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NCAA Tournament Draw: Georgetown Earns 12 Seed, Will Face 5 Seed Colorado on Saturday

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Press Release from Georgetown:

Georgetown Earns #12 Seed in 2021 NCAA Tournament; Will Face #5 Colorado Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – The BIG EAST Champion Georgetown University men’s basketball team has earned the #12 seed in the East region of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas will take on fifth-seeded Colorado University Buffaloes out of the Pac-12 Conference on Saturday in Indianapolis. The venue and game time will be announced in the coming days.

Georgetown enters the NCAA Tournament after earning the BIG EAST Conference’s automatic bid by winning four games in four days to capture the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament Presented by Jeep. It was the eighth BIG EAST Tournament Championship for the Hoyas, the most in BIG EAST history and it was the first time that a #8 seed has won the BIG EAST Tournament. Georgetown’s 73-48 victory over Creighton was the second largest scoring margin (25) in a BIG EAST championship game, dating back to 1993 (Seton Hall, 33 points). Georgetown’s appearance in the championship game marked a first in league history for a team that was picked to finish last in the preseason poll.

Freshman Dante Harris earned the Dave Gavitt Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Tournament, becoming the 10th Hoya to earn the award and first since Jeff Green in 2007. He averaged 11.8 ppg over four games, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line, while leading the Hoyas with 13 assists and seven steals. Senior Jahvon Blair (15.3 ppg) and sophomore Qudus Wahab (14.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg) joined Harris on the 2021 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.

For the season, Blair leads the Hoyas in scoring with 15.8 ppg and is one of just four players in the BIG EAST to rank among the top 10 in both scoring (15.8 ppg) and assists (3.8 apg). He also leads the league in 3-pointer per game (2.7). Wahab is averaging 12.4 ppg and is among the BIG EAST leaders in rebounds (8.0 rpg), blocks (1.6 bpg) and field goal percentage (.591). Jamorko Pickett is scoring 12.3 ppg, while Chudier Bile has scored in double figures in nine of the past 14 games and is scoring 10.2 ppg for the season.

Colorado enters the NCAA Tournament with a 22-8 overall record, finishing third in the PAC-12 with a 14-6 mark. The Buffs lost in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game to top-seeded Oregon State on Saturday. Colorado is scoring 73.0 ppg while allowing just 63.3 ppg to opponents. McKinley Wright IV, a Bob Cousy Award finalist last season, leads the squad with 15.5 ppg and 5.6 apg. Jeriah Horne (11.4 ppg) and Evan Battey (10.2 ppg) are also in double figures, while Horne is pulling down a team-best 5.8 rpg.

The Hoyas are making their 31st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and their first since 2015. Georgetown is 48-29 all-time in the tournament, and 18-7 in the first round.

The winner takes on the winner of 4th seed Florida State v. 13 seed UNC Greensboro.

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