- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

AN OMEN: There's not much history between these schools they've only played twice. However, following the first meeting, former Georgetown coach John Thompson issued a warning to the college basketball world. In the Dukes' first Division I NCAA tournament appearance, they upset seventh-seeded Georgetown 61-55 in the first round of the 1981 East Regional in Providence, R.I. After the game, Thompson expressed disappointment over the loss and then offered these prophetic words: "Help is on the way." How right Big John was. A few months later, 7-foot center Patrick Ewing arrived on the Hilltop. During Ewing's four seasons (1982-85), the Hoyas went 121-23 with a national championship (1984) and three appearances in the national championship game (1982, '84 and '85).

Ewing, now an assistant coach with the Wizards, was at the game.

LOSE YOUR MIND: Here's what happens when people start listening to Eminem music. As Georgetown entered the court for warmups serenaded by Eminem's hit, "Lose Yourself," a young fan also ran onto the court from the baseline underneath a basket. As soon as the fan reached the foul line, he angrily threw down the fedora he was wearing and started performing a robotic dance routine. When security realized the fan was not part of the pregame entertainment, he was quickly ushered off the floor.

The fan tried to talk his way back into his seat. "I'm really sorry, man," the fan said to two arena guards in the tunnel. Unfazed by the fan's attempt at sincerity, MCI security ejected the wannabe from the arena.

Ken Wright

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