Sunday, November 28, 2010

The #16 Hoyas "Glide" to Kanas City to face the Big 12 Conference #11 Missouri in nonconfernce matchup



Everyone is saying this will be a tough test for the #16 Georgetown Hoyas (6-0), but only the tough get tougher.  I think it's true, but this also will be a tough test for the #11 Missouri Tigers (5-0).  The Mizzou Tigers have wins over Western Illinois, North Florida, Wyoming, LaSalle and  Arkansas-Pine Bluff.  Overall Missouri owns a 50-game non-conference home court winning streak, which dates back to the 2005-06 campaign.  That 50-game run is a school record. 
I wonder if that record still stands if the Hoyas beat them on a neutral court, the SprintCenter, but still in Missouri.  The Sprint Center is not their homecourt but it's their hometurf, lol.  Gotta make you wonder Hoyanation and friends.  Is this why the Tigers scheduled this game away from the Mizzou Center, which holds 15,063 fans?    We'll see!

So far the Hoyas have had legit tests especially on the road.  Their first game was at Old Dominion University, a team that has beaten the Hoyas twice at home.  The atmosphere was a very hostile environment.  It really felt like March Madness, but it was November Madness right off the bat.  The Hoyas snapped the Monarch's 23 game winning streak by beating ODU 62-59.

The Hoyas beat the Tulane Greenwave convincingly at home, then traveled to play in the 3rd Annual 2010 Charleston Classic beating the Big South Conference Regular Season Champions and runner's-up to Winthrop for the conference championship game Coastal Carolina for their first game of the tournament.  Coastal Carolina also got a bid to the NIT to play against UAB, but lost in the first round of the tournament to the Blazers.   Also, last season the 2009-10  Chanticleers Basketball team set a school record for most wins in a season while finishing with a record of 28 wins and 6 loses.

In the semifinal of the Charleston Classic the Wofford Terriers lost to the Hoyas.  The Terriers, were last season's winners of the Southern Conference.  In 2010, Wofford won their conference's championship and made its first trip to the NCAA championship, but lost in the first round to the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten Conference.  Their record was 26-9.

In the final game, which was the championship game ACC opponent North Carolina State Wolfpack fell victim to the Hoyas, and the Hoyas went on to win the championship. Wolfpack had beaten East Carolina, and a deep, and tough George Mason University Patriot team.  The Patriots are from the Colonial Athletic Conference.

The Hoyas are coming off a big win over the University of North Carolina-Asheville at home where senior Hoya scoring leader Austin Freeman made tied a Hoya record of 7 3 pointers.  The score 87-62.  One thing I could say it surely wasn't a "trap game" for the Hoyas.  Although there was a "lull" on defense momentarily, the Hoyas stayed focused and recharged themselves to the energy they needed to sustain the Bulldogs for the rest of the game.  UNC-Asheville hails from the Big South Conference.  The Bulldogs only boasted a record of 15-16 last season, but was a fine tune up game for the Hoyas before traveling to play the Tigers on 9:00 pm Tuesday night. 



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