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News Feed - December 4, 2008

As the lone senior on Georgetown’s starting lineup, Jessie Sapp wouldn’t be around to see it. But he says he loves the idea of a basketball tournament that would include all of the Washington-area’s top teams each year.

The Hoyas (4-1) are coming off a 75-48 rout of Maryland in the third-place game at the Old Spice Classic and gearing up for Saturday’s game against American (4-3) at Verizon Center.

While most Georgetown fans have penciled in a victory, Sapp says the Hoyas predicts a tough battle, noting that the Eagles tested Tennessee in the first-round of last year’s NCAA tournament.

“I think it’s good for the city that we have this game,” Sapp said before practice Thursday. “It’s good for us to play Maryland; it’s good for us to play American. I wish they’d have a tournament with all these teams in there. But it is what it is.”

Georgetown inched up to 20th in the AP poll following its 2-1 performance over Thanksgiving weekend, edging Wichita State, losing to Tennessee and trouncing Maryland. Sophomore Austin Freeman was named to the All-Tournament Team (16.0 points, five rebounds and two assists per game).

The Big East placed a record eight teams in the AP poll this week. In addition to Georgetown, they are: Connecticut (2), Pittsburgh (3), Notre Dame (7), Louisville (11), Syracuse (16), Villanova (17) and Marquette (25).

By Liz Clarke  |  December 4, 2008; 6:25 PM ET
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I think it would be a great idea..... but it seems like Maryland and Georgetown each have issues with playing the game on the others home floor which would seem like the two most logical places to have a "local tournament". But.... is it possible to host a collegiate basketball game at the DC Armory? It would seem like an excellent, local, "neutral" site that could be booked. Perhaps a corporate sponsor could pick up the tournament and give a portion of the gate receipts to a worthy local charitable organization(s).

Posted by: eurekaj | December 4, 2008 6:37 PM

There are supposed to be renovations for the D.C. Armory, I'm not sure how far along they've progressed. If it can be used for roller derby & indoor football, basketball can't be that much of a stretch. Whether GU, UMd et al would want to play in such an aged facility though is another matter entirely.

Posted by: evwill | December 6, 2008 9:55 AM

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