CSN Spotlight: Two in a row?


CSN Spotlight: Two in a row?

Virginia is looking for their second-straight win, NC State hopes to prove they have turned the corner, JMU gets the national spotlight and Villanova tries to keep their season from collapsing. Catch all the exciting college football action this Saturday on CSN and CSN Plus.

NC State (4-2) at Wake Forest (3-4), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN

It's time for the Wolfpack to put up or shut up. After winning their first four games against a schedule that would make Baylor blush, NC State has lost their last two against Louisville and Virginia Tech. Now they have to show that they are improving and are not still among the ACC's weakest teams.

Wake Forest has lost three of their last four with their only win coming in a narrow 3-0 victory against Boston College. Wake's top two quarterbacks are also both dealing with injuries. John Wolford aggravated an ankle injury last week against North Carolina while Kendall Hinton is dealing with a back injury. Even if both quarterbacks are available on Saturday, neither will be at 100 percent.

NC State is coming off a bye week. There's really no excuse for them to lose this game.

The Wolfpack cannot simply pretend to be making progress by playing weak competition, they have to actually win conference games.

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Virginia (2-4) at North Carolina (5-1), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN

Virginia heads to Chapel Hill this week to take on the red hot Tar Heels. North Carolina has won five-straight and have established themselves as one of the front-runners in the Coastal Division thanks to their tremendous offense.

See the full preview as well as the week's biggest stories from Virginia here in this week's Cavaliers Report.

Richmond (5-1) at James Madison (7-0), Sat. 3:30 p.m. on CSN Plus

This FCS matchup will have the national spotlight as ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from JMU's campus on Saturday. While ESPN may have the pregame show, CSN Plus will have the actual game.

JMU is a perfect 7-0 this season including a road win against FBS opponent SMU. They are led by transfer quarterback Vad Lee who already has 24 total touchdowns.

After losing their opening game to Maryland, Richmond has won their last five. The Spiders are the only team in the CAA besides JMU without a conference loss. Only midway through the season, the winner of this game will take a stranglehold over the conference.

Villanova (3-3) at Towson (3-3), Sat. 7:00 p.m. on CSN

After losing their starting quarterback for the season, Villanova looked like their season was spiraling out of control, but after last week's dominating 37-0 win over Albany, it looks as if they may have righted the ship.

The Wildcats won behind a strong defensive performance and a run-heavy offense. Quarterback Zach Bednarczyk was only called upon to throw 12 times in this game as Villanova kept things simple with 53 rushes for 269 yards.

This will be the formula Villanova will need to stick to if they hope to build on this win.

Towson is also coming in with some momentum after earning a late-game win over Stony Brook last week. Allowing only 14 points is a big win for a Towson defense that ranks near the bottom in the conference in scoring defense. This is a game the Tigers can win if they again manage to keep Villanova out of the end zone.

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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.