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Saturday’s game sends the Hoyas back to Madison Square Garden, site of one of their most impressive victories of the season, a 64-41 throttling of Texas in which they shot just 41 percent but held the Longhorns to below 30 percent from the floor.

The game against the Red Storm (9-6, 1-2), who have already knocked off a ranked team in Cincinnati, would appear to be a must-win affair, but Thompson isn’t adding any more importance to this contest than the last one.

“What’s important for our team is to understand the notion that every game is urgent,” Thompson said. “Each and every game is the most important thing. I worked and played in the Ivy League and there’s no conference tournament, so you quickly get the mindset that the first game of the year is as important as the season finale.

“Our guys have to get that mindset, that understanding. It’s urgent because it’s the next game on our schedule. That’s how I feel.”