The Georgetown Hoyas ended the regular season ranked as the No. 13 team in the country, but were unable to get the coveted double-bye in the 2012 Big East tournament. The reason for that is because their loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats during the regular season gave Cincy the tiebreaker and, with that, the double-bye as the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.
Georgetown will look to avenge that early-season loss on Thursday afternoon when they tip-off with the Bearcats in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET, barring an overtime game between Connecticut and Syracuse, and can be watched on ESPN.
Each team ended the regular season with a 12-6 record in the Big East, but Georgetown enters the game with a bit of momentum thanks to Wednesday's 64-52 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers. Center Henry Sims finished with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds while Otto Porter scored 20 himself to lead the Hoyas to the quarterfinals.
The Bearcats ended the conference season with wins in seven of their last nine contests, including a win over the then-seventh ranked Marquette Golden Eagles. Cincinnati was led during the regular season by a multitude of players as Sean Kilpatrick, Dion Dixon, Yancy Gates and Cashmere Wright all averaged at least 10 points per game.
The winner of Thursday's game will play the winner of the Syracuse-Connecticut game in the semifinals on Friday.
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