Hoyas to Pay Norfolk a Visit
In the happy aftermath of Old Dominion's surprising victory over nationally ranked Georgetown last season, Coach Blaine Taylor expressed his appreciation to the Hoyas, not just for playing them last November but also for also agreeing to travel to Norfolk this year. "It probably sets the stage for a nice rematch," Taylor said after the Monarchs' 75-62 win at McDonough Gymnasium, the Hoyas' tiny on-campus arena. But Georgetown Coach John Thompson III doesn't view tonight's game as a chance to avenge last year's upset. "I don't talk in those terms," Thompson said. "That being said, our guys know they came here and beat us last year. . . . There haven't been any rah-rah speeches; I'm not good at those anyway. It's a test, it's an early-season test on the road, and that's what we want." The fifth-ranked Hoyas (3-0) should get that against Old Dominion (3-3), which is coming off back-to-back losses to No. 1 North Carolina and then-No. 6 Louisville. The Monarchs are expecting a capacity crowd of nearly 8,500 at Ted Constant Convocation Center. Different programs take different approaches when putting together a nonconference schedule; with Thompson, "it's strictly a case of trying to put us in a position to be ready for league play." That means taking the Hoyas on the road. In Thompson's first three seasons as coach, the Hoyas played nonconference games at Oregon, Illinois and Duke. They also traveled to Davidson, Navy, James Madison and Fairfield. Georgetown, which has already played at Ball State, still has games at Alabama (in Birmingham) and at Memphis to play. Second-ranked UCLA, on the other hand, will play only one true road game (at Michigan on Dec. 22) before opening Pacific-10 Conference play in January with trips to Stanford and California. In the Big East, Syracuse has been known for soft nonconference slates that rarely take the Orange out of New York; this season, they will travel to Virginia (Dec. 5).