1982–83 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1982–83 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #20
AP #20
1982–83 record 22-10 (11-5 Big East)
Head coach John Thompson, Jr. (11th year)
Assistant coach Craig Esherick (1st year)
Assistant coach Mike Riley (1st year)
Captain Gene Smith (1st year)
Home arena Capital Centre
Seasons
« 1981–82 1983–84 »
1982–83 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#11 Boston College 12 4   .750     25 7   .781
#13 Villanova 12 4   .750     24 8   .750
#3 St. John's 12 4   .750     28 5   .848
#20 Georgetown 11 5   .688     22 10   .688
Syracuse 9 7   .563     21 10   .677
Pittsburgh 6 10   .375     13 15   .464
Connecticut 5 11   .313     12 16   .429
Providence 4 12   .250     12 19   .387
Seton Hall 1 15   .063     6 23   .207
† 1983 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 4, 1983[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982–83 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1982–83 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, Jr., coached them in his 11th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 22-10 overall, 11-5 in Big East play. They lost to Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the 1983 Big East Tournament and advanced to the second round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament before losing to Memphis State.

Season recap[edit]

The season saw the arrival of former Georgetown players Craig Esherick and Mike Riley as assistant coaches. Esherick would serve as an assistant coach for 17½ seasons before himself becoming head coach during the 1998-99 season, while Riley would be an assistant coach for 22 seasons before leaving after the 2003–04 season.

Georgetown had lost five players to graduation after the team '​s NCAA national runner-up performance the previous season and played a junior, three sophomores, and two freshman most of the season, but center Patrick Ewing was returning for his sophomore year, and the team was ranked No. 2 as the season began. Pressure grew during the summer of 1982 for a game with No. 1 Virginia in the upcoming season, with arenas nationwide jockeying to host it; Georgetown insisted on hosting it at the Capital Centre. Three television networks bid on it, and Superstation TBS won the rights to it with a $550,000 bid; billed as the "Game of the Decade," it thus became the first major college sports event telecast exclusively on cable television. In the game, held on December 11, 1982, Virginia '​s veteran team won 68-63, but Ewing at one point slam-dunked right over highly regarded Virginia center Ralph Sampson, a play which established Ewing as a dominating "big man."[2][3]

Georgetown opened Big East play for the season on January 8, 1983, with a game against St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In both this and the second St. John's game of the season, 6-foot-3 Redmen guard Kevin Williams was given the task of harassing Ewing and goading him into retaliating, but Ewing nonetheless averaged 17 points and 13.5 rebounds in the two games combined. Harassment from the stands was a bigger problem. Ever since Ewing had committed to play at Georgetown in 1981, rumors and accusations had circulated among fans of other teams and sportswriters that Ewing was academically unworthy of Georgetown University and unable to pass his classes, and he endured cruel taunts about his intelligence and his race during Big East road games this season; opposing fans carried signs reading "EWING CAN'T READ THIS," "THINK EWING THINK," and "EWING IS AN APE," and some threw things such as banana peels at him on the court. During the game at Syracuse before a sold-out crowd in the Carrier Dome on January 10, 1983, a fan threw an orange at Ewing while he was attempting a free throw, narrowly missing him and prompting Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim to grab a microphone and tell the crowd that he would pull his team off the court and forfeit the game to Georgetown if such behavior continued; he did not have to, but Georgetown won the game 97-92. Through it all, Ewing kept his own counsel and continued to play, with a double-double in each of his first five Big East games, 25 points and 17 rebounds against Connecticut on January 15, 1983, 19 games in which he scored in double figures, and 10 games in which he scored 20 or more points and pulled down 10 or more rebounds. For the season, he led the team in scoring, averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.[2][4]

Freshman guard Michael Jackson joined the team this season. A starter from the first game, he quickly became an offensive standout who showed an ability to play both point guard and shooting guard. In the game at Syracuse in which someone threw an orange at Ewing, Jackson shot 9-for-13 from the field and 13-for-15 from the free-throw line to score 31 points and lead the Hoyas to the win. Against Boston College, he scored 21 points. Over the course of the season, he shot 46% from the field and 82% from the free-throw line, led the team in scoring in five games, averaged 14.1 points per game in Big East conference play, and finished behind only Ewing as the team '​s second-highest scorer.[4]

Another newcomer was freshman guard-forward David Wingate, who displayed a defensive ability that allowed him to shut down many opponents. He played in all 32 games, shot 44% from the field, and scored in double figures 24 times, including a season-high 24-point performance against American.[5]

Sophomore forward Bill Martin had been a reserve the previous season, but he became a starter this year, playing in all 32 games. He had 30 points and seven rebounds against Alabama State and 24 points and seven rebounds against Alabama. In Big East play, he reliably scored 10 points a game and shot 37-for-43 (86%) from the free-throw line. He finished the season averaging 6.3 rebounds per game, second only to Ewing.[6]

Junior guard-forward Fred Brown had undergone knee surgery before the season began and recovering from it limited his playing time. He came off the bench to play in one game in December 1982, started 14 games in mid-season, then played in only two more games, both as a reserve, after the February 9, 1983, game against St. John's.[7]

Junior guard and team captain Gene Smith, a defensive specialist, played a critical role in leading the young team, especially with Fred Brown limited for much of the year. He led the Hoyas in steals and assists and finished the season with nearly a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio.[8]

The Hoyas finished in fourth place in the Big East, their 11-5 conference record earning them a bye in the first round of the 1983 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, but they lost their first game of the tournament to Syracuse in the quarterfinals. They were the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region of the 1983 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – the fifth of 14 consecutive Georgetown NCAA Tournament appearances – and advanced to the second round before losing to the Midwest Region '​s No. 4 seed, 17th-ranked Memphis State.

The least successful of the four teams of the Ewing era and the only one not to reach the NCAA national championship game, the 1982-83 Hoyas nonetheless had performed well, especially given their youth and inexperience. They were ranked No. 20 in the season '​s final Associated Press Poll and Coaches' Poll, and the average attendance at their home games for the season was 14th-highest in the country.[2]

Roster[edit]

Source[2][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
10 Kurt Kaull 6'3" N/A G Sr. Wheaton, IL, U.S. Wheaton Warrenville South HS
11 Anthony Jones 6'6" N/A F So. Washington, DC, U.S. Dunbar HS
12 Elvado Smith 6'2" N/A G So. Harwood, MD, U.S. South River HS
20 Fred Brown 6'5" 190 G Jr. Bronx, NY, U.S. Adlai E. Stevenson HS
22 Gene Smith 6'2" 170 G Jr. Washington, DC, U.S. McKinley Technology HS
24 Bill Martin 6'7" 215 F So. Washington, DC, U.S. McKinley Technology HS
25 David Dunn 6'7" N/A F Fr. Mableton, GA, U.S. Pebblebrook HS
30 Michael Jackson 6'2" 175 G Fr. Reston, VA, U.S. South Lakes HS
32 Horace Broadnax 6'0" 190 G Fr. Plant City, FL, U.S. Plant City HS
33 Patrick Ewing 7'0" 240 C So. Cambridge, MA, U.S. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
40 David Wingate 6'5" 185 F Fr. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
42 David Blue 6'7" N/A F Sr. Frederick, MD, U.S. Prospect Hall HS
52 Ralph Dalton 6'9" N/A C So. Suitland, MD, U.S. Fishburne Military School (Va.)
55 Victor Morris 6'9" N/A F Fr. Houston, TX, U.S. Kashmere HS

Rankings[edit]

Source[12][13]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 2 2 3 5 11 10 17 19 15 14 14 14 18 16 15 20
Coaches 3 [note 1] 3 7 12 13 17 16 15 16 13 14 18 16 14 20

1982–83 Schedule and results[edit]

Sources[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
Fri., Nov. 26, 1982* at Brigham Young-Hawaii #2 George Q. Cannon Activities CenterLaie, HI W 72-52  2,690 1–0
Sat., Nov. 27, 1982* at Hawaii-Hilo #2 Civic AuditoriumHilo, HI W 67-37  3,000 2–0
Tue., Nov. 30, 1982* Morgan State #2 Capital CentreLandover, MD W 91-58  9,226 3–0
Fri., Dec. 3, 1982* vs. Saint Francis #2 E. A. Diddle ArenaBowling Green, KY
(Wendy's Classic)
W 75-40  8,300 4–0
Sat., Dec. 4, 1982* at Western Kentucky #2 E. A. Diddle Arena • Bowling Green, KY
(Wendy's Classic)
W 70–66 OT 10,400 5–0
Wed., Dec. 8, 1982* Alabama State #3 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 99–76  9,666 6–0
Sat., Dec. 11, 1982* #1 Virginia #3 Capital Centre • Landover, MD TBS L 63–68  19,035 6–1
Wed., Dec. 15, 1982* American #5 Capital Centre • Landover, MD L 61-62  9,902 6–2
Wed., Dec. 22, 1982* Southern #11 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 80–65  8,280 7–2
Tue., Dec. 28, 1982* vs. Wisconsin #11 Los Angeles Memorial Sports ArenaLos Angeles, CA
(Winston Tire Classic)
W 71-43  9,161 8–2
Wed., Dec. 29, 1982* vs. #6 Alabama #10 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena • Los Angeles, CA
(Winston Tire Classic)
L 73-94  10,940 8–3
Wed., Jan. 5, 1983* Monmouth #10 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 82–59  8,868 9-3
Sat., Jan. 8, 1983 at #7 St. John's #17 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY L 67–76  19,591 9–4 (0–1)
Mon., Jan. 10, 1983 at #9 Syracuse #17 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY W 97–92  31,327 10–4 (1–1)
Sat., Jan. 15, 1983 Connecticut Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 74–53  8,665 11–4 (2–1)
Wed., Jan. 19, 1983 Pittsburgh #19 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 62–54  9,955 12–4 (3–1)
Sat., Jan. 22, 1983 at Providence #15 Providence Civic CenterProvidence, RI W 78–70  12,247 13–4 (4–1)
Wed., Jan. 26, 1983 Seton Hall #15 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 71–48  10,316 14–4 (5–1)
Sat., Jan. 29, 1983 Boston College #15 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 69–67  13,872 15–4 (6–1)
Mon., Jan 31, 1983 at #11 Villanova #15 PalestraPhiladelphia, PA L 67–68  9,208 15–5 (6–2)
Sun., Feb. 6, 1983* DePaul #14 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 71–65  N/A 16–5
Wed., Feb. 9, 1983 #7 St. John's #14 Capital Centre • Landover, MD L 69–75  17,166 16-6 (6–3)
Mon., Feb. 14, 1983 at Connecticut #14 Hartford Civic CenterHartford, CT W 77–60  14,454 17–6 (7–3)
Sat., Feb. 19, 1983 at Pittsburgh #14 Fitzgerald Field HousePittsburgh, PA L 63–65  6,180 17–7 (7–4)
Wed., Feb 23, 1983 Providence #18 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 86–62  9,749 18–7 (8–4)
Sat., Feb. 26, 1983 at Seton Hall #18 Brendan Byrne ArenaEast Rutherford, NJ W 71–60  7,818 19–7 (9–4)
Wed., Mar. 2, 1983 at #15 Boston College #16 Roberts CenterChestnut Hill, MA L 85–87 OT 14,141 19–8 (9–5)
Sat., Mar. 5, 1983 #4 Villanova #16 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 87–51  16,770 20–8 (10–5)
Mon., Mar. 7, 1983 #18 Syracuse #16 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 80–75  13,162 21–8 (11–5)
Big East Tournament
Thu., Mar. 10, 1983 vs. #18 Syracuse #15 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Quarterfinal)
L 72–79  19,591 21–9
NCAA Tournament
Thu., Mar. 17, 1983 vs. Alcorn State #20 Freedom HallLouisville, KY
(Midwest Region First Round)
W 68–63  12,745 22–9
Sat., Mar. 19, 1983 vs. #17 Memphis State #20 Freedom Hall • Louisville, KY
(Midwest Region Second Round)
L 57–66  16,105 22–10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No Coaches' Poll this week.

References[edit]

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1982-83 Big East Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ a b c d The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 1. Patrick Ewing
  3. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Classic Games
  4. ^ a b c The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 14. Michael Jackson
  5. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 11. David Wingate
  6. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 19. Bill Martin
  7. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 48. Fred Brown
  8. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 68. Gene Smith
  9. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 87. Horace Broadnax
  10. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1980-81 to 1989-1990
  11. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Player Directory: Jersey Numbers
  12. ^ 1982-83 Big East Conference Season Summary
  13. ^ sports-reference.com 1982-83 Polls
  14. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1980s Seasons
  15. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
  16. ^ sports-reference.com 1982-83 Big East Conference Schedule and Results
  17. ^ 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 63.
  18. ^ Waters, Mike, "A look back at the 13 times Syracuse basketball has set the attendance record at the Carrier Dome," syracuse.com, 31 January 2014, 12:30 p.m. EST
  19. ^ Georgetown vs. Syracuse Official Scorer's Report Date: 1/10/83
  20. ^ Syracuse vs. Georgetown Official Scorer's Report Date: 3/7/83
  21. ^ Syracuse vs. Georgetown Official Scorer's Report Date: 3/10/83