Fan’s guide to the DMV college hoops calendar

Fan’s guide to the DMV college hoops calendar
November 6, 2013, 10:45 pm
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We continue CSNwashington's formal college basketball preview with a guide to the key games of the 2013-14 college basketball season, which tips off Friday. Previously we focused on those returning players, notable new faces and pivotal players.

(*) Check out CSNbaltimore for all things Maryland, though the Terps make a few appearances below... 

From opening night to the final weekend of the regular season, here's where you need to be and what you need to know...

November 8: Georgetown vs. Oregon (South Korea)

* I know, everyone wants to make "let's hope the Hoyas aren't involved with another international incident in Asia" joke. Go ahead, I'll wait...Anyway, the No. 16 ranked Ducks have double trouble in Friday's Armed Forces Classic: They're now without two suspended players and must contend with the "miserable" task of defending Josh Smith.

November 8: Maryland vs. Connecticut, 6:30 p.m. ET (Barclays Center)

While Oregon loses players, the Terps gain one before facing the Huskies. 

November 8: American at George Mason, 7 p.m. ET

* The Patriots regular season opener coincides with the Eagles first game under new head coach and former Georgetown assistant Mike Brennan.

November 8: George Washington vs. Radford, 7 p.m. ET

*Check out the Colonials start to the promising season just to see if coach and former college guard Mike Lonergan is forced to bring the ball up the court due to GW's backcourt injuries.

November 12: Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia, 1 p.m. ET

*The Hokies second game of the season provides the first real chance for the shorthanded and Erick Green-less roster to show if they are in the mix this season.

November 12: VCU at Virginia, 7 p.m. ET

*The Rams under Shaka Smart have reigned supreme in the Commonwealth over recent seasons, but both sides are preseason ranked in the top-25. VCU's relentless "Havoc" style versus Virginia's enveloping half court defense schemes makes for a stellar contrast of styles.

November 21: Georgetown vs. Northeastern, 1:00 ET p.m. (Puerto Rico Tip-off)

November 21: VCU vs. Florida State, 7:30 p.m. (Puerto Rico Tip-off)

*The Hoyas and Rams would probably have to reach the finals for a rematch of their 2011 NCAA Tournament meeting. For Georgetown that likely means wins over Northeastern, tops in the CAA last season, and Kansas State. FSU and possibly Michigan stand in VCU's way.

November 28: George Washington vs. Miami, 2 p.m. ET (Wooden Legacy)

*GW would be fortunate if swingman and defensive ace Patricio Garino is back by this point seeing as the Colonials open against Jim Larranaga's squad with Marquette possibly looming next.

November 30: Howard vs. William & Mary, 5 p.m. ET

*Only of three of the Bison's first 17 games are at Burr Gymnasium. The best of the small bunch comes against the Tribe led by former Bishop McNamara star Marcus Thornton.

December 4: Howard at American, 7:30 p.m. ET

When a matchup of inner-city programs takes place and its Embassy Appreciation night, we take notice.

December 8: George Mason vs. Oklahoma, 1 p.m. ET (BB&T Classic, Verizon Center)

December 8: George Washington vs. Maryland (BB&T Classic, Verizon Center)

*Mason's first-ever matchup against the Sooners comes in their sixth BB&T appearance. GW and Maryland will meet for the 10th time in the 19th edition and the first time since 2008.

December 21: Georgetown at Kansas, 12 p.m. ET

*The Hoyas experienced roster faces uber-hyped Andrew Wiggins and the Jayhawks heralded freshman class. The coaching matchup between John Thompson III vs. Bill Self is no mere subplot.

December 21: Virginia Tech vs. VCU, 5:30 p.m. ET (Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic, Richmond)

*Hampton faces James Madison in the first game of the doubleheader

December 22: George Mason vs. Iowa State (Diamond Head Classic)

*If luck goes the Patriots way, they face at least two power conference/ RPI friendly programs while in Hawaii for three games.

December 31: Georgetown vs. DePaul, 5 p.m. ET

*The Hoyas first game in the retooled Big East comes on 2013's final day. Please, no triple overtime.

January 3: George Washington vs. Georgia, 7 p.m. ET

*Several power conference opponents pop up on the Colonials schedule this season, including home dates against Rutgers (12/4) and the Bulldogs.

January 7: Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse, 9 p.m. ET

*Not sure about the Maroon versus Orange visual - or if the Hokies can hang with Jim Boeheim's squad making its first pass through the ACC.

January 8: American vs. Loyola (Md.), 7:30 p.m. ET

*First game between the Eagles and Greyhounds as Patriot League rivals

January 9: George Mason at VCU, 7 p.m. ET

*The tangential boost of the Patriots moving from the CAA to the Atlantic 10 comes in renewing old rivalries. The two Commonwealth programs haven't met since the Rams knocked GMU out of the 2011 CAA Tournament and then made the same conference swap following the season.

January 13: Virginia at Duke, 7 p.m. ET

*No explanation for this entry's inclusion is required other than noting it's the only regular season meeting between the Cavs and Blue Devils this season.

January 14: George Washington vs. VCU, 7 p.m. ET

*This is your "Shaka Smart steps inside the Beltway" alert

January 20: Virginia vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m. ET

The middle contest of a three-game homestand is one of two three-game home sets in ACC play for the Cavs this season.

January 20: Georgetown vs. Marquette, 9 p.m. ET

*Without Syracuse and until Villanova/St. John's regain top-25/most hated status, the Golden Eagles are the Hoyas biggest on-court rivals. Whether the final scores are in the 70's or looks something akin to football totals, the intensity will be at max level.

January 25: George Washington at George Mason, 12 p.m. ET

*"The Revolutionary Rivalry" doubles as an A-10 conference game

February 1: Georgetown vs. Michigan State, 3 p.m. ET (Madison Square Garden)

*Sparty opens the season No. 2 behind Kentucky. Having Tom Izzo roaming the sideline and guard Gary Harris dropping buckets has something to do with that. This serves as Georgetown's final opportunity for an NCAA Tournament resume.

February 15: George Washington vs. UMass, 2 p.m. ET

*Kevin Larsen's coming out party took place in a losing effort against the Minuteman in last season's A-10 Tournament. Can the trimmed-down center power the Colonials to a win over a projected top-4 conference foe?

February 19: George Mason vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m. ET

The Billikens stand as the top A10 team visiting the Fairfax campus this season.

February 27: Georgetown at Marquette, 9 p.m. ET

*Barring injuries or the unforeseen, this game could be for the Big East regular season title

March 1: American vs. Bucknell, 2 p.m. ET

*What's at stake in the Eagles regular season finale?

March 1: VCU vs. St. Louis, 2 p.m. ET

*The Billikens took both head-to-head matchups last season including the A-10 title game. Don't be stunned if first place is on the line in this one.

March 2: George Mason at George Washington, 1 p.m. ET

*Part two of the rivalry would be oh so juicy if both sides are contending for at least a top-half league finish in the deep A-10

March 4: Georgetown vs. Creighton, 7 p.m. ET

* In terms of a opposing this player, getting a closer look Big East Player of the Year favorite Doug McDermott stands as the most intriguing on the Hoyas home slate.

March 9: Virginia at Maryland, 12 p.m. ET

*Last time the border rivals meet as conference foes, the Terps last regular season game in the ACC. For some it might be a little dusty inside Comcast Center.