John Thompson III took a page out of the UFC submissions book. Applying a strangle so tight, Roy Williams and his young Heels choked up; and tapped out.
UNC is unquestionably one of, if not THE, most talented assemblages of players in the nation. A group of high school all-americans and future lottery picks that, honestly, no other roster in the country can match. But the Georgetown Hoyas toed the line and showed that they unquestionably are the best TEAM in the country right now.
Brother JTIII led his troops into battle against royalty. The tradition rich Tarheels, boasting a history that can only be contested by the likes of Kentucky and Kansas. Some would argue UCLA. But, although the Bruins had that incredible 12 year run, they simply don't measure up in totality. Georgetown is a team that was at the top of the hoops world for a short period of time in the '80s, but certainly can't be considered royalty. More a working class program that has had some nice highs over the years. But the JTIII led lieges rolled up their sleeves and didn't let the blue blood and name brand roster prevent them from playing their style of ball.
While UNC was able to impose their will and tempo for the first half, they never could shake the Hoyas. And more importantly, the determined eyes set in the basset hound face of JTIII conveyed his confidence and assuredness to his team. The Negro coach knew that his team was absorbing all the power the Tar Heels had; yet, they were still standing toe to toe.
Belief and commitment in mission and ideals. Confidence in family (team). Pride in self. Unwavering leadership. Those are the things that lead one to a righteous existence. Those are the things JTIII provides and instills in his team. Those are the things mere talent can't defeat.
The Georgetown basketball team is back. Once again an HBCU. More than a sports team. A source of pride for Negroes that understand that, although the University itself is made up of a privileged white constituency, those same people rely on the team for their sense of self worth.
A group of alumni in prestigious jobs and institutions. A group of wealthy white people. A group that feels good about themselves and about Georgetown because of what these spirited and determined young Negroes, led now by JTIII, accomplish with one mind, one heart, one soul.
A group of people who will probably write a little heavier gift check to the University this year.