Friday, March 20, 2020

Stuck at home? Watch GW beat Xavier in the 1996-1997 season

Stuck at home or staying in? Here's something awesome to watch: GW beating Xavier in OT in the 1996-1997 season. The game in on YouTube and has lots of GW stars from the past: Shawnta Rogers, Alexander Koul and more. Pretty awesome.

Xavier, if you recall, was in the A-10 from 1995 to 2013 and were big rivals with GW back then. Many epic games.


 Got a favorite GW game you can watch online? Post it in the comments!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Early season recap: some good, some bad

Hello GW fans! The first nine games of the Jamion Christian are behind us, and the good guys are 4-5. Not half bad for a brand new coach.

Here's a quick recap of what's been good so far, and what's not. Let me know in the comments what else you think.

Good

  • Positive press -- I've seen a decent amount of articles and blog posts about the team and especially Jamion Christian; see here and here, for example. Nice to see that after some quiet years. People see optimistic in the media. The recent BU buzzer beater also merited short articles from major publications.
  • The record -- Can't complain about 4-5 so far this season, even if some of the losses have not been great
  • Arnaldo Toro -- he is playing like a beast: 10.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a game, including 20 pts and 24 boards against American, which also set a GW record with 13 offensive boards. The stats were even higher until he had a game with foul trouble.
  • The young guys -- Jameer Nelson Jr and Jamison Battle are both scoring in double figures, and almost everybody has looked good in flashes 
  • Armel Potter -- 14 points per game
  • 3 pt defense -- holding opponents to .256 against
  • Beating Evansville -- if you use the transitive property, Evansville beat Kentucky, and GW beat Evansville, so...
Bad
  • Bad losses -- Towson, Morgan State, American -- woof
  • RPI -- 316 currently
  • Toro's injury -- it was a big loss for the games he was gone
  • Justin Mazzulla transferring -- he seems like a good player, but wasn't getting much time. Hopefully it just wasn't a fit with Christian's system
  • The season start -- the good guys four of the first five to low level teams
  • Field goal defines -- opponents are shooting .430 vs .408 for GW

Friday, July 26, 2019

End of an era: GWHoops.com has shut down, but there's a new message board for us GW fans

Big things are afoot in GW fandom, and it's the end of an era. GWHoops.com, the longtime message board created and managed by superfan Herve, has shut down. Herve posted a funny LCD Soundsystem-referencing farewell message. (Sing it to the tune of "Losing My Edge.")

Herve ran the message board with his own elbow grease in his spare time since 1998, and it was the #1 source of GW rumor, fun and news around (with this site a close second, sometimes.) He served as a moderator, coach, and ringmaster for all those years. In recent times however, a few very persistent and annoying trolls took up residence there. I also get the feeling that he just got tired of running it. (For a while, the heading of the site has been "help is not coming.") And after 21 years, I think he fully deserves a break.

So thank you Herve for providing a place for lots of to learn about the latest happenings, argue with each other, debate theoretical GW player dunk contests, organize bar meet ups at NCAA tournament sites, and much more. I even met a few now real-life friends on GWHoops. If you see Herve around, buy him a drink or give him a high five.

But all is not lost. An enterprising fan named Barry set up a new message board, complete with registration and a promise to have tough moderators. It's at gwhoops.boardhost.com and I already see a few of the familiar faces (aka internet handles there) without any of the trolls, so far. So check it out, and thank Herve for everything.

Here's the GWHoops farewell message:

1998 - 2019

Yeah, I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge.
The kids are coming up from behind.
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge to the kids from Long Island and from Northern Virginia.
But I was there.
I was there in 1993.
I was there in the Marvin Center ballroom for the Sweet Sixteen with George Michael reporting live.
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge to the kids whose footsteps I hear when they get on the decks.
I'm losing my edge to the Internet seekers who can tell me every member of every good GW basketball team from 1997 to 2005.
I'm losing my edge.
To all the kids in Madison and Guthridge.
I'm losing my edge to the Whole Foods shoppers in little jackets and borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties.
But I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge, but I was there.
I was there.
But I was there.
I'm losing my edge.
I'm losing my edge.
I can hear the footsteps every night on the decks.
But I was there.
I was there in 1995 at the first upset of a #1 in Smith Center history.
I was staking-out a top row bleacher seat with much patience.
I was there when Mike King hit two free throws with no time left on the clock.
I yelled, "Don't miss. You'll never play again."
I was there.
I was the first guy calling for starter's minutes for a freshmen-year Chris Monroe.
I was in the old gold seats.
Everybody thought I was crazy.
We all know.
I was there.
I was there.
I've never been wrong.
I used to run a good message board.
I knew everything before anyone.
I was there when Karl Hobbs leaked his own firing.
I was there when Wilmore air-balled the shot heard around Foggy Bottom.
I woke up happy in Greensboro in 2006.
But I'm losing my edge to better-looking people with better ideas and more talent.
And they're actually really, really nice.
I'm losing my edge.
I heard you have a VHS compilation of every good GW dunk ever done by anybody.
Every great throw-down by Dirk Surles. All the Omar Williams facials.
All the Pinnock highlight reels. I heard you have a DVD of every block Yinka Dare did.
I heard that you have a bootleg of every seminal Kwame Evans three-pointer made against New Mexico State, UMass, Maryland,Virginia Tech.
I heard that you have compilation of every good Rogers pull-up jumper and another of all his steals from 1998.
I hear you're taking graduate transfers and international players and are throwing your defensive game-plan out the window because you want to make a winner. You want to have Gonzaga's record.
I hear that you and your team have sold your souls to AAU and purchased some top-100 recruits.
I hear that you and your team have cut ties with AAU teams and deal only with high school coaches.
I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know.
But have you seen my roster?
Darrio Scott, Valery Khamenia, Lafonte Johnson, Andrei Sviridov, Matija Debevec, Darnell Miller, Adama Kah, Rene Harry, Ricky Lucas, Kinte Smith, Anthony Wise, Lewie Helton, Mark Lund, Rodney Patterson, Jaason Smith, Daymon Warren, Jaz Cowan, Marquin Chandler, Daniel Soares, Daniel Soares, Daniel Soares, Daniel Soares
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.
You don't know what you really want.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Entire coaching staff fired, national search to start

Big news, though to me not unexpected. The university emailed today to say the entire coaching staff has been let go, and there will be a national search for the next coach.

I really like Maurice Joseph, but he's 24-42 over three seasons including 9-24 this year and 4-14 in conference. I also like that there will be a national search and that they want GW to make the tournament regularly. Good luck to Coach Joseph and his staff, and thank you.

ESPN has a story about it too. Here's the statement on the GWSports.com site, plus an email from Athletic Director Tanya Vogel. 


WASHINGTON — George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Tanya Vogel announced today that Maurice Joseph will not return as head coach of the men's basketball program.

In three seasons, Joseph compiled a 44-57 record, including 9-24 in 2018-19. GW saw its season end on Thursday with a loss in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

"This is a difficult day because Maurice has led this program with high integrity and has always been a great representative of George Washington University. He has been a part of our staff for eight seasons, earning a degree and meeting his wife, Kristen, a fellow GW graduate here. We hope they will always feel like a part of our family."

"This decision was necessary because we are not reaching our full potential on the court. Our university leadership and I have high expectations for what this program can achieve in the near future. We will move forward with a national search for our new head coach who will help us get back to competing for Atlantic 10 Championships and being in the conversation for NCAA bids on a regular basis."
And the email:
Good morning,  I want to alert you to some news regarding our men’s basketball program. Earlier today, I informed our men’s basketball coaching staff that I am making a change and they will not be returning. This is a challenging day here in Foggy Bottom, as these men have dedicated many years of their lives to GW and our men’s basketball program. I am grateful for their commitment and their service to our young men. I wish Coaches Joseph, Turner, Paulus and Holm the very best in their future endeavors.

  As you know, our charge is to be the very best, positive displays of discipline and excellence for our university. Your program has a storied history of excellence and is the most visible program at GW. Our next leader will be charged with returning your program to the excellence that you helped to build. This means winning in the classroom, in the community and in competition. We will win the right way.

There will be a national search for the next head coach. We are committed to this search process and look forward to introducing you to our next head coach later this spring. We remain determined to continuing our work together as we create and sustain our programs with the highest levels of discipline and excellence.
I appreciate your support.
Sincerely,Tanya Vogel Director of Athletics & Recreation




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Smith Center Jumbotron fell onto the court during maintenance; luckily only 8 feet and no one hurt


Well, you don't see this every day. The Smith Center's big Jumbotron is currently sitting on the court. A few unverified tweets said it "collapsed," but the actual story was a bit less dramatic. 

It was down for maintenance, and while they were winching it back up into place, it fell about from eight feet up. Not ideal of course, and it's not like you can pop by the hardware store or the Marvin Center convenience store for Jumbotron parts, but not the end of the world.
I hope the court is ok.

The university's official twitter account posted this:
The scoreboard was undergoing maintenance today and dropped unexpectedly from its lowered position just above the floor. Nobody was injured (thankfully) and the scene is being assessed for any damage.
The story caught on pretty big, Sports Illustrated, Keith Olbermann and others tweeted about it. Any news is good news, right?


Photos via @gwtv 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Duke alum, former Ohio State, Louisville assistant Greg Paulus joins GW's staff


This is cool -- former Duke star and former Ohio State, Louisville and Navy assistant coach Greg Paulus has joined GW's coaching staff. Trusty writer Ben Standig also confirmed the news.

Paulus has been an assistant since 2010, starting as an assistant at Navy before moving to Louisville then Ohio State. It will also give GW a bit of a news boost, but Paulus also has experience at some big schools, and under Coach K at Duke. He also was the starting point guard on the team that beat GW in the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament. Maybe he can help GW get some of those bogus foul calls that went to Duke in that game (GW was whistled for 29, Duke for 14, and many of those in the final minutes.)

Paulus also played quarterback for Syracuse after his Duke career. Apparently you can play another NCAA sport if you play the first sport for four years.

This comes after assistant coach Carmen Maciariello is rumored to have left for powerhouse local high school DeMatha. Looking forward to Paulus. Welcome, Greg!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GW basketball Alumni Game and Reunion Weekend coming up, August 4-5!


This is awesome! GW is planning for their second GW Men's Basketball Reunion Weekend, including an alumni game for the weekend of August 4-5.

Last year's alumni game was really fun and awesome, there were players from the 1950s to today, and the current players reffed the game, which was fun. It was awesome to see Shawnta, Pops, Sir Val and everybody. I'm excited for it. Coach Mojo tweeted this, stay tuned for more info!
Im looking forward to having our @gw_mbb alums back on campus for our second annual Men’s Basketball Reunion and alumni game! Last year was a hit and I can’t wait to get our former Colonials back together again! #Buff&BlueForever #RaiseHigh

Monday, January 29, 2018

If you like GW hats, get yourself to the campus bookstore


The other day I was on campus and decided to see what the Bookstore had, merchandise-wise. I was not disappointed: they had a ton of shirts, sweaters, jackets and so on, but what really stood out to me was the wall of hats. There's every kind of baseball cap you can think of: trucker hats, different logos and patterns, dad caps (the ones with the soft top) and lots more, plus tons of colors.

See above, it's literally hundreds of different caps.

So go check it out. They also had some pretty cool sweaters. It's in the basement of the Marvin Center, here are the hours:
DayHours
Mon9:00-6:00
Tue9:00-6:00
Wed9:00-6:00
Thu9:00-6:00
Fri9:00-5:00
Sat11:00-3:00
Sun11:00-3:00

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Conference season underway: GW now 8-6, 1-0 in A-10 play

Happy holidays! GW gave us a present, beating St. Joe's to start the conference season behind a good game from Yuta Watanabe, 18 points on 6/12 shooting. Thee other Colonials scored in double figures too: Jair Bolden, Terry Nolan Jr., and Arnaldo Toro.

The Colonials have now won 3 in a row and face Duquesne on Wednesday, Jan. 3 in Pittsburgh. Crazily enough, Duquesne is 10-4 this year with a win over Dayton.

The good guys are 8-6 overall, it's been a bit of an up and down season with a few nice wins, like former A-10 foe Temple and Harvard, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts, but a few not great losses, namely Rider. The team's RPI is about 160, which isn't too bad, and most of the losses are to teams in the top 100 of the RPI.

Here's the rest of the conference schedule:

Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Duquesne
Saturday, Jan. 6 vs Rhode Island
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Davidson
Saturday, Jan. 13 at Richmond
Wednesday, Jan. 17 vs George Mason
Saturday, Jan. 20 at VCU
Sunday, Jan. 28 at St. Bonaventure
Wednesday, Jan. 31 vs Duquesne
Saturday, Feb. 3 vs Davidson
Wednesday, Feb. 7 vs La Salle
Saturday, Feb. 10 at George Mason
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at UMass
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs VCU
Wednesday, Feb. 21 vs Richmond
Saturday, Feb. 24 at SLU
Wednesdays, Feb. 28 vs Fordham
Saturday, March 3 at Dayton

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LeBron James talks about playing against former GW star Maureece Rice in high school



This is cool: LeBron James talks to the Philadelphia Tribune about his battle with former GW star guard Maureece Rice in high school. Rice is the all-time leading scorer in Philly high school history, topping Wilt Chamberlain's record. He was a key cog in the Colonials' 2005-06 and 2006-07 NCAA tournament teams.
“He’s [Maureece Rice] the all-time leading scorer in Philadelphia history past Wilt Chamberlain,” James said. “We knew we had our hands full trying to shut him down. We didn’t want to lose. We knew all about him.”
LeBron's St. Vincent-St. Mary's High in Akron visited Philly to play Strawberry Mansion, one of the top teams in the country. LeBron's team won but Rice is remembered for an ankle-breaking crossover on King James. Check out that crowd!

Here's some more highlights from the game.



Rice was kicked off GW towards the end of his senior year. He later played in the D-League and overseas.              

You can get college basketball tickets here.