- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2003


Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
DOWN TO THE WIRE It appears Georgetown's chances to qualify for the Big East tournament will come down to its next two games Saturday at Miami (10-11, 3-7 Big East) and Tuesday against Providence (11-11, 4-7) at MCI Center. Of Georgetown's five remaining games, these offer the best opportunities for victory.
Coming into the game against Pittsburgh, the Hoyas were tied with Rutgers for last place and a game behind West Virginia in the Big East's West Division. The top six teams in each division qualify for the tournament. Georgetown never has failed to qualify.
Rutgers has the hardest remaining schedule among the three schools vying to stay out of the cellar. That's what makes Georgetown's games against the Hurricanes and Friars must-wins. The Scarlet Knights have two winnable games left on their schedule: Seton Hall next Tuesday and at St. John's on March 6. West Virginia has the easiest remaining schedule with three of its final five games at home, where the Mountaineers are 8-2.
As it stands, Rutgers holds the tiebreaker over the Hoyas. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head meetings, and the teams split this season. The second tiebreaker is divisional record, and both are 2-6. The last tiebreaker is wins over the highest seed. This is where the Hoyas are in trouble. Rutgers upset No.17 Syracuse 68-65 at home Jan.29. If the Orangemen, who currently lead the division, win the Big East's West Division, and the Hoyas and Scarlet Knights finish with identical division records, then the Hoyas are staying home.
Here's a look at the each team's remaining games, not counting the Georgetown/Pitt game and last night's West Virginia/Notre Dame game, with divisional records.
GEORGETOWN (3-7)RUTGERS (3-7)WEST VIRGINIA (4-6)
at Miamiat No. 23 ConnecticutSeton Hall
Providenceat No. 9 Pittsburghat No. 17 Syracuse
No. 17 SyracuseSeton Hallat Seton Hall
at West VirginiaNo. 10 Notre DameGeorgetown
No. 10 Notre Dameat St. John'sVirginia Tech
at No. 17 Syracuse
Ken Wright


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