Sunday, December 30, 2007

Alabama 93 - GW 57

I can't say I'm surprised. Alabama was a much better team and GW got their asses handed to them. As I noted in the preview, if GW could contain big big man Richard Hendrix, it could be close, but that was a big if. GW didn't, and was creamed. I didn't listen to the game on the radio, but apparently GW was beaten in all facets - rebounding, shooting, even hustle. It's a rebuilding year, and maybe I just always want to look on the bright side, but there are a few spots. No, really. Here they are

1. Rice played. Thus he's not off the team.
2. Only 11 turnovers. That's good. Only 7 assists, but still.
3. Good games from Rob Diggs and Wynton Witherspoon.

There's a lot of negatives, of course. Mo Rice was 3/12 and Cheyenne Moore was 3/13. Moore is shooting about 25% on the year. GW was outrebounded by twenty. Only 7 bench points. And on and on. It was also curious that Joseph Katuka didn't get much time, as some GWhoopsters said he was good. They also said GW didn't hustle back and such. That's bad, but seems to be a common theme.

Just keep reminding yourselves, it's rebuilding year. It's a rebuilding year.

GW starts A-10 play Jan. 10 against Saint Louis.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Tenleytown in Flames

The Container Store is on fire! Steak and Egg has a line around the block! Students are carrying tortilla machines from Guapo's and organic cheese wheels from Whole Foods down Wisconsin Avenue!!

Not really, but American did beat Maryland. At the Comcast Center. That's pretty awesome. You could argue it's karma for Gary Williams dodging GW in the BB&T these last few years.

And the Post's John Feinstein even voted for AU in the AP poll.

I would link to AU's paper, but they don't have an article for the game!? But anyway, congrats Eagles. This almost makes up for the game at Bender a few years ago when AU slaughtered GW. I still have nightmares about that short AU guard hitting three after three.

Saturday: Alabama

Happy Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Eid, Solstice, Arbor Day, etc. Now that GW's gift, a win, has come and gone, it's time to face a slightly better foe - the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

Alabama is 9-3 with wins over Iowa State, Missouri State, and Southern Miss, and losses to Georgetown, Texas A&M, and Belmont (?). The team is led by Richard Hendrix, who's a 6'9", 255 pound forward averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds a game. Yikes. There's also Alonzo Gee (willikers) who's averaging 15.2 and 7.6, and Mykal Riley, who is at 14.2 and 4.2. As a team, they're shooting .486 and getting 4 more boards than their opponents. This looks tough.

If GW can contain Hendrix (that's a big if) this might be a good game. Otherwise, watch out.

This game is in Tuscaloosa at 6 pm Eastern and it isn't on regular TV, but will be on Comcast Sports South and also on ESPN Full Court package. It will be on 1050 AM radio and WRGW.

Here's Bama's preview.

UPDATE: And hopefully Rice will play. No word on that yet, so stay tuned.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

GW beats Longwood, Rice is on the team

In a result that Beavis and Butthead would enjoy, GW beat Longwood 63-54. GW was down 13 at one point, but battled back and contained LU's Lamar Barrett, who had 19 points in the first but only 2 in the second. GW went on a 20-0 run at one point too, which is a good sign. GW was outrebounded 37-35, which isn't good, and shot 40% from the floor, but held LU to 35%. Here's the AP article and the box score.

Maureece Rice didn't play, which Karl Hobbs said was due to him violating a team rule, but he said he's still on the team. He wouldn't comment on why he was suspended, and when asked if he'll play on Saturday versus Alabama, Hobbs said "I should hope." Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Probably False Rumor: Mo Rice off the team

I say probably false because it was first reported by a GWhoops.com poster named "The Colonialist." The Colonialist is also the name of the blog written by receSs, GW's sketch and improv comedy group. Thus I don't buy it.

The Hatchet says Rice missed practice the other day, and The Colonialist says that proves their statement. I think that's B.S., as Rice was sick for the 2nd half of the Binghamton game.

Then another new poster, named ZONAGW, says

"Mo Rice is back home and will not play vs Longwood. Reports out of D.C. say that KH and MR never saw eye to eye as Rice did not want to be the PG. Lee and co. will need to step up as this year is unraveling quicker than my X-mas presents. SEE WHATS HAPPENS WHEN YOU RECRUIT GUYS FROM FAKE HIGH SCHOOLS, KARL????? COMES AROUND ,GOES AROUND."

Again, I don't buy it. What reports? Who is this person? I think people need to chill out and wait. I am 90% sure Rice is on the team, and if he doesn't play he might just be sick still from Binghamton. Relax.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Women beat #10 A&M in OT

GW beat the 10th ranked Aggies 66-65 in a thriller last night, even without leading scorer Jessica Adair who was out with a concussion. That makes for a pretty impressive win for the women, with Sarah-Jo Lawrence getting a career high 29 points, including a game-tying three with 4.3 seconds to go. That shot was initially scored as a 2, meaning GW was down one, but the refs then called it a three. Pretty crazy. The women have to get a bump in the polls after this win.

Kim Beck also broke the all-time GW assist record, and Antelia Parrish got her third straight double-double. A&M were the highest ranked team GW has beaten since 1999. The Colonials next face Pepperdine on Dec. 30.

UPDATE: It's on the front of ESPN's women's hoops page

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tonight: GW Women vs A&M

The GW women (#22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll) play #10 Texas A&M today at the Smith Center at 7 pm. I hope everybody can go out there, as this is a big game (imagine if the men were playing Michigan State or Pittsburgh).

GW has a great team this year, with the Adair twins from Anacostia tearing it up, transfer Antelia Parrish averaging almost 14 and 9, Sarah-Jo Lawrence at 13 and 5, and Kim Beck is one assist away from the GW career assist record.

Last year GW beat the Aggies in the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney, en route to the Sweet 16.

GWSports has a preview, as does A&M and ElCoache at GWhoops. And the Aggies enjoy giving the thumbs up around DC.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Back In My Day: Clay Travis

Here's the second in the Back in My Day series, where we talk to prominent GW grads about their time at school and the basketball team back then. Today's installment is Clay Travis, CBS Sportsline writer, authorand NFL pudding striker who even has his own Wikipedia page.

Here goes.

When were you at GW?

I was at GW from 1997-2001. During this time I was the worst student basketball manager on earth for two NCAA Tourney teams and one 15-14 squad featuring Val Brown.

What comes to mind about GW basketball when you were in school?

Every time I think about GW basketball four things immediately come to mind:

a. Shawnta Rogers' shot against Xavier to win the A-10 West and how I was the first non-player on the court to celebrate.

b. How angry the Mike Jarvis's wife was when I broke her blender while making team smoothies.

c. Tom Penders explaining that he didn't pick players based on favorites by saying he would play Adolf Hitler if he could hit the 3.

d. Our crushing defeat to Temple in the A-10 Semis in 2000-2001.

Rest of the interview after the jump:


Remember any chants or traditions from the games?

The only chant I remember very well was my friends in the crowd who would scream loudly for me to get water for each player as they came off the court.

Did you take any basketball road trips?
I travleled with the team on a five-night trip to Fordham and Massachusetts during the 1999-2000 season. We went 2-0 which I attribute to the stress relief of a late night team visit to a strip club in Springfield, Mass. There were no coaches involved but the whole team was there. I take credit for the inspired performance that followed at UMass.

Since then I've traveled to the last 3 A-10 Tournaments with buddies from GW. Two in Cincy and last year in Atlantic City.

Who were your favorite and least favorite players and teams? (GW or otherwise)
Shawnta Rogers, Pat Ngongba, and Albert Roma were favorites. All of them were really nice guys. Least favorite? Honestly, I didn't have one. Most of the guys were friendly. And if you were willing to play basketball for GW I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Thanks, Clay.
Photo from Facebook.

UPDATE: Clay wrote about the Penders Hitler quote in his CBS Sports column also.

Monday, December 17, 2007

"No stopping the green freight train"

On the post about the Binghamton loss, there was a pretty amusing and grammatically challenged comment from a Binghamton fan. Aside from being funny, it raises an interesting point. Here it is:
I was at this game. GW lost because they got out hustled. Binghamton came out slugging with something to prove and didn't let up from tip off till champaign celebration. GW on the other hand acted like a bunch of IV league chumps sipping on martini's while discussing the NASDAQ. It wasn't until late second half that they actually woke up from the hang over to put their uniforms on. But by then there no stopping the green freight train. Lights out GW, come back anytime.

I'm glad he thinks GW is in the "IV league," but the lack of hustle is an issue. While supposedly Mo Rice had the flu, and the rest of the team could have had it, it's still worrisome - this team has some issues, so hustling is a must. I'm not sure if it's a lack of leadership or coaching or what, but it shouldn't be happening, in my opinion. Anyone else care to comment?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Kind Of Wish They Had Mike Hall Right Now.

So it looks like the Washington Wizards' brilliant move to keep less than the league maximum 15 players on their roster has, imagine this, backfired. With Antonio Daniels joining hobbled Gilbert Arenas, rookie Oleksiy Pecherov, and Etan Thomas on the inactive list, the Wiz only have 9 players on their bench. According to published reports, the team is actively seeking out someone to give them some depth at the guard position.


Far be it from me to say I told you so.... but I'm pretty sure "We" [read: The greater GW Basketball community] told you so.

It's unclear if Mike Hall has a chance at the roster spot. Both Wizards coach Eddie Jordan and team management say they'll look at a number of players with experience playing in DC including Brian Chase and Donell Taylor who is now under contract in Greece.

There is some hope for MH3 as Ernie Grunfeld had this to say about the situation:

"We have some names on a short list and in all likelihood we'll bring someone in who we feel can help us," Grunfeld said. "We're not going to get someone from another team in a trade scenario. It's going to be a free agent type of player from the development league, CBA, someone who isn't currently on an NBA roster."

So is Mike on that short list? We should know shortly.

Friday, December 14, 2007

New Record for Colonial Hoops!

No idea why, but last Friday, this version of Colonial Hoops had its busiest day ever, with almost 700 visitors and 800 page loads. I looked at the DC Sports Bog, Deadspin, etc, and couldn't find a link. I wrote about Linda Bruno and the then-upcoming Virginia Tech game, anybody have an idea why there was such a surge? You can check out the stats for yourself here.

The 691 unique visitors number is almost more than the biggest day of the previous incarnation of Colonialhoops.com, which was 697 during the 2006 NCAA tourney, back when our site was part of Yoni Cohen's blogosphere. That number was due largely to speculation about whether Pops Mensah-Bonsu would be playing (he was hurt, but did end up playing a little). Either way, thanks for visiting!

That's the last time I assume anything. GW 59 - Binghamton 71

Ok. I needed to calm myself before writing, but still, WHAT THE HELL?! GW lost to a 1-7 Binghamton Bearcats team from the America East Conference! And the Colonials never led the game. The GWhoops chat from the game is a descent into madness. It's like "Heart of Darkness."

Here are some stunning numbers - GW was 3/24 from three point range. Mo Rice had ZERO points. Zero! He was 0/3 from the floor. He only played 14 minutes, but Max told me Hobbs said he was sick. Let's hope so. GW also went 12/22 from the foul line, while Binghamton took 40 free throws, hitting 29.

Hermann Opoku started, but only played 8 minutes. Xavier Alexander also had zero points, and Cheyenne Moore was 1/9 from the floor. Rob Diggs and Wynton Witherspoon had good games, but at this point who cares?

Going over past games, there doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason, other than GW lives and mostly dies by the three. But the Auburn game, for example, GW was 11/24 from three, AND outrebounded the Tigers, so that's not the entire picture. I can't put my finger on it - is the team just not used to playing together? Is it motivation, desire, confusion? I dunno.

Articles below.

-GW game article
-BU game article
-Hatchet
-Box score

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tonight: Binghamton

GW plays the 1-7 Bearcats in snowy Binghamton, NY tonight. Binghamton (famous alum: Tony Kornheiser) is coached by former Hobbs assistant Kevin Broadus, who is in his first year. Just going on record alone, GW ought to win this one, but then again, who knows.

BU is led by guard Richard Forbes at 16.9 ppg, followed by big man Lazar Trifunovic at 14.2 ppg and 8.6 rpg. The team is shooting .413 on the year with their opponents at .500 and they're being outrebounded by almost 7 per game.

GW has a brief preview, and BU has a long one, and Herve at GWhoops.com has his usual good one. The game won't be on (shockingly) but it's on WRGW. The Binghamton newspaper has an article about Hobbs and Broadus too.

Back In My Day: Matt Bonesteel

I'm starting a new series for the blog called Back In My Day, where I'll ask well-known GW alums about their time in school and their memories of GW basketball then. First up is Washington Post writer and college hoops live-chatter Matt Bonesteel.

If you know any other well-known GW folks, please let me know!

When were you at GW?
1993-97

What comes to mind about GW basketball when you were in school?

You gotta remember, back then the Internet was in its infancy. I'm pretty
sure the Hatchet didn't get the Internet until my junior or senior year,
and didn't go Online until after I graduated. I'm pretty sure GWHoops.com
didn't exist back then (though I think there was a Usenet group frequented
by about 10 people), so there wasn't a constant chorus of opinion. It was a
different time.

I always had the feeling that, while he put GW into the national
consciousness, there was a huge amount of untapped potential under Jarvis.
GW would beat No. 1 U-Mass., then go out and lose to Rutgers or St.
Bonaventure. There was the collapse against Iowa, which in my opinion
caused a ripple effect into the next season, 1996-97, when GW was ranked in
the top 10 by one preseason publication but finished in the NIT.

Remember any chants or traditions from the games?
I remember when the band still was allowed to play the "Hey" song. During
the women's A10 final in 1997, we chanted "Beep Beep Beep" (like a truck
backing up) at a St. Joe's player who was, shall we say, husky. GW fans,
classy to the end. [Andrew's note - The Hey Song is "Rock and Roll Number 2" - Na na na na hey! You suck!]

The rest of the interview after the jump.

What were the most memorable games you went to and why?
Obviously, the U-Mass. game when Clinton was there and the Minutemen were
No. 1. I tripped and fell while rushing the court, tearing my jeans and
messing up my knee. But it was so worth it. There was the game when we beat
Virginia Tech when they were ranked, I think, No. 8. We had a Hokie Roast
in front of the Hatchet house before the game, with a turkey hygenically
served in a laundry basket. That's when I discovered that Boone's Farm and
turkey is a delightful pairing.

I was in Europe during the Iowa debacle, thank God.
Did you take any basketball road trips?
A few. My freshman year, we went to an early-season tournament in
Charlotte. I think GW beat South Carolina but lost to North Carolina. We
went to the Palestra and the Spectrum for A10 tournaments. I think I went
to the last game ever at McGonigle Hall, which I remember most for the
comically bad game Koul had. While covering the team for the Hatchet my
senior year, I drove to St. Bonaventure from Syracuse (where I'm from) over
winter break to see them play there. Let me tell you, there's nothing
better than driving 3 1/2 hours through a snowstorm to cosmopolitan Olean,
N.Y., only to see GW get beat soundly. Good times.

Probably the most memorable was the trip to Columbia, S.C., to cover the
women's team in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. After that win over UNC, we were
making Final Four plans, only to have them crushed by Notre Dame.

Who were your favorite and least favorite players and teams? (GW or
otherwise)

Favorites: Shawnta (even though he didn't much care for me for reasons I
can't remember). Vaughn Jones and his sublime insouciance. Nimbo Hammonds
when he put forth some sort of effort. Ferd Williams wasn't much of player,
but he was a really nice guy. I remember being thrilled when he showed up
at a party I threw. Remember Andrei Sviridov, the guy who came over with
Koul? He once bummed a smoke off me at Odds.

As a journalist, I've found there are few better coaches to cover than Joe
McKeown. He's just a fundamentally good guy.

Both Phil Martelli and Skip Prosser were fun opposing coaches, Martelli
because he's always good for a quote and Prosser because he was just a nice
person, even to meager student journalists. Unlike Jarvis, who was at best
merely tolerant of any reporter who didn't have an ESPN microphone in his
hand.

I pretty much hated everyone on U-Mass.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Queste polpette sono deliziose, potete punto mi nella direzione della biblioteca.

Hi, I'm Brendan. Andrew has been generous/charitable/foolish/myopic enough to give me a chance to join the great pantheon of Colonial Hoops bloggers. I am honored, humbled, and slightly confused. That said, I hope to help keep you, dear reader, abreast of former Colonials' efforts on the hardwood from Tulsa to Treviso. I will likely fail miserably and have to live in shame, cowering in section 210 of the Smitty hoping to avoid Squid's gaze.

So on to the ballin:

MH3 continues to play ridiculous minutes for the 66ers of Tulsa. Though his scoring average is down. He still shows up big on the boards consistently and contributes offensively ringing up 12 and 10 in his latest contest. Look for Mike to be on an NBA roster at some point this season.

Also in the NBA Developmental League, Carl Elliot is filling out the stat line. After coming off the bench for the first few games in Sioux Falls, he's in the starting line up and contributing with his all around game. He tallied 13 with 3 and 3 on 50% shooting in a loss to the dreaded Dakota Wizards. (Note: Yeah, that box score is correct. Former Cal Standout Rod Benson went for 28 and 28, as in 28 points and 28 boards. Absurd.)

Over in Europe TJ Thompson earns his paycheck at STB Le Havre. He's getting the start and in his last game pulled the unselfish double double with 11 and 10.

Shawnta Rogers, also playing in France's top league with Elan Chalon, comes off the bench. He's getting good minutes and contributing.

Pops appears to have lost his starting job, but still gets quality minutes for Italian juggernaut Benetton Treviso. A down game this weekend as he notches 5 points and 7 rebounds in about 21 minutes.


Hobbs has "verbal altercation" with Hatchet reporter

Don't know how I missed this - apparently Karl Hobbs had a verbal altercation with Hatchet sports editor Andrew Alberg after the loss to Virginia Tech. Hobbs said that the team was beaten in every way, and Alberg asked if that included being outcoached, or something to that effect, which seems like a fair question to ask. After the press conference, Hobbs asked to speak to Alberg in a tunnel and was angry, saying "When I get some top-50 recruits, you can ask me about being out-coached" twice before being led away (or "pulled away" as the Post says) by athletic director Jack Kvancz.

Obviously this was somewhat unfair to Alberg, who asked a reasonable question, but at the same time I assume Karl Hobbs wasn't at his happiest after his team got crushed. And maybe the fact that he was so angry (apparently) in response to the question means that he did think he was outcoached. Who knows.

But in any case, I don't think this is as terrible as some GWHoops folks say. Should Hobbs have been nicer? Yes. But it seems to be in the heat of the moment.

And Alberg is going abroad next semester with co-editor Joanna Shapes taking over basketball, so it hopefully won't affect the Hatchet's solid press coverage of the team.

The Daily Colonial mentions the incident too.

Early Season Review

In short, not so hot. GW started out 2-0 against meager competition but shuffled to a 3-4 record following a mauling by Virginia Tech. So what's going on?

As most people know, this is an inexperienced and skinny team. That means the team makes dumb mistakes, doesn't work together well (90 assists versus 130 turnovers) and gets beat down low. Sizewise, the team is basically the GW teams of the past few years but with all Omar Williams and no Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Mike Hall, or Dokun Akingbade.

The team as a whole shoots a lot of threes, and I would argue way too many, despite the fact that they're shooting 37.4% as a team. It's almost a Grinnell style offense, but without 20 players who can shoot well to pull it off. But more threes means fewer offensive rebounds and more time for the other team to get a break going.

Here's what I'd like to see for the rest of the season:

-Taking fewer threes and driving more on offense
-Getting back on defense more quickly
-Better transition play in general
-More offense from Mo Rice (almost forgot this one)
-And a new starting lineup: PG Beatty, SG Rice, SF/PF Witherspoon/Hollis, C Diggs. First off the bench Alexander or Moore, depending if the team needs steady or high energy play.

After the jump is my review of each player individually. What do you think the team needs to do?

Here's my review of the players' performances:

-Mo Rice is playing out of position at the point, and he's not scoring or manning the point too well - averaging 11 points on 37.7% shooting (although 42.4% from three) and only 1.3 assists. I don't know if Karl Hobbs thinks his future in the NBA is as a point guard, but it's not working so far.

-Wynton Witherspoon has been a very pleasant surprise, scoring 12 per game to lead the team, but this is his first season with the team meaning there are some missed cues from time to time.

-Rob Diggs is averaging 11.9 points and 7.4 boards, but has had some bad games (0 points, 0/6 shooting against V-Tech, for example).

-Damian Hollis has seemed timid, not taking open shots and not driving the paint as much as he used to. When he drives it makes him harder to guard from the perimeter.

-Xavier Alexander has a good overall game and has started 5 times as a shooting guard/forward, but is only averaging 5 points and 2.6 boards on less than 40% shooting.

-Cheyenne Moore shows flashes of brilliance and some utterly boneheaded plays (sound like Regis Koundjia?).

-I've been a fan of Miles Beatty since the UDC game, and he's been pretty solid with some freshman mistakes.

-Noel Willmore plays his role well.

-Haven't seen much time for Jabari Edwards (who was hurt), Hermann Opoku, or Joseph Katuka.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Colonial Breakfast Bits: Ugly Campus Edition

It's late breakfast time.

--First off, welcome new Colonial Hoops blogger Brendan. He'll be writing about former GW players and more.

--Johnny Lee gets a Hatchet article

--The Ugliest College Campuses in the Country. Maryland is #20, and I'm surprised UMass isn't on there from what I've heard. And Maryland really isn't that bad of a campus. The town is crummy though.

Monday, December 10, 2007

That Was Ugly. VT 68-GW 36

If you saw the game, I'm sorry. It was broadcast on (I think) national cable, and it was a painful experience. It's what happens when a veteran team (which is coincidentally the same initials as Virginia Tech) plays an inexperienced team like GW. And this game, GW apparently thought they were the second coming of Butler times Grinnell, meaning threes rained from the sky at all times, resulting in 6/25 from three and shot 25.9% total, for the game. Those are UMES numbers.

GW shot the three way too early in possessions (leading to Miles Beatty getting benched at one point) and was very bad in transition, leading to lots of east Va Tech baskets. In addition, GW was outrebounded, had 4 assists versus 18 turnovers, took two foul shots total, etc etc. The 36 points were the fewest scored under Hobbs. GW had 14 at the half.

Cheyenne Moore scored 13 off the bench to lead GW, but made a couple boneheaded plays - trying to block from behind, etc. However, he was the best player on the court for GW. Miles Beatty made some freshman mistakes, but nothing too terrible, and the big three, if you want to call it that, of Maureece Rice, Rob Diggs, and Wynton Witherspoon combined for 15 points - Diggs had zero on 0/6 shooting.

Hobbs said "I know that there has to be some changes. There were some performances that just aren't acceptable, so with that being said, there needs to be some changes."

Yucky.

Articles after the jump (if you want to cry)

--Box score
--AP
--Hatchet

Sunday, December 9, 2007

NYC Watch Party for VaTech game

Just got this earlier today. The alumni association's watch party will be at The Village Pour House, 64 Third Avenue at 11th Street in New York City.

Friday, December 7, 2007

This Sunday: Virginia Tech

GW has a chance to go above (or below) .500 this Sunday, with a return game against Virginia Tech. As you may recall, GW beat Tech 63-62 in last year's BB&T.

VT isn't the NCAA tourney team they were a year ago, having compiled a 4-3 record with wins against Elon, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro, and Eastern Washington and losses to ranked Gonzaga and Butler as well as Penn State. Mainstays Jamon Gordon, Zabian Dowdell, and Coleman Collins all graduated, and of course Wynton Witherspoon transferred to GW.

The team is led by led by A.D. Vassallo, Jeff Allen, and Deron Washington, who are all about 6'6" and averaging 12-15 points per game each. Allen is averaging 8 rebounds and Washington has 5.4. The consistent big size and scoring ability of the Hokies makes me think GW will be on the other end of those matchup problems GW always used to cause. It should be an interesting game.

The Hokies have a pretty big and informative game notes document (PDF).
The game is at 5:30 PM and will be on FSN, Comcast Sports Net, and elsewhere.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Peace Out, Linda B.

Or for you non-slang types, See You Later, A-10 Commissioner Linda Bruno.

Pretty stupendous news out of the A-10's Secret Lair underneath New York City, Bruno has resigned for no given reason. Like most GW fans, I've never been a fan of Bruno, who didn't seem to do much of anything. The league continued to get worse and worse TV deals, as places like UNC-Wilmington and the CAA got better TV deals, with some teams even becoming the official teams of some cable networks. The league has dropped in competitiveness to the CAA, MVC, and others. The league lacked exposure. The A-10 doesn't have any big sponsors and hasn't done much to get rid of the dead weight teams. A-10 football, one of the strongest Division 1-AA leagues, (and frequently the strongest), was dismantled under her leadership, with the good football teams going to the CAA and Patriot League. She did bring in Dayton, SLU, Charlotte, and Richmond, but also La Salle. And the new logo is lame. Good riddance.

GWHoops is all over this. GDub Enthusiasm has a hilarious song, a thread, the (joke) A-10 search committee, and a thread.

Here's the A-10 press release.

Back to .500 - GW 78-UMES 39

The game was over as soon as it began, as GW took a large lead despite sloppy play and stretched it out. Not to be mean, but (at least in this game) UMES is honestly the worst basketball team I have ever seen. As I noted in the preview, they were shooting a paltry 32.5% for the season as a team overall and in this game they shot 20.6%. They missed open shots with abandon and didn't do much better from inside. The Hawks went without a field goal for about the first 11 minutes of the second half, which was also when GW started to click on offense.

It's a little hard to take anything away from this game, but the Colonials seemed to play more aggressively on offense. They were still quite sloppy, as GW committed 19 turnovers, most of which were unforced - bad passes, butterfingers, overdribbling, etc. On the bright side, the team registered 21 assists, a season high. GW had been averaging 13 per game (against 18.6 turnovers per game).

GW shot a lot from three, especially in the first half, going 11/22 from long range and 30/60 overall on field goals. While Hobbs got everybody into the game for a lot of time, Mo Rice led GW with 16 points, his season high, on 6/11 shooting and 3/5 from three. Wynton Witherspoon had 11 points, 7 boards and 4 assists, while lots of others had points. Rob Diggs had 10 rebounds but was only 1/6 from the floor, while Joseph Katuka got into the act late, scoring 8. My guy Miles Beatty got 17 minutes, 8 points, and 2 assists, while Johnny Lee got 5 assists to lead the team.

Cheyenne Moore didn't play - Karl Hobbs said "he got banged up in practice."

Next: At Virginia Tech on Sunday, 5:30pm, Fox Sports Net.

Game articles, box score after the jump.

--AP (via GW Sports)
--Hatchet game article
--Hatchet analysis
--Post blurb
--Box score

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tonight: Maryland-Eastern Shore

Maryland-Eastern Shore is in the MEAC. They're 1-7. This is not going to help the RPI (they are 306th out of 341).

I don't want to get ahead of myself (see the Auburn preview for that) but hopefully this is a good chance for GW to get back to the basics, play well, and get a win to bring the team to a .500 record. Who knows though.

Here's some things about the UMES team. They're shooting .325 as a team and are led by Ed Tyson with 18.1 points per (at a 35.8% clip) who takes almost 7 threes per game. Sounds like Sir Valiant Brown. They're a historically black college but have three Serbians on the team, two of whom have faux hawks. Freshman guard Kevin Burwell went to Imhotep High School in Philly. I'm surprised there are high schools named for ancient Egyptian civil servants. They have a Division I bowling team. I didn't know there was such a thing. And yes, this is really their logo.

Here's what I'd like to see from GW:

-Mo Rice takes at least 15 shots (and drives the lane)
-Damian Hollis play mores aggressively
-Cheyenne Moore plays like he did in the first half of the UCLA game - nice passes, smart shots
-More Miles Beatty!!!

The game is at 7:30 at the Smith Center. Be there or be square.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Talking About Tony Taylor

I've mentioned GW recruit Tony Taylor before - he's a scoring point guard from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY, and will join the Colonials next season. I had a chance to email Tommy Dee, a coach on Stepinac's JV team, and he told me about Taylor. Here's what he said:
Tony is a coach's dream who has been able to overcome the questions that scouts have had about his size. [He's somewhere between 5'9" and 6'0" and about 160 lbs]

The kid gets better ever day he walks in the gym. His "coming out party" was a 31 point performance against Mookie Jones (Syracuse 2008) and Peekskill where he led us to victory and set the single game scoring record[...]

he followed that up by finishing the season as the highest scoring player in NY State (750 plus points) and quickly vaulted himself into a Westchester county POY candidate as a junior and it's not out of the question that he could get a lot of votes for Mr. Basketball in NY state. Mookie, Sylven Landesberg, Kemba Walker and a few others will be the favorites. But TT will be in the conversation.
More after the jump.
Tony needs to put weight on to have an impact as a freshman but again, he's been proving Nay sayers wrong his whole life. Over the past 4 years since head coach Tim Philp, a friend and class of 1995 grad of Archbishop Stepinac (I graduated in 1994 after playing 4 years) we have tried to restore a once proud basketball program. Our first order of business was to hang up all the D-1 jerseys in the gym as the school. We've had about 35 players play at major D-1 programs. When I recently asked Tony what it meant to him that his GW jersey would hang on the wall he said simply "It's awesome, but coach I'm trying to get another jersey up there too. There's not many NBA jerseys"

That's Tony.

Great kid. 90 plus average in the class room and a coach's dream.
Obviously it's in Mr. Dee's best interest to say good things, but I like what I'm hearing - good grades, learns a lot about the game, etc. I'm looking forward to seeing him at GW.

Previously on Colonial Hoops:

-It's Official, Tony Taylor Signs with GW
-New Commitment: Tony Taylor
-Updated Scholarship Situation

Photo by Tom Nycz / The Journal News (Lower Hudson Valley)

Monday, December 3, 2007

GW Forgets to Tell TV Station Where the Auburn Game Was

If you subscribed to CSTV's All Access internet broadcasts and wanted to watch the GW-Auburn game, you were out of luck. Apparently GW forgot to tell CSTV that the Auburn game was at the Verizon Center, not Smith Center. Oops.

The GW-Auburn game was advertised as being shown online by CSTV All Access, which requires a paid subscription. The game had already started and GWHoops.com folks were posting that CSTV said it wasn't on yet. Then it said "The URL does not exist" and the game never was broadcast.

LA Fan got ahold of CSTV:
I filled in the support page on the CSTV web site and put my phone number on it. They called me back about 30 minutes later - not too bad for customer service. They said that the reason they didn't broadcast the game today is that no one from GW notified them that there was a venue change for the BB&T. They thought the game was at the Smith Center.
Whoops.

Uh oh. GW 70 - Auburn 74

If you saw that a team shot over 50% and outrebounded their opponent, you'd assume that team won, right? Makes sense. But that wasn't the case Sunday for GW against Auburn. The Colonials shot 50.9% for the game, 45.8% from three, and outrebounded the Tigers 31-26. Auburn, however, shot 54.7% and forced 21 Colonial turnovers resulting in 21 points, and GW only had 11 assists. The Post cited bad defense and poor free throw shooting (5/11). GW is now 2-3 on the year.

Auburn had only 7 scholarship players due to injuries and suspensions, but that was still too much for GW. I couldn't go to the game, but Max said GW had big problems in transition, especially towards the end of the game - three chances to tie it resulting in two turnovers and a foul.

Call it youth or inexperience or whatever, but GW didn't have it. Frank Tolbert scored 24 for AU on 10/16 shooting and big man Korvotney Barber had 21 on 8/9 shooting - that means easy baskets in the paint. For GW, Wynton Witherspoon had 17 and 7 boards and Rob Diggs had 15 and 9 boards. Damian Hollis played better than he had before, scoring 8, and adding 5 boards, and 3 blocks. Mo Rice had 11 on 4/10 shooting, and as John Feinstein noted, made some mistakes because he is basically playing PG for the first time. He had 4 turnovers and 1 assist. Cheyenne Moore seemed to be out of control again, going 2/6 from the floor with 4 fouls and 5 turnovers.

Coach Karl Hobbs attributed the loss to turnovers and praised Miles Beatty, who still only got 14 minutes. Beatty had 7 points on 3/6 shooting and had 3 assists, most on the team. I really don't see why he doesn't play more, or even start at PG so Rice can move over to SG. More on that later.

Articles and etc after the jump.

--Post: "Sloppy Colonials Lose Third Straight"
--AP Article
--Hatchet
--Box Score

Friday, November 30, 2007

Sunday: GW vs Auburn in the BB&T

This Sunday GW faces their next big name opponent, Auburn. While not a gimme, this one should be somewhat easier for the Colonials, which is a good thing. Hopefully GW can right the ship with this one.

The Tigers are 3-1 with a GW-esque schedule: wins over Charleston Southern, Kennesaw State, and Alabama State. Their one loss is to Tulane, which is not exactly a good loss - the Green Wave is 3-2 with a similarly crummy schedule. In that loss, Tulane outrebounded and and outshot the Tigers.

Auburn as a team is shooting .500 on the season, due in part to their weak schedule, and .359 from three, with about 7 made threes per game. That seems like a lot, but it's even in the top 100 nationally. For comparison, GW is making 7.5 per game.

They're led guy forward Korovotney Barber (15 points, 8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game, shooting .771!), and guard Rasheem Wright, the recent SEC player of the week who is averaging 14 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He's also their primary three point shooter, taking about 6 per and hitting about 2. Other contributors are guards Dewayne Reed and Frank Tolbert, both averaging more than 9 points and shooting under 40% for the season. Freshman forward Lucas Hargrove is GW sized (6'6, 188) and has been decent so far, about 7 points and 5 boards a game.

So it looks like if GW can contain Wright, this will be a much different game. And GW must stay out of foul trouble.

The game is at 2:30 at the MCI Center, and it will be on MASN. GW has not lost a BB&T game since 2003, which was against Gonzaga.

Abandon Ship!

"Oh no, GW lost to UMBC and UCLA! We stink! Hobbs stinks! Rice stinks!"

Not really. But some in GW fandom have posted messages like "Karl is overrated" and "Can Hobbs save the season?" It's a good thing that us GW fans have become accustomed to success in these past few years, but as many GW fans knew coming into year, this is a young team. Maureece Rice (and Rob Diggs to a lesser extent) are the proven components while Travis King and Damian Hollis looked good. And King is out for the season.

GW was picked 7th in the A-10 by the coaches, and while many GW fans (me included) thought that was a bit low, with King out it's a real possibility. My pal The Ukraine Train (his GWhoops poster name, not Alexander Kireev) compared the UCLA game to the 2004 game against Wake, which was then ranked #2 - GW got beat, but it could be argued that it was a good experience for TJ, Pops, Mike, Omar, Carl, et al. The stats of the two games are similar too, although Hobbs didn't bring in as many walkons against Wake.

So what does that tell us? Be patient. This team will have some frustrating lapses (see UMBC) and doesn't have much of an offense now, but that was exactly what I said years ago too. And look what happened to that team.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Next Day

GWhoops is a-twitter with a lot of things I mentioned here - why did Hobbs give up? The block and charge fouls at the same time were ridiculous. LA Fan liked Beatty too. And so on. I'm looking forward to Herve's review.

As for Hobbs post-game quotes, they are spot on:
It was really simple. We have a lot of work to do to compete. We're not disciplined. We did not get back on defense. UCLA is a physical team; anytime you play against a physical team like this, you're going to have a lot of fouls.

This team (UCLA) is very good. There is a reason why they are projected to be a Final Four team, plus they have six McDonald' s All-Americans. We did not really focus on anybody; Westbrook had a great game for them. By playing a terrific team, that will help us out for the conference.
I think he also said something like "this is a young team and we played like it."

The links to game articles are after the jump:

--AP (via GWsports)
--GW Hatchet
--Hatchet analysis
--Daily Colonial
--Box score
--There is no Post article apparently.

Soon After the UCLA Game Reactions

Well that stunk. GW played pretty well and hung in the first half, but the Colonials were blown apart in the second for a final score of 83-60. Mo Rice and Cheyenne Moore apparently didn't score in the second half at all, finishing with 11 and 9. Witherspoon and Alexander fouled out, and Hobbs seemed to give up, putting in walkons and stuff with about 5 or 6 minutes to go, maybe more. Which I didn't get - if you scheduled the game for experience, why not at least give folks like Beatty, Katuka, and Opoku a lot of time.

Statswise, GW shot 38% for the game after shooting 44% in the first half while UCLA shot about 50% for the game. The Colonials really seemed to settle for threes in the second, until a nonexistent Damian Hollis turned it on and drove and Miles Beatty started to drive too. Hollis has 7 of his 9 points and all 6 rebounds in the second half, so I'm glad he turned it on for the second. Too little too late though.

Cheyenne Moore played really well in the first half, making nice passes, scoring well, and not being selfish or showboaty. He had 3 assists, which was the second most for GW. Second half, however, he disappeared. Witherspoon fouled out with about 12 minutes to go in the second, but had 4 assists, most on the team. GW only had 10 assists total, as usual.

UCLA shot poorly from outside, which is a good thing, because the score would have been very ugly if they hadn't. GW was outrebounded by 9, no surprise there, and the fouls were fairly even, 26 for GW and 22 for UCLA. Hollis had 6 boards, no other Colonial with more than three. I wish GW had Dokun Akingbade again.

Miles Beatty led GW with 12 points, but most of his playing time was late. Again though he seemed to take charge however. I really hope he gets more playing time in the future.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow.

Live Blogging the GW-UCLA Game

I've decided to do the first Colonial Hoops live blog, since most folks probably aren't watching. Enjoy, hopefully:

10:42 pm - I'm so glad the Pepperdine-NAU game is in overtime. It's riveting. All 400 people at this arena are pleased, or something.

10:43 - End this game please. The TV announcer is a madman.

10:45 - I tried to emulate GW vs UCLA on Fox Sports College Hoops 99 for the N64 but I couldn't get it to work.

10:47 - This is ridiculous. Yahoo Sports says UCLA is up 10-2, but we couldn't know. FSC isn't showing any other scores.

10:49 - Game is over. Yahoo says Diggs and Hollis have two fouls! Crap!

10:50 - I am loving this Proactiv commercial. TELL ME MORE please, and not just 30 seconds.

10:52 - only 22 minutes late. FINALLY

10:53 - what's with the yellow Cs on UCLA's jerseys?

10:54 - Rob with a nice shot. I dont like Mata-Real's new name.

Click below the rest of the blog

10:55 - well there's Collison. Oh boy.

10:56 - Beatty is in, I'm glad. Willmore fighting for the ball. I like how Aboya has 2 fouls. And they're praising Beatty.

10:56 - Mata is killing GW inside

10:56 - They called a block and charge on the same play! What!?

10:58 - Cheyenne with a three point shot. Please keep it up

10:59 - 11 something minutes, commercial break, GW not down too much. Not bad. I like this talking fox.

11:01 - They're talking about GW and showing famous alums. Courtney Cox??

11:02 - Max tells me she went to Mount Vernon College back before it was part of GW but she transferred. Interesting stuff.

11:03 - Max: "I like the extra pass. I like that Collison doesn't know how to walk"

11:04 - Max again: "Kevin Love is playing volleyball with himself"

11:04 - Mo Rice three, good transition D

11:04 - Oh! Chey Moore 2 3s!

11:05 - Max says it's more likely that GW wins than somebody wins the lottery, and people win the lottery all the time.

11:06 - Mo Rice more threes! Got to stop the inside offense.

11:06 - Opoku with a sweet jam after a nice no look Moore dish.

11:08 - zit medicine and thinning hair clinics, is that who we are watching this game?

11:09 - Max: "If we can pull a UMBC on them"

11:11 - So many easy inside baskets inside for UCLA. Witherspoon with a bad three and a foul in transition.

11:12 - On Xavier Alexander. Max likes him, I feel like I don't have an impression on him yet. He plays quietly, but it adds up.

11:14 - 28 - 22 UCLA is up. My roommate: "Wow! Wow. I was expecting it to be a football score."

11:14 - UCLA has hot cheerleaders. Terrible air balled free throw by Xavier. He's hearing the airball chants.

11:16 - 3 fouls for Witherspoon, that's not good. Announcer says he's from "Vaa Tech"

11:17 - I want to see Mo Rice shoot more.

11:18 - poor shot selection by GW leads to easy baskets.

11:19 - Max likes how Cheyenne is playing. He is definitely hustling, and just flew into the crowd trying to steal one.

11:19 - My roommate: "Look at the fisherman back there," an old guy with a beanie and plaid shirt.

11:20 - finally a defensive rebound. UCLA dominating inside.

11:21 - GW down 12, 3:26 to go. Not bad. UCLA is missing a lot of threes thankfully.

11:22 - Just went back and confirmed, the announcer said something like "don't be like Courtney Cox, stay in school!" after a UCLA basket. Weird.

11:24 - My roommate: "the only problem with big white guys is that they disappear in games."

11:25 - Many fouls on UCLA.

11:25 - Willmore stuffs Mata, but Shipp hits a three. Doh.

11:26 - Max says Beatty has a slow and low release. Interesting.

11:26 - UCLA starting to hit threes. Underhand layup by Beatty not a good idea.

11:27 - If this was a video game I'd turn down the crowd volume and turn up the announcer volume.

11:28 - Good rebounds, nice pass by Cheyenne.

11:29 - Cheyenne nice three. Max: best half of Cheyenne's career!

11:30 - announcers giving props to GW - "not fazed" or something to that effect.

11:31 - Max correctly predicts that GW turns it over before the half. Halftime. The cheerleaders look cute but not particularly smart. I am mean.

11:33 - All in all, not bad. GW down 9, playing decently. At breakneck speed but it's working fairly well. Cheyenne has 9 and Mo Rice has 11 points. Somebody named Russell Westbrook has 13, he was Collison's starter when he was out. Collison has 8. GW shooting .440 and UCLA is shooting .500.

11:39 - Rodney Peete is a football analyst on this station.

11:43 - The announcer is named Don MacLean. A long, long time ago/when I could still remember/how the music used to make me smile.

11:48 - just showed Jordan Farmar, he looks like a doofus with the sideways hat.

11:49 - My friend texted me and saying McFaddens is closing for the night. That sucks for people watching there. Come to my place.

11:52 - They should show GW-UMass highlights from 94, why not

11:52 - The refs are calling it really tight on both sides. I fee like GW is settling for threes too often.

11:55 - Nice move by Diggs on Mata for the basket.

11:55 - Witherspoon 4th foul with 17 minutes to go. Not good.

11:57 - Diggs had a couple good moves and couldn't finish. Quick fast break by UCLA and it's time out time.

11:58 - Another wide open three by UCLA. What is this, the UMBC game?

11:59 - Official time out. 17 point UCLA lead. That was fast.

12:02 - Collison runs the court quickly and scores. Outside shots by GW clanging. Good D by GW, fast break, crummy alley-oop attempt by Moore and Diggs.

12:03 - GW denying the ball to Love pretty well.

12:04 - Witherspoon fouled out and pretended to sit down, messing up the UCLA fans' sit down chant. That was funny at least.

12:06 - I'm starting to not like these refs. They're not going GW's way here.

12:07 - 21 point deficit. Max makes the point that Hollis has been silent.

12:07 - Big jam by Westbrook. GW getting hammered, so damn flat. Quit shooting the threes GW.

12:08 - GW settling for threes. Max says GW isn't beating the first guy like Moore was doing in the first half, and Rice and Moore are quiet this half.

12:10 - Collison has 14 points in 18 minutes. GW has scored 4 in this half. GW can not hit threes whatsoever this half.

12:11 - Glad to see Katuka in. Nice inside points by him. Announcer says GW won a recruiting battle for Katuka, and that he can bulk up at GW. No, not at GW.

12:13 - Johnny Lee is in, getting a rebound off yet another three. Hobbs giving up?

12:14 - Damian Hollis drives and scores after faking a three. More of that please.

12:15 - Late whistle there by the refs. Career high for Westbrook, just like a couple seasons ago when some random guy would have a career night every time against GW.

12:16 - Hollis seems to be wanting it more, playing somewhat better.

12:18 - Dominic Green is in with 8 minutes left. Hobbs really gave up?

12:18 - More easy baskets by UCLA. Lee and Green are in. GW has played terribly this half.

12:19 - Max is speculating about time outs, Hobbs hasn't called many if any. Maybe Hobbs is letting them play for maturity, to see if somebody steps up, or my theory, maybe he wants them to fend for themselves.

12:20 - Sloppy play by GW, another turnover. Even Johnny Lee is laying lackadaisically.

12:21 - Collison's mom was a sprinter, that makes sense, he's very fast.

12:21 - LaPlante is in too. I guess it's good these guys can play against the #1 team, but it also stinks.

12:23 - If UCLA is actually hitting their open threes they'd be destroying GW.

12:25 - Peter LaPlante scores inside. Huh. UCLA still has everybody is. Max: "Is Ben Howland stupid?" Why are starters still in? They're up by almost 30.

12:26 - UCLA finally putting in the random dudes. GW has Hollis, Beatty, Lee, LaPlante, and Green in.

12:27 - GW outscored 15-33 so far this half.

12:32 - We're talking about the walk-ons going in. Why? Is it to protect from injuries? But don't the starters need this experience? Why schedule if you're going to put in all the walkons so early? Why not Opoku and Moore and Katuka?

12:33 - Offensive foul by Lee. Hobbs is laughing on the sideline.

12:34 - Beatty playing tougher. Scoring and driving.

12:38 - Well that sucked. GW got out of the 50s, which is good. Doesn't look as terrible.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More on UCLA, plus TV

The more I read about the Bruins, the more worried I become. There's Diaper Dandy Kevin Love, a McDonald's All-American who is 6'10", 250, and averaging 19.3 points and 10.5 rebounds, plus big man Alfred Aboya at 6'8", 233. Yikes. And of course there are returners from last year's Final Four team like forwards Lorenzo Mata-Real (formerly just Mata) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and scorer Josh Shipp.

As mentioned before, the game is on FSN, or Fox Sports Prime Ticket as GW and UCLA's sites are calling it.

ESPN Zone will show it, Lindy's Red Lion said they'll have it (but I'm not so sure about that), and RFD will not have it. The game will be on at the Hippodrome with free food, though probably no booze.

And there's a discussion on what TV stations the game is on. Buff End says for Comcast folks, you have to pay $2 to order the package to watch the game at home, but apparently it gets set up quickly. The number is 1-800-COMCAST.

Here's Herve's preview.

UPDATE: Commenter some dude says "If you have Time Warner cable it's the same deal - pay $2 extra to get the college sports package - the game is on Fox College Sports."

GW versus #1 UCLA Today

UCLA is number one in the nation (number 2 in the AP poll), and the game is at Pauley Pavilion. GW is done. Right?

Maybe not so fast. ESPN has the game on their "Upset Watch." And UCLA may be without All-American point guard Darren "Don't Call Me Nick" Collison and shooter Michael Roll, and forward Alfred "O'Boises are O'Boisterous" Aboya is playing with a recently broken orbital bone.

And of course, GW has a little bit of history on their side, having beaten then number one UMass in 1994 at the Smith Center with President Bill Clinton and fam looking on. GW beat UMass at their place later on in the year and then beat them at their place again next season (when they were again ranked #1). However, I think Marcus Camby was out for at least one of those games.

Then again, GW is without Travis King but should have Maureece Rice back, if the GWhoops.com chatter is accurate. And the odds were well with the Bruins even if GW had all those players back. It should be interesting, and hopefully at the very least the Colonials make it a game, unlike, say, the NCAA tourney last year against Vandy. According to GWSports.com, it's on FSN, which I assume is Fox Sports. On my Comcast Digital Cable in DC, it's FCS, channel 264, starting at 10:30 pm.

Here's the game notes from GW

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

TJ Thompson in Le Havre, France

Former GW star (and former CBA leading scorer) TJ Thompson is playing for Saint Thomas Basket LeHavre in France. STB Le Havre, as it's known, is currently in 4th place in the top French league.

It looks like TJ is doing pretty well, playing in all 8 games so far, averaging 14.8 points and I think 6.5 assists per game, if that's what "Pd" means. He scored 19 with 12 assists in one game.

He plays with a couple Americans: Marcellus Somerville from Bradley and JK Edwards from UNLV, plus Frenchman Ali Traore, who was in the NBA draft last year.

There's a whole bunch of videos too, but I can't tell if TJ is in them. And bonus, they're PAL!

Plus their mascot, Stouby the bear (pictured at right), is amazing.

Colonial Breakfast Bits: Cheyenne Edition

Good Morning, Colonials. Here's what's on the menu

--As Herve noted at GWhoops.com, Cheyenne Moore isn't doing too hot so far. Shooting 16% from the floor with 5 assists and 10 turnovers, averaging 26 minutes a game.

--GW gets two mentions in ESPN's Weekly Watch - the team is on their Upset Watch for tomorrow's game against #1 UCLA, and Jay Bilas gives GW a pass for the UMBC loss.

--GW got a vote in the AP poll (before after! the UMBC loss). Huh.

--And GW drops to 8th in Dan Steinberg's Local Hoops Poll.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Ugh, UMBC. GW 79-UMBC 89

Yeah, we lost to the Retrievers. With Maureece Rice suspended for an unspecified rules violation, GW was beat on the boards and from behind the arc, falling to the now 4-1 Retrievers of UMBC. I can't say I'm stunned, considering this team is full of young folks and transfers, there had to have been some bad losses. And this one isn't terrible, hopefully.

The Retrievers have been feasting on the A-10, so far beating Richmond and La Salle along with GW and St. Peter's, and losing a close one to Lafayette. They've finished with low RPIs the last few years, but maybe this time they'll be middling, which would hurt GW less.

In the the game, which was at UMBC ("Maryland's Honors University"), GW was outrebounded 42-32, and the Retrievers shot 12/25 from behind the three point line, including 9/15 in the second half. They also had a 55-15 run at one point. On the bright side, GW shot fairly well, 44.4% from the floor, 33% from the arc, and 85.7% from the free throw line. Wynton Witherspoon scored 21 and Rob Diggs scored 19.

Oddly, the Retrievers played 5 guys at least 31 minutes, and only two more got off the bench, which leads me to believe that GW was the tired team out there, probably running around trying to cover three point shooters. Miles Beatty, who I've really liked so far, only got 13 minutes but scored 9 and had 3 assists, the most on the team. That's another issue, this team needs a point guard.

I hope Maureece Rice will be back for Wednesday's game against #1 UCLA, and hopefully the team will have a chip on their shoulders.

-Post
-GWSports
-Box Score
-And lots of displeasure at GWHoops

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's Official: Tony Taylor Signs with GW

I mentioned the verbal commitment from PG Tony Taylor before, but GW just released that he has signed a Letter of Intent with the school for next season. I'm glad they released some good news after Travis King's season was ended with knee surgery - maybe that was the idea. But in any case, he sounds good.

Taylor is a 5'11 scoring point guard who averaged 22 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.9 rebounds while hitting 56 threes for Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY. GW coach Karl Hobbs and Taylor's coach Tim Philp had a lot of praise for him:
"I feel he is going to make an immediate impact on our program. Tony brings all the intangibles we look for in a student-athlete. He's a guard with terrific speed and court vision who can create plays. What separates him is his ability to shoot from three-point range. He also is a very goal-oriented student-athlete." [said Hobbs]

"Tony has an unbelieveable basketball IQ," Philp said of Taylor. "He is extremely consistent, a great passer and a terrific shooter who makes everyone around him better. He is a pure point guard who can shoot like a 2 guard."
Previously on Colonial Hoops: Updated Scholarship Situation (with Taylor)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Travis King out for season, Diggs getting X-ray.

Bad bad bad news. WRGW radio and the Hatchet are reporting that Travis King, who was probably going to start at point guard, is out for the season with surgery, and Rob Diggs is getting his wrist X-rayed.

The Hatchet says King felt a pop one minute into the BU game, which would explain his limited time then. Hopefully he didn't come back too soon, and hopefully he can get a medical redshirt for the year.

Obviously this is bad news about King, as I was really hoping he'd come back and help stabilize the team. The team is 2-0, but they still look a little lost. I guess that means Miles Beatty will get more time - a trial by fire.

As for Diggs, I am still hopeful.

UPDATE: GWsports.com says it's King's knee, and they're applying for a medical redshirt waiver.

Friday, November 16, 2007

SirValiant Brown in the CBA

Remember him? If not, Sir Val was one half of GW's scoring machine back in the Tom Penders days, the other being career all time leading scorer Chris Monroe. Sir Val had the green light to shoot, and he took advantage of it, nearly becoming the first freshman to lead the NCAA in scoring in the 1999-2000 season, with 24.6 points per game on 33% shooting. Yes, 33%. He did set the GW single season scoring record though, with 783. I think he also broke some of Allen Iverson's Virginia high school scoring records.

He didn't have as good of a year as a sophomore, with his scoring dropping to about 17 points per, and then made the ill-advised choice to leave school and declare for the NBA - the rumor was that he was doing very poorly in school and wouldn't have qualified for the next season. Needless to say Sir Val didn't get drafted, and he drifted around, with brief stints in the NBDL's now-defunct Roanoke Dazzle, Uruguay and I think Puerto Rico. He also played for One World All-Stars, one of those traveling exhibition teams.

But anyway, he's back, with the Butte Daredevils. I wish him the best of luck.

More on Brown:

USA Today
Hatchet

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Halfcourt Shot at the BU Game

A kid swished the halfcourt shot in his first try at the GW-Boston U game yesterday. Check it out:



See below for my full postgame writeup.

GW 69 - Boston U 56


Shooting
Originally uploaded by squidpants
It wasn't the prettiest offensive night at the Smith Center, but GW controlled for much of the game to take the win. Both teams shot below 40% on the night, with GW at .385 thanks in part to a combined 2/14 from Reece Rice and Cheyenne Moore. The home team dominated on the boards and at the foul line, outrebounding the Terriers 37-21 and going 21/25 from the stripe.

Rob Diggs had a great game, especially in the second half, dominating inside, collecting 20 points on 8/13 shooting, 12 boards, and 3 blocks. So far Mr. Diggs is averaging 20.5 points and shooting 69.5% on the year. Xavier Alexander had a quiet 11 points in 22 minutes, adding 4 boards and 3 assists, and as noted, Rice had a poor offensive game, 3 points and no assists.

GW pretty much controlled the game, going up after about 5 minutes and holding a roughly 10 point lead for most of the contest, and despite going up by 18 at one point, couldn't quite pull away for an extended period. Boston's main offense was shooting threes, and they were much more successful in the first half than the second, probably due in part to what appeared to be a "pass around the perimeter and tire out the opponents, then pass to Diggs" GW offense.

As for the rest of the Colonial backcourt, Cheyenne Moore played more in control, though he had 5 turnovers, Noel Willmore was solid, Travis King played 1 minute, and Miles Beatty played well in the 4 minutes he was in towards the end. It was only 4 minutes, but he took charge for those 4 minutes, at one point waving off another GW defender to challenge his man one on one.

On the front, Damian Hollis didn't do much until about midway through the second half, when he suddenly started making an impact, and Wynton Witherspoon was decent. Moore and Holls both had 6 rebounds. Opoku was in for 2 minutes, and Katuka didn't appear at all, maybe he's hurt. I'll look into it.

As for the negatives, GW shot poorly, and generally just passed it around the perimeter, especially in the second half, then passed it in to Diggs. The Colonials took a lot of threes too, going 8/25, which of course means 2 for 1 pizza.

The team turned it over 17 times, but so did BU, so that's not terrible and got 9 steals, but again, so did BU. GW's defense was decent, though there were the occasional wide open guys and the one-on-one breakdown.

Despite watching the whole game, this one sort of gets an incomplete. There wasn't much flow until the middle of the second half, but no major, lengthy lapses either. Diggs has been a beast so far, and hopefully Rice can bust out of his mini-funk. He didn't seem very aggressive scoring-wise this game, and no assists isn't too good either. But just like ET, we still love you.

Here's the box score.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Little George: Worst Mascot in the Nation

More from the Nobody Likes Little George Department: College Hoops Heaven, a Philly sports blog, names Little George the worst mascot in the land. Then again, they're a Philly blog, so they probably throw snowballs at Santa Claus and think the weird looking Temple Owl is awesome. Then they go drink some "wooder."

But come on, Little George is worse than the Billiken?

Previously on Colonial Hoops: Little George 6th Worst in the Country

GW vs Duke (In a video game)

This is pretty odd. On Youtube there's some kind of video game showing a GW vs Duke game (or "match" as the poster calls it). Duke appears to win. I like how Reddick gets stuffed a bunch of times by the GW guy with the afro. Enjoy?



Update:
it appears to be a Turkish video game, as many of the Google results are in Turkish, which I guess explains "match" and stuff. You can play it for free, but apparently you have to download something here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Doubleheader, Food Drive Tomorrow

Do you like basketball? If not, you're at the wrong blog. But if you also like helping people, you've come to the right place. GW has a womens-mens doubleheader tomorrow, with the 13/14th ranked women facing Kentucky at 5:15, followed by the men facing Boston U at about 7:45. If you bring a canned food item, you'll get a raffle ticket for a gift certificate to the F Street Bistro (a nice little place in the State Plaza Hotel) or some GW apparel.

Anyway, both games should be good - do yourself a favor and see Antelia Parrish for the women, who may be the second coming of Anna MontaƱana.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

GW Wins, Mounts St. Mary's


Starting lineup:
Diggs, Hollis, Witherspoon, Moore, Rice

First off the bench:
Xavier Alexander (Although it should be noted that by the time X actually entered the game, he had three other colonial subs join him on the sideline. Only 'Spoon remained of the starters after the first rotation).

Overall:
Fun to watch, clearly many early season mistakes against an undermanned foe, but the game still gave the sense of good things to come.

Quik Sum:
With 21 points, Rob Diggs paced the Colonial squad that scored the first 15 points of the game and never trailed. 'Spoon chipped in 15 and with Hollis the two accounted for more than half of GWs total rebounds. GW shot over 50% from the field and drained 7/11 from 3 land. See AP, GW press releases.

Moment(s):
The game was punctuated by three monstrous dunks, one by Cheyenne (windmill break-away), Witherspoon (unreal baseline one hand in-your-face-omar-style), & Robb Diggs off a sweet alley-oop.

Other notes:
Maurice Rice scored a quiet but effective 15. His trademark. Although Hobbs talked about Rice taking up the point in King's absence (who sat out again but did dress and warm-up with the team), others like 'Spoon seem to be pulling a fair share of the weight as well.

Noel chipped in 3 baskets (which Noel followers know usually equals 9 pts).

GW turned the ball over 6 more times than Mt. St. Mary's but road the +10 rebound differential in their favor. Will be interesting to see if typically pocket-picking GW maintains such a positive rebound differential against teams with bigger bruisers in the middle.

Errant passes and overdribbling. All over the place, often. The vast majority of GW turnovers were the result of those two fundamental infractions.

Chey looks healthy, which is good, but his shot selection still seems questionable at times. Granted, if two more of his long-distance 3s fall I don't make this comment- but they didn't.

Witherspoon. Not enough can be said about the guy. Kept GW going steady and strong.

Freshmen. Definitely saw some action, definitely tended to defer to their upperclassmen counterparts on the court.

Opoku and Xavier battle foul trouble. See next note.

Refs paced the game reasonably well (e.g allowed the game move at a GW pace) but called a lot of bizarre offensive fouls (esp. on Opoku and X). Would have to look at the numbers, but the refs may have called more offensive fouls on GW than defensive.

Neat Note(s):
Many audience members including three young boys in the upper deck above the home basket busted out their Soljah boy moves during halftime. Coach McKeown would be proud.

Check out this box score. Now check out this box score. Lone senior, large underclass roster. 2004-2005 redux anyone?

As always, check out the chatter over at GWhoops.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Colonial Breakfast Bits: Fans, TV, and Mid Majors

Eat Breakfast. It's the most important meal/blog post of the day.

--Mid majors have been getting fewer at-large bids, and some A-10 coaches don't like it.

--GW Alum TJ Miller is on that ABC show "Carpoolers". There are some videos on their website, check out the "Living with the Carpoolers" one. He's also in "Tuesdays!" and "Carpoolers Bonus Scene!" He's pretty funny.

--This Georgetown guy has an interesting post about the different types of freshman basketball fans.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Kangy the Kangaroo on Facebook

More Facebook shenanigans. Kangy the Kangaroo, semi-famous for being the GW good luck charm last year, has his own Facebook profile. Pretty funny stuff.

In case you forgot, Kangy (last name Gareaux, get it) came from Australia, symbolized the leapers Hobbs has brought to GW, is good luck for the team, and curses one opposing player each game. He was present for every GW win last season, and the only two games he missed were the Xavier debacle and the Vanderbilt NCAA tourney game. Which GW both lost. In short, he has magical powers.

Previously on Colonial Hoops:
-Why GW Lost: The Kangaroo Didn't Go
-About the Kangaroo
-GW Basketball Facebook Application

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dokun signs with ABA team

I missed this earlier, but Dokun Akingbade signed with the Vermont Frost Heaves of the ABA. Great for him! And something I didn't know, he also played for the Long Island Pride of the USBL and "earned a look" from AD Vagos in Portugal.

The Frost Heaves (actual slogan: "we're gonna be the bump in their road") play in the towns of Burlington and Barre, Vermont. Maybe Dokun could hang out with Phish.

TJ Thompson formerly starred for the Albany Patroons of the ABA CBA, where he was the league's leading scorer. (Last I heard, he's in France now).
You can get college basketball tickets here.