Georgetown, GW part of Saturday's Quadheader of D.C. college hoops


Georgetown, GW part of Saturday's Quadheader of D.C. college hoops

Attend four Division 1 men's basketball games in one day without leaving the city limits. If this sounds like a dream, Saturday is the day for you. Georgetown, American, Howard and George Washington all play at their respective home courts with start times that make such a hoops whirlwind tour possible. Now, the details and directions.

12:00 p.m.: Georgetown (9-6, 2-1 Big East) vs. DePaul (6-9, 0-3)

Where: Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW

Why:  Start your odyssey with a talented Georgetown team heading down a path of uncertainty. If the Hoyas have any shot at competing for the Big East title and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, they not only need to compile at least 12-14 conference wins, but they cannot afford any more RPI-damaging losses. Losing to the Blue Demons works against all of that. Georgetown, losers at Creighton earlier in the week, won at DePaul 70-58 last month as D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Isaac Copeland each scored 15 points.

2:00 p.m. - American (2-12, 0-3 Patriot) vs. Lehigh (3-11, 1-2)

Where: Bender Arena

Directions from Verizon Center (5.0 miles):  Straight up Massachusetts Avenue NW. Should take 20-25 minutes unless Dupont Circle traffic or some random Embassy Row protest slows you down. Cross Ward Circle and immediately look left. That is unless you want good deli. Then go straight for a few blocks and then go straight for the corned beef on rye at Wagshal's.

Why: This is the toughest sell based on matchup and geography, but you cannot finish the grand slam without it. Rough year for the Eagles, but AUHoops podcast host Jake Lloyd likes the future for the current freshman class led by forward Delante Jones.

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4:00 p.m. - Howard (7-9, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Coppin State (2-13, 0-2)

Where: Burr Gymnasium

Directions from Bender Arena (5.1 miles):  Get back on Massachusetts Avenue, but you're not going all the way back to Chinatown. Go about 2.1 miles and turn left on Waterside Drive. Hit Rock Creek Parkway, but don't hit any of the bicyclists even if they don't follow the rules of the road. Take a slight right onto Beach Drive and then the exit toward National Zoo. Then 18th street to Columbia Road to Harvard Street to 5th street to Gresham Place. Done.

Why: Seeing four local games in one day is rare. Same goes for seeing the nation's top scorer. Junior guard James Daniel leads all D1 players with 28.5 points per game. He's already scored at least 30 points six times including a season-high 39 in a win over William & Mary.

8:00 p.m. - George Washington (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic 10) vs. Duquesne (10-5, 0-2)

Where: Smith Center

Directions from Burr Gymnasium (3.4 miles): Even coach potatoes like yours truly could head down 13th Street toward Foggy Bottom and walk this distance in the four hours between games. In the age of Uber, why bother.  Plenty of good spots in the area for dinner or a pre-game hang - Tonic at 2036 G Street comes to mind. As for where to sit inside the Smith Center, my favorite place in town for college hoops watching, get a good spot where you can observe coach Mike Lonergan's sideline antics. If you're starting to drag by this point in the day, drafting off Lonergan's energy should do you right. He also does the X's and O's thing rather nicely.

Why: GW remains in good shape for the A-10 race and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, but the 65-62 loss at St. Louis Wednesday surely stings more than just another L. The Colonials led by seven points with 3:47 left -- and then never scored again. With a string of challenging conference games on the horizon, beating the Dukes becomes important for momentum and the standings. 

Whether you'll be in good shape after four games in one day probably depends on your love of the game. If a quadheader is something even worth considering, then enthusiasm will be the least of your concerns.

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


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.


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.


1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.


Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.


All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.


-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.


-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.


-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.


A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).


No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.