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.