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Given the way the Hoyas bumbled against Marquette’s press - Georgetown’s bigger lineup had trouble moving the ball out of the backcourt - Thompson knows that his team has given opponents a window on how to frustrate them offensively.

“Do I anticipate us getting pressed because of our showing the other day? Absolutely,” he said.

In the grand scheme of things, perhaps this week’s tournament isn’t of paramount importance for the Hoyas - most NCAA tournament projections have the Hoyas safely in as a No. 3 seed - but for the players, especially the seniors, this trip to New York means everything.

“It’s so important,” Clark said. “I’m going up there with the mindset that this is my last go-round, and I don’t want to lose. Henry [Sims] and I are telling the guys that we don’t want to go out with a loss. Our team being the family we are, everybody understands that.”