2011 Maui Invitational Field Features Georgetown, Who Will Open Vs. Kansas

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Head coach John Thompson III of the Georgetown Hoyas looks on in the second half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The young Hoyas will begin the season with a major test in the 2011 Maui Invitational. The matchups have been reported, and Georgetown will face Kansas in the first round.

The Georgetown Hoyas are one of eight teams who will be participating in the 2011 Maui Invitational next November, and their projected first-round matchup is not an easy one. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has reported the first-round pairings, and the Hoyas will be matched up against traditional power Kansas.

The Jayhawks have suffered some key losses, including big men Marcus and Markieff Morris as well as guard Josh Selby, but they're still incredibly talented. Georgetown, on the other hand, suffered arguably even bigger losses with the graduation of Austin Freeman and Chris Wright. This will be an incredibly challenging early test for the young Hoyas, especially new stars Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson.

The other first-round matchups pit Memphis against Michigan, UCLA against Chaminade and Duke against Tennessee. Georgetown would play three games regardless of what happens against Kansas.

For more on the Hoyas and the 2011 Maui Invitational, visit Casual Hoya.

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