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Georgetown Basketball: September 2001 News Archive

Scruggs Signs With NBDL 9/24/01

2001 graduate Lee Scruggs was announced as one of the first fourteen signees to the National Basketball Development League, the official minor league for the NBA. The NBDL press release has assigned Scruggs, a native of Franklin, NC, to the Asheville Altitude. Asheville will be seen on four regionally televised games in 2001-02.

RBB Signs With Blazers 9/15/01

2001 graduate Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje has signed a contract with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, according to the Portland Oregonian. Terms were not disclosed.

Sept. 11, 2001 9/12/01

Please take this opportunity to remember the victims and families of Tuesday's tragedy in your prayers, as well as the tireless efforts of police, fire, and medical officials.

Also, remember the heroes of United Flight 93, who gave their lives to spare our Nation's Capital yet another tragedy.

In the meantime, as we must inevitably return to the daily routine of life, let us remain a united people and rededicate ourself to the challenges that lie ahead.

One notable member of the Georgetown family came all too close to the tragedy.

According to an interview broadcast this weekend on ESPN Radio, former coach John Thompson said he had made plans to fly American Flight 77 to Los Angeles on September 11 to tape a program that day in L.A. before heading to Las Vegas and Portland later that week. When informed by the production group in Los Angeles that the schedule for the Tuesday taping was not feasible, Thompson opted to catch a flight later that week.

A similar change of plans saved Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw, according to ESPN.com. McGraw was scheduled on United Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles, but opted for another recruiting trip through Providence instead.

And Boston College assistant coach Ed Cooley had scheduled a trip to Los Angeles, but made other plans when recruit Brandon Bowman opted for Georgetown instead.

2001-02 Schedule Announced 9/6/01

The 2001-02 schedule has been made official following a press release Thursday night on GUHoyas.com. (A brief report on the schedule is also found at the Washington Post.

The Hoyas have 17 home games, four played at McDonough Gym. Although many of the Big East games were announced earlier this week, here is an update on schedule items from earlier this week:

  • Connecticut has not officially posted its schedule, but the Huskies will play at MCI Center on Feb. 19.
  • The Houston game, which is reported by the official Houston site as January 1 at MCI, has been moved to December 1, according to this release.
  • The subject of much criticism last season, the Hoyas will play three MEAC schools this fall: Howard (#274 in the final RPI) Bethune Cookman (#281) and Morgan State (#307). Georgetown finished 42nd in the final RPI last season, in part due to weak non-conference opponents.
  • Of some help to the Hoyas' RPI will be these prominent opponents: UCLA (#11), Georgia (#27), Virginia (#33), and South Carolina (#60). All but the Virginia game will be on the road, including a neutral game against Georgia in Springfield, MA.

The following 2001-02 games are scheduled for national TV. As has been the case for some time, networks do not like broadcasting home Georgetown games--eight of the eleven games are on the road.

  • Nov. 19: vs. Georgia (ESPN)
  • Dec. 6: at South Carolina (ESPN)
  • Dec. 20: VIRGINIA (TBS)
  • Dec. 29: at UCLA (CBS)
  • Jan. 5: at Rutgers (ESPN2)
  • Jan. 12: at Boston College (CBS)
  • Jan. 21: at Notre Dame (ESPN)
  • Jan. 28: SYRACUSE (ESPN)
  • Feb. 12: at Seton Hall(ESPN2)
  • Feb. 19: UCONN (ESPN2)
  • Feb. 24: at Syracuse (CBS)

There will be no games with St. John's, Virginia Tech, or Providence this year due to rotating opponents on the schedule.

The most surprising selection on the schedule has to be an opening game with Marymount College, a Division III school in Arlington, VA who was 12-15 in 2001. The game versus Marymount will count in the standings but not in the RPI totals because Marymount is not a Division I school.

The Georgetown schedule lists a Nov. 16 game at McDonough with the Saints, although the official Marymount site lists another game that night against Christopher Newport (VA) College. The Saints are coached by Chuck Driesell, son of Georgia State coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell.

The game would be only the second Division III opponent for Georgetown since 1975. In the 1988-89 season, the Hoyas scheduled D-III Shenandoah College and posted a 114-40 win, one point short of the all-time margin of victory set two seasons earlier against St. Leo College, a Division II school.


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