For the first time in more than 30 years, a regular season college basketball game will be played in Asia.
On November 8th, Georgetown and Oregon will be kicking off the season with a trip to Camp Humphreys, an Army base 45 miles south of Seoul, South Korea.
“It will be a privilege to perform in front of the men and women who serve and protect our country,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “The game is important but above and beyond the competition, it will be an unparalleled learning experience for everyone in our program.”
“Players and our staff are excited about for the troops and the opportunity to play Georgetown,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We will get to spend a couple of days with the troops and that will be enlightening for all of us.”
This game will be the second edition of the Armed Forces Classic, an event that ESPN and the Department of Defense came up with, where a regular season college hoops game will be played annually on an American military base abroad. Last season, UConn upset Michigan State at Ramstein Air Force base in Germany. The Coast Guard, the Navy and the Marines will host games in the next three years.
The game itself should be entertaining. Georgetown should be a contender in the new Big East despite losing Otto Porter, while Oregon should have enough talent returning with the addition of Mike Moser that they can compete for a Pac-12 title.
Georgetown has had some tough luck with their past trips to play games. Last November, they had a game against Florida played on an aircraft carrier cancelled at the half because of condensation on the court. In the summer of 2011, the Hoyas took a trip to China to play in a series of exhibition games only to find themselves in a full-scale brawl, which happened to be a good thing for that team.
No. 15 Cincinnati pounced on Memphis from the start, taking a 51-32 lead into halftime.
Then, Gary Clark decided to add insult to injury to start the second half. Seriously, how did he catch that?
Mick Cronin’s team is much better offensively than in previous seasons. I’m sure fans in the Fifth Third Arena can get used to seeing more plays like this.
Michigan State freshman guard Cassius Winston had just one field goal in the first half. And it was a half-court buzzer-beater as the Spartans capped a sizable run to take a 49-31 lead over Nebraska going into the break.
The Spartans ended the half on a 21-5 run.
Winston provided a serious boost off the bench during that stanza. Moments earlier, he helped the Breslin Center erupt when he lobbed a pass off the backboard to teammate Miles Bridges.
Michigan State opened the day projected as one of the final at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The margin for error is thing and it appears the Spartans are playing with a sense of urgency.
Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.
Former Ohio State walk-on turned blogger turned author Mark Titus, who is currently writing for The Ringer, joined Rob Dauster on the latest episode of the CBT Podcast to go over last night’s games. The two also discussed who is the best team in the nation at the moment, as well Frank Mason III’s rap single from several years ago #BIFM
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.
While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”
“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”
“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”
No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.
STILL TO PLAY
Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.