Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing is set to begin his fourth year at the helm. The first three years have been a mish-mosh, as they started off pretty strongly but have since tapered off. Last season, they sputtered to a 15-17 record and were 5-13 in Big East play. Transfers and some rifts led to many a departure, but the hope is that year four is the best one yet.
UMBC had a difficult 2019-20 season as well. After winning their first four games, the Retrievers lost their bite and 17 of the next 29 games, as well. There is a boatload of experience returning though, as UMBC houses a combined 10 scholarship juniors and seniors on their 2020-21 roster.
Expectations are not high for Georgetown in 2020 (But then again, are they anywhere?). The Hoyas were picked to finish 10th in the preseason Big East coaches poll. No players were selected to any of the three Preseason All-Big East teams, and none were selected as honorable mentions either. They employ two returnees who averaged double figures last year in Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett. Ewing will likely be leaning on Blair and Pickett to carry the load this season, as there are a lot of relatively fresh players and unknowns to deal with.
Meanwhile, there are highish expectations for UMBC. The coaches of the America East picked them to finish second behind the touted Vermont Catamounts this year, and received two first-place votes along the way. Second Team All-America East and All-Defensive Team selection K.J. Jackson is gone, but there’s still a significant veteran presence here. They have two returnees who averaged double figures last year in R.J. Eytle-Rock and Brandon Horvath. L.J. Owens and his 9.5 points per game aren’t too far behind, and neither is Dimitri Spasojevic and his 8.8.
This could be a very interesting one, as UMBC could push Georgetown with their veteran presences and experience. We’ll learn lots about the Hoyas right away I figure, as they have a tough mid-major task right away.
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