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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.

Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

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Georgetown will look to Big East Tournament after falling to Wildcats

PHILADELPHIA -- Jay Wright moved into a tie atop Villanova's career wins list with 413 in No. 4 Villanova's 97-73 win over Georgetown on Saturday night.

Wright improved to 413-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He matched Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961. Wright can top Severance with a win in the Big East Tournament.

The Wildcats head to Madison Square Garden as the No. 2 seed after their run of four straight regular-season conference titles was ended by Xavier.

There's little worry on the Main Line that Villanova can't make a deep run in the postseason. The Wildcats (27-4, 14-4 Big East) beat champion Xavier twice this season and will surely be a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

They used the Hoyas (15-14, 5-13) as little more than a tune-up in the finale and took a 15-point lead in the first half that was never seriously challenged. Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson solidified his player of the year candidacy with 16 points and seven assists.

Yes, the Wildcats had been upset at the Wells Fargo Center this season by St. John's, a team that was winless in the Big East, but the outcome seemed a mere formality against Patrick Ewing's Hoyas.

The Hoyas missed all nine 3s in the first half. Jesse Govan scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and he went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

The second half served as a mere countdown toward Wright's ascension to a share of the top of the record book.

Wright led the Wildcats, who won the 1985 national title under his mentor Rollie Massimino, to their greatest run of success in program history. They've won at least 32 games each of the previous three seasons and he's led them to the NCAAs all but one year (2012) since 2005.

Wright, a Churchville, Pennsylvania native, played college basketball at Bucknell and started as an assistant at Rochester and Drexel. He spent five seasons at Villanova as Massimino's assistant, then followed him to UNLV for another two years before taking the head coaching job at Hofstra in 1994.

Hired in 2001 to replace Steve Lappas, Wright took the Wildcats to the top of every meaningful stat -- including an eight-week stint this year at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll.

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.