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Georgetown’s non-conference schedule is terrible

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In his first season as the head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, Patrick Ewing has managed to cobble together an atrocious non-conference schedule.

Just look at this mess:

Sun. 11/12: Jacksonville
Wed. 11/15: Mount St. Mary’s
Sat. 11/18: Maryland-Eastern Shore
Sat. 11/25: at Richmond
Tues. 11/18: Maine
Sun. 12/3: Coppin State
Fri. 12/7: Howard
Sat. 12/9: North Carolina A&T
Sat. 12/16: Syracuse
Wed. 12/20: North Texas State
Sat. 12/23: Alabama A&M

Can it be anymore obvious what Georgetown is trying to do here?

They have a young team that wasn’t very good last season with a coach working in the college ranks for the first time this year. Play as poor of a schedule as possible, win a few games at the start of the year, build some confidence and try not to get embarrassed during Big East play.

Because that’s more or less what the Hoyas are aiming for here.

There is no way that schedule is going to be enough to get Georgetown into the NCAA tournament. Even if they win every game, you’re probably not looking at a single NCAA tournament team. Syracuse lost six of their top seven scorer and could finish as a bottom four team in the ACC. Richmond is, what, a top six team in the Atlantic 10?

They’re not even going to play mid-major teams to worry about. Mount St. Mary’s lost five players to transfer from last year’s tournament team. UMES went 14-20 last year. Jacksonville went 5-9 in their league. Howard went 10-24. Coppin State went 8-24 last season. Maine went 7-23. N.C. A&T went 3-27. Alabama A&M went 2-29. I don’t know what North Texas State is other than the fact that it’s not North Texas or Texas State, meaning it’s not a Division I program.

Do you really expect that will be enough to entice the selection committee to pick you?:

Or that it will prepare a team to make the kind of run through Big East play that will be necessary to earn a bid? (Hint: The answer to both those questions is no.)

And all of this comes after the Hoyas pulled out of the PK80 Invitational, Phil Knight’s tournament out in Oregon over Thanksgiving, and after Ewing essentially ended any talk of the Maryland-Georgetown rivalry becoming a thing.

What is there to be excited for if you are a Hoya fan?

I understand the notion of having to build up to something.

I do.

But the Hoyas already have enough issues drawing people to the Verizon Center for games. I know. I lived in D.C. for 10 years. The Verizon Center can feel empty when there are 13,000 Georgetown fans there.

It may take six games to get 13,000 fans to walk into that arena for a Georgetown game this season.

That’s what happens when you don’t play anyone. It’s what happens when, as a coach, you essentially punt on your season before it begins.

Report: North Carolina won’t attend White House

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After capturing a national championship earlier this year, the North Carolina men’s basketball team will not be visiting the White House, a North Carolina spokesman said to Andrew Carter of the The Charlotte Observer.

Although the Tar Heels were invited to go to the White House from the staff of President Donald Trump, the team couldn’t figure out a date that worked.

“We couldn’t find a date that worked for both parties,” North Carolina team spokesman Steve Kirschner said to Carter. “We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”

According to Carter’s report, Kirschner also said that North Carolina players, “were fine with going.”

With Trump’s recent comments towards NFL players and the national anthem and his Saturday morning tweet at Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the President with regards to athletes over the past 24 hours.

Although the timing of this may seem like North Carolina is making some sort of political statement, the school is downplaying any sort of politics by focusing on the bad timing.

Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer

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Xavier freshman forward Jared Ridder will transfer from the program to move closer to home, according to a release from the school.

The 6-foot-7 Ridder hails from Springfield, Missouri as he was regarded as a top-150 prospect by Rivals in the Class of 2017.

“After much consideration and talking with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to move home,” Ridder said in the release.

“Jared has indicated to the coaching staff that he has a desire to be closer to home,” Xavier head coach Chris Mack said. “While we are disappointed, we all want Jared to be happy moving forward. We wish him nothing but the best.”

A potent scorer and noted perimeter shooter at the high school level, Ridder helped MoKan win the Nike Peach Jam during the summer of 2016 playing alongside talented players like Missouri’s Michael and Jontay Porter and Oklahoma’s Trae Young. With a desire to move closer to home, could Ridder potentially land at a spot where one of his talented former teammates is playing?

Ridder averaged 24.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his senior season of high school ball at Kickapoo as he was a first-team, All-State selection in Missouri.

Four-star 2018 forward Ian Steere decommits from Creighton

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Creighton took a big hit to its recruiting efforts late this week as Class of 2018 forward Ian Steere is decommitting from the Bluejays, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Steere’s decommitment was first reported by Julius Kim of Elevate Hoops.

The 6-foot-8 Steere is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals as he is coming off of a very solid spring and summer playing with Team Charlotte in the Under Armour Association. A plus athlete who isn’t afraid to bang on the interior, Steere showing an improving skill level throughout the spring and summer as he could see his recruiting soar after opening things up.

According to a report from Jon Nyatawa of the World-Herald, one of the reasons that Steere is opening up his recruitment is his desire to be closer to his native North Carolina. With so many top programs looking for quality help on the interior, it’ll be interesting to see which programs jump in and try to recruit Steere the second time around.

John Wall emotional in Kentucky Hall of Fame induction speech

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John Wall was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night as he delivered an emotional speech while talking to his mother.

The first inductee into the Hall of Fame to play for current Wildcat head coach John Calipari, Wall only spent the 2009-10 season in Lexington but he became the first national player of the year to play at Kentucky before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Thanking his mother, Calipari, his family, friends and Big Blue Nation, the Washington Wizards guard gave a very moving speech, including an emotional part directed to his mother at around 4:35.

Ohio State snags third 2018 commitment in a week with four-star guard Luther Muhammad

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Ohio State continued a strong week on the recruiting trail on Friday night by landing a commitment from Class of 2018 guard Luther Muhammad.

Regarded as a four-star prospect, the 6-foot-4 Muhammad is a tough and rugged perimeter defender who can attack the basket. Also showing some ability to play on the ball as a secondary handler, Muhammad is a very solid addition to Ohio State’s recruiting class since they need to overhaul their roster under new head coach Chris Holtmann.

Muhammad is the third player to commit to the Buckeyes in the Class of 2018 this week as he joins four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington in the current Ohio State recruiting class. Since Washington is a three-point threat and Muhammad is more of an off-the-bounce specialist, the two guards are a good start for Ohio State in this class as they will likely try to find a true floor leader to play with them on the perimeter.