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SCHEDULE: Georgetown Will Host Penn State in Gavitt Game on Nov. 14

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WE ARE... going to be confused by the cheers at the November game...

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The Georgetown Hoyas will be hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Gavitt Games.

The Hoyas had previously let it slip that their Gavitt Game is expected to be a home game, but the opponent was “TBD.”

This will be the 5th year for the Gavitt Tipoff Games, under an 8-year deal. The games, of course, feature teams from the Big East the Big Ten. The Hoyas are 1-2 in the Gavitt Games so far, with both losses against Maryland, and the win against Illinois last year.

Fans can expect the game to air on FS1.

Currently, Georgetown’s schedule looks like this:

  • (Exhibition) August 10-17, 2019 - a trio of exhibition games against professional and national teams at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • Nov. 14, 2019 – Penn State in DC (Gavitt Games; per @BIGEASTmbb)
  • Nov. 2019 Empire Classic pair of regional round games on campus (from Press Release; other 4 teams typically announce in June)
  • Nov. 21-22, 2019 – 2019 Empire Classic at MSG – 2 of Duke, Texas, and Cal
  • December 7, 2019 – at SMU (Press Release)
  • December 14, 2019 - Syracuse in DC (per @GeorgetownHoops)
  • Mid-Dec, 2019 – at Oklahoma State (based on timing of VU, CU, and PC’s 2018 games)
  • Jan 1, 2020 BIG EAST (18 games)

That’s 26 games…

It appears that Georgetown will not play Memphis as hoped by Penny Hardaway this year: “‘(Ewing) said give him a year,’ Hardaway said. ‘I talked to him at the Final Four, he said he wants a year.’”

The following year, however, it looks like Notre Dame may be on the menu (2020-21).

As for Penn State, the PSU Daily Collegian recently provided a “way-too early” look at the 2019-20 basketball season:

A fresh and motivated Lamar Stevens, with a more experienced supporting cast behind him, could spell bad news for the rest of the Big Ten...

Outside of Josh Reaves and Deivis Zemgulis, Penn State will bring back the rest of its roster next season, in addition to incorporating Isaiah Brockington and a new recruiting class.

The Nittany Lions will likely return 90 percent of their scoring from the 2018-19 season, making them one of the more experienced sides in the Big Ten.

The frontcourt pairing of Mike Watkins and John Harrar will be returning for another season. After a year in which Harrar took great strides on both ends of floor, the forward could definitely see significant playing time as part of a veteran Penn State frontcourt next season.

Penn State is expected to be decent, but their success may depend on a at least one player making a draft decision this week. SBNation blog “Black Shoe Diaries” recently penned an article about PSU’s roster next year and expressed a potential concern as a lack of ball-handlers. Guard Rasir Bolton has already entered the transfer portal.

The biggest news will be Lamar Stevens as he reportedly has until Wednesday to decide if he will come back to Happy Valley or stay in the NBA Draft.

Moreover, the Nittany Lions’ schedule appears to have a few teams in common with Georgetown, namely, Oklahoma State and Syracuse in the NIT Tipoff Tournament, which may give Patrick Ewing additional insight into his team by before December.