Georgetown Hoyas (21-9) vs. Northern Iowa Panthers (23-9).
When: Friday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Dayton, Ohio.
1. Ewing, Mutombo, Mourning, Iverson... Green and Hibbert? G'town used to be an NBA factory and may have a couple Association stars-in-waiting on the current roster. According to NBADraft.net, sophomores Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert are projected to go 11th and 26th overall in 2007. Green was Big East co-rookie of the year (with Rudy Gay) and is being compared to Hawks forward Al Harrington (alright). Hibbert is 7'2" (Mutombo size but with beef!) and is likened to Greg Ostertag (ouch). Both players were named to All-Big East second team this season.
2. What Rocks, Indeed. From Wikipedia's G'town page: "The school's sports teams are called the Hoyas. Many years ago, students well-versed in the classical languages invented the mixed Greek and Latin chant of "Hoya Saxa," translating roughly as "What Rocks," in reference to both the stalwart defense of the football team and the stone wall that surrounded the campus." G'town's athletic teams used to be called Hilltoppers before writers for the school paper shortened it to Hoyas. Now you know.
3. John Thompson III May Be a Bit Underpaid. This will only be the second time since 1943 that a G'town team led by anyone other than JT3's dad has gone to the NCAA Tournament. Be that as it may, the NY Times reports that John Thompson, who resigned in '99, is the second-highest-paid employee at the university behind only the school president. He has made $400,000 each of the past two year by serving as a "presidential consultant for urban affairs," which I guess is a higher-paying gig than "head coach." - Jamie Mottram
1. They Sell More Books Than That OTHER Iowa Writing School. Who's the most famous and influential alumnus of Northern Iowa? Kurt Warner, you say? Guess again. Without question, the UNI grad that has received the most press and undobutedly wasted the most trees is Robert James Waller, best known for penning "The Bridges of Madison County" a mere 14 years ago. Waller graduated from UNI with a degree in Business Education and later received a Masters in Education ... none of which indicates that he would prolifically write sappy love stories in bucolic Iowa. On the plus side, he did play for their men's basketball team when it was known as Iowa State Teachers College. However, lest you think that he has the UNI monopoly over bad Hollywood stories, Nancy Price, author of "Sleeping with the Enemy," is also a UNI alum. Take THAT, University of Iowa Writing Program!
2. They Helped Produce Many Corporate Bastards. In 1958, the first chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda opened its doors at the University of Northern Iowa, with the purpose of fostering and teaching business principles and accumen in college-age Americans. After taking root in Northern Iowa, the Phi Beta Lambda portion of FBLA grew to well over 50,000 members and does exemplary charity when not focused on preaching corporate domination to impressionable 20-year-olds. Notable graduates of this organization (though not Northern Iowa) include Troy Aikman, Patricia Nixon, Johnny Mathis, and that extremely annoying near-sighted guy you nicknamed Egon freshman year. On second thought, it's probably for UNI that none of these luminaries can call their school home.
3. It's A Wrestling School First. Despite the fame that Warner has brought to the university and the recent success of the mens' hoops team, the most accomplished program at UNI is without question the wrestling team, further carrying on the state's tradition in the role of dominance on the mat. Three-time NCAA champions, the school also boasts two Olympic medalists in wrestling, a heady achievement for an institution that was primarily a teaching college until the latter half of the twentieth century. — Angelo Grasso