In November, ESPN broadcasters Bill Raftery, Sean McDonough and I were sitting courtside at the Lahaina Civic Center waiting for Georgetown to begin its first practice in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. The Hoyas were young, not much was expected of this group, and the only real publicity the team had was (through no fault of their own) for a fight in China over the summer. Coach John Thompson III walked over to us and said, "We're going to be good. I don't know when, but we are going to be good." And, it turns out, JTIII undersold his team's prospects.
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