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SCHEDULE: Georgetown vs. Texas in Empire Classic, then Duke or Cal

The bracket for the Empire Classic at MSG appears to be set...

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It appears the Georgetown Hoyas will play the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 21, 2019 at Madison Square Garden as part of the Empire Classic.

Georgetown’s schedule:

  • (Exhibition) August 10-17, 2019 - a trio of exhibition games against professional and national teams at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • Nov. 9, 2019 - University of Central Arkansas in DC (UCA schedule, Empire Classic)
  • Empire Classic (second prelim game) against either Georgia State or Prairie View (from Press Release and logic)
  • Nov. 14, 2019 – Penn State in DC (Gavitt Games; per @BIGEASTmbb)
  • Nov. 21, 2019 – Empire Classic at MSG – Texas
  • Nov. 22, 2019 – Empire Classic at MSG – Duke/Cal
  • December 7, 2019 – at SMU (Press Release)
  • December 14, 2019 - Syracuse in DC (per @GeorgetownHoops)
  • Mid-Dec, 2019 – at Oklahoma State (Big 12/BIG EAST Scheduling Alliance; based on timing of VU, CU, and PC’s 2018 games)
  • Jan 1, 2020 BIG EAST (18 games)

That’s 26 games…

Texas has 3 top recruits coming in, including 7-footer Will Baker, but Shaka Smart’s crew is not expected to make too much noise, according to BustingBrackets:

Ranked at No. 16 in the country, this [incoming] class of three has the potential to be exceedingly successful with the Longhorns. Texas, as per usual, is losing plenty of talent this offseason but this group should help to offset those departures.

Head[ing] into this coming campaign, not many experts are projecting the Longhorns to be a top-25 team in the country but they could be in the hunt for a potential NCAA Tournament bid.

Sports Illustrated has Texas 6th in the Big 12 power rankings:

6. Texas: The good vibes of last season’s NIT run will quickly fade if the Longhorns fall toward the bottom of the Big 12 in 2019-20. Shaka Smart has yet to win a tournament game in four seasons with the Longhorns, missing the big dance in 2017 and 2019. Smart isn’t on the hot seat necessarily, but grumblings for his dismissal will continue to rise with another disappointing year. Keep an eye on point guard Matt Coleman; the junior point guard will dictate the Longhorns’ success in year five of the Smart era.

Texas is a formidable foe, but the best bet to boost Georgetown’s strength of schedule is to beat the Longhorns and face Duke, should they beat Cal.

In the meantime, while we all wait for more great news from Kenner, take a look back at some casual recaps and thoughts from the 2012 game against Texas...