Markel Sparks and the Hoyas will compete in this year's Armed Forces Classic in South Korea. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images).
Confirmation of the latest U.S. college basketball game to be held overseas came Tuesday afternoon with news that Georgetown and Oregon will be holding this year's Armed Forces Classic in South Korea. The two programs had previously committed to the event, but the location was yet to be determined.
The matchup is nice, with an enticing style contrast between the Hoyas, one of the presumed favorites in the new Big East, and the up-tempo Ducks, who are likely to challenge Arizona (and others) in the Pac-12. The Pac-12 also has been making a push to expand its brand into Asia, so this event makes sense along those lines, as well.
In terms of international diplomacy, this event at Camp Humphries, a U.S. Army base in Pyeongtaek, also likely will go better than the last time Georgetown played a game in the Far East, when the team ended up in a bench-clearing brawl with the Bayi Rockets, a Chinese pro team associated with the People's Liberation Army.