John Thompson III
It’s safe to say this league will have at least five teams in the NCAA Tournament, but anything more than that depends on what happens elsewhere.
Syracuse and Georgetown, one more heavyweight clash in Madison Square Garden. Two original Big East titans toe-to-toe on the New York stage. Jim Boeheim. John Thompson III. One … last … time.
The Big East tournament will have a touch of a wake to it this week. When games end, there will be plenty of reminiscing about rivalries and talk of what is to come.
The Hoyas’ stifling defense held the Orange to 39 points in Syracuse’s Saturday defeat.
The Orange? We think that they’re the best team in the country. Yes, better than Indiana and better than Duke. Crazy? Not if you watch sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
For a long time Georgetown has been known for their lineage of great big men but John Thompson III is now making the Hoyas synonymous with a new brand — length.
A year ago as a freshman, Georgetown’s star forward was viewed as talented but unproven. Twelve months later, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Porter is the Big East’s Preseason Player of the Year — he’s that good.
Moe Harkless was destined to be one of the better first year performers in the Big East and after watching him through 17 games it’s clear that he’s not just one of the elite players in his class — he’s one of the elite players in the entire conference.
Kemba Walker rattled off some insane highlight-reel plays in No. 13 Connecticut’s 78-70 victory over No. 9 Georgetown on Wednesday night.
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin sensed a “payback kind of mentality” from Georgetown’s top players, who were seeking to avenge one of their toughest defeats of the season. He knew what he was talking about.
John Thompson III is in his 11th season as a head coach. On Tuesday night, he went with a particular strategy for the first time and only because of a promise from one of his players.