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SCHEDULE: Rothstein Reports Georgetown Matchups Set, BIG EAST Start Date

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The conference basketball season may be starting in 53 days?

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So it looks as though the Georgetown Hoyas have 25 games, with 5 non-conference games and 20 BIG EAST matchups, per Jon Rothstein:

Rothstein reported, as well, a start date for the BIG EAST conference schedule.

Such a starting date would give Georgetown and their conference foes only 16 days between November 25, 2020 and December 11th to prepare for the conference play.

Still, a December through March schedule would likely include 12 weeks to play 20 games and stay “on schedule” to finish in early March—with room to play Syracuse on a Saturday in January (see below).

On a Thursday night Zoom call, Georgetown Hoyas’ Athletic Director Lee Reed joined BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman to speak with fans and alumni. Commissioner Ackerman reiterated the hope for a “full double round” schedule of 20 games.

Ackerman also spoke of the difficulties in travel and restrictions between states. She essentially said that her team is monitoring the state restrictions and looking at everything from cooperating with government officials’ requests to applying for exemptions where available.

Recently, fans heard that, according to Rothstein and Adam Zagoria, the Gavitt Games between the BIG EAST and the Big Ten are “likely dead,” yet there remains a potential for individual teams to match-up.

Last week, Eamonn Brennan and our friend Ben Standig of The Athletic, relayed that a potential local bubble multi-team event may have stalled:

The D.C. bubble event talk has cooled off lately. It was full speed ahead for a while, to the point I (and my colleague Ben Standig) were reporting a healthy dose of details and dates — multiple “sessions” from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 — all of which has gone pretty quiet lately...

My guess is the Hoyas will be scrambling for local games and eager to get a few in, one way or the other, though from what we know they’ve never been super big or responsive on the local bubble idea (though that may have changed recently).

Of course, there is some promising hope for the annual Georgetown-Syracuse game on a Saturday in January.

Here’s the best guess at Georgetown’s 2020-21 schedule:

  • 2020 Wooden Legacy featuring Georgetown, UCLA, UVA, and Kansas in Orlando, around Thanksgiving (November 26 - 28, 2020).
  • WVU (home) in early December, as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 challenge (still expected maybe?)
  • Syracuse (away) in January?
  • A Big Ten game as part of the Gavitt Games (presumably away) in mid-December.
  • UMBC (presumably home) in November?
  • A few (maximum of 2 others?) other non-conference games between 11/25 and 12/11, plus maybe a couple in January?
  • 20 BIG EAST games, starting December 11th

Of course the Hoyas—with their new uniforms—have a lot of work to do, if you are to believe these pundits: