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).
December 4, 2008; 6:25 PM ET
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