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Georgetown departs before snow for reunion tour stop at UConn

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Georgetown departs before snow for reunion tour stop at UConn

John Thompson III and the Georgetown Hoyas are getting out of the D.C. area before the blizzard of 2016 strikes.  Their schedule demands it. Saturday is another non-conference reunion game with a former Big East rival, Connecticut. Should snow accumulations locally make an immediate return home impossible, Thompson is armed with a contingency plan.

As doom grips the region over this impending storm, the Hoyas (12-7) enter the first matchup with the Huskies (13-5) Saturday since a double-overtime thriller in 2013 feeling hopeful and sunny. Coming off a win over the No. 5 team in the country will do wonders for mood, especially for a team that needed a NCAA Tournament résumé boost. However, the excitement isn't just over Tuesday's 81-72 victory at Xavier, but how Georgetown prevailed.

The offense, unlike the local traffic 24 hours later after one of snow hit the streets flowed. Georgetown had 21 assists on 26 field goals.

"We moved fast," Thompson said. "There have been times this year where it felt like we were stuck in the mud and we're not moving. The ball is no swinging and we're not pushing the ball. In that game we had fast ball movement and fast body movement, which we've been trying to get them to do all year."

Sophomore guard Tre Campbell scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and finished 5 of 7 on 3-pointers while backcourt partner D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 20. The Hoyas shot 51 percent from the field and sank 10 of 25 3-pointers.

"I think the ball was just in the right spot at the right time," Smith-Rivera said. "We moved the ball a lot better. Guys got good looks, open shots.

According to the basketball analytics site BbState.com, the Hoyas' finished with an impressive offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) of 1.22. That's the fourth time this season they've topped 1.2, but the second time in three games. On the season, the Hoyas' rating is 1.06.

Having their two primary ball handlers making plays in the same game certainly helped. Campbell recently started emerging from a slow start. The sophomore is 8 of 11 on 3-pointers over his last four games after shooting 6 of 23 overall. The surge boosted his percentage to 41.2.

"I was just shooting the ball with confidence," Campbell stated.

Thompson hopes that his young team is now collectively gaining confidence playing in his read-and-react offense.

"I don't know whether it's a case of we're slowly getting to the point where they aren't thinking, they're just playing so they can move faster. I just think the ball moved fast in that game," the coach said. "When that happens with the players that we have, it's hard to guard."

Hard to guard also describes the balanced Huskies, who have four players averaging at least 12 points including former Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs (12.2). Sophomore guard Daniel Hamilton stuffs the stat sheet with 12.2 points, 8.7 rebounds. 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals.

This season has been something of a reunion tour for the Hoyas with a game at Maryland, in terms of the old Big East, a home win over Syracuse. Despite the victory over the Orange, Georgetown is 7-5 against non-conference foes this season with Connecticut (12:00 p.m.) the final stop.

Smith-Rivera scored 14 points in Georgetown's 79-78 win at Connecticut on Feb. 27, 2012. The Hoyas helped form the new Big East while the Huskies became of the American Athletic Conference.

"I don't want to compare and contrast where we are to where they are," Thompson said. "I love where we are."

As for restarting the series -- Connecticut will visit Verizon Center next season, Thompson said, "Another stroll down memory lane. Yeah, we have history. Most years I've been happy with how I put together out-of-conference schedules. This year I probably wish we could do it all over again. That said, if you're looking for a team that there' history with, that you're familiar with, if you want to use the word 'rivalry'...this game makes sense."

Based on the snowy forecast, traveling back home Saturday probably won't make sense or won't be an option for the Hoyas. They'll need to be back for Tuesday's matchup against Creighton as Big East play picks up again.

"We're going to think positive and hope that we can get home Saturday," the coach said. "That being said, we are prepared to stay."

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes Sunday, for the first time this season.

The Tigers trailed only Alabama in the preseason rankings, but a couple of close wins in September -- combined with seemingly impressive performances by other highly ranked teams -- dragged Clemson to as low as No. 4.

Coming off a lopsided win against North Carolina State, Clemson rose a spot this week. Notre Dame is No. 3 and LSU is No. 4, setting the stage for a top-five matchup between the Tigers and Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Nov. 3. Both have an open date this week.

Michigan is No. 5 and Ohio State dropped to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue.

POLL POINTS

No. 25 Appalachian State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers (5-1) have not lost since opening the season with an overtime defeat at Penn State.

"It's awesome to be recognized," Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said Sunday. "We've had a lot of positive things happen to our program the last three to four years. The first time we go bowl eligible, which was awesome. Then we go win our first bowl game. That was really cool. And then to go win our first Sun Belt championship two years ago. That was awesome. So there's been a lot of first for us over the last three years. This is another first."

App State transitioned to the FBS, the highest level of Division I football, in 2014 after years as an FCS power. Under former coach Jerry Moore, the Mountaineers were a regular playoff participant. The program peaked in the mid-2000s, winning three straight FCS (Division I-AA) championships from 2005-07. And App State pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in college football history against Michigan in 2007.

Moore retired after the 2012 season and was replaced by Satterfield, a former App State quarterback and assistant coach. The move up in class and into the Sun Belt has been practically seamless. The Mountaineers are 46-23 under Satterfield, with two Sun Belt titles. The only other Sun Belt team to ever be ranked was Troy on Nov. 13, 2016.

"To be recognized in the FBS level football and for our program to be a team that just went through transition four years ago and now to be ranked is pretty remarkable," Satterfield said. "We have a lot of pride, a lot of tradition in our program."

This season's team was expected to contend for another conference championship. A case could be made it is exceeding even those high expectations after replacing four-year starting quarterback Taylor Lamb, two four-year starting offensive linemen, four defensive players that were four-year starters and veteran defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who left for Georgia Tech.

Satterfield said this is may be his fastest team at App State and credited senior safety Josh Thomas, senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout and fourth-year junior offensive tackle Victor Johnson with providing leadership for one of the least experienced rosters in the FBS. Running back Jalin Moore, another senior who was lost for the season to a knee injury two weeks ago, has become a de facto assistant coach for App State.

Since falling to Penn State, the Mountaineers have outscored their opponents 231-49. Next up is a key game for first place in the Sun Belt East at Georgia Southern (6-1, 3-0) on Thursday night.

UP

  • No. 14 Washington State was the only big mover to rise in the rankings this week, jumping 11 spots after beating Oregon.

DOWN

  • Ohio State dropped out of the top 10 for the first this season, tumbling nine spots
  • No. 19 Oregon dropped seven spots after taking its second loss
  • No. 22 North Carolina State fell six spots after losing for the first time this season

IN

  • No. 23 Utah is ranked for the first time this season, making it five straight years the Utes started the season unranked but moved into the rankings at some point. From 2014-16, Utah started the season outside the Top 25 but finished it ranked. Utah has won three straight, scoring at least 40 points in each game
  • No. 24 Stanford is back in the rankings after falling out two weeks ago

OUT

  • Michigan State and Mississippi State fell out of the rankings again after losing for the third time this season
  • Cincinnati's first loss of the season, in overtime to Temple, cost the Bearcats their first ranking since 2012

CONFERENCE CALL

  • SEC -- 6 teams (1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16).
  • Big Ten -- 5 (5, 11, 17, 18, 20).
  • Pac-12 -- 5 (14, 15, 19, 23, 24).
  • Big 12 -- 3 (6, 8, 13).
  • ACC -- 2 (2, 22).
  • American -- 2 (10, 21).
  • Sun Belt -- 1 (25).
  • Independent -- 1 (3).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The first of two games involving the Bulldogs that will decide the SEC East. Georgia faces Kentucky on Nov. 3.

  • No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford. Cougars try to grab control of the Pac-12 North.
  • No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State. The Nittany Lions will help decide the Big Ten West with home games against the Hawkeyes and No. 20 Wisconsin.

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.

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