Georgetown earns NIT bid, set to host Harvard

It certainly isn’t the tournament that fans were hoping for, but for the first time in four years, the Georgetown Hoyas will be playing a post-season tournament. The Hoyas were given a three seed and will host the six seed Harvard at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening at McDonough Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Georgetown is one of five Big East teams in the 32 team tournament. UNC Greensboro was named the one seed in their section of the bracket. A win against Harvard will have Georgetown play the winner of North Carolina State and Hofstra. The championship game takes place on April 4 in Madison Square Garden.

The Hoyas have played the Crimson three times going 3-0. Their last meeting took place in 2009. Harvard, the regular season Ivy League Champion, finished with an 18-11 overall record losing to Yale in the Conference Championship.

The Hoyas enter the game as 6.5 point favorites. They will look to stop Harvard Junior Guard, Bryce Aiken, who scored 38 against Yale and has averaged 22.6 on the season. No other Crimson has averaged more than 11 points per game. Aiken, along with all of the Harvard guards, are dangerous from three which has posed a problem for the Hoyas all year. While the young Hoyas had gotten hopes up for an NCAA bid, the invitation to the NIT is in line with the steady improvement that Patrick Ewing is hoping to bring to the program.

Leroy Travers

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