Title night is upon us to cap off this tremendous college basketball season. Texas looks to complete their “Cinderella” run against the #1 overall seed Georgetown Hoyas in the BOTL Championship Game. But first (after the jump), we have the 3rd place contest between Florida State and Richmond.
#2 Richmond vs. #3 Florida State
The first half was all too similar to last night’s women’s title game between UConn and Stanford. Scoring was at a premium and everyone was bored out of their mind. Compared to past BOTL 3rd Place games, this was the most dull one. At halftime the woeful Seminoles could only muster 14 points and made only 4 field goals! Richmond 29 Florida State 14 HALF
Both teams picked up the pace in the 2nd half but by then Florida State was way too far behind to make the game interesting. Richmond is the first team from a non “Big Six” conference to place in the top 3 in BOTL. Richmond 71 Florida State 51
Florida State had as many turnovers as converted field goals. Just sickening basketball….it was that kind of play that got them to BOTL in the first place by losing to Gonzaga.
#1 Georgetown vs. #4 Texas
The Hoyas were expected to make it this far, but certainly not the Longhorns. Texas had their fair share of scares in the regionals and nearly fell to #8 East Tennessee State. Tonight they played underdog role against the lone #1 seed that even made it to the Final Four.
Damion James and J’Covan Brown were definitely ready to play. The senior and freshman (respectively) put up a combined 25 of Texas’ 28 first half points. Jordan Hamilton scored 1 point and Avery Bradley was the only Longhorn besides James and Brown to make a field goal.
Georgetown however spread their good play around and proved themselves to be more than a two-man show. Their aggressive style led to a significant free throw advantage (8-10 GT compared to 4-6 Texas) and a small lead at halftime. Georgetown 33 Texas 28 HALF
Texas came out strong in the 2nd half, especially with the help of players not named Damion James or J’Covan Brown. Soon the 5 point deficit turned into a 6 point lead….only for Georgetown to cut it to 1. Consecutive made shots by Gary Johnson brought the lead back to 5, and then a trey by Jordan Hamilton gave Texas its largest lead of the game. Jason Clark replied with a three of his own for Georgetown, and it seemed to give them a needed reprieve from the 7-0 Longhorns run as well as a confidence boost. Texas 52 Georgetown 47 – 10:21 2nd Half
The battle raged on and in the final 3 minutes of the game it was deadlocked at 61-61. Georgetown took control….
“A THREE FROM CLARK FOR THE LEAD!!! BURIES IT!!! GEORGETOWN LEADS WITH 2:01 TO GO!!!”
Crucial. Texas was down by 5 following some Greg Monroe free throws. This next possession would be vital to the outcome of the game.
“HAMILTON LOOKING FOR A THREE! OFF THE RIM! REBOUND BY AUSTIN FREEMAN!! GEORGETOWN CAN SENSE VICTORY!”
And victory is what they would get one minute later…
“Monroe hits his 2nd free throw. The lead is 9. Texas was held scoreless the final 3:23 of this game. J’Covan Brown puts up a half-court effort and it’s short and THAT IS IT!! THE GEORGETOWN HOYAS HAVE WON BATTLE OF THE LOSERS 2010!!! SCORE ONE FOR THE BIG EAST!”
GEORGETOWN HOYAS – 2010 BATTLE OF THE LOSERS CHAMPIONS!
Road to the Championship
Georgetown 80 Lehigh 60 – 1st Round
Georgetown 76 New Mexico State 71 – 2nd Round
Georgetown 77 UNLV 76 – Regional Final
Georgetown 66 Florida State 62 – Final Four
Georgetown 70 Texas 61 – Championship Game
Greg Monroe wins Most Outstanding Player, recording a double-double with 12 points on 4-8 shooting from the floor (4-5 FT shooting) and 13 rebounds.
Congratulations to the Hoyas on winning the 3rd ever BOTL competition. This year’s tournament fell short of my expectations (I simulate all of these games one time unless otherwise noted) with all of the blowouts, but the final certainly delivered some drama to add on to the epic 2010 March Madness we just had.
If you want to look at past Battle of the Losers posts from this year’s tournament as well as last year’s, click here.
And so concludes one more chapter in the college basketball season. Let’s hope next season is even better…..hopefully Washington will get past the Sweet 16!