The Georgetown men’s basketball team will not participate in the PK80 Phil Knight Invitational over Thanksgiving weekend in Portland, Ore., the school announced Tuesday. The Hoyas, led by first-year Coach Patrick Ewing, had initially been selected to play in the “Victory” bracket of the 16-team tournament, alongside Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, U-Conn., Portland and Arkansas. The event is scheduled to celebrate Nike founder Phil Knight’s birthday.
DePaul will replace Georgetown.
“The Georgetown’s men’s basketball program is in the midst of an exciting time of rebuilding,” Athletic Director Lee Reed said in a statement. “Georgetown has a prominent, seasoned head coach who has begun this process, which will continue to develop in the fall. After considerable consultation with ESPN, we have reached a mutual agreement that Georgetown will not participate in the PK80 Phil Knight Invitational this November. The University values its longstanding partnership with ESPN and looks forward to participating in future events. We appreciate the understanding of the fans and organizations associated with this event and wish success to all involved.”
Not participating in the tournament takes a small amount of spotlight off of Georgetown as Ewing attempts to revive the program in his first year on the job. The Hoyas were scheduled to face Michigan State on Nov. 23. Other participating programs include Duke, Gonzaga and Florida.