Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Oral History

Jonathan V. Last may have been a little too quick to poke fun at my Georgetown Hoyas' admittedly disappointing defeat at the hands of Oral Roberts University at the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii. As other Galley Slave readers have pointed out, ORU's basketball coach is none other than Scott Sutton, son of legendary Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton. The Golden Eagles are also still undefeated at 8-0, having bested other teams in their Mid-Continent Conference including Tulsa. Forward Caleb Green is a force to be reckoned with, having earned Conference Player of the Week twice this season and firing off 26 points against the Hoyas. Last might have thought it a joke, but I am betting Oral Roberts just might make it to the Big Dance come March, assuming they beat conference rivals Valparaiso and IUPUI.

Meanwhile it is a rebuilding year at the Hilltop. Georgetown coach John Thompson III has had to remold the team after years of intransigence. But according to local fans and critics who have seen them play thus far, the general consensus is that the players have returned to fundamentals--passing, dribbling, looking, breathing, and even showing signs of that Princeton-style offense that Thompson learned under Pete Carril.

The Hoyas are currently playing against Long Beach State, a game they should win. If they don't, I'll blame it on jetlag.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you meant to imply this, Vic, but Tulsa is not a Mid-Con member but rather a WAC member. TU has certainly been the cross-town rival of ORU for years, usually getting the better of ORU. This year, Scott and the Golden Eagles (used to be the Titans -- not sure why they switched) beat TU by 30. Expect a Miracle!

Eddie Sutton -- a legend indeed!