Time: Both schools’ websites list 4:30 PM Eastern. ESPN’s TV listings say 5:00 PM Eastern. The start time will most likely be dependent on the length of the preceding Tennessee-Wisconsin matchup.
Place: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii
TV: ESPN2 (Roxy Bernstein & Bill Walton)
Stream: WatchESPN (where available)
Gamblin’ Info: Oregon is a 9-point favorite via OddsShark.
Three Things to Watch
Escaping to Hawai’i to figure some things out: The Georgetown Hoyas kicked off the 2016-17 season with a formal blowout of USC Upstate. Since then however, the Hoyas have fallen victim to two tough losses.
First, they let a nine-point lead slip away late against intra-metro rival Maryland at the Verizon Center. Then, they lost a guarantee game to Arkansas State: falling behind by as much as 19 in a rare on-campus home game at McDonough Arena.
Georgetown now sets out for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, hoping to learn from the mistakes of their last two games.
It may simply come down to putting the ball in the basket more often. Georgetown shot 32 percent against Maryland and shot 41 percent (while going 3-20 on 3-pointers) against Arkansas State. Conversely, they allowed the Terrapins to shoot 44.8 percent and the Red Wolves to go 54.9 percent from the field.
Fear of an impending Dillon Brooks: Oregon Ducks junior Dillon Brooks was the team’s leading scorer last season (at 16.7 points per game). But he has missed the team’s first three games as he wrapped up recovering from foot surgery.
ESPN’s Andy Katz reports that Dillon Brooks is set to return today. He is set to be on a minutes restriction in Maui as he gets re-acclimated to game speed.
It will be interesting to see how much the prospective draft pick can give during this tournament. More relevant to this game, it will be interesting to see how Georgetown can handle him after falling short against another draft prospect in Melo Trimble this past Tuesday.
Bill Walton(!!!): The UCLA and NBA legend will be on the call for this afternoon’s tilt between Georgetown and Oregon. He’s long made a name for himself as a broadcaster back to his days on the NBA on NBC. However, he’s drawn more attention in recent history for his Pac-12 broadcasts on ESPN and the Pac-12 network.
His most known foil is Dave Pasch, but it will be Roxy Bernstein on play-by-play with Bill during the Maui Invitational. Roxy seems to be second on the “Walton-wrangler” depth chart going back to at least last season.
Walton’s unique style of analysis is polarizing, bringing joy to some and dread to others. Regardless of where you stand on the topic, his call of Georgetown-Oregon is going to certainly be a wild ride.