Nov 13, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas mascot performs during the first half against Wright State Raiders at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Preview; Georgetown In The Field [BRACKET]


What is the Puerto Rico Tip-Off:

It is an eight team tournament taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the Coliseo Roberto Clemente on November 21, 22 & 24.  The times of each game are shown at the end of the post in the tournament bracket.

Teams involved:

Georgetown, VCU, Michigan, Charlotte, Kansas St., Northeastern, Long Beach St., and Florida St.

How can you watch:

The ESPN family of networks will be carrying the tournament with the championship game airing on ESPN 2 at 6:30 EST on Sunday.

Team comparison:

PR tipoff

Thoughts:

This isn’t a weak field by any means.  According to the advanced analytics from kenpom.com, you see there are three very good teams (VCU, Michigan and Georgetown), two other quality teams (Kansas St. and Florida St.), and three more-or-less ‘cupcakes’ (Charlotte, Northeastern and Long Beach St.).

Looking at the bracket below, you see that the Hoyas received the most favorable draw by avoiding VCU and Michigan on their side of the bracket.  So this sets up nicely for Georgetown to reach the championship game on Sunday and faceoff against a nationally ranked VCU or Michigan team.  And by reaching the finals, the Hoyas would likely earn a quality win over Kansas St.

In Georgetown’s first game of the season against Oregon in South Korea, they struggled.  The Hoyas finished 1 for 15 from three and missed ten free throws.  Josh Smith had a massive game, but it wasn’t enough as Georgetown fell 82-75 on the opening night of college basketball.  They’d love to avenge that loss with a Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship, but that would likely mean beating a team even better than the Ducks.

Prediction:

VCU over Georgetown

Bracket:

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Tags: Basketball Big East Georgetown Hoyas Puerto Rico Tip-Off