Georgetown's start makes Hoyas-Terps about more than history


Georgetown's start makes Hoyas-Terps about more than history

The plan all along had reporters meeting with members of the Georgetown men's basketball team Monday to preview Tuesday's highly anticipated game at Maryland. The session took place, but the tone changed. Suffering a season-opening loss and arguably the biggest home upset in decades will do that.

There were indeed questions about the importance of this coming meeting in College Park with history lessons in mind,  but also on how the Hoyas must contend with the No. 3 Terps. However, the primary focus centered on Saturday's stunning result at Verizon Center.

While the Big East power started slow and never showed true hustle, the Big South stunners finished strong. Radford's 3-pointer with 0.7 on the clock in double overtime sank Georgetown 82-80.

"They came out with a chip on their shoulder expecting to win that game," senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera said of Radford. "We came out there as if we weren't ready to play, like we would just walk over them and you see the results."

The issues were numerous. Despite significant height advantages across the court, the Hoyas were outrebounded on both ends. Their 3-point shooting touch disappeared early and late. Energy wavered when loose balls presented possession opportunities, opportunities Radford gobbled up.

"Throughout the game, Radford made the plays necessary to win, offensively and defensively," Georgetown coach said Monday from McDonough Arena. "We had our opportunities coming down the stretch, but we didn't make winning plays."

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It's not hyperbole to suggest that this setback, to a program from a one-bid NCAA Tournament league without any notable basketball history, is the worst one suffered by Georgetown dating back to 1983.

All of that can be forgotten -- though not with those calculating RPI -- with a win over Maryland in the first regular season matchup between the local programs in the D.C. area since 1993.

Contentious at times throughout the decades, the rivalry ran hottest when John Thompson Jr. battled and eventually surpassed the Lefty Driesell coached Terps for local supremacy during the 1980's. Scheduling debates of the "who, what, where and why" sort kept the programs apart even after Maryland's 84-83 upset win in overtime at the Capital Centre in 1993.

The only subsequent games came not by design, but by the tournament bracket gods. Eighteen years after the Hoyas won the national title, Maryland defeated Georgetown in the 2001 NCAA Tournament en route to cutting down the nets. The last meeting took place in Orlando with the Hoyas rolling for a 27-point win in the 2008 Old Space Classic.

John Thompson III grew up during the truly intense part of this rivalry. He recalled Monday the physical and exhausting interior battles between Georgetown forward Craig Shelton and Maryland's Buck Williams in 1979 when the teams met at the D.C. Armory. This Thompson has been game for a rematch for some time. Under the cover of the Gavitt Tipoff Games between Big East and Big Ten teams, that time has come with another meeting set for 2016 at Verizon Center.

"I think it's good for both programs," Thompson said. "We're excited."

Thompson believes his young players grasp why this game isn't just the next game.

"They understand the history. They have read and heard from various people --myself included -- that this game is special."

Beyond the history lesson, this game is special in the moment. For Georgetown to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1998-99, they must defeat a team that Thompson calls "elite."

That's not how anyone described the Terps just one year ago when there were questions about the future under coach Mark Turgeon. That all changed with a 28-win season, the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years and robust recruiting.

Sporting an impressive roster led by All-American guard candidate Melo Trimble, senior forward Jake Layman and imposing freshman center Diamond Stone, the Terps are preseason favorites for the Big Ten crown.

With its size, depth and shooting prowess on display, Maryland kept its record pristine with Friday's 80-56 win over Mount St. Mary's.

"We're playing a team [Tuesday] that's elite. At every position they have an elite player."

That might be the case for Georgetown as well. Smith-Rivera is one of the top guards in the country. Sophomore's Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak,  and freshman center Jessie Govan are among those oozing upside.

None of that matters if the Hoyas don't make those winning plays.

"We want to be one of the elite teams in the country. It starts with competing," said Smith-Rivera, who went scoreless in the first half Saturday before finishing with 15 points. "We think we can compete with anybody. As long as we rebound and as long as we defend, we should be fine, but we have to do with that."

They must do that not just for a needed win, but because this game is also for history.

Notes: Forward Paul White (hip), who did not face Radford, is questionable to face Maryland, Thompson said.

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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.