CSN Spotlight: Delaware looks to upset UNC


CSN Spotlight: Delaware looks to upset UNC

Delaware (1-2) at North Carolina (2-1), Sat. 12:30 p.m. on CSN

The Blue Hens came up just short of pulling over the upset of Villanova last week, but there's no time to dwell on it as they head to Chapel Hill this week to face the Tar Heels.

After a shaky start to the season, North Carolina looks like they are in midseason form after blowing out Illinois last week. In his last two games, quarterback Marquise Williams has thrown five touchdowns and only one interception. He will have a tough task against a very stingy Delaware defense that is allowing only 19 points per game this season.

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Rhode Island (0-3) at Maine (0-2), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN Plus

Rhode Island and Maine are a combined 0-5 on the season so the good news is that someone is going to walk away with their first win. Maine's 0-2 record is a bit misleading, however, as they have played two FBS teams to start the season. In reality, they actually are not a bad team and Vegas knows it. Maine is currently a 19.5-point favorite over the Rams.

After being held to just 10 points total against Boston College and Tulane, Maine is likely looking forward to facing a Rhode Island defense that has not yet held an opponent to less than 35 points.

Stony Brook (2-0) at William & Mary (1-1), Sat. 7:30 p.m. on CSN

Stony Brook heads to Williamsburg for a critical early season CAA tilt. Both teams have eyes at making a run at the conference, but with how deep the conference is, neither team can really afford to take this loss.

The Seawolves have not yet been challenged this season, winning both of their games by more than 20 points. Running back Stacey Bedell is the team's workhorse. The UMass transfer already has 43 carries for 326 yards and four touchdowns in just two games this season. He will go toe-to-toe with a William & Mary defense that held Virginia to only 110 rushing yards last week.

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.