The Georgetown Hoyas are headed back to Asia.
The rumblings about the Hoyas facing the Oregon Ducks at a military base in South Korea have existed for a while now. Now we have some details about the game which will open the 2013-14 college basketball season.
Georgetown and Oregon meet Nov. 8 at a U.S. Army base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, the Hoyas announced on Tuesday. The game will played at Camp Humphreys, an Army base located 45 miles south of Seoul, and specifically at a 110,000-square -foot fitness center.
"We are honored to be selected to participate in the 2013 Armed Forces Classic,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “The opportunity to play at Camp Humphreys in South Korea is unique and special. It will be a privilege to perform in front of the men and women who serve and protect our country. The game is important but above and beyond the competition, it will be an unparalleled learning experience for all in our program."
The Hoyas' previous trip to Asia made international headlines when a game in Beijing against the Bayi Rockets ended abruptly because of melee involving the teams and fans.
This time, instead of ducking from punches and flying debree, coach John Thompson III's team should have their hands full just dealing with the Ducks. Last season Oregon finished 28-9, won the Pac 12 Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 before losing to eventual national champion Louisville. Coach Dana Altman lost significant frontcourt pieces to graduation, but the Ducks return the starting backcourt of Damyean Dotson (11.4 ppg) and Dominic Artis (3.2 apg). Incoming help is in the form of former UNLV star Mike Moser. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds during the 2011-12 season, but had his minutes cut last season in the desert when Anthony Bennett showed up.
Georgetown suffered its own losses, notably Otto Porter to the NBA Draft and eventually the Wizards, and Greg Whittington to a knee surgery. Still, the Hoyas are one of if not the leading contender in the new-look Big East conference. Guards Markel Starks and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera provide the scoring and combined with the defensive prowess of Jabril Trawick, Georgetown should have one of the nation's top backcourt trios. There are questions up front, most notably whether the Hoyas will have former UCLA transfer Josh Smith available, but plenty of depth. Rising senior Nate Lubick and junior Mikael Hopkins started every game last season.
Besides the game, the teams will participate in a variety of activities at Camp Humphrey's, including serving the troops at a dining facility, conducting youth clinics for families of the troops, holding open practice and touring the base.
In terms of the Hoyas season, it's worth noting that less than two weeks later, Georgetown heads away from the U.S. mainland again to play in the Puerto Rico Tip-off from November 21-24.