Hoyas, Huskies open Big East season …
Time to get serious. Non-conference work is largely done. The backyard brawls begin with league play. We’re about to start separating the contenders and pretenders. Is there a better way to start than Georgetown at Connecticut tonight? In another key conference tilt, Stephen Curry and Davidson invade Charleston to take on the Cougars. Charleston is 9-1 (Division 1) and 2-0 in the Southern Conference. The Cougars also have a win over South Carolina. Winner gets a early head start.
Other key Monday games include: Temple vs. Villanova, Portand State @ Baylor (ask Gonzaga about this one), and Cincinnati @ Memphis. Let’s just say, Memphis needs to win this game at home. The Tigers’ best win to date is Seton Hall – having lost to … Georgetown, Xavier, and Syracuse. No shame in any of those, but they need a notable non-conference win. Lose to the Bearcats and the Tigers face trips to Tennessee and Gonzaga remaining as sole opportunities to win outside Conference USA.
Back to Storrs. Holding serve at home will be critical in the Big East. UConn is certainly one of the favorites. Of note, the Huskies don’t make a return trip to Washington, DC – so this will be the only matchup (at least before the Big East tournament). A Hoyas’ loss also puts GU under an early gun – they host Pittsburgh, another league favorite, on Saturday. Without two strong performances, Georgetown could find themselves 0-2.
We’re a week away from weekly bracket updates and bracket breakdowns. We’ll have our first, “What we’ve learned” this week as well. And frequent (sometimes daily) notes as move past the Holidays. Have bracket thoughts? Send us a rebound – Bracketguy.