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2K Empire Classic Preview: #22 Texas Longhorns vs. Georgetown Hoyas

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The #22 Texas Longhorns take an undefeated 4-0 record into Madison Square Garden on Thursday night to face the Georgetown Hoyas in the Championship Round of the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.  Texas defeated California Baptist and Prairie View A&M at home in the Regional Round of the tournament, earning a spot at #22 in Monday’s newly released Top 25 Poll.

Texas and Georgetown have met twice before, splitting wins, with the last matchup coming in 2012 at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V. Classic. The Hoyas won 64-41.

Georgetown  is 3-1 overall this season, and defeated Georgia State 91-83 on Sunday in the Hoyas’ Regional Round of the 2K Empire Classic at Capital One Arena.  Sophmore guard Mac McClung led Georgewtown in the win with 25 points, and senior Omer Yurtseven recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Matt Coleman III posted a game high 17 points in the Longhorns’ win over Prairie View A&M and freshman guard Donovan Williams notched a career-high 13 points.

The Longhorns will face either No. 1/1 Duke or Cal on Day Two of the Classic (Friday).

What: Texas Longhorns (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (3-1, 0-0 Big East)
When: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time:  7:00 PM CST
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Location: New York, NY
Television: ESPN2
The Line: Texas -5
Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: Georgetown defeated Texas 64-41 (12/4/2012)
All-Time Series Record: Texas and Georgetown are tied 1-1

The Coaches

Georgetown Hoyas

Head Coach:  Patrick Ewing
Head Coaching Experience: 3rd year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Georgetown:  3
Career Record:  37-30
Career Record at Georgetown:  37-30

Texas Longhorns

Head Coach:  Shaka Smart
Head Coaching Experience: 11th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Texas:  5
Career Record:  238-122
Career Record at Texas:  75-66

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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