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Among many non-conference opponents this season, Georgetown will face opponents small up front but capable of big things from the backcourt. Not so with High Point, making its first ever appearance at Verizon Center Thursday.
The Panthers' strength is up front, with two scorers averaging a combined 36 points and 18 rebounds between them. The guard play has bene inconsistent as befits a .500 team in December, but for a team returning five starters and 10 lettermen from one of the school's best seasons ever in Division I, Thursday's game is an opportunity to do in basketball what the school has been doing for much of the past decade: bring attention to its rapidly growing status.
More on the Panthers follows at the Pre-Game Report page, with a game recap to follow here late Thursday night.
- High Point joined Division I in 2000. Its only Division I post season appearance was last season's College Insider.com tournament.
- High Point is 0-1 all-time against Big East schools. It's only game was a loss to Creighton in 2004 when that school played in the Missouri Valley Conference.
- Georgetown is 12-0 all-time against Big South schools.
- Five members of the High Point team are from the Baltimore area.
- Georgetown is 16-5 all time in games on Dec. 5.
Following its tournament in Puerto Rico, Georgetown will make another plane trip for an early season tournament in 2014-15, reports the Washington Post.
Georgetown will participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis, an ESPN-sponsored tournament in the Bahamas during the weekend of Nov. 26-28, 2014. Other participating schools include Alabama-Birmingham, Butler, Florida, Oklahoma, North Carolina, UCLA and Wisconsin.
The Knight Commission has introduced a database integrating academic and athletic spending across many (but not all) Division I schools, reports Inside Higher Ed.com.
The database is an attempt to combine various publicly available funding databases, including one created by USA Today, to give a clearer view of what colleges and universities spend on academic and athletic services. However, a number of private universities, including Georgetown, are not participating in the disclosure.
From Fox Sports.com, an interview with former USA Basketball executive Tom Jernstedt, now a member of the team rebuilding the Big East conference.
"It does have the benefit of being the Big East," Jernstedt said in the Q&A style interview. "I don't think they're starting from scratch. They're drawing on tradition. It's a new alignment, but the majority of the institutions are from the original Big East."
"[Maintaining the Big East name] was a great stroke, very exciting and beneficial. It's a brand that's very meaningful in basketball. Everyone knows the Big East."
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