Georgetown-Duke preview: Rematch in 2K Classic final


Georgetown-Duke preview: Rematch in 2K Classic final

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, 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. 

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

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.