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SI writer Curry Kirkpatrick described how Georgetown center Patrick Ewing led the second-ranked Hoyas to the Big East Conference championship, earning them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

CAN THERE still be critics out there carping that Patrick Ewing and his pals on the Georgetown basketball team aren't learned in the humanities? Georgetown will take its humanity along with its depth, speed, versatility, crash-dunks and NCAA--record-breaking defense and shove it down your windpipe, as it did last week while mopping up in the Big East tournament. Indeed, there was a minor skirmish in the Hoyas' 82--71 overtime defeat of Syracuse in Saturday night's championship game, when one of the school's future diplomats tried to punch the lights out of an already falling Orangeman. But such tactics are old hat with Georgetown—hit 'em while they're down, hard-er, hard-er—and anyway, picky-picky. By the time the dust had settled, coach John Thompson's plundering legions (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 12 is one of their milder aliases) had concluded a fairly thorough rap number on their conference brethren. Not that the hammerin' Hoyas surprised anybody by becoming the first top-seeded regular-season champions in the Big East's five-year history to sweep to the tournament championship.

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