The Georgetown Hoyas wouldn't go quietly, but ultimately the No. 19-ranked Oregon Ducks put John Thompson III's stubborn squad away at the Armed Forces Classic in South Korea at Camp Humphreys on Friday.
Oregon prevailed 82-75 behind 24 points from junior guard Joseph Young to move to 1-0 on the season. The Ducks had their hands full on the block trying to contain Joshua Smith. The hefty Hoyas center had 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, but Georgetown still fell to 0-1.
Smith is a transfer from UCLA who made his presence felt as an offensive force in his Hoyas debut.
As good as Smith was on offense, he proved to be a liability on defense and on the glass. The center grabbed only three rebounds, and CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb said this of Smith's defense and the Ducks' plan of attack:
Oregon's new offensive plan,pass to whomever Josh Smith is guarding— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 9, 2013
The big junior is listed at 6'10" and 350 pounds, per ESPN. While he was a load to handle in the post, his immobility made him a target on defense.
Smith's weakness on that end of the floor helped to soften the Hoyas' overall defense. While Young and the Ducks certainly deserve credit for their explosive offense, it must be noted that the Hoyas only allowed as much as 73 points one time in a regulation game last season.
Was Joshua Smith more of a help or a hindrance for the Hoyas on Friday night?
When JT3's teams are going well, their success starts with defense and rebounding. Georgetown didn't get enough of either on Friday. The Ducks beat them on the boards 37-34.
Oregon shook off the absence of Dominic Artis and Ben Carter with little issue. The two players were unavailable for the game after being suspended nine games apiece for selling their athletic apparel, per Nicole Auerbach of USA Today.
Even shorthanded, the Ducks proved to be the superior team.
From here, Oregon will take on the Western Carolina Catamounts at home on Wednesday. The Catamounts will come into the game 1-0 after defeating Wittenberg College 77-55 on Friday. It would be a shock if the Ducks don't improve to 2-0.
As for the Hoyas, they will head home to host the Wright State Raiders on Wednesday. The Raiders won't open their season until Sunday. The Raiders don't figure to have the horses or size to contend with Georgetown, especially on the road.
The Hoyas should be able to right the ship and move their record to .500.
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