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The Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Georgetown University. The team is located in Washington, DC and play their home games at the Verizon Center. The Verizon Center has a capacity of 20,674 people and was built in 1997. The team plays in the Big East Conference. The team is currently coached by John Thompson III, the son of legendary Hoyas coach John Thompson. Thompson III has compiled a record of 183-79 in his six years coaching the team, making the NCAA Tournament five times, and the Final Four once in his first year as coach.
The team played its first game in 1907 and for their first thirty years, didn’t achieve a conference championship, winning their first such achievement in 1939. Things improved significantly for the Hoyas with the hiring of John Thompson. Thompson led the team to a NCAA Tournament bid in 1975, a quick turnaround from the lack of success of the coaches that preceded him. After reaching the Final Four in 1982, the team finally won their first and only National Championship in 1984. Under Thompson, the team in his twenty-seven years coaching went 596-239, including 24 straight postseason appearances, 20 NCAA Tournaments and four NITs.
The Hoyas have featured 42 players that have gone on to be selected in the NBA Draft. Of those, twelve have been selected in the first round, most recently Greg Monroe. The Hoyas have featured two first overall picks: Patrick Ewing to the New York Knicks in 1985, and Allen Iverson to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996.
The Hoyas have three main rivals within the Big East: Syracuse Orange, the Villanova Wildcats, and the St. John’s Red Storm. Their rivalry with Syracuse has been predicated on both team’s success and proximity, with each team having large alumni bases in the New York City area, their Big East Tournament matchups as well as regular season matchups have determined the winner of the Big East many times. The Hoyas matchup against the Wildcats is not only significant due to each team’s success on the basketball court, but the religious overtones that come with the game. Villanova, an Augustinian school facing off against the Jesuit Hoyas leads to an extra incentive in this game. In the 1980s, there were fewer rivalries as significant as the matchup between St. John’s and Georgetown, as both team’s were remarkably successful and had charismatic coaches to add to the intensity in John Thompson and Lou Carnesecca.