- The Washington Times - Friday, March 8, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at Madison Square Garden in New York:
NCAA RESUME Coach Craig Esherick and the Hoyas (19-11) obviously were lobbying for an NCAA tournament bid after the loss to No.20 Miami. But the Hoyas have three damning numbers on their resume.
First, they have only 18 Division I victories (the committee doesn't recognize the win over Division III Marymount). Teams with 18 wins traditionally get at-large bids only if they have an excellent RPI and have played a brutal schedule. The Hoyas are ranked 53rd in the latest RPI, a very pedestrian number. And Georgetown's strength-of-schedule ranking is 65, sub-par by anyone's definition. Translation: Georgetown better hang that NIT banner back over the urinals in the team locker room. Expect the Big East to get only five bids: Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Miami, Notre Dame and St. John's.
"I think we certainly played well enough to deserve a bid," said Esherick. "I also know that I would have felt a whole lot better about that decision if we had won this game … I can tell you there aren't a lot of coaches in America who would want to have to play us."
Said Braswell: "There's no doubt that we should be an NCAA team if you look at our talent, but our record doesn't really reflect that. If you look at our season, we played tough with everybody. But if we don't get in, I think these guys will have a great club next year, because they've already been through the wars."
SUNSATIONAL Miami's famed dance team, "The Sunsations," received the loudest ovation from the crowd. Dressed in black spandex, the squad brought the place to a roaring frenzy with its gyrations to the tune "Booty Talk."
Barker Davis



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