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SCHEDULE NEWS: Hoyas Have a Non-Conference Game on the Books!

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Georgetown Hoyas to host the UMBC Retrievers during the 2020-2021 season

UMBC vs Georgetown men’s basketball Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

It’s late June of the pandemic year and we have some news about the upcoming season’s schedule—you know, if they play sports this winter.

The Georgetown Hoyas will host the UMBC Retrievers in their 2020-21 non-conference schedule, per Jon Rothstein.

A date for the UMBC game was not yet announced, although one would expect the game to be in November or December. Still, the 11-team BIG EAST round-robin allows for a couple bye weeks that may need to be filled out of fairness of competition.

Last season, as part of a very fine December, Georgetown blew out UMBC at Capital One Arena. A local team and member of the America East Conference may be just what Georgetown needs to prepare for a tough 20-game BIG EAST gauntlet.

While UMBC may not be the opponent we’ve all been waiting to appear on the schedule, the 2020-2021 season is shaping up to be pretty tough for a young, unproven Georgetown team. Fans can expect announcements of 6 more games and 7 more opponents.

Georgetown will be involved in the sixth iteration of Gavitt Tipoff Games as BIG EAST and B1G fans were already notified in May as to whether their teams were playing. The match-ups and hosts weren’t announced yet, but are expected any day now.

In April, Jon Rothstein announced the BIG EAST and the Big 12 matchups, as part of the 4-year basketball series. The Hoyas will host the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second year of the battle. The game is expected to be December 5, 2020, per some WVU materials released.

The Georgetown Hoyas are also scheduled to join the Virginia Cavaliers, the UCLA Bruins, and the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2020 Wooden Legacy, a multi-team event in Anaheim around Thanksgiving (November 26 & 27, 2020).

Kansas recently Tweeted a preview of the Hoyas, potentially indicating a first-round match-up with Georgetown. Long before the pandemic, the preseason multi-team event was condensed to four teams.

Of course, there is another game against Syracuse this year, with this iteration planned to be up north, perhaps in an empty Carrier Dome. Even if no fans are allowed in the stands, such a game would not likely be held at Manley Field House as it was converted to turf in 2010. Most recent games with the Orange have been in mid-December, but who knows when it’ll be fit in. Both teams have 20-game conference schedules and it’s unclear if the series continues beyond next season.

The BIG EAST schedule is likely bumped up to December, as there will be two extra UConn games this season (20 total). Accordingly, fans would expect six other games in the non-conference schedule.

No one actually knows whether these games will be played, e.g, with fans or without.

School schedules appear to be aligning with the first semester going from mid-August through Thanksgiving to presumably miss much of the December cold and flu season.