Hoyas named a No. 2 seed for NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday
The Georgetown Hoyas were named a two seed, as the 68-team NCAA tournament field was announced yesterday. Though fans in Charlottesville, College Park, and Lexington may be irate with the decisions of the tournament committee, everything looks just fine here on the Hilltop. Georgetown is firmly on the two-line, seeded seventh overall with their first matchup on Friday against upstart Florida Gulf Coast.
Big East compatriot Louisville, riding their ten-game winning streak, grabbed the top overall seed, playing in the Midwest region. The other one seeds were Indiana, Kansas, and Gonzaga. The Hoyas are in the South region, Kansas’s section of the draw, along with three and four-seeds Florida and Michigan. This region has its share of quality matchups, the most notable being a pair of first round meetings between powerhouse programs. In an eight-nine matchup, North Carolina plays Villanova for a shot at either Kansas or Western Kentucky. UCLA plays Minnesota, who comes into the tournament underseeded on the eleven-line.
Head Coach John Thompson III said, “I don’t go into it worrying about what we’re going to be seeded, it’s the opposition.”
The Hoyas first opponent, FGCU, is no pushover. FGCU is dangerous for a fifteen seed, having beaten ACC Champion Miami earlier this year. Lurking in the Hoyas half of the region is the third-seeded Florida Gators, the favorite in Vegas to advance to the Final Four from the South. If both teams advance to the sweet sixteen, this would provide a rematch of the season-opener on the USS Bataan, which was cancelled at halftime due to condensation while Florida held a 4-point lead.
“It’s a tough bracket. There’s a lot of big name teams, is what jumped out at me, especially in terms of those first four,” Junior forward Nate Lubick said. “We’re ready to play anybody.”
The Hoyas, who have not made it past the first weekend of the tournament in any of the past three years, will look to make a run this year. “This is a new team. New team, new year, new tournament,” Lubick said. “We can’t look back at the past. This team is very different from our team last year and we’re ready to get a win.”
The Blue and Gray will play Florida Gulf Coast at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia at 6:50 p.m. on Friday. Kevin Joseph and Keith Levinsky will have full coverage on Twitter at @GUVoiceSports. Stay with Vox for previews and recaps for each game.
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