The team won the National Championship in 1984 and has reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four on five occasions. Their most recent trip to the Final Four was in 2007. They have won the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament seven times, and has also won or shared the Big East regular season title ten times. They have been invited to the NCAA Tournament twenty-eight times and the National Invitation Tournament an additional twelve times.
The Hoyas currently employ a variant of the Princeton offense, a style of play that emphasizes ball movement. The hallmark of the offense is the "backdoor" pass, where a player on the wing suddenly moves towards the basket, receives a bounce pass from a guard on the perimeter, and ideally finds himself with no defenders between him and a layup. Coach Thompson learned the style while serving under then-Coach Pete Carril of the Princeton University Tigers. Using this system, Georgetown has been lauded for excelling by emphasizing offensive efficiency rather than speed of play.
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