The Washington Times - September 11, 2008, 08:35AM

No, Georgetown probably is not going to make a Final Four push like it did two years ago. Jeff Green is long gone, and Roy Hibbert joined him in the NBA this year.

And no, Memphis probably doesn’t have the goods to be a few free throws away from a national title. That’s the cost of losing Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Joey Dorsey and the rest.


But those are two teams capable of staying in the top 25 much of the season. A trip to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament is far from impossible for either.

So that makes their Dec. 13 meeting at Verizon Center (courtesy of Memphis’ just-released schedule) perhaps the most compelling college basketball game in the area this year.

Yes, the Hoyas will have a horde of Big East teams in (Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse among them), and Maryland gets Duke, Miami and North Carolina all at Comcast Center this season.

But as a study of contrasts (along with a game that should be closer than last year’s game in Memphis), a meeting with John Calipari‘s crew should be fascinating.

—- Patrick Stevens