Georgetown Coach John Thompson III limped into a news conference Friday afternoon with a brace protecting his left leg in the wake of an accident involving the team bus early this week.
Although he was clearly in discomfort from what he called a bruised knee, Thompson’s sense of humor remained intact.
“I might be on the sideline on one of those little carts,” he said with a laugh two days after visiting an orthopedist.
While Thompson proclaimed himself good to go for Saturday’s game against Marquette at Verizon Center, reserve guard Tre Campbell remains out with a sore leg as he continues to recover from Monday’s incident, in which the Georgetown bus rear-ended an SUV carrying a 49-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son while traveling north on Interstate 95.
No serious injuries were reported, according to Maryland state police.
The Hoyas were heading to Villanova, Pa., to play the second-ranked Wildcats on Tuesday night. They lost, 75-64, after coming nearly all the way back from a 17-point deficit with 11:05 to play.
The loss dropped Georgetown (13-12, 4-8) into a tie for eighth out of 10 teams in the Big East. The Hoyas have the same record as Providence but would lose the tiebreaker by virtue of the Friars having swept the regular season series.
After briefly clawing back onto the NCAA tournament bubble, Georgetown has fallen in several metrics used to determine tournament worthiness. The Hoyas are ranked 58th by KenPom.com, 50th in the Sagarin ratings and 64th in the Rating Percentage Index, although the NCAA tournament committee has indicated that it may be moving away from that metric because it does not factor in margin of victory.
“Coach Thompson told us to stay in the here and now,” Hoyas junior guard L.J. Peak said when asked whether players pay attention to where they stand with regard to the NCAA tournament.
Georgetown has lost two in a row as it seeks to avoid missing the NCAA tournament for the third time in four seasons. With six regular season games left, including the finale at home against Villanova, opportunities to enhance the Hoyas’ NCAA tournament profile are dwindling.
Marquette, meanwhile, is in better shape as far as its NCAA tournament aspirations are concerned. The Golden Eagles are 35th in KenPom.com and No. 36 in Sagarin, albeit 76th in RPI after losing three of their past four.
They do have a résumé-boosting win against Villanova, 74-72, on Jan. 24, dealing the Wildcats only their second loss this season.
“We still have a lot of opportunities in front of us,” Thompson said. “I’ve said that the last two weeks, and it’s still true: We have a lot of opportunity with this Big East schedule.”