COLLEGE PARK -- In a perfect world, the on-campus matchup more than 40 years in the making would feature two undefeated teams taking the floor against each other on Tuesday night in College Park.
But, apparently, Radford had other plans.
Thanks to an “One Shining Moment”-level shot by Radford guard Rashun Davis in double overtime, the Hoyas visit Maryland with a record of 0-1. Maryland players watched the game, point guard Melo Trimble said, but don’t expect that to change the way they view the Hoya threat.
“We know that just because they lost to Radford doesn’t mean that they’re not going to bring their A-game against us,” he said. “Any loss is going to make any team hungry and I think after losing to Radford and seeing us win, it’s probably going to make them even more hungry to play us just like we are.”
The Hoyas have had two days of practice to bounce back after the loss and this Maryland game is one half of a difficult three-game stretch that will see Georgetown face Wisconsin and then either Duke or Virginia Commonwealth after that.
The prospect of starting the season 0-4 is real for the Hoyas, which seems to be reflected in what head coach Mark Turgeon said on Tuesday.
“For one, Georgetown has our attention because it’s the second game of the year, it’s what people have been talking about for a long time. They’re a good basketball team,” Turgeon said.
“It gets my attention because I know John [Thompson III] has their attention for two days and you’d much rather play a team after they won by 20 than losing a tough game.”
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a season and competitor. But what will likely tip the scales on Tuesday is how the young core of Georgetown responds.
Sophomores Tre Campbell, L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, and Paul White make up a major part of the rotation and will need to be productive for Georgetown if it hopes to bounce back against Maryland.
Juxtapose that with the upperclassman leadership of Maryland -- Jake Layman, Robert Carter, and Rasheed Sulaimon -- and it seems like a weakness that the Terrapins could exploit.
Tip off is at 9 p.m.