Ducks, Hoyas to play at Army base
Oregon and Georgetown have committed to play in The Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 8 at an Army base, with the site being finalized. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The game, which is in the second year of a five-year rotation, has a chance to be just as intriguing as last season's game between UConn and Michigan State at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, won by the upstart Huskies in Kevin Ollie's coaching debut.
The Ducks should be one of the more interesting teams out West with a real chance to be a consistent Top 25 team and a challenger to Arizona and UCLA in the quest to win the Pac-12 regular-season title.
Oregon picked up UNLV transfer Mike Moser, who will be featured inside with the departures of seniors E.J. Singler, Tony Woods and Arsalan Kazemi. The Ducks' guards are some of the best in the West in Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Johnathan Loyd.
Oregon, which finished 28-9 overall, 12-6 in the Pac-12, was under-seeded at No. 12 and knocked off Oklahoma State and then Saint Louis before losing to Louisville in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis.
Georgetown didn't have a senior on last season's team that finished 25-7 and 14-4 in the Big East. The problem is the Hoyas had the best player in the Big East, who is now one of the top five players in the upcoming NBA draft in Otto Porter. But the Hoyas should still be in the thick of the race in the new Big East, led by Markel Starks, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Nate Lubick and Mikael Hopkins.
The Hoyas were in a scheduled game last November against Florida on a ship off the coast of Jacksonville but could only play a half due to condensation. This game will be indoors and on a base.
The game at Ramstein last season was a highlight for the troops based in Germany. There were countless officers who said how much it meant to have two college basketball teams come to the base. The purpose of these games isn't just to honor the military on Veterans Day weekend but to bring an event to the servicemen and women who normally don't have access to a sporting event or may feel detached from American sporting culture.
Last season's game was hosted by the Air Force, this season it will be hosted by the Army, with the Coast Guard, Marines and Navy on the docket for Years 3-5 of the series.
Last season's Armed Forces Classic was the first regular-season college basketball game played on European soil.
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