THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for February 26

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Men’s Basketball

This season’s Senior Day for the men’s basketball team (14-14, 7-8 Big East) will be a far cry from the Senior Day of last season — both in terms of where the team is this year and in terms of the seniors themselves. As Georgetown prepares to take on Butler (18-9, 7-8 Big East) on Saturday at Verizon Center, only one senior is slated to play significant minutes: guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Senior center and co-captain Bradley Hayes is out indefinitely with a broken hand, and guard Riyan Williams only sees spot minutes. However, despite the differences in each of their seasons, they have all contributed in their own ways throughout their Georgetown careers.

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STANLEY DAI/THE HOYA

Women’s Basketball

The Georgetown women’s basketball team (14-12, 7-9 Big East) will close out its regular season schedule this weekend with two games at home against conference opponents. On Friday, the Hoyas take on the Butler Bulldogs (9-18, 4-12 Big East) before facing off against the Xavier Musketeers (17-10, 8-8 Big East) on Sunday afternoon.

Georgetown has already faced both Butler and Xavier this season. The Hoyas fell to the Bulldogs 82-76 on Dec. 31 and to the Musketeers on Feb. 5, losing that contest 59-54.

Against Butler, Georgetown managed to keep the game close throughout the opening half. The Hoyas trailed by a mere two points at the end of the first quarter and by only seven points at the break. However, in the third quarter the Bulldogs pulled away, extending their advantage to 16 points.

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Men’s Lacrosse

The No. 17 Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (0-1) will travel to Towson, Md. on Saturday to take on No. 14 Towson (2-0) in its second regular-season game. The Hoyas look to bounce back from a 12-7 loss to the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0) last Saturday. Towson will enter the matchup coming off a 9-5 victory over Mount St. Mary’s (1-2) last Saturday.

“They’re a really gritty team,” senior captain and defender Nic Mahaney said of Towson. “They’re patient with the ball and they will pepper us with shots. They have a lot of talented players on the team, and [Head] Coach [Shawn] Nadelen has done a lot for that program, and we’re expecting a dogfight on Saturday.”

Track & Field

The Georgetown men’s and the No. 14 Georgetown women’s indoor track and field teams will travel to Staten Island, N.Y. this weekend to compete in the seasonal Big East championship meet. The Hoyas will look to senior Ahmed Bile to continue to lead both on and off of the track at the Big East championship. Bile has displayed impressive performances this indoor season, running a 3:57.84 in the men’s invitational mile at the Boston University Scarlet and White Invitational on Feb. 6 and a time of 7:51.77 in the men’s invitational 3000-meter event at BU Valentine Invitational meet on the weekend of Feb. 12-13.

Senior Michael Lederhouse and junior Amos Bartelsmeyer have shown their fitness this season as well. Like Bile, Bartelsmeyer and Lederhouse also broke four minutes in the men’s invitational mile at the BU Scarlet and White Invitational meet, clocking in at 3:58.22 and 3:58.42, respectively.

The women’s team has also seen success this season, especially in the case of graduate student Andrea Keklak. After recovering from a serious injury that sidelined her for the entire 2015 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, Keklak returned to form in the 2015 cross country season. She continued to improve throughout the indoor track and field season, and now Keklak has broken two Georgetown records this semester.

Softball

After a tough slate of games last weekend that saw the Georgetown softball team (1-7) give up 63 runs in five losses, the Hoyas are looking to get back on track when they head down to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend for the Carolina Classic tournament at the University of North Carolina.

Georgetown will open the weekend against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (3-6) on Friday. The team will play against Fairfield and in a second game against IUPUI on Saturday and will close out the weekend against host North Carolina (4-6) on Sunday.

Georgetown’s roster is currently under strain with the absence of several players to injuries and a lack of experience among its pitchers, forcing Head Coach Pat Conlan and her active roster to be more flexible with the lineup to compensate.

The Water Cooler

For all of the statistical and data innovations in basketball that prompted unique lineups, more scoring opportunities and more fluid pacing, the game still feels harder — or at least more frustrating — to watch. In large part, this sentiment exists because officiating and what constitutes a foul have evolved as the game itself has evolved. At the college level, we at Georgetown are wholly used to seeing Big East referees blow more air than the big bad wolf did in the Three Little Pigs. Everything from a hand check to the slightest contact warrants a whistle. In the NBA, this has increasingly been a topic of conversation as Hall of Fame players along with future Hall of Famers constantly label the NBA as a “soft” league relative to what it was like in the 1980s and 1990s. This begs two questions: are the allegations of the league being soft true, and if so, does it matter?

Around the District

Cynically submerged on the roster of a team that has no intention of keeping him, quarterback Robert Griffin III is being disrespected by his Washington Redskins franchise, his city and his fans. We all seem to know it’s time for a split. The ride is over for RG3 in D.C., and the city is ready to move on. A season buoyed by unexpected success culminating in a brief playoff stint captured our hearts, easing a transition that probably should have been much rougher. Above-average play from quarterback Kirk Cousins grabbed the headlines and plastered a new face on the billboards, tentatively anointing a new king for the Washington Redskins.

Through it all, RG3 sat third on the QB depth charts. Game after game, he was penciled in as inactive while backup quarterback Colt McCoy suited up behind Cousins. Somehow Griffin maintained a semblance of dignity on the sidelines, seen interacting with Cousins while the defense was on the field or huddling with coaches and players during games. But that was all we got of RG3 for the 2015 NFL season.

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