Matchup: Georgetown (1-2) vs. No. 5 Duke (3-1)
When: Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
What: 2K Classic Championship
Broadcast: TV - ESPN
KenPom: Georgetown 38 Duke 4
History: First meeting since Jan. 30, 2010 when No. 8 Georgetown defeated No. 7 Duke 89-77
Last time out: Georgetown put one in the win column as Isaac Copeland paced four double figure scorers with 15 points in Friday's 71-61 win over Wisconsin. Reggie Cameron sank his first four 3-point attempts and finished with 14 points. ...Duke defeated VCU 79-71 in the other semifinal.
Three things to watch
1. Get Grayson -- Duke guard Grayson Allen blossomed late in his freshman season and became a key contributor during the Blue Devils' run to the national title. Now the sophomore has turned into a leading man. Allen scored 30 points with four 3-pointers in the win over VCU despite coming off the bench after struggling in Tuesday's loss against Kentucky. That makes three times in four games he scored at least 25 points. According to the Duke men's basketball website, the Blue Devils are 8-0 for his career when Allen scores in double figures and 3-0 this season. Expect Allen back in the starting lineup -- and or Georgetown to use 6-foot-5 L.J. Peak defensively against the 6-foot-5 perimeter threat.
2. Who's next? -- Various absences limited the rotation options for Georgetown coach John Thompson III over the first three games, particularly against Wisconsin with Tre Campbell (illness) and Paul White (hip) out. That led to bizarre lineups and the need for some to step up. Center Bradley Hayes did so in the first two games, freshman forward Marcus Derrickson against Maryland and Cameron against Wisconsin along with freshman center Jessie Govan. Perhaps White is next if the sophomore can play. Thompson was hopeful the 6-foot-8 could go ahead of each of the last two games, but no dice even after going through pre-game warmups. Getting a solid start-to-finish effort from Big East Player of the Year candidate D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (13.7 ppg) would certainly suffice.
3. Defense first -- That's the mentality Thompson will emphasize against coach Mike Krzyzewski's team that, per Kenpom.com, ranks first nationally in offensive efficiency (116.3 points per 100 possessions). Guard Matt Jones (13.8 ppg) is second in scoring behind Allen while senior forward Amile Jefferson is averaging 13.0 points and 11.3 rebounds. Defensive issues popped up in the two losses, but the Hoyas showed improvement against the Badgers. Georgetown held Wisconsin to 31.7 percent shooting including 5 of 19 on 3-pointers. Radford and Maryland combined to sink 18 shots from beyond the arc including decisive bombs late. The tactical aspect of this matchup will be interesting as Duke often used three and four guards against VCU. Georgetown's is using bigger lineups based on available personnel, but Copeland, Peak and Kaleb Johnson can guard multiple positions.