Hoyas earn spot in NIT, will play rare home game at McDonough

The Georgetown men’s basketball team (17-14, 8-10 Big East) may have disappointed many on the Hilltop this season by failing to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. If Hoya fans can take any solace from this disheartening year, however, it’s in their team’s selection to the less prestigious post-season tournament, the National Invitation Tournament.

The most satisfying part of this otherwise inferior tournament is the opportunity for the Hoyas to play a home game at the on-campus McDonough Arena for the first time in nearly five years. The last time the Hoyas took the floor in McDonough was on December 19, 2009 when they faced Old Dominion. The Hoyas lost 57-61.

Since the Hoyas earned a No. 4 seed, they will have the chance to make that Blue and Gray fantasy of victory a reality. They will face off against No. 5 seed and former Big East rival West Virginia (17-15, 9-9 Big 12) on Tuesday night at McDonough.

Tickets are free for Georgetown students with a valid GOCard and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to McDonough will open at 5:30p.m. for all students hoping to seek admission. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Photo: Lucia He/Georgetown Voice

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