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Georgetown basketball to open season vs. Oregon in South Korea


John Thompson III will lead his team to South Korea for Georgetown’s season opener against Oregon next season. (Toni L. Sandys/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The Georgetown men’s basketball team will open its season against Oregon on Nov. 8 at Camp Humphreys, a U.S. Army base in South Korea. It will mark the second consecutive year that Georgetown has taken part in the Armed Forces Classic, staged and broadcast by ESPN as part of an initiative to honor the nation’s military veterans.

Last November, Georgetown squared played Florida on the deck of the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship docked in Jacksonville, Fla., but the game was aborted at halftime after heavy condensation made the court hazzardous.

At Camp Humphreys, Georgetown and Oregon will play in the Army’s three-story, 110,000-square-foot Humphreys Community Fitness Center, which houses three basketball courts.

Georgetown finished the 2012-13 season with a 25-7 record and a share of the Big East regular season title. A No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Hoyas were upset in the opening round by Florida Gulf Coast. They then lost their leading scorer and rebounder, Otto Porter Jr., to the NBA draft. Oregon, the Pacific-12 tournament champion last season, finished 28-9 and advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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