Aug. 13, 2010
WASHINGTON - College Basketball is rooted in Kansas City, Mo., and two tradition-filled programs will celebrate that local history this season when the Georgetown Hoyas and the Missouri Tigers collide at the Sprint Center on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. ET) in the 2010 John McLendon Classic.
Nationally televised on ESPNU, Georgetown and Missouri each advanced to NCAA Tournament play last year and both programs have been picked inside numerous preseason Top 25 polls this summer.
Georgetown finished the 2009-10 season with a 23-11 overall record, advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game for the third time in six seasons under Head Coach John Thompson III, were selected for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six years and were the only school in the country to post wins over the teams that played for this year's national championship (Duke and Butler).
The Hoyas return four starters to their team this season, led by senior guards Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), who scored a team-best 16.5 points per game, and Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]), who averaged 15.2 points and 4.1 assists per game.
Georgetown and Missouri have met just once on the hardwood, with the Hoyas claiming a 63-51 win on Feb. 20, 1982 in Washington, D.C. Eric "Sleepy" Floyd dropped in 16 points and Patrick Ewing recorded a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double, while Ricky Frazier led the Tigers with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Georgetown advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals that season.
Tickets for the McLendon Classic will be available shortly. For more information, please visit http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets later this summer.
A portion of the proceeds from the contest will support the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program, which assists minorities pursuing educational interests in sports administration.
About the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation:
In 1998, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) founded the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation in honor of the late John McLendon. The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 55 postgraduate scholarships. Additionally, in 2007 the Foundation established the McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame to recognize and honor the dedication of longtime minority athletics administrators in raising awareness and working towards the advancement of minorities in the field of athletics administration, while achieving the highest level of excellence in their own career. For more information regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.
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