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Georgetown wears Michael Jordan's logo. That's weird, right?

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Georgetown wears Michael Jordan's logo. That's weird, right?

In the context of planet earth, Georgetown's basketball uniforms are not unique when it comes to sporting Michael Jordan's "Jumpman" logo.

 Depending on your age, Jordan is more brand than person. Multiple generations including those currently playing college basketball, covet gear of all kinds with that logo. That's why almost nobody will think twice about that emblem gracing the Hoyas' jerseys, shoes and more when Georgetown (11-7, 4-2 Big East) visits No. 5 Xavier (16-1, 4-1) Tuesday night (8:30 p.m.).

For 99.999999 percent of the planet, the relationship with Jordan is based on idol worship or fashion statement. Maybe "Space Jam." Kids too young to remember Jordan playing for the Wizards, let alone win six titles with the Bulls, may scream bloody murder until their parents purchase the new Air Jordan XXX shoes. Cool is cool.

Hoyas sophomore guard Tre Campbell, while wearing a Georgetown t-shirt, shorts and shoes with the Jordan logo, said "I was aware of him" while growing up. "I knew he was one of -- the greatest player, my favorite player ever. I like wearing his stuff. I love his shoes."

Jordan, the actual human, ripped the heart out of Georgetown on March 29, 1982. The coach, the team, the fans.

The relatively unknown freshman coolly sank the go-ahead jumper against Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas in the final seconds to help the Tar Heels win the national championship game 63-62. The legacy took over the world from there.

Another way of saying it is Jordan's shot prevented Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr.'s team from cutting down the nets. That shot will be replayed in every single college basketball montage until the world stops using montages, the pain revisited each time.

That Michael Jordan, his logo Georgetown wears.

The program that proudly says, "We are Georgetown" issued t-shirts before last Saturday's home game against No. 6 Villanova. These shirts didn't just place a large Jordan logo front and center, but underneath included "#WeAreJordan."

 

 

Most Nike schools wear the "swoosh" logo. Just a few go "Jumpman." North Carolina is one thing. Georgetown is another.

All of this fashion coziness strikes many as, if nothing else, odd.

"Odd because of the history? Nah," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III, son of the aforementioned Thompson when posed with the outsider perspective.

The family has a long established history with Nike. "The relationship has been great," he continued. "They've taken care of us and hopefully we've represented them in a way that's been mutual. But it's not weird at all."

Thompson was 16 in 1982. Now each day he sees that guys logo on their clothes. On his own clothes. Not weird?

"At the time was it a devastating loss, yes," Thompson said to CSNmidatlantic.com. "But in no way shape or form down through the years has been animosity. It's great been great. I've always been a fan of what [Jordan] did on the court and what he's doing in the business world."

Here's the difference between those on the court, the field and those in the stands. Emotion flows differently depending on whether you're an observer living vicariously or participant living life. Staying local, can you imagine a Dallas Cowboys  player silhouette, say former quarterback Roger Staubach, on the Redskins' burgundy and gold?

"If Roger Staubach had one of the best shoe companies in the world that everyone wants to wear, no that would not be weird at all," Thompson, a Redskins fan, stated with assurance. "Not one little bit."

Here's one reason why it's not weird at all:  Jordan's coach was the legendary Dean Smith. Dean Smith helped John Thompson Jr. early in his college coaching career. Smith tabbed Thompson as one of his assistants for the 1976 Olympic games. They worked together on social and political causes.

They also faced off on that one night in 1982. No doubt, a painful one for the Thompson's but it was just a night. The relationship with Smith lasted a lifetime.

When Smith passed away earlier this year at the age of 83, the elder Thompson issued a simple yet powerful statement: "I loved him."

That's why the Thompson currently coaching Georgetown views the two programs not as rivals, but "cousins."

"Yes, he hit the shot to beat Georgetown, but I was and still am a huge Michael Jordan fan," Thompson said of the Hall of Famer and owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets -- and boss of Patrick Ewing, now an assistant coach with the Hornets.

Perhaps winning the national title in 1984 helps get over the 1982 loss. Maybe. Clearly, the participants have moved on.

Campbell is aware of that big shot. Standing feet away from numerous pieces of memorabilia and other remembrances of the Georgetown program's history inside McDonough Arena, he saw no issue with Georgetown wearing the Jordan logo.  

"Nah, probably not," Campbell said. "In this day and age, it's just a brand."

 

Bracketology Round-up: Who’s hot and ignoring the bubble

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Bracketology Round-up: Who’s hot and ignoring the bubble

Now is the time that teams need to make their late season push. Whether a team is in the tournament or otherwise, the games now matter more than ever.

Yet, it is the teams solidly in the field that have been slipping as of late. Rarely have we seen losses from teams on the bubble.

The last 10 days saw the four teams that many assumed were locks for a No. 1 seed all fall to an unranked opponent. None of the falls being quite as bad as Purdue’s who suffered through a three-game losing streak. Nearly across the whole board the Boilermakers only dropped to a No. 2 seed, but their margin for error is a lot smaller than many of the teams around them.

READ ALSO: VIRGINIA REMAINS No. 1 AS TOP 25 IS RE-SHUFFLED

Other Big Ten schools continue to rise with strong showings in conference play. Ohio State is now getting some love as a No. 4/ No. 5 seed and Michigan is not too far off either. The Spartans of Michigan State have begun to leapfrog teams that passed them in January as they are on the No. 2/ No. 3 seed line. 

Texas Tech rode a seven-game winning streak to now a emerge as a contender for the top-8 seeds in the tournament. Auburn has also snuck into that conversation as well.

The Virginia Cavaliers remained as the near-unanimous No. 1 overall seed from the following bracketologists. They rebounded with a solid road win at Miami this past week.

For these reasons, no one is worried about who is in and who is out of the tournament, unless of course your team is involved. The drama around the bubble, for now, is subdued.

For the mid-major fans, Wichita State (now in the AAC) is in the mix as well for a favorable seed. They grabbed their best win of the season at Cincinnati on Feb. 18 in a ‘prove-it’ contest for both teams.

But with all of the lesser Power 5 teams winning against top tier opponents, it is not helping many mid-majors that are floating around the bubble. St. Bonaventure, Temple, and even St. Mary’s basically all face win-out situations.

These projections are based on their latest bracket as of Feb. 19.

Joe Lunardi (ESPN):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Ohio State

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Clemson
No. 4 Tennessee

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Wichita State

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: Baylor, Texas, St. Bonaventure, and Syracuse
First Four out: UCLA, USC, Washington, and Nebraska

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Nicholls St./ Savannah State
No. 10: Virginia Tech (West, at-large) vs. No. 7 Alabama

Dave Ommen (NBC Sports/ Yahoo/ Bracketville):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Gonzaga

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Purdue
No. 4 Wichita State

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Tennessee

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Clemson
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: Washington, Baylor, St. Bonaventure, and Syracuse
First Four out: UCLA, LSU, Louisville, and Marquette

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Southern/ Savannah State
No. 9: Virginia Tech (Midwest, at-large) vs. No. 8 Oklahoma

Shelby Mast (USA-Today):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Ohio State

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Clemson

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Michigan State
No. 4 Wichita State

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Arizona
No. 4 Tennessee

Last Four in: St. Mary’s (CA), St. Bonaventure, Syracuse, and Washington
First Four out: LSU, Marquette, UCLA, and Utah

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Wagner
No. 9: Virginia Tech (Midwest, at-large) vs. No. 8 Michigan
Maryland (“On Life Support”)

Chris Dobbertean (SB Nation) – Updated on 2/16:

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Michigan State
No. 4 Tennessee

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Kansas
No. 3 Clemson
No. 4 Gonzaga

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 West Virginia

West Region:
No. 1 Auburn
No. 2 Texas Tech
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: Louisville, UCLA, Texas, and Baylor
First Four out: St. Bonaventure, USC, Temple, and Syracuse

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ)
No. 10: Virginia Tech (at-large)
Maryland (also considered)

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Gonzaga

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Clemson
No. 4 Wichita State

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Tennessee

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: Texas, Butler, Florida, and Syracuse
First Four out: Baylor, Utah, Washington, and Louisville

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Nicholls St./ Prairie View A&M
No. 9: Virginia Tech (West, at-large) vs. No. 8 Arkansas

Delphi Bracketology (Most accurate bracket projection of past two years – Updated 2/17):

No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Xavier, Villanova, and Purdue
No. 2 seeds: Kansas, Purdue, Duke, and Texas Tech
No. 3 seeds: Michigan State, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Clemson
No. 4 seeds: Tennessee, Arizona, West Virginia, Gonzaga

Last Four in: Texas, Baylor, Louisville, UCLA
First Four out: St. Bonaventure, LSU Temple, and Syracuse

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1 overall: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 9: Virginia Tech (at-large)

Local Rundown:

It is clear that Virginia’s loss to Virginia Tech will chalk up as just a blemish on an otherwise outstanding tournament resume. The Cavalier’s made that clear with their second half in Coral Gables on Saturday.

The top defensive team in the country does have some wiggle room as they close out the 2017-18 season with the madness from the teams behind them. A loss or two will not move them off the No. 1 line, and depending on which team, they might even maintain the top seed.

Virginia Tech, the team that beat the Cavaliers, is taking advantage of the upsets across the NCAA. Paired with their upset win, they went from a borderline bubble team to a No.9/ No. 10 seed. What does make things difficult for them is that their final four games are against three NCAA tournament teams and a bubble team in Louisville.

They honestly are going to need some other teams to fall or themselves to pull out some monster upsets to stay on the good side of the bubble.

With losses to Penn State and Nebraska, the Maryland Terrapins odds to get into the dance are all but vanquished. Only two bracketologists even mentioned the Terps in their analysis. However, they are not entirely out of it with their schedule and a small run in the Big Ten tournament. There remains a small chance, ever so slight. 

The rest of the Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) is going to have to rely on upsets in conference tournaments to get more teams in. Keep an eye on these teams as they try and ride momentum into March: Old Dominion (21-5, 12-2 C-USA), VCU (15-2, 7-7 A-10), William & Mary (16-11, 9-7 CAA), Towson (18-11, 8-8 CAA), Radford (17-12, 10-6 Big South), and Mount St. Mary’s (16-13, 10-6 NEC), Navy (19-10, 10-6 Patriot).

Virginia stays at No. 1, Middle Tennessee enters Top 25 for first time ever

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Virginia stays at No. 1, Middle Tennessee enters Top 25 for first time ever

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins.

The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday. That's 12 more than last week when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.

The top four remained unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan State earning 19 first-place votes after rallying from 27 down to beat Northwestern. Third-ranked Villanova got the other four first-place votes after winning at No. 4 Xavier.

Fifth-ranked Duke jumped seven spots after beating Virginia Tech and Clemson despite playing without injured top freshman Marvin Bagley III.

Middle Tennessee checked in at 24th, marking its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.

Complete AP Top 25 Poll for Week 16:

1. Virginia (42)
2. Michigan State (19)
3. Villanova (4)
4. Xavier
5. Duke
6. Texas Tech
7. Gonzaga
8. Kansas
9. Purdue
10. North Carolina
11. Cincinnati
12. Auburn
13. Wichita State
14. Arizona
15. Clemson
16. Ohio State
17. Michigan
18. Rhode Island
19. Tennessee
20. Nevada
21. West Virginia
22. Saint Mary's (CA)
23. Houston
24. Middle Tennessee
25. Florida State

NBC Sports Washington contributed to this report.