Tiger of the Week: John Thompson III ’88

Georgetown’s Jan. 30 men’s basketball contest against Duke brought a big-game atmosphere to Washington, D.C. More than 20,000 fans came to the Verizon Center, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who watched from the front row as coach John Thompson III ’88′s Hoyas took a 13-point lead before halftime and held on to win 89-77.

Thompson told the AP afterward that he was “extremely happy that the president was there. … But we were more nervous about the guys sitting on the other bench.”

With the victory over Duke, Thompson now has 200 wins as a collegiate head coach — an impressive figure considering that he’s only in his 10th season. Princeton can claim at least a small part in Thompson’s coaching record. After playing for the Tigers and serving as an assistant to Pete Carril and Bill Carmody, Thompson won 68 games and three Ivy League titles in four seasons as Princeton’s head coach, from 2000-04.

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