JTIII open to Georgetown-Florida meeting this season

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JTIII open to Georgetown-Florida meeting this season

Remember how Georgetown's season started with an intriguing matchup against Florida set on a unique venue, the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Bataan parked off the Jacksonville coast? Remember how officials called the game after one-half because condensation took over the outdoor court during intermission, leading to a no-contest result?

Well, there is a chance the two programs may work out a solution sometime around the start of the new calendar year. On Monday Florida coach Billy Donovan expressed an interest in resuming or replaying the game. After Georgetown improved to 4-1 following Saturday's 72-50 win over Mount St. Mary's, John Thompson III did as well.

"We're talking," the Hoyas coach said when asked about the possibility. As Thompson acknowledged, many variables could weigh down any earnest attempt to conclude or restart the RPI favorable meeting. Florida, currently 5-0 and ranked seventh nationally, led 27-23 at halftime playing without suspended guard Scottie Wilbekin.

"There are so many moving parts as it relates to that: Where, a full game, a half a game. Their point guard that wasn't available, is he going to be available now. I think we are both interested. We scheduled that game not just because of the involvement with the Navy, but both teams wanted that game."

Based on the Hoyas' schedule, the ideal window is December 28-29. After hosting American on Dec. 22, Georgetown's next game comes Jan. 5 at Marquette in the Hoyas Big East opener.

However, Florida plays Air Force on Dec. 29 with its next game coming Jan. 6 at Yale. Put it altogether and a mid-week game on perhaps Jan. 2 looks most promising. That's a date Donovan recently stated worked best for his team with the Jacksonville Coliseum as the potential destination (yes, an indoor venue). USA Today also reported Florida is considering helping Georgetown with travel costs should the game be in its neck of the woods. After Tuesday's loss to Indiana, Thompson also mentioned other locales including Norfolk or D.C.

Regardless, by that point in the campaign, the Hoyas will be looking ahead.

"Personally, once you get moving toward league play we have to focus on league play," Thompson said. "I don't know whether it's going to happen, but is there interest on both parts, yeah."

Terps jump to No. 22 in national AP Top 25 poll

Terps jump to No. 22 in national AP Top 25 poll

Maryland basketball keeps moving on up.

After landing the last spot in the AP’s Top 25 last week, the Big Ten-leading Terps (17-2 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) continue their climb in the ranks, now sitting at No. 22 as of Monday. However, despite the conference standings, they're still behind No. 15 Wisconsin (16-3, 5-1) and No. 20 Purdue (16-4, 5-2).

Heading into Tuesday’s home matchup against Rutgers, Maryland is riding a four-game win streak with its last loss on Jan. 1 against Nebraska (9-10, 3-4).

Since cracking the Top 25, the Terps played one game last week — an 84-76 win over Iowa (11-9, 3-4) on the road with junior guard Melo Trimble leading the way with 20 points.

Freshman forward Justin Jackson also made waves last week, netting 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds, earning him the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday.

Maryland takes on the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 1-6) on Tuesday at the XFINITY Center at 7 p.m.

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL:

1. Villanova

2. Kansas

3. Gonzaga

4. Kentucky

5. Baylor

6. Florida State

7. Arizona

8. UCLA

9. North Carolina

10. Oregon

11. Butler

12. Virginia

13. Louisville

14. Notre Dame

15. Wisconsin

16. Creighton

17. Duke

18. West Virginia

19. Cincinnati

20. Purdue

21. Saint Mary's

23. Maryland 

23. South Carolina

24. Xavier

25. Florida

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Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

CLEMSON, S.C. — Seth Allen scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots — including three 3-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.

The Tigers (11-8, 1-6) appeared to take the lead down 70-69 as Jaron Blossomgame's shot with 3:48 left was rolling around and ready to fall in when teammate Sidy Djitte, attempting a tip in, knocked it away.

Chris Clarke soon followed with a three-point play and Allen hit a crushing 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to seal things for the Hokies.

Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.

Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.

Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.

Zach LeDay had 16 points and Ahmed Hill had 11 for the Hokies.

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