A U.S Army Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea will be the host of the NCAA basketball season. The game on November 8 should be a good one, as we will get to see the Georgetown Hoyas and Oregon Ducks go at it. This is the first time the college basketball season will start off in Asia, and there has been much work put into this in order for it to actually happen. Back in 1982, the Houston Cougars and Virginia Cavaliers faced each other in Tokyo, however it was just a regular season game, now the first game of the entire season.
Commander Col. Darin S. Conkright said this in an article on ESPN.com regarding the decision to bring the game to Asia,
Camp Humphreys is extremely proud to host this year’s Armed Forces Classic. I can’t think of a better way to provide the Soldiers and Families stationed here on Freedom’s Frontier a taste of home than through a sporting event of this magnitude.
Oregon head coach, Dana Altman is already very excited for this game, and it’s a few months away. He is ready to show off the PAC-12 to a much different audience.
The conference is trying to promote the Pac-12 brand in Asia. This will be a unique opportunity for our players and staff.
Georgetown head coach, John Thompson III, has a different mindset coming into this game. He seems to be more focused on playing on the military base, and what kinds of things he and his team will learn while playing somewhere completely new to them.
It will be a privilege to perform in front of the men and women who serve and protect our country. The game is important but above and beyond the competition, it will be an unparalleled learning experience for everyone in our program.