Thursday, March 27, 2008

GW to face Rutgers at 2:30 PM

Yesterday Rutgers beat Iowa State 58-55, meaning GW will face #2 seed Rutgers on Sunday in Greensboro, NC.

If you're interested in tickets, call GW's ticket manager Gilma Cockram at 202-994-7411. There will be a fan bus down there as well, here's the link to sign up. Or you can be like this kid, who's been showing his love for GW women's hoops by sleeping in Gelman Library for a month. Oh wait, that's not why he was sleeping in Gelman?

Anyway, in Greensboro some GW folks are meeting at McCoul's Public House downtown, 110 W. McGee Street. I also recommend barbeque in general. I think we went to Stamey's when we were there for the NCAA tourney, but I don't remember.

As for the game, it should be a tough one, but that doesn't bother the Colonials. GW lost to Rutgers earlier in the season 67-42.

UPDATE
: Just got this from GW
SWEET 16 SPIRIT SEND-OFF
Join the GW Spirit Program, the Colonial Brass Band, and local media outlets as they wish the Colonials good luck as they depart from the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center on Friday, March 28th at 12:45pm.

CAMPUS WATCH PARTY
For those DC-area Colonials Fans who are unable to travel to Greensboro, the GW Spirit Program is proud to offer an on-campus live watch party for the game. This event will take place at WOW Wingery on the 5th Floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW) on Sunday, March 30th at 2:30pm. All are welcome, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sarah-Jo Hits Last Second Shot, Women into Sweet 16

Twice in a row. The GW women have made the Sweet 16 for a second time in a row, beating California on a last-second lay-up from Sarah-Jo Lawrence. Unfortunately I was at a concert so I missed it, but ESPN has the video.

The part of the game I saw, GW was down the entire time. Antelia Parrish seemed to be in charge, even taking the ball up court, and Kim Beck seemed a bit timid on offense. I turned it off, half because GW was losing, and half because they were showing the LSU-Marist game and talking heads.

The play to me looked a lot like the Noel Wilmore! Carl Elliott! game winner against Charlotte.

The women will face either Rutgers or Iowa on Sunday in Greensboro. Oddly enough, both Greensboro (men's 2006 tourney) and Iowa (terrible men's tourney loss) have some history for GW.

The Hatchet has two articles on it.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Women beat Auburn, face Cal tonight on TV

How bout them Colonials! The GW women beat Auburn for the second time this season, and face #3 seed California in Palo Alto, CA at 8 pm. The game will be on ESPN2.

GW had a poor game from Kim Beck but still overpowered the Tigers on Saturday, with four players in double figures, led be Jessica Adair with 17 and 13 boards.

GWsports has a recap and lots of photos from the women's first round triumph, as well as a preview of tonight's game.

There's also a viewing party tonight at Columbian Square in J Street, at the Marvin Center.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

No More Baseball Tickets for New Nats Stadium

I mentioned before that GW was going to play the first ever baseball game at the new Nationals stadium, against St. Joe's. GW had some tickets for fans, but I called today and was told they're all gone. Doh.

Maybe you could call St. Joe's or try and find a scalper. Craigslist doesn't seem to have any.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Women Get #6 Seed, Face Auburn

Forgot about them, huh? Kind of a bad seed for the women, who were ranked in the top 15 for ten weeks and finished at #16/19 overall. The women will face Auburn in Stanford, California. GW won 68-66 at then #16 Auburn earlier in the season.

So how tough is GW's road to match last year's Sweet 16 finish? Assuming they get past a good Auburn team (hardly a reward for the good season) they'll face either 3-seed Cal or 13-seed San Diego in Stanford, which is maybe an hour from Cal's campus. After that, probably 2-seed Rutgers, who beat Joe McKeown's bunch 67-42 earlier in the year at the Smith Center. Tough stuff.

However, one ESPN commentator likes GW - Graham Hays picks the Colonials as a cinderella, and he also singles out Kim Beck as a possible surprise star. Cool.

But win or lose, the Colonials have made their 6th straight NCAA tournament, credit to all the players and coach McKeown. The game is the 22nd at 2 pm and it'll be on ESPN, and here's more from GWSports.com.

Anybody going down? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Updated Scholarship Situation - Now With 100% More Allbritton!

Here's the 2008-2009 scholarship situation, including Mr. Matt Allbritton. Pretty sure this means the team is maxed out, unless somebody were to transfer.

Graduated:
G Maureece Rice

Seniors:

F Rob Diggs
SG Noel Wilmore
G/F Cheyenne Moore
F Wynton Witherspoon (senior according to GWSports)

Juniors:
PG Travis King
F Damian Hollis
F Hermann Opoku

Sophomores:

G/F Xavier Alexander
PG Miles Beatty
C Jabari Edwards
F/C Joseph Katuka

Freshmen:

PG Tony Taylor
SG Matt Allbritton

I haven't heard anything about Johnny Lee getting a scholarship, but it appears they're all taken anyway.

And I assume that means no Nigel Munson or Wesley Witherspoon.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Mascot Fight at Summit League championship

Nice. This happened 3 days ago at the Summit League title game.



I'm with the IUPUI mascot here (which is apparently a jaguar but looks more like a dog to me), mainly because the Oral Roberts bird threw the cheerleader out of the way.

Here's a better view of the IUPUI body slam. Apparently it started out as a dance contest.

ORU won the game.

The Most Amazing Photo Ever


Just found this on "The Google." Sweet.

The big guy is Koul. There are 16 other Shawnta photos here. He used to be #10?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spinal Tap and American U.

Other than the terrible game at Bender Arena a few years ago where the Eagles of American mauled GW, I like AU. The campus is pretty nice, the students don't seem like jerks, and they have a Container Store and Steak & Egg. Plus the father of one of their players was the manager of Spinal Tap (on the left in the photo). That's pretty cool.

Dan Steinberg found it out somehow and wrote a great post, adding a Youtube video from the movie, and he posted the video interview also.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hey, Look, It's Dokun Akingbade

Here's Dokun Akingbade on Youtube.



The same user has two other videos of Dokun, one of which is 2 seconds long.

Dokun is currently playing for the Vermont Frost Heaves of the ABA and he's doing well, averaging 14.1 points and 8.2 boards. What's a Frost Heave, you ask? Find out here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Who is Matt Allbritton?

GW's new verbal commitment, that's who. Never heard of him? You're not the only one. He's not on Scout or Rivals and we didn't hear about him before. But who knows, Karl Hobbs has found some diamonds in the rough in the past.

Apparently Matt is a shooter averaging 22 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.8 steals per game at Garland Christian High School in the Dallas burbs. The Dallas Morning News says he made 96 threes this season, while his stats show he made more threes than he attempted, which is pretty impressive, aside from being impossible. He was also second team all-small school in the Palm Beach, Florida area his sophomore year, and he got two basketballs, which I guess means 2 stars, from a Florida recruiting site.

After that he moved to Tejas - he's a religious guy and his family moves a lot to go to different churches. There are more stats here.

So what does this mean for the scholarship situation? I would assume it means no Wesley Witherspoon or Nigel Munson, unless somebody (Miles Beatty?) is leaving the team.

And Matt might be one of these kids, I dunno.

What To Do on Wednesdays and Saturdays?

Now that GW's season is over, what can you do to pass the time? Here are a few ideas.

1. Watch basketball on TV but squint, so it sort of looks like GW is playing (it helps if one team is inconsistent)

2. See how shafted the women get after their loss to Xavier

3. Save the Children (but not the British children)

4. Make a team at BuzzerBall

5. Go to George Mason games and heckle their less-well-known founding father. Virginia Declaration of Rights? More like Virginia Declaration of BORING

6. Nerf

7. Play as GW in college basketball video games. Pops just scored 32 against Duke in the Final Four! (Plus Shawnta and Yegor are in Fox Sports College Hoops 99 for the N64 and Yinka is a bonus player on NBA Jam)

8. GW still has some other teams playing

9. I dunno, try reading a book

If you've got any more ideas, let me know in the comments.

Monday, March 10, 2008

No Diggs on All-Conference Teams

That's some BS.

Rob Diggs, who was a beast all year averaging 14.2 and 7.8, didn't make even the 3rd team all-conference. He was 5th in the league in rebounding, 17th in scoring, 4th in FG%, 3rd in offensive rebounding, and 15th in blocks. I'd argue he's better than Kevin Lisch and much better than Dan Geriot. He basically dominated the team. Not having him, or any other GW player, on the team sucks.

That's That. UMass 67-GW 63

The season was alredy over before the game started. Fordham beat Bonaventure, meaning GW was eliminated from the A-10 tourney. This game wasn't much better.

On senior night minus senior Mo Rice, the team played hard but were killed behind the arc and from the refs - I don't think I've ever seen worse officiating, with phantom calls and insane no calls. The whole arena was getting riled up.

GW stayed with the Minutemen til the end and led briefly, but just when it was looking good for GW, UMass would hit a three - they were 14/30 for the game, and only had 6 non-three pointers. GW also shot poorly from the line, going 11/19. Damian Hollis was nasty, 20 points and 11 boards, while Johnny Lee got 8 assists. Two UMassers scored 20 and another added 17. GW also had 8 blocks, including one amazing stretch where they blocked three in one UMass possession.

After the game, Hobbs said something about looking for more character next season, which was interesting - seemed to refer to Miles Beatty and Maureece Rice, I assume, whose seasons both ended early for violating team rules.

Even though the season is over, I still have plenty to write about - recruits, interviews, recaps of the best and worst parts, and more. Stay tuned.

Links, box score, and miscellaneous stuff after the jump

-Opoku had 4 points in eleven minutes on two big dunks.
-Johnny Lee was more aggressive on offense after his big game against Xavier (14 points) but it didn't work out so well against Charlotte and UMass - he went a combined 1/14 in those games.
-Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Regis Koundjia were both at the game.
-Went to the WOW Wingery before the game, it was dead.
-And we had a terrible experience at Tonic before the game - paninis that took an hour to show up and weren't really paninis at all, and mediocre meatloaf. Stick to the wings, tots, and beer there.
-And a big ass tree fell on 21st St NW.

--GWSports recap
--Hatchet recap and photos

Friday, March 7, 2008

Maureece Rice off the team

Wow. This one came out yesterday just before the Charlotte game - Mo Rice was dismissed from the team for violating an unspecified team rule. Rice was also suspended twice before this season.

Obviously this is bad, but Maureece hasn't been very consistent this season, so who knows what it might mean for the team. It's got to be disheartening though. With Mo out, the team went 1-2, beating Longwood and losing to Charlotte and UMBC. Then again, the team might have gone 1-2 with him.

This also can't help Mo's pro prospects, which were probably D-League or CBA anyway.

Who knows what the reason is - grades, attitude, something else. Here's GW's statement:
George Washington University senior Maureece Rice (Philadelphia, PA) has been dismissed from the men’s basketball program, GW coach Karl Hobbs announced Thursday. Rice was dismissed for failure to adhere to team rules, according to Hobbs.
The AP had an article too and at GWHoops, folks are talking about legal privacy concerns.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tonight: Charlotte on TV

Sorry for the late post, I was sick today. GW faces Charlotte, who are 16-12 and 7-7 in the A-10, winning just two of their last six. They're led by Leemire "Elbows" Goldwire and his 18.4 points, and the game will be on CN8, just like the (good) Xavier game.

(That's Queen Charlotte in the picture).

Links etc after the jump.

--GWSports preview
--Charlotte preview

Monday, March 3, 2008

Carl Elliott is the Man

Remember this?



Carl is now playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA's D-League. He's on the front page of their website, in fact. He's averaging 13.6 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. He got 27 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in his last game. Sounds like the Carl of old.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Good Game. X 66-GW 56

Xavier played like a top ten team, and GW hung with them. Down 8 at halftime, GW fought back to tie it with tough defense and decent offense, but in the end Xavier pulled away. Diggs led with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Johnny Lee (!) had 14, including 3 threes.

Xavier Alexander was strong on defense as usual and got 7 boards. The guys played with intensity in the second half, getting back, grabbing good offensive boards, and hitting big shots. The game felt like a March Madness game, and a few more free throws could have shifted the balance.

Look back in the next day or so for a fuller recap. The CBS Sportsline box score has more.

Xavier Halftime Thoughts

Well, it's not so bad - 36-28 Xavier. GW got more aggressive on O and D in the later part of the half, and Johnny Lee is playing strong, of all people - 9 points in the first half.

Some random thoughts

--GW is wearing the buff jerseys again
--Cheyenne Moore is playing like the UCLA game - crazy but good
--The announcers love Johnny. They talked about how he was a great intramural player at the Health and Wellness Center
--Who's watching this game? The commercials are nuts - this weird back machine where you hang upside down, Retirement Life TV, etc
--I'll be so glad when Drew Lavender, Stanley Burrell, and Josh Duncan are gone
--Johnny Lee = Bernard Barrow
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