You would think that basketball teams with the lineage of the No. 13 ranked UCLA Bruins (3-0) and Georgetown Hoyas (2-0) would have played more than twice. But when the Hoyas take on the Bruins in the championship round of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. it will be only the third meeting between the powerhouses.
UCLA won both.
This marks the first real test for the Hoyas, who looked anything but impressive in wins over Duquesne and Liberty. Forward Nate Lubick took note of the lackluster performances.
“With all due respect to Liberty, we’ve got some games coming up and we’re preparing for some teams that are a little bit better than them,” said Lubick in a post-game interview. “We use these games to find ourselves and to find what this team’s identity is going to be. We have to go into every game acting like it’s the last game we’re going to play, and I think we’ve kind of struggled to do that in the past two games.”
The game will mark the debut of freshman Shabazz Muhammad, the consensus 2012 Prep Player of the Year, who the NCAA reinstated Friday. Hoyas forward Otto Porter could make his first start since suffering a mild concussion in the season opener.
Although all eyes will be on Muhammad, the Hoyas must contain another freshman, guard Jordan Adams, who has scored at least 20 points in each of UCLA’s first three games. Adams has also hit 28 of 29 free-throw attempts. Freshman guard Kyle Anderson is averaging 7.3 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds per game.
The last time these teams met was in 2003 when UCLA edged the Hoyas 71-70 in Washington D.C.
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