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Georgetown Vs. Notre Dame: Hoyas Open Big East Play On Road

The Georgetown Hoyas are off to a hot start in 2010, rushing out to an 11-1 record in early season out-of-conference matchups. Tonight is when the real action begins though. The No. 9 Hoyas will visit the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the opener to the Big East season.

Irish coach Mike Brey certainly isn't taking Georgetown lightly, as he told Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

"There's not a team playing better than Georgetown right now. [Not] Duke, anybody," Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey said. "I've been impressed with their transition. It's one of the reasons they are shooting such a high percentage - they're getting a lot of easy buckets in transition. They are also running more than I've seen them run before."

"And they also have an older group that has played together for a while," Brey added. "They know who they are."

Both teams are experienced, but the Hoyas, led by Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, will have their work cut out for them against Notre Dame's five senior starters. Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough lead the way for the Irish.

The Big East will be hotly contested this year, and its stacked with talent. Connecticut, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh are all in the top six teams in the country. With a win on the road tonight, Georgetown could move even closer to joining them.