By: Patrick Waring
Georgetown Hoyas at Maryland Terrapins
This game will be part of the inaugural 2015 Gavitt Tipoff Games. Named after Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East Conference, the games will match teams in the Big East and Big Ten. Maryland enters the game ranked third in the country.
November 17, 2015
9:00 PM EST
College Park, MD
The Georgetown Hoyas enter this game 0-1 after being defeated by the Radford Highlanders on Saturday. The 82-80 double-overtime loss was a surprise to many at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Hoyas are led by senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and have a lot of young talented sophomores and freshmen.
The Maryland Terrapins will take the court at 1-0 after handling the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers 80-56 in College Park on Friday. Sophomore guard Melo Trimble leads the way for the Terps. Trimble has some help in the paint this year and is looking to have MD in the hunt for a national championship.
This will be the 64th meeting between the two local schools, with Maryland leading the series 36-27. The Hoyas will travel to College Park for the first time since 1973. The Terps are 19-8 against the Hoyas on campus.
The last meeting between these two teams was during the 2008-09 season at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida. The Hoyas defeated the Terps 75-48 behind 18 points from guard Austin Freeman.
The last scheduled meeting between the schools was during the 1993-94 season at USAir Arena. The Hoyas were ranked #15 at the time and it was Joe Smith’s collegiate debut for the Terps. Smith led the Terps to a 84-83 overtime win by putting up 26 points, grabbing nine rebounds and recording three steals.
There hasn’t been any games scheduled between these two teams for quite some time, and depending on who you talk to or believe, the other is at fault. One thing is for sure, this game will be huge for the local area surrounding the schools and for college basketball in general. Bragging rights between fans and recruiting opportunities are at stake. There will be another game scheduled at the Verizon Center next season, but fans hope this rivalry will continue for years to come. But for at least tonight and next season, basketball is back between these two programs.
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