Tougher non-con­fer­ence com­pe­ti­tion set to pro­vide chal­lenge

Ge­orge­town’s mo­tion of­fense will give test to UT’S de­fen­sive prow­ess.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - RALPH BARRERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN By Mark Ros­ner mros­ner@states­man.com TO­DAY’S GAME states­man. com/longhorns.

NEW YORK — Seven games into their bas­ket­ball sea­son, the Longhorns have yet to face an op­po­nent that could reach the top-25 rank­ings even with Kevin Du­rant’s arms.

That will change Tues­day night, when Texas plays No. 15 Ge­orge­town in the Jimmy V Clas­sic at Madi­son Square Garden. The up­grade con­tin­ues on Satur­day against UCLA — which was ranked for three weeks be­fore stum­bling out — at Re­liant Sta­dium in Hous­ton.

The Longhorns (5-2) haven’t played a weak sched­ule by de­sign, but by los­ing to NCAA Di­vi­sion II Cham­i­nade in the first round of the eight-team Maui In­vi­ta­tional, they fell Texas vs. Ge­orge­town, 6 p.m., Madi­son Square Garden, New York, ESPN, 98.1 Get more Longhorns cov­er­age at into the losers’ bracket and avoided tougher teams.

Ac­cord­ing to ken­pom. com’s ef­fi­ciency rat­ings, the best team the Longhorns have played is No. 120 Fresno State.

Now they get Ge­orge­town, a more ex­pe­ri­enced team than the Longhorns — two ju­niors and three sopho­mores in its start­ing lineup — un­der the spot­light that Madi­son Square Garden and ESPN pro­vide.

Coach Rick Barnes has used the six fresh­men and three sopho­mores avail­able to him to as­sem­ble four diffier­ent start­ing line­ups. Eight of the nine play­ers have started games.

That might not send sig­nals that the Longhorns are ready for Ge­orge­town, but fresh­man Ioan­nis Pa­pa­petrou said, “If we take care of de­tails, we’re go­ing to have a chance.”

Ge­orge­town (5-1) uses a vari­a­tion of the iconic offiense that their coach, John Thompson III, learned when he played at Prince­ton un­der Pete Car­ril. The Prince­ton offiense em­pha­sizes con­tin­ual mo­tion,

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