Georgetown does not play in the NCAA East tournament until Sunday, but tonight's first-round doubleheader in Providence, R.I., holds plenty of interest for Jim and Anna Mae Mulquin of Rockville. Sons Dave and Mike, both former all-Met at Georgetown Prep. will play.
Dave, a 6-foot-7 junior, is a key reserve for Holy Cross, which will take the underdog role into the 7:07 opener against Iona. The winner plays Georgetown Sunday; the time will be announced Saturday morning.
Mike, a 6-7 freshman, is a reserve at Villanove, a slight favorite over Marquette in the second game, starting at 9:37. That winner advances to a Sunday game against Syracuse.
A brother-versus-brother meeting would not be possible until the East Regional final, March 16 in Philadelphia. Nevertheless, it will be quite an experience for the Mulquins, since Dave and Mike were teammates from the first grade through high school.
"He wanted to go someplace different," said Dave. "I think it was a good decision; not that we don't get along, just because from the basketball end of it. We both play the same position. One would be playing and the other sitting."
Aside from the fact both teams would need major upsets to get there, Dave cites another reason for wanting to play against his brother and Villanova:
"It would be great to play against him. It's just that I've followed them closely all year and I think he's done the same."
Holy Cross will be facing a 28-4 Iona team that has won 16 straight games, the longest streak in Division 1 and that defeated the Crusaders by 15 points in Worcester in last January.
Mike is psyched.
"We've been following basketball for a long time. We've watched just about every NCAA tourney.It's something we're playing in the same bracket and have a chance to play against each other."