Rise and shine, Duck Nation! Time to live vicariously through the Oregon men’s basketball team. The Ducks, who are in Hawaii for their second appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, take on the Georgetown Hoyas in the first round on Monday, Nov. 21. Catch all the action on ESPN2, with tip-off timed for 1:30 p.m. PT.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s basketball action:
Week 3 — No. 13 Oregon Ducks (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (1-2, 0-0 Big East)
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. PT
Place: Lahaina Civic Center (Lahaina, Hawaii.)
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Our @fastpp3 and @Smitts___ getting some Hula instructions. pic.twitter.com/Wdk9xPv1aE— Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) November 20, 2016
While this is absolutely incredible, let’s hope the Ducks have a little more rhythm on the hardwood. No shade!
At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) — The Ducks have played in the Maui Invitational once before, going 1-2 in the 2008 games. Oregon took down Alabama, 92-69, before falling to North Carolina 98-69 and Texas 70-55… Oregon is 2-1 on the young season with a loss at Baylor sandwiched between wins at home over Army (Nov. 11) and Valparaiso (Nov. 17). The Ducks cruised to a 76-54 win over the Crusaders, behind 25 points from Chris Boucher… Through three games, Boucher is pacing the pack with 17.0 points on 63 percent shooting, while Jordan Bell is averaging 8.7 boards and 4.3 blocks per contest to anchor the Ducks on defense… Good news — Dillon Brooks, the Pac-12’s Preseason Player of the Year, is expected to make his season debut for the Ducks in Maui.
“We’re hoping to get him on the floor a little bit during the tournament,” coach Dana Altman said of Brooks, who underwent foot surgery in July. “He’s been working out with us, he’s practiced some. It’s not like he just comes and plays. He’s been out for four months, so it’s not like he just clicks it on. It’s a slow process and believe me, I’m not going to rush it.”
- Georgetown Hoyas (1-2, 0-0 Big East) — Georgetown was slotted to finish fourth alongside Seton Hall with 53 points in the 2016-17 Big East preseason coaches’ poll. Villanova (81 points), Xavier (69) and Creighton (64) round out the top three… After a season-opening win over USC Upstate on Nov. 12, the Hoyas suffered back-to-back losses, collapsing at Maryland late on Nov. 15, 76-75, and falling to Arkansas State at home two days later, 78-72… In Georgetown’s most recent outing, center Jessie Govan led the team with 20 points and eight boards, while guard LJ Peak added 16 points and forward Isaac Copeland tallied 11… Through three games, Peak and guard Rodney Prior pace the team with 17.7 points apiece… The Hoyas look to build upon its 2015-16 campaign, in which they finished 15-18 overall and 7-11 in conference play, falling to the eventual national champion Villanova Wildcats in the Big East quarterfinals… Georgetown returns two of its top three leading scorers in Peak (12.3ppg) and Copeland (11.1ppg) after graduating guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (16.2ppg).
“Their athleticism is very good, their depth is very good,” Altman said of the Hoyas. “They are aggressive on the defensive end, so we will have a tough time matching up with their athleticism.”
- The Ducks are 2-1 versus the Hoyas all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 2005. Oregon has taken the past two games, most recently topping Georgetown 82-75 in the 2013-14 season-opener at the Armed Forces Classic in South Korea.
Maui Invitational Bracket
- For the next round, the winner of Oregon-Georgetown (Nov. 21, 1:30pm) will take on the winner of Tennessee-Wisconsin (Nov. 21, 11:30am). On the other side of the bracket, the winner of Oklahoma State-UConn (Nov. 21, 6pm) will face the winner of North Carolina-Chaminade (Nov. 21, 8:30pm). All times are in Pacific Time.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Hoyas’ most recent games. Oregon beat Valpo at home, 76-54, while Georgetown fell to Arkansas State at home, 78-72.
Oregon 76, Valpo 54.
Arkansas State 78, Georgetown 72