1 5 1 1 4 1 8 1 3 8 6 9 6 2 10 10 7 2 2 3 6 3 2 4

NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Hoyas have made 30 appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. They have a record of 47-29.

Year Round Opponent Result
1943 Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
NYU
DePaul
Wyoming
W 55–36
W 53–49
L 46–34
1975 Quarterfinals Central Michigan L 75–77
1976 Quarterfinals Arizona L 76–83
1979 Second Round Rutgers L 58–64
1980 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Iona
Maryland
Iowa
W 74–71
W 74–68
L 80–81
1981 First Round James Madison L 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 Round UNC Charlotte L 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 Round Ohio L 83–97
2011 First Round VCU L 56–74
2012 First Round
Second Round
Belmont
North Carolina State
W 74–59
L 63–66
2013 First Round Florida Gulf Coast L 68–78
2015 First Round
Second Round
Eastern Washington
Utah
W 84–74
L 64–75

NIT resultsEdit

The Hoyas have gone to the National Invitation Tournament 12 times and declined an invitation once. They have a record of 15-13.

Year Round Opponent Result
1953 First Round Louisville L 79–92
1970 First Round LSU L 82–83
1977 First Round Virginia Tech L 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 Round Princeton L 47–54
2000 First Round
Second Round
Virginia
California
W 115–1113OT
L 49–60
2002 Declined invitation
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 Round Baylor L 72–74
2014 First Round
Second Round
West Virginia
Florida State
W 77–65
L 90–101

CoachesEdit

TraditionsEdit

RivalriesEdit

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 two schools are arguably 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 gaining back-to-back titles.

Among current Big East Conference foes, Villanova is the only school that has as many Final Four appearances as the Hoyas, and they currently rank second 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. Both programs are currently coached by their school's most successful players and former competitors, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin.

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 7 Big East Tournament titles and 10 Regular Season titles. The schools have continued to play each other in their non-conference schedule, meeting twice since UConn left the Big East, splitting the series thus far.

Blue and grayEdit

 
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.[49] 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 LeagueEdit

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.[50]

AlumniEdit

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[51] Other alumni have gone undrafted, but entered the NBA later, such as Jaren Jackson in 1989 and Henry Sims and Chris Wright in 2013.[52][53]

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,[54] 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.

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

NBA draft picksEdit

Year Round Pick[55] Overall Name Team
2013 1 3 3 Otto Porter Jr. Washington Wizards
2010 1 7 7 Greg Monroe Detroit Pistons
2009 2 5 35 DaJuan Summers Detroit Pistons
2008 1 17 17 Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers
2008 2 13 42 Patrick Ewing, Jr. Sacramento Kings
2007 1 5 5 Jeff Green Boston Celtics
2003 1 9 9 Mike Sweetney New York Knicks
2001 2 21 50 Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje Portland Trail Blazers
1998 2 14 43 Jahidi White Washington Wizards
1996 1 1 1 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
1996 1 26 26 Jerome Williams Detroit Pistons
1996 2 1 30 Othella Harrington Houston Rockets
1995 2 29 58 Don Reid Detroit Pistons
1992 1 2 2 Alonzo Mourning Charlotte Hornets
1991 1 4 4 Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets
1987 1 4 4 Reggie Williams Los Angeles Clippers
1986 2 20 44 David Wingate Philadelphia 76ers
1986 2 23 47 Michael Jackson New York Knicks
1986 4 6 76 Michael Graham Seattle SuperSonics
1986 7 3 142 Ralph Dalton Cleveland Cavaliers
1985 1 1 1 Patrick Ewing New York Knicks
1985 2 2 26 Bill Martin Indiana Pacers
1984 5 1 94 Gene Smith Indiana Pacers
1984 9 11 195 Fred Brown Atlanta Hawks
1982 1 13 13 Sleepy Floyd New Jersey Nets
1982 4 10 79 Eric Smith Portland Trail Blazers
1982 8 23 184 Ed Spriggs Boston Celtics
1981 10 6 209 Mike Frazier Atlanta Hawks
1980 1 19 19 John Duren Utah Jazz
1980 2 5 28 Craig Shelton Atlanta Hawks
1980 8 16 176 Al Dutch Seattle SuperSonics
1979 10 18 202 Steve Martin Washington Bullets
1978 4 11 77 Derrick Jackson Golden State Warriors
1978 7 14 145 Ed Hopkins Washington Bullets
1976 8 15 137 Merlin Wilson Washington Bullets
1972 4 16 63 Art White Milwaukee Bucks
1970 16 3 225 Paul Favorite Cincinnati Royals
1969 11 8 149 Jim Supple Cincinnati Royals
1967 2 2 14 Steve Sullivan Detroit Pistons
1967 8 7 86 Frank Holloendoner Cincinnati Royals
1964 10 1 78 Jim Christy New York Knicks
1962 7 5 57 Bob Sharpenter Syracuse Nationals
     Active players        Top overall pick

Basketball Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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. ^ a b c d e f g 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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ a b c 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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