We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: Cincinnati Preview
This year, Vox is taking a page from Deadspin and New York’s books and giving you a guide for rooting against each of the Hoyas’ Big East opponents. In preparation for tomorrow’s game against Cincinnati, here are three reasons to hate the Bearcats:
This is it
Georgetown’s situation is simple. Win tomorrow, and the Hoyas are guaranteed no worse than the eighth seed and a first-round bye in the Big East tournament next week. Lose, and they risk playing on Tuesday with the likes of Rutgers and DePaul. The Bearcats are the Hoyas’ opponents, so from about noon until two tomorrow afternoon Cincinnati is Georgetown’s archenemy.
That’s how this works. Georgetown did put itself in this position by losing four of its last five games, but that’s in the past. It’s all on the Bearcats now. This might be the most important game of the Hoyas’ season so far; a win would stop the bleeding and give Georgetown much needed momentum heading into the postseason, while a loss would bring talks of a free fall to a head and possibly call the Hoyas’ position in the NCAA tournament into question. Adjust your hate for Cincinnati accordingly.
When a player embraces a nickname like “Born Ready,” he puts a pretty big target on his back for opposing fans. Stephenson didn’t choose his moniker, but he did tattoo it on his arm, which makes him fair game. And while he is Cincinnati’s leading scorer, Stephenson hasn’t quite lived up to his name.
If he was really born ready, you would think the freshman would have been able to lead the Bearcats to something better than a 7-10 Big East record and a long shot hope for an NCAA tournament berth. Also feel free to heckle Born Ready for not being ready for the NBA. That’s not usually something for a freshman to be ashamed of, but most other freshmen didn’t have a reality show documenting their high school career.
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To say Georgetown and Cincinnati don’t have much of a history would be an understatement. The two programs have played each other only six times, all since Cincinnati joined the Big East in 2005. So it’s understandable if you don’t feel like you can muster the same kind of hatred for the Bearcats as you do for some of the Hoyas’ long-time rivals. After all, they hardly seemed a worthy target—Georgetown won the first four meetings easily.
But then last season happened. The Hoyas drew two games with the Bearcats and lost them both. In the second game, at home in the Verizon Center, Georgetown was playing so poorly that John Thompson III completely replaced his starting lineup five minutes into the game. The Bearcats forced JTIII to bench Greg Monroe, Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, and two current professional basketball players for the likes of Omar Wattad and Nikita Mescheriakov. That’s plenty of motivation to hate Cincinnati.