JTIII open to Georgetown-Florida meeting this season

JTIII open to Georgetown-Florida meeting this season
November 24, 2012, 4:30 pm
Share This Post

Georgetown Hoyas forward Mikael Hopkins (3) goes up for a lay up during the first half of the game against the Florida Gators on the deck of the USS Bataan.

(Rob Foldy-US PRESSWIRE)

Remember how Georgetown's season started with an intriguing matchup against Florida set on a unique venue, the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Bataan parked off the Jacksonville coast? Remember how officials called the game after one-half because condensation took over the outdoor court during intermission, leading to a no-contest result?

Well, there is a chance the two programs may work out a solution sometime around the start of the new calendar year. On Monday Florida coach Billy Donovan expressed an interest in resuming or replaying the game. After Georgetown improved to 4-1 following Saturday's 72-50 win over Mount St. Mary's, John Thompson III did as well.

"We're talking," the Hoyas coach said when asked about the possibility. As Thompson acknowledged, many variables could weigh down any earnest attempt to conclude or restart the RPI favorable meeting. Florida, currently 5-0 and ranked seventh nationally, led 27-23 at halftime playing without suspended guard Scottie Wilbekin.

"There are so many moving parts as it relates to that: Where, a full game, a half a game. Their point guard that wasn't available, is he going to be available now. I think we are both interested. We scheduled that game not just because of the involvement with the Navy, but both teams wanted that game."

Based on the Hoyas' schedule, the ideal window is December 28-29. After hosting American on Dec. 22, Georgetown's next game comes Jan. 5 at Marquette in the Hoyas Big East opener.

However, Florida plays Air Force on Dec. 29 with its next game coming Jan. 6 at Yale. Put it altogether and a mid-week game on perhaps Jan. 2 looks most promising. That's a date Donovan recently stated worked best for his team with the Jacksonville Coliseum as the potential destination (yes, an indoor venue). USA Today also reported Florida is considering helping Georgetown with travel costs should the game be in its neck of the woods. After Tuesday's loss to Indiana, Thompson also mentioned other locales including Norfolk or D.C.

Regardless, by that point in the campaign, the Hoyas will be looking ahead.

"Personally, once you get moving toward league play we have to focus on league play," Thompson said. "I don't know whether it's going to happen, but is there interest on both parts, yeah."