Washington sports have been struggling recently. The Washington Capitals have regressed and are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time in four years while Alex Ovechkin's play as of late has been "pretty good" at best. The Redskins have been miserable for the past decade pretty much, and the Nationals have yet to finish a season above .500 although things are looking up for them this year.
But DC has had one bright spot this winter, and they happen to play basketball in the Verizon Center. The Wizards have been a kind of fun team to watch, I mean they lead the league in dunks, right? Too bad they're 7-27 or they may actually be the team I am talking about. So who else is there?
It is almost March so it is time to get excited about college basketball and the NCAA tournament! And, thanks to the Georgetown Hoyas, us Washington sports fans have a reason to be really excited about the tournament!
The Wizards have embarrassed the Verizon Center with their 4-13 record in the building. The Capitals are a respectable 21-8-2 in the Verizon Center but their mediocrity this year and their lack of activity at the trade deadline has made it hard to get excited for Capitals' games.
The Hoyas, however, finished the year with an impressive 15-1 record at the phone booth and they are looking to make a run in the big east tournament as well as the NCAA tournament. They have been exceeding expectations since day one where they started the season unranked.
The only reason Georgetown got any attention last off-season is when people would talk about their late season collapses (losing to 14 seeded Ohio in the first round in 2010, and losing to last years Cinderella in VCU in the first round) or their massive brawl with the Chinese basketball team after a scrimmage. Now, the Hoyas are being talked about for their dominance, recently putting up an 18 point win over rivals Notre Dame.
Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson have turned Georgetown into an elite team this year that has claimed wins over Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Memphis, and UConn while losing close ones to Kansas and Syracuse. The Hoyas sit in third place in the power conference that is the Big East and it is not too far a reach to suggest that the Hoyas have what it takes to win the conference tournament.
Let's be honest, the Wizards have been absolute garbage this season and the Caps have been hard to get excited about now. March is the one month where people who are fans of all sports stop and pay attention to college basketball anyway so i say we do the same.
We have a rare gift in DC with a team that has a chance to make noise in one of the biggest tournaments in sports so forget the Caps, forget the Wizards, and jump on the Hoya bandwagon because this team is for real and they will be making noise in this year's NCAA tournament.
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