Basketball: This Way Lies Midnight Madness

Posted in: G-Town News- Oct 18, 2010 No Comments

Click the image below to view scenes from Midnight Madness 2010
Photos Courtesy of Georgetown Athletics


Thousands of Georgetown students waited outside McDonough Arena for hours Oct. 13 for the beginning of Midnight Madness, the official start of the college basketball season.

During the annual event, Georgetown introduced the new Hoyas men’s and women’s basketball teams and the new slogan for the WAG T-shirt: Victory Now, Georgetown Forever.

D.C. rapper Wale performed two songs, including his 2009 single, “Chillin,” and fans also saw performances by the Georgetown University Step Team, GU Jawani and Groove Theory.

A Knockout
Midnight Madness also included a game of Knockout, in which 10 students from the crowd competed, with the winner getting the chance to take a half-court shot for $10,000 (the shot fell short).

Next came a basketball-shooting contest between upperclassmen and underclassmen on the men’s and women’s teams and other students. The upperclassmen won for the second straight year and relished watching the underclassmen perform 10 push-ups at midcourt.

Hoya Saxa
The women’s basketball team was introduced one-by-one, capped off by the introduction of Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who led the crowd in a chant of Hoya Saxa.

Before the introduction of the men’s team, the NBA jersey for former Georgetown All-American Greg Monroe was placed on the famed Jersey Wall at McDonough, with his mother on hand to do the unveiling.

Senior guards Chris Wright and Austin Freeman and men’s basketball Head Coach John Thompson III were the last to be introduced.

We Are Georgetown
After leading the teams in a dance routine at midcourt, Thompson pointed out the 1984 NCAA National Championship banner hanging on the wall of the gym and introduced three members of that team, Michael Graham, Gene Smith and Reggie Williams.

The men’s basketball team went through a dunking exhibition and run of the floor before Wright and his teammates led the crowd in the rallying cry of “We Are … Georgetown.”

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