Tougher non-conference competition set to provide challenge
Georgetown’s motion offense will give test to UT’S defensive prowess.
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,