The No. 19 Oregon Ducks and unranked Georgetown Hoyas are set to open the season in South Korea during the annual ESPN Armed Forces Classic.
This event is meant to honor the men and women who are currently and have served in the United States military.
It will be commemorated on the jerseys that each school will be donning, as per ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
FIRST LOOK: Oregon & Georgetown basketball uniforms from Nike & Jordan for game in S. Korea pic.twitter.com/9RT2xWDggB— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 7, 2013
While the spectacle surrounding the contest itself is awesome, the game itself should be equally as exciting. Let’s take a look at where you can catch the action, make a prediction for the outcome and more.
When: Friday, Nov. 8
Tip-off Time: 8 p.m. ET
Where: Camp Humphreys, South Korea
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line: Georgetown -5 (via VegasInsider)
Out: Dominic Artis, G (Suspension)
No major injuries to report.
Top Storyline: Season opener
This contest represents the initial contest of the 2013-14 campaign for both the Hoyas and Ducks. Both will be fighting tooth and nail to come away with a victory and set the tone for the rest of the season.
The Ducks feature a handful of new talent after losing four of their top five scorers in the offseason. Damyean Dotson will be counted on to lead this young group, as he averaged 11.4 points and 3.5 rebounds from his guard position last season.
Mike Moser will also be making his debut in the Oregon frontcourt, as the 6’8” forward transferred to Eugene after stops with UCLA and UNLV. His best season came in 2011-12, when he averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 block for the Rebels.
Moser will have his hands full against Joshua Smith, another UCLA transfer who is suiting up for the Hoyas this season. The 6’10” Smith averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.2 minutes as a sophomore with the Bruins.
He’s expected to be a big part of this Hoyas squad, along with budding star Markel Starks. The senior guard is coming off a solid 2012-13 campaign in which he averaged 12.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game.
With Otto Porter gone, Starks projects to be the focal point of this offense and will have to carry the team against Oregon and throughout the year.
This will be a close game with some rough spots, as both teams feature a handful of new faces.
Which team will win?
Expect the nervous jitters and unfamiliarity to fade towards the end of the second half, as both sides lock in to try and win this game.
However, Georgetown simply has more experience and size—two difference makers in a tight contest like this.
Don’t be surprised if the Hoyas walk away with a narrow victory over the Ducks in South Korea.
Predicted Final Score: Georgetown 68 – Oregon 64