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John Thompson Jr., left, congratulates his son Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, right, after an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Washington. Georgetown won 61-39 over Syracuse. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

John Thompson III expects Hoyas to make deep NCAA run

- Associated Press

The coach who almost always measures his words carefully and avoids big-picture statements whenever possible has, in his own way, let it be known that he's expecting more than the usual when his Hoyas, seeded No. 2 in the East, begin the NCAAs with a round of 64 game against Florida Gulf Coast on Friday in Philadelphia.

Georgetown's Otto Porter shoots against Syracuse during the first half in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Georgetown won 57-46. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Georgetown, Syracuse meet one last time as Big East rivals

- Associated Press

This will be the 89th meeting between the schools (Syracuse leads 48-40), and John Thompson III said it won't be the last. But occasional non-conference matchups probably won't hold the same sway.

Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., left, and Georgetown's Aaron Bowen right celebrate their double overtime win in an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Georgetown won 79-78. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Hoyas escape UConn with double-overtime win

- Associated Press

Otto Porter Jr.'s layup with 9.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime gave No. 7 Georgetown a 79-78 victory over Connecticut on Wednesday night, the Hoyas' 10th straight win and first-ever at Gampel Pavilion.

Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) celebrates with head coach John Thompson III after an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Washington. Georgetown won 63-55. Porter had game-high 21 points. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Otto Porter raises Georgetown's status, and his own

- Associated Press

Porter's breakout performance — 33 points, eight rebounds, five steals while playing all 40 minutes — in Georgetown's final Big East game at the Carrier Dome left no doubt that both the sophomore forward and his team belong near the top.

Georgetown's Otto Porter high-fives fans as he exits the court after his team defeated Syracuse 57-46 in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Otto Porter's career high gives Hoyas win at Syracuse

- Associated Press

Porter's incredible play stopped the Orange's 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome, the longest in Division I, and it came in front of a disappointed record crowd of 35,012, the largest ever to see a college basketball on campus. It was the fewest points scored by Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.

Georgetown guard Markel Starks (5) celebrates after a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Hoyas beat Marquette, move up in Big East standings

- Associated Press

Otto Porter scored 11 of his 21 points after a momentum-shifting technical foul on Marquette coach Buzz Williams, and No. 15 Georgetown won a stop-and-start game of turnovers and whistles Monday night, beating the 18th-ranked Golden Eagles 63-55 to move into a tie for second in the Big East.

Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. (22) goes for a basket in front of Rutgers' Derrick Randall (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Otto Porter, Georgetown hold off Rutgers

Associated Press

Markel Starks led the Hoyas with 20 points but it was Porter who took over down the stretch in a 69-63 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) drives against Providence guard Kris Dunn (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Porter leads Georgetown past Providence 74-65

Associated Press

Porter had 20 points and eight rebounds Wednesday night as Georgetown won its eighth consecutive game against Providence despite being without second-leading scorer Greg Whittington.

Georgetown forward Otto Porter, right, takes a shot against American guard John Schoof, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Washington. Georgetown won 65-48. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Grind about to begin for Hoyas in Big East farewell

In a few years, the Big East as we know it will be the stuff of legend, with tales told about John Thompson and Lou Carnesecca patrolling the sidelines of a once-proud basketball conference lost amid the shifting tectonic plates of college athletics.

Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers shoots as Maryland's Alicia DeVaugh, right, and Alyssa Thomas defend during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in College Park, Md. Georgetown won 79-57. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Sugar Rodgers emerges from toilsome roots to lead Hoyas

The girl started playing basketball against her older brother on a raggedy curbside hoop in front of their house. The brother, 16, always won. The sister, 10, always ran inside and cried in her mother's arms.