At Georgetown, students both work hard and play hard. While the more popular meaning of play hard will be covered later on in another preview, the more literal meaning refers to the fact that Georgetown students love their physical activity.
That love manifests itself in many forms. Whether it’s intramural flag football games under the lights on Multi-Sport Field or lifting weights at Yates Field House, Georgetown students love to stay active. This preview will cover the various ways you can become involved in sports and also stay fit on the Hilltop.
Cease the debate. The argument over who is the best college basketball team in the D.M.V. will finally be settled on the court this November, as Georgetown and Maryland will play each other for the first time since 2008.
The scheduled matchup was one of eight announced by the Big East and Big Ten Conferences for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, which will be held annually between the two conferences and are named for Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East.
As part of the series, the Hoyas will visit College Park on Nov. 17, while the Terrapins will visit Verizon Center during the 2016-17 season.
Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera announced Tuesday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility and will submit his name for this June’s NBA Draft. Smith-Rivera plans to sign with an agent, removing all possibility that he will return next season.
“D’Vauntes has decided to enter the NBA Draft,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said in a press release. “He has given a great deal to this program and we will do everything we can to help him pursue his goals.”
This was a surprise announcement by Smith-Rivera, considering many NBA Draft experts, such as ESPN, DraftExpress, and NBA Draft Net all have him pegged as a player who will go undrafted in June. In fact, all three services have Smith-Rivera ranked outside of their Top 100 player rankings. For reference, there are 60 selections made in the draft.
Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas in scoring this past year, 16.3 points per game, as well as assists, 3.2 per game, and was an All-Big East 1st Team selection. The Big East Preseason Player of the Year entering this season, Smith-Rivera had nine games this season with at least 20 points and finished his junior season ranked 18th all-time at Georgetown with 1,386 points.
This will be a huge loss for a Georgetown team that will lose two starters, guard Jabril Trawick and center Joshua Smith, from this year’s NCAA Tournament team to graduation. If drafted, however, Smith-Rivera will become the first Hoya to be drafted since Otto Porter, Jr. was selected 3rd overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA Draft. Overall, nine Hoyas have gone on to play in the NBA under Thompson. Only six have been drafted (Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Patrick Ewing Jr. DaJuan Summers, Greg Monroe, and Porter Jr.). Three players, Chris Wright, Henry Sims, and Hollis Thompson have played in the NBA after going unselected.
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In this week’s Club (Sports) or Die, Vox reached out to the Georgetown University Boxing Club team. While boxing itself may be a highly individual sport, outside of the ring there is a powerful sense of camaraderie.
“Club sports like boxing bring people together who share a passion and can build friendships from that. I have made many friends from being on this team, and it’s also taught me a lot about discipline and hard work both in and out of the ring,” club boxing member Sinead Schenk (COL ’17) explained to Vox in an interview.
For co-captain Jeffrey Wong (MSB ’16), the team dynamic of boxing becomes obvious during practice. “We help each other prepare for fights together by training and pushing each other to work harder in practice,” he told Vox. “And when fight time comes, we hope to be as prepared as possible so that each of us is confident in each other to compete at a high level in the ring.”
PORTLAND, OREGON — November can’t come soon enough.
The Georgetown men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 season came to an end Saturday night, as the four-seeded Hoyas (22-11, 12-6 Big East) fell to five-seed Utah (26-8, 13-5 Pac 12), 64-75, in front of 17,370 fans at the Moda Center.
A back-and-forth affair till the final few minutes, with six ties and seven lead changes, the Hoyas could not overcome the hot shooting of the Utes, who shot 58 percent from the field, including 8-of-14 from three-point range, to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2007.
PORTLAND, OREGON — Fresh off their 84-74 win Thursday night against 13-seed Eastern Washington, the four-seeded Georgetown men’s basketball team (22-10, 12-6 Big East) will face five-seed Utah (25-8, 13-5 Pac 12) in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night. Tip-off is set for approximately 7:45 p.m. EST.
Against the Utes, the Hoyas will look to earn a spot in the coveted Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history, as well as for the first time since 2007.
“We’re not here, we’re not playing in this tournament to say we won one game,” Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said during his press conference with the media Friday. “That’s not why we’re in this thing. I think our teams feel we still have some unfinished business, and we’re anxious and excited to play tomorrow.”
PORTLAND, OREGON — The doubters may rest.
With 13-seed Eastern Washington leading Georgetown 24-17 with 8:12 remaining in the first half, all of the ingredients were there for another March disappointment from the Hoyas against a double-digit seed.
Senior center Joshua Smith and senior forward Mikael Hopkins were sitting on the bench due to early foul trouble. Eastern Washington junior guard Tyler Harvey already had scored 10 points and appeared well on his way to another 25-plus point night. And the Hoyas were playing in front of a hostile Moda Center crowd flooded with Eastern Washington fans adorned in red, who made the five and a half hour trip from the Cheney, Wa. campus.
Despite all these adverse factors, Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III and his team would not let the Eagles, as well as the Hoyas’ most ardent critics in the national media, have their way.
PORTLAND, OREGON—Vox is coming to you from the Pacific Northwest to cover the fourth-seeded Georgetown men’s basketball team (21-10, 12-6 Big East) during their NCAA Tournament run, as they will face 14th-seeded Eastern Washington (26-8, 14-4 Big Sky) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night. Tip-off is set for approximately 9:57 p.m.
After departing the Hilltop early Tuesday morning and arriving in the Rose City, the Hoyas had a team workout later that afternoon at the practice facility of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.
On Wednesday afternoon, they had a closed practice at Portland State University before heading over to the Moda Center for media availability and a 40-minute open practice session.
During their session with reporters, the Blue and Gray were faced with numerous questions surrounding the program’s recent struggles in the NCAA Tournament. In their last six tournament appearances, the Georgetown has fallen victim to double-digit seeds, and lost in their first game five of those six times.
Commence the Madness: Hoyas earn 4-seed in NCAA Tournament, will face 13-seed Eastern Washington Thursday
The Georgetown men’s basketball team (21-10, 12-6 Big East) earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament Sunday night. Slated as a 4-seed in the South Regional bracket by the Tournament Selection Committee, the Hoyas will matchup against 13-seed Eastern Washington (26-8, 14-4 Big Sky) Thursday night in Portland, Oregon. Tip-off is set for approximately 9:57 p.m. EST.
The Blue and Gray welcomed students, fans, family and friends, with them to O’Donovan Dining Hall for a party to await their selection in the tournament field. The assembled crowd then erupted when Georgetown was announced as one of the 68 teams to earn an invite, marking the 30th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
NEW YORK — Close, but no cigar, or, in the case of Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III and his squad, no Big East Tournament Final appearance.
Down by as many as 20 points with just under eight minutes remaining, No. 23 Georgetown (21-10, 12-6 Big East) mounted a valiant comeback effort, cutting the deficit to one point twice in the final 15 seconds of regulation. But the team failed to fully overcome the deep hole they dug for themselves, as they fell to sixth-seeded Xavier (21-12, 9-9 Big East) 65-63, in the Big East Tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Up 35-26 at halftime, the Musketeers jumped out on a 18-7 run to start the second half, taking advantage of the Georgetown’s offensive struggles with their 1-3-1 zone defense. They kept the Hoyas without a field goal for the first 7:33 of the closing frame. But after the game’s officials called a technical foul on Xavier sophomore forward Jalen Reynolds for shoving Georgetown senior guard Jabril Trawick after a foul call on Trawick’s layup attempt with 7:51 remaining in regulation, the momentum began to swing in the Hoyas’ favor.