Hoyas Turn Out In Droves

By Bailey Heaps - October 12, 2007

WASHINGTON -- As I mentioned earlier, over 2,000 Georgetown students waited in line for tickets to tonight's event. After the lucky bunch received there passes, they were admitted to the McDonough parking lot to watch a replay of last year's UNC game, play video games, and get a coveted burger from the Georgetown University Grilling Society.

Midnight Madness has never been this big. This is the first -- but certainly not last -- year tickets are required. The line started just before 5.

Probably half the students returned home after receiving a ticket, as they were assured re-entry when the doors open at 8:45. Others are milling about in the parking lot, mostly watching the ESPNU crew broadcast and and playing video games. The whole men's team is out in the lot too, hanging out with their classmates and shmoozing the recruits. Sophomore forward and most people's pick to be the team's breakout performer this year, took on a lucky student in March Madness 2008 on XBox 260.

Fred Moore, a junior, said that the line wasn't for him. "I just went to the front. I had a paper to write," he said. "I wasn't going to let the freshmen get in before me. This is my third year here. I saw this team lose to South Florida."
Another student, sophomore Andrew Dolan, said he waited from 5:45 until 7:15 to get a wristband. "As good as it was last year, the team we have this year is just so amazing. Being on ESPN, that's so exciting."

Georgetown's official student spirit group, Hoya Blue, is also out in full force, helping the university to distribute the nights free T-shirts, as well as selling the famous (at least at Georgetown) "I Bleed Hoya Blue" T-shirts.

Lauren Delaloye, Jessica Bachler, and Kayla Towey, three sophomore volunteers for the organization, had trouble hiding their excitement.

"It is going to be absolutely insane. The line was ridiculous," Delaloye said. "I think the freshman are really excited. It was one of the most meaningful things for me as a freshman since it is your first basketball experience."
The three girls said that seeing the men's team dance during their introductions is what they are looking forward to the most.

Doors open in 20. I'll be back then.

Oh yeah, Jonathan Wallace's three last March against the Tar Heels still goes in every time.

Posted by Bailey Heaps at 08:14 PM on October 12, 2007

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