Oregon’s men’s basketball team has been selected to play in the Armed Forces Classic this fall against Georgetown. (Site still TBD.) The Armed Forces Classic honors the men and women of the military and is part of ESPN’s Veteran’s Week in November. It’s currently in its second year.
The Ducks’ 2012-13 season was a strong one, ending with a 28-9 record (12-6 in the Pac-12) and crowned Pac-12 Conference Champions in Las Vegas, beating rival UCLA. Then, in the NCAAs, Oregon made it to the Sweet 16 round before falling to eventual champion Louisville.
Oregon aims to repeat as Pac-12 champions and will need to rely more on their talented guards Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Johnathan Loyd, who ESPN called “some of the best [guards] in the West.” Look for the newest addition, power-forward Mike Moser, a UNLV transfer to make an instant contribution. He averaged 14.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game with the Rebels.
Georgetown finished last year 25-7 overall and 14-4 in the Big East. Their best player, Otto Porter, left for the NBA Draft and is a likely Top-5 pick. However the Hoyas still retain much of their roster and their experience playing in big games would seem to give them the upper-hand over the Ducks.
This is fantastic media exposure for Oregon after they were given the short end of the stick with the 12th seed in the NCAA Tournament in spite of some quality wins and the Pac-12 championship.
Oregon will need to attack the Hoyas quickly with their transition scoring and rebounding, and, with Arsalan Kazemi gone, that’s where Moser steps in.
Matching up against Georgetown in a national game presents a great opportunity to prove the Ducks can run with the prestigious schools of college basketball.
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