Georgetown Tabbed No. 2 Seed; Hoyas to Play FGCU in NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2013
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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. 2 seed in the South Regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will play Florida Gulf Coast University.
The Hoyas will play on Friday, March 22 in Philadelphia. Tip-off time at Wells Fargo Center will be announced at a later time.
Head Coach John Thompson III leads Georgetown to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in his nine years at the helm of the program. This is the third time the Hoyas have been the No. 2 seed under Thompson III and the fifth time GU has been one of the top three seeds under his guidance.
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, the No. 6 seed in 2011 and the No. 3 seed last year.
Georgetown, 25-6 overall and ranked No. 5 in the country by the Associated Press and No. 5 in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll, has played 15 games against 11 teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.
This will be first-ever meeting between Georgetown and Florida Gulf Coast University.
Florida Gulf Coast, winners of the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship, enters the NCAA Tournament with a 24-10 record after posting a 13-5 record in league play. The Eagles, who beat Miami early in the season and have played games against VCU, Duke and St. John's, are led by senior guard Sherwood Brown, who is averaging 15.3 points per game. FGCU, winners of its last five games, has three players averaging double figures in scoring.
Should Georgetown prevail in its opening game, the team would play the winner of a game featuring No. 6 San Diego State (22-10) and No. 10 Oklahoma (20-11).
This is the fourth time in program history that Georgetown has been seeded No. 2 in the NCAA Tournament, the 12th time the team has been among the top three seeds and the 18th time the Hoyas have been among the top six seeds.
This will be the 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Georgetown. The Hoyas have a 46-27 all-time record in 28 appearances, including an 8-5 record under Thompson III.
Georgetown is led by sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central), the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year. Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring (16.3 points per game), rebounding (7.3 boards per game) and steals (1.9 spg). He was named the league's player of the week three times this season, and has averaged more than 18 points per game over the last 17 games. Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) is second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game, leads the team with 59 three-point field goals and 2.9 assists per game. The Hoyas have been led by a stingy defense that limits opponents to 55.7 points per game and has held 21 of 31 opponents to 60 points or fewer this season.
Georgetown fans looking for information on tickets for the Hoyas' second round game can visit http://www.wearegeorgetown.com/tickets.