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Georgetown Coming To Town

November 4, 2011

The last time a Big East men’s basketball team came to the Convocation Center, James Madison upset it 70-64. That was back in December of 2008 – Matt Brady’s first year with the Dukes – when Seton Hall rolled in with an 8-2 record and were outplayed by Juwann James, Devon Moore and Co.

This Saturday, another Big East team will drive through University Boulevard to take on the Dukes. OK, it won’t mean anything, and no spectators or media members will be permitted to watch, but John Thompson III’s Georgetown Hoyas will be in town for a closed scrimmage.

“They’re going to be big and strong and really aggressive and I think they’re going to be really good defensively,” Brady said of scrimmaging the Hoyas, who will provide one last taste of alien competition before JMU begins its season on Nov. 13 at home against Canisius.

A quick G’Town run-down:

  • The Hoyas finished 21-11 last season after losing their final five games, including a 74-56 drubbing at the hooves of VCU in the first second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • They lost their best two players from last season’s, guards Chris Wright and Austin Freeman. Jason Clark, Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims are their most notable returners.
  • Georgetown was picked to finish 10th in the Big East this season. But that’s like George Clooney picking a Bugatti as the 10th favorite car he owns.
  • Trivia: Which team was picked 10th in the Big East last preseason?
  • Answer: Some school named UConn, which went on to win not only the conference but the national title.
  • JMU is a fairly tall team this year, with four players over 6-foot-8. Georgetown has seven guys that tall.
  • The Hoyas are also very young. They have six freshmen, including prize recruit Otto Porter, who will be a quality player if his game is anywhere near as good as his name.

That’s all the scouting you need for Saturday’s game, which no one can watch. In fact, the Dukes don’t plan to scout Georgetown, much like they didn’t scout Philadelphia before their exhibition game last week. They’re more focused on self-improvement at this point, so there’s no need to get bogged down with Hoya paranoia.

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