Attend four Division 1 men's basketball games in one day without leaving the city limits. If this sounds like a dream, Saturday is the day for you. Georgetown, American, Howard and George Washington all play at their respective home courts with start times that make such a hoops whirlwind tour possible. Now, the details and directions.
12:00 p.m.: Georgetown (9-6, 2-1 Big East) vs. DePaul (6-9, 0-3)
Where: Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW
Why: Start your odyssey with a talented Georgetown team heading down a path of uncertainty. If the Hoyas have any shot at competing for the Big East title and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, they not only need to compile at least 12-14 conference wins, but they cannot afford any more RPI-damaging losses. Losing to the Blue Demons works against all of that. Georgetown, losers at Creighton earlier in the week, won at DePaul 70-58 last month as D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Isaac Copeland each scored 15 points.
2:00 p.m. - American (2-12, 0-3 Patriot) vs. Lehigh (3-11, 1-2)
Where: Bender Arena
Directions from Verizon Center (5.0 miles): Straight up Massachusetts Avenue NW. Should take 20-25 minutes unless Dupont Circle traffic or some random Embassy Row protest slows you down. Cross Ward Circle and immediately look left. That is unless you want good deli. Then go straight for a few blocks and then go straight for the corned beef on rye at Wagshal's.
Why: This is the toughest sell based on matchup and geography, but you cannot finish the grand slam without it. Rough year for the Eagles, but AUHoops podcast host Jake Lloyd likes the future for the current freshman class led by forward Delante Jones.
4:00 p.m. - Howard (7-9, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Coppin State (2-13, 0-2)
Where: Burr Gymnasium
Directions from Bender Arena (5.1 miles): Get back on Massachusetts Avenue, but you're not going all the way back to Chinatown. Go about 2.1 miles and turn left on Waterside Drive. Hit Rock Creek Parkway, but don't hit any of the bicyclists even if they don't follow the rules of the road. Take a slight right onto Beach Drive and then the exit toward National Zoo. Then 18th street to Columbia Road to Harvard Street to 5th street to Gresham Place. Done.
Why: Seeing four local games in one day is rare. Same goes for seeing the nation's top scorer. Junior guard James Daniel leads all D1 players with 28.5 points per game. He's already scored at least 30 points six times including a season-high 39 in a win over William & Mary.
8:00 p.m. - George Washington (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic 10) vs. Duquesne (10-5, 0-2)
Where: Smith Center
Directions from Burr Gymnasium (3.4 miles): Even coach potatoes like yours truly could head down 13th Street toward Foggy Bottom and walk this distance in the four hours between games. In the age of Uber, why bother. Plenty of good spots in the area for dinner or a pre-game hang - Tonic at 2036 G Street comes to mind. As for where to sit inside the Smith Center, my favorite place in town for college hoops watching, get a good spot where you can observe coach Mike Lonergan's sideline antics. If you're starting to drag by this point in the day, drafting off Lonergan's energy should do you right. He also does the X's and O's thing rather nicely.
Why: GW remains in good shape for the A-10 race and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, but the 65-62 loss at St. Louis Wednesday surely stings more than just another L. The Colonials led by seven points with 3:47 left -- and then never scored again. With a string of challenging conference games on the horizon, beating the Dukes becomes important for momentum and the standings.
Whether you'll be in good shape after four games in one day probably depends on your love of the game. If a quadheader is something even worth considering, then enthusiasm will be the least of your concerns.
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