Georgetown Tabbed No. 3 Seed; Hoyas to Play Belmont in NCAA Tournament

March 11, 2012

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WASHINGTON - With a packed house of nearly 1,000 students, family and friends joining them at the Leo J. O'Donovan Hall on campus, and a live CBS national television audience airing the team's reaction, the Georgetown University men's basketball team found out that they were the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will play Belmont University in the second round.

The Hoyas will play on Friday, March 16 in Columbus, Ohio. Tip-off time at Nationwide Arena is slated for approximately 3:10 p.m. (ET, or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 12:40 p.m. game between San Diego State and North Carolina State.

Head Coach John Thompson III leads Georgetown to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in his eighth year at the helm of the program. The Hoyas reached the Sweet Sixteen during the 2005-06 season as the No. 7 seed, advanced to the Final Four in 2007 as the No. 2 seed, reached the second round in 2008 as the No. 2 seed, were the No. 3 seed in 2010 and the No. 6 seed in 2011.

Georgetown, 23-8 overall and ranked No. 13 in the country by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll, has played 14 games against 11 teams that made the 2012 NCAA Tournament field.

The matchup with Belmont is the first between the teams since the NCAA Tournament in 2007, when the Hoyas posted an 80-55 win in the first round in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We are a different team. They are a different team," Head Coach John Thompson III said. "I'm not going to look at tapes from their 2007 team. They're not going took at tapes from our 2007 team. We're going to get ready for this year."

Belmont, winners of 14-straight games, won the Atlantic Sun Tournament title and have a 27-7 overall record. The Bruins are fourth in the country, averaging 81.5 points per game.

Should Georgetown prevail in its opening game, the team would play the winner of a game featuring No. 6 San Diego State (26-7) and No. 11 North Carolina State (22-12).

This is the fifth time in program history that Georgetown has been seeded No. 3 in the NCAA Tournament and the 17th time the Hoyas have been among the top six seeds. The last time Georgetown was a No. 3 seed was during the 2009-10 season.

This will be the 28th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Georgetown. The Hoyas have a 45-26 all-time record in 27 appearances, including a 7-4 record under Thompson.

The Hoyas are 23-8 overall and earned a bye in the BIG EAST Tournament after finishing in fifth place in the league (12-6) and advanced to the tournament quarterfinals.

Georgetown is led by senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and and the recipient of the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award, who leads the team with 13.9 points per game. Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph), who recorded his third career double-double, and second-straight in the BIG EAST Tournament, with 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Cincinnati on Thursday, is third on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg), second in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and leads the team with 3.5 assists per game.

Georgetown fans looking for information on tickets for the Hoyas' second round game can visit http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets and click on men's basketball.

 

 

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