WASHINGTON (AP) -If you believe Roy Hibbert, he has no idea where Georgetown is in the national polls. Doesn't have a clue about Memphis' ranking, either.
So don't go looking for any big talk from the 7-foot-2 center before Saturday's matchup between his No. 5 Hoyas and the No. 2 Tigers.
``We go into every game with blinders on our head, not worrying about rankings or anything like that,'' Hibbert said Wednesday. ``Memphis is just another team to us.''
The last time Hibbert played in a marquee game, he picked up two quick fouls and wasn't much of a factor in a loss to Ohio State in last season's Final Four.
Even if this weekend's game at Memphis provides a chance to make a better impression, Hibbert is doing his best to downplay that angle.
``I'm just going to go out and play the best I can and make sure the team wins,'' Hibbert said. ``I'm not looking to do anything out of the ordinary.''
The only thing Hibbert will admit looking forward to is the atmosphere for the game.
``It's fun,'' the preseason All-American said. ``Obviously there's going to be cameras and a lot of people in the stands cheering. I like it when the whole arena's against us. When our back's up against the wall, we play our best.''
Like Hibbert, most of the Georgetown players stuck to the usual cliches when asked about playing Memphis: It's just another game. We don't think about the rankings. We just need to stick to our game plan.
But even their coach doesn't believe them.
``They're human,'' John Thompson III said. ``They realize there's a lot of talk, a lot of hype about this game and there probably should be.''
Well, at least one Georgetown player was willing to admit the matchup is bigger than the average game.
Guard Jessie Sapp is enjoying the attention.
``It's nice,'' he said. ``We haven't really had a lot of national attention, as far as our games on TV, but everybody's been marking this game down on their calendars for a long time. And for this showdown to finally come, it's exciting. I live for this. I love it.''
Advertisement

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Creighton vs. Xavier Pick It’s a huge Big East matchup today at 2PM ET when No. 15 Xavier hosts No. 8 Creighton. Which team has the edge?
Thumbnail USC vs. Colorado Prediction Colorado is a small home favorite tonight against USC in Pac-12 play. Are the Buffs worth a play for bettors?
Thumbnail Bearcats in business as Pirates await On Thursday, No. 22 Cincinnati eked out a 66-64 win over SMU. But will Mick Cronin’s crew have an easier time dispatching another American Athletic Conference rival...
Thumbnail Rutgers vs. Indiana Pick Will Indiana have any trouble at home when it takes on Rutgers today at Noon ET?
Thumbnail Auburn vs. Kentucky Pick Will No. 6 Kentucky be able to storm past Auburn when the two meet in SEC action today at 4PM ET?

NCAAB Team Pages