In early June we posted on the prospect of Georgetown and Oregon playing a November basketball game in South Korea. The game between the two was official at the time, but the locale technically wasn't.
Well, on Tuesday everything officially fell into place: Nov. 8, South Korea, Hoyas vs. Ducks. The news came via ESPN, which will broadcast the game. This is the Armed Forces Classic, the event that began last year with UConn and Michigan State playing on a military base in Germany.
Like UConn-MSU, Georgetown and Oregon will be playing in front of the troops at a United States military facility. It's the second time in college basketball history a regular-season game will be played in Asia. The first came 31 years ago, when Virginia and Houston faced each other in Tokyo. (On the heels of that game, Virginia went on to lose the infamous tilt against Division-II Chaminade.)
The game will be based at Camp Humphreys, an Army base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (Google Maps help here.)
ESPN.com's story explains part of the reason for this trip is an emphasis and directive by the Pac-12 to gain exposure and brand value in Asia. I just think it's great college hoops is spanning the globe and doing it largely in the name and for the sake of American military.
"Camp Humphreys is extremely proud to host this year's Armed Forces Classic," commander Col. Darin S. Conkright said via statement. "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."
This second Armed Forces Classic covers the Army. Last year's was the Air Force. The five-year plan for this event means the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard all will get a turn in a foreign land to host American college hoops in the next three years.