On Thursday night the Georgetown Hoyas traveled to Memphis to take on the Tigers in a matchup of two top 20 teams. Both teams had previously lost one game on the season, with Georgetown dropping a recent game to Temple and Memphis losing a home game to Kansas. The Tigers’ entire schedule leading up to Thursday had consisted of home games (they actually won’t have an away game until January 5th), and a win over the Hoyas would be another feather in their cap prior to commencing their yearly domination of Conference USA. For Georgetown, the future presented the complete opposite, as they would be battling night after night in the challenging Big East. A win over Memphis would just be a primer for the start of real competition.
Georgetown, ranked at #9 coming into the game, had picked up an overtime win at Missouri on November 30th, and could therefore already be seen as a top team, especially in light of Missouri’s victory over Illinois this past Wednesday night. The Tigers, carrying a #17 ranking, could also lay claim to at least one quality win, as they had defeated Miami (FL) in only their second outing of the season. Georgetown was the more known entity with three key players returning for their senior years after last season’s first round exit in the NCAA Tournament. Many fans will recall the classic upset pulled by 14-seed Ohio University over the 3-seed Hoyas. In contrast, Memphis was noted on several occasions by the commentators to be leading the country in minutes played by freshmen (an interesting statistic), and only featured one senior on the entire roster. Memphis did not appear in the NCAA Tournament last season, instead participating in the NIT, where they lost in the second round.