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Weekend Preview: Hoyas Ready for ‘Cuse, Spring Sports in Action

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The men’s basketball team, currently at its highest ranking of the season at No. 11, will face No. 8 Syracuse on Saturday in the highly anticipated matchup between two of the top teams in the Big East.  This is the last time the Hoyas (20-4, 10-3 Big East) play the Orange (22-4, 10-3) at the Carrier Dome in New York as Syracuse leaves for the ACC and Georgetown for a newly forming conference.  Although the teams will face each other once more this season at the Verizon Center, Saturday’s game is incredibly significant, as the squads are locked in a three-way tie with Marquette for first in the Big East.  The Blue and Gray are coming off of a 90-66 blowout victory against DePaul on Wednesday, in which freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 33 points, the most by a GU rookie since 1996.  Syracuse, meanwhile, dominated Providence 84-50 for its 38th consecutive home court win, the longest active streak in the nation.  The Blue and Gray will look to snap that streak at 4 p.m. Saturday.  The game will be broadcast on CBS and on 980 AM.

The women’s basketball team (13-12, 4-8) travels to the University of Pittsburgh (9-16, 0-12) on Saturday.  The Hoyas fell to Villanova 57-44 last weekend but received strong play from senior Sugar Rodgers, who had 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.  Pittsburgh lost to Cincinnati 59-50 despite a 24-point performance from sophomore Brianna Kiesel. Tip-off is at 1 p.m, with stats and a live broadcast available on the Pittsburgh website.

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Weekend Preview: Hoyas Take on Cincinnati, New Seasons Begin

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The men’s team (18-4, 8-3 Big East), now ranked at No. 15 in the AP Poll, play Cincinnati (19-6, 7-5) away on Friday in a Big East matchup. The Hoyas are riding a six game wining streak in which three wins have come over ranked opponents.  Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. led the Blue and Gray with 21 points and seven rebounds in their most recent effort against Marquette. Cincinnati has won the last four meetings against Georgetown and will be lead by sophomore Sean Kilpatrick.

The women’s basketball team (13-11, 4-7) tries to bounce back after a nine-point loss to Syracuse when they face Villanova (17-7, 6-5) on Saturday. The Hoyas received a strong effort from freshman forward Dominique Vitalis, who led the team with 15 points with two other teammates in double figures. The Wildcats, meanwhile, will come off of a convincing 63-34 victory over Seton Hall. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at McDonough Arena.

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Weekend Preview: Men’s Basketball On the Road, Softball Begins Season

Softball

The Georgetown softball team will kick of their season Friday in the FIU Tournament as they travel to Florida to face North Carolina State and Florida International on Friday, Kansas on Saturday, and an opponent to be determined on Sunday.  The team is led by senior captains Shikara Lowe and Jordan Hansen and will welcome six new freshmen.

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The men’s basketball team (16-4, 6-3 Big East) will travel to New Jersey to play Rutgers on Saturday.  The Hoyas look to extend their four-game winning streak against the Scarlett Knights (12-9, 3-7).  The Blue and Gray have won 10 out of the last 11 matchups against Rutgers.  With their win last week against St. John’s, Georgetown made its way back into the national rankings, coming in at No. 20 on the AP Top 25 and No. 21 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.  The Hoyas are led by sophomore Otto Porter Jr, who is ranked 14th in the Big East in scoring and fifth in rebounding.  Tipoff is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast on MASN and ESPN 980 AM.

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Weekend Preview: Men’s Soccer Vies for National Title, Basketball Heavily Favored

Soccer

For the first time in program history, the men’s soccer team advanced to the College Cup, the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, where they will face the University of Maryland today at 5 pm.  The Hoyas (19-3-2) will face a strong Terrapins team who is 20-1-2 and the second seed in the tournament.  In a meeting between the two teams last season, Maryland won 2-1.

On Sunday, the Blue and Gray will play in either the championship or third place game pending the outcome of their Friday match.  They will see either Indiana or Creighton, who face off in the other semifinal today.

Basketball

The men’s basketball team, which began the season unranked, have moved up to number 15 in the AP Top 25 Poll with their 6-1 overall record.  On Saturday they will face Towson (4-4) at the Verizon Center for a noon tip-off. The Hoyas will key on former teammate Jerelle Benimon, a spring 2011 transfer who now leads Towson in scoring and rebounding.  Georgetown is heavily favored in this matchup but must start and finish strong if they want to secure victory.

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Weekend Preview: Men’s Soccer Plays for Spot in Final Four, Basketball Facing Tennessee

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Tonight, the No. 20 men’s basketball team will play Tennessee at the Verizon Center as part of the SEC/Big East Challenge. (Don’t forget the retro-themed party and free Hoya Hair for first 2,000 fans!) The Hoyas and Volunteers both boast records of 4-1 and are coming off easy victories. The Hoyas received a strong performance last week from sophomore forwards Otto Porter Jr. and Greg Whittington, each of whom recorded double-doubles. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the women’s squad will square up with George Washington on the road at 4 p.m.  The Blue and Gray, 5-2, are led by senior Sugar Rogers, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll and the Naismith Award early season watch list on Monday. GW currently holds a 4-2 record. Although the Hoyas have an overall losing record to their crosstown rivals, they won last year’s game, and this year promises to be closely contested as well.

On Tuesday, the men will play Texas in the Jimmy V Classic, while the women take on Monmouth in New Jersey.

Soccer

The men’s soccer team is still fighting and still winning. The Blue and Gray will play San Diego on Saturday at 1 p.m. on North Kehoe Field in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The third-seeded Hoyas will be coming off of the excitement of a harrowing win in penalty kicks last round, while the unseeded Toreros seek yet another underdog victory. GU is led by freshman striker Brandon Allen, who leads the nation with 10 game-winning goals.

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Weekend Preview: Women’s Tennis, Lacrosse Take on Archrival Syracuse

This jam-packed weekend presents an assortment of athletic contests both on the Hilltop and abroad. If watching some local college sports is what you need to get over Nerlens Noel choosing Kentucky or the Penguins blowing a three-goal lead, then we have your fix.

The baseball team (16-17, 3-6 Big East) has won five of its last nine and looks to keep the momentum going in a weekend series at Villanova. The Blue and Gray will look to build on its lackluster conference record against its Pennsylvania rivals. The games are scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Friday, 1:15 p.m. Saturday, and 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

The softball team (15-25, 0-8 Big East) looks for its first conference win in a weekend set with St. John’s in Queens. The Hoyas are struggling, having lost five straight and eight of the last nine. The series begins Saturday with a doubleheader (which starts Saturday at noon) and concludes on Sunday at the same time.

Meanwhile, the men’s tennis team (13-6) has won an astounding five matches in a row against tough competition. As the season comes to a close, the team is peaking at the right time leading into the Big East Championships, as its last loss came on March 23, also its last away match. This weekend sees the Blue and Gray bring their regular season to a close, when they host St. John’s at noon on Friday and Villanova 24 hours later.

The women’s tennis team (13-5) has also impressed, topping the guys by winning its last six matches. The women look to continue their strong play when they host rivals Syracuse and Villanova, Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at noon, respectively.

No. 20 men’s lacrosse (5-5, 1-1 Big East) takes on Notre Dame at home Sunday at 1 p.m. while No. 14 women’s lacrosse (8-4, 4-1 Big East) hits the road to take on Syracuse on some field in the middle of nowhere Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The men’s golf team travels to New Jersey to participate in the Princeton Invitational, while the men’s and women’s track and field teams competes in the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va. The men’s crew lightweights are at Navy Saturday, while the heavyweights are in Princeton for the EARC Duel.