Here's my preview of the game, which will be shown nationally on FSN.
The preview deals mostly with the combination of "John Wooden" and "Georgetown Hoyas," both of which are names that mean something to the Huskies.
However, this game is also an intersectional match -- the first meeting of the two teams -- and therefore has meaning to the Pac-10 and the Big East, as well.
Quincy Pondexter talked a little about that this week:
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"We’re going to come out and we’re going to compete and we’re going to scrap as hard as we possibly can because we know what is at stake," he said. "Not just for representing the University of Washington, but we’re representing the Pac-10 because it’s gotten thrown under a bus so many times this season. … It could be really special and I want to make sure our guys really know that."
I also got a little time with Georgetown coach John Thompson III yesterday, and asked him how much his players might know about UW.
"In this day and age, there are no secrets out there," he said. "We were at dinner after practice (on Dec. 3), and I walked in there late and the whole team was sitting there watching the Texas Tech game. That might have been a bad one for us to watch."
I also asked him if the Big East's reputation of power basketball has survived this tendency toward a more nationalized game.
"I think where the Big East is right now, I think it’s unique in that there is no brand of Big East basketball," he said. "It’s always tough, it’s always competitive, it’s always physical. So now that’s established. Then within that we have 16 teams that play totally different styles. I think that’s what the strength of our league is, that on a night-in night-out basis you have to prepare for a different style of play at an extremely high level."
Tipoff is 11 a.m.