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Georgetown's first-round opponent revealed for loaded 2016 Maui Invitational field


Georgetown's first-round opponent revealed for loaded 2016 Maui Invitational field

The Georgetown Hoyas already knew that the non-conference portion of their 2016-2017 schedule included a trip to Hawaii for the 2016 Maui Invitational.

But on Tuesday, the team found their first round opponent and the rest of what is expected to be a loaded field for the premier non-conference tournament of the season.

The Hoyas will begin play on Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. ET when they take on the Oregon Ducks, fresh off a No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Elite Eight.

The winner of that game will go on to face the winner of Wisconsin vs. Tennessee, which precedes the Hoyas' opening-round game, with the losers going on to face each other.

Georgetown is 1-2 all-time against Oregon, having lost the last two meetings.

The two teams last met in 2013 as part of the season-opening Armed Forces Classic, which was held on the Humphreys Air Force Base in South Korea. The Ducks won 82-75, despite 25 points from UCLA-transfer Joshua Smith, who was making his first appearance as a Hoya.

Defeating the Ducks will not be easy. Oregon has found stability under head coach Dana Altman and like in 2013 when the team returned future Pac-12 Player of the Year Joseph Young, the Ducks now return junior forward Dillon Brooks, who is thought to be one of the favorites for the conference's highest award this season.

The team also returns standout guard Tyler Dorsey and 6-10 big-man Chris Boucher, both of whom averaged over 12 points per game last season.

Depending on the results, Georgetown will either face Tennessee or Wisconsin. The Volunteers are in a similar situation as the Hoyas.

Gone is the team's top scorer in Kevin Punter, but in his second year in Knoxville, Rick Barnes returns a strong crop of young talent, led by Detrick Mostella and incoming freshman Kwe Parker, Jalen Johnsona nd Grant Williams.

A potential game against Wisconsin would serve as the much difficult of the two options, with the Badgers returning standout forward Nigel Hayes, along with junior Vitto Brown and sophomore Ethan Happ, who had one of the best freshman seasons in the country a year ago.

Competing in the other side of the bracket are basketball powers North Carolina and UConn, as well as Oklahoma State and the host Chaminade Silver Swords, the team famous for upsetting No. 1 Virginia and Player of the Year Ralph Sampson in the 1982 Maui Invitational.

But the non-conference portion of the season is often an unknown, and the 2016 Maui Invitational field provides a loaded list of top teams that could provide the Hoyas with problems and challenges they need to handle in order to find success in 2016-2017.

Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

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Derrickson's late 3 gives Hoyas win over Seton Hall

Marcus Derrickson scored 22 points, grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds and hit the game-winning 3-pointer on Saturday as Georgetown beat Seton Hall 83-80.

Derrickson got an open look on a deep 3 near the end of the shot clock and buried it with 4.2 seconds left:

 He was also fouled on the close out by Khadeen Carrington but missed the foul shot. Myles Powell, who finished with 25 points for the Pirates, missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.

Jamorko Pickett added 18 points and Jessie Govan scored 11 for the Hoyas (14-10, 4-9 Big East), who had a 17-point lead from early in the second half erased by the six-minute mark.

Angel Delgado's layup with 5:36 to play capped a 10-0 run and gave Seton Hall (17-8, 6-6) its first lead of the game at 69-67.

Desi Rodriguez added 24 points and Delgado scored 12 for the Pirates.

Villanova crushes Georgetown for worst Hoyas loss in 40 years


Villanova crushes Georgetown for worst Hoyas loss in 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points -- 44! -- and gave Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry, handing the Hoyas their worst loss in more than 40 years, 88-56 on Wednesday night.

Jalen Brunson led the way with 18 points and seven assists for Villanova (17-1, 5-1 Big East), which finished 17 for 33 on 3s, while Georgetown went 4 for 15.

Mikal Bridges scored 17 for the Wildcats, winners of seven consecutive games against the Hoyas, Villanova's longest streak in a series that dates to 1922.

The last time Ewing faced Villanova in any capacity was in the last game of his college playing career at Georgetown, a surprising 66-64 victory for the underdog Wildcats in the 1985 NCAA championship game. It was quite clear, quite quickly, on Wednesday that there would be no such tight outcome --nor any chance of an upset by Georgetown (12-6, 2-5).

This is Ewing's first season as a head coach at any level, and he opted to go with an easy-as-can-be non-conference schedule to try to build his players' confidence. Now that league play is underway, especially against a foe like Villanova, the gap between the Hoyas and the best teams is obvious.

It was 42-20 at halftime, and Georgetown to that point had more turnovers (nine) than made baskets, shooting 8 for 26, including 0 for 8 on 3s.

Villanova just kept pushing the margin after the break, going up by 30, then 40, and then reaching the apex at 88-44 on a layup by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree with about 3 minutes remaining. Less than a minute later, Villanova coach Jay Wright finally sent on the subs and pulled any remaining starters.