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The Guards Will Protect What The Big Men Have Built: Georgetown Has The Most Difficult Non-Conference Schedule In America

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According to the wise sage Luke Winn at Sports Illustrated, your Georgetown Hoyas have the #1 ranked toughest schedule IN ALL OF THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL WORLD in 2010-2011.  Winn states (bold added for emphasis):

Bold move by the Hoyas, building a schedule this difficult for their first season without big man Greg Monroe. They're the lone potentially ranked, major-conference team with three true road games and a semi-road game. The trips are hardly easy, either -- visits to the best team in the CAA (Old Dominion), the best team in the A-10 (Temple), the best team in the C-USA (Memphis) and a Big 12 contender (Missouri in Kansas City). Georgetown's multi-team event, the Charleston Classic, isn't a blockbuster, but the bracket should set up a meeting with the best team in the Southern Conference (Wofford) and either the second-best CAA team (George Mason) or an improved N.C. State squad. A home game against WAC favorite Utah State completes a slate of non-BCS all-stars, most of them better than the Ohio team the Hoyas were upset by in the first round of last season's NCAA tournament.

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Let me break that down for the potential UConn or Nova grads who may have read the above and not understood it:

  • road game against best team in the CAA (Old Dominion)
  • road game against best team in the A-10 (Temple)
  • road game against best team in the C-USA (Memphis)
  • virtual road game against Big 12 contender (Missouri in Kansas City)
  • virtual road game against best team in the Southern Conference (Wofford)
  • virtual road game in MORMON LOVING DC against best team in WAC (Utah State)

A slate of non-BCS All-Stars!  JT3 has once again put together a tough schedule and the Hoyas can look forward to likely top 5 RPI and SOS rankings when its resume is handed to the Selection Committee in March. 

Shockingly, Syracuse didn't make Winn's list or receive any mentions in spite of its difficult schedule which has the Orange facing perennial powers Kutztown, LeMoyne (UH OH!), Canisius, and Detroit among other legendary programs and not leaving the tri-state area until the middle of January