Hoyas to play in 2015 2K Classic at MSG
Although the Georgetown men’s basketball team has yet to even take the floor in any official capacity for the 2014-15 season, it’s never too early to look ahead to the future. According to a report from the Albany Times Union, the Hoyas will take part in the 2015 2K Classic at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.
Along with the Blue and Gray, the field for this prestigious annual event will include national powerhouses Duke, VCU, and a fourth team that is yet to be named. Other teams set to take part in the preliminary rounds are Siena, whom the Hoyas will host at Verizon Center sometime in early November, Bryant, and Radford.
When reached for comment via email, Georgetown University Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Mex Carey neither confirmed nor denied the report. “Nothing to report at this time,” Carey wrote.
It will be some time before the the tournament officially announces the matchups and dates of games, but that certainly does not detract Blue and Gray fans from salivating over the potential matchups with Duke and VCU, both of whom the Hoyas have clashed with in recent years.
Georgetown and Duke played three home-and-home series over the past decade, including memorable wins at Verizon Center by the Hoyas in January, 2006, against then-No.1 ranked Duke, and in January, 2010, with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in attendance.
The Hoyas have also played VCU twice in the last four seasons, both in tournament settings. The Hoyas defeated the Rams last year in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, but fell to the Richmond-based school in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The site of the tournament, New York’s Madison Square Garden, has developed into a second home of sorts for John Thompson III‘s squad. Along with their annual trips there for a road game against St. John’s and the Big East Tournament, the Blue and Gray, with their participation in the 2015 2K Classic, will have played a non-conference game at the Garden for four consecutive seasons. Georgetown faced Texas there in December 2012, Michigan State in February 2014, and will oppose Indiana this year on December 27.
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