Friday, August 22, 2008

2008-2009 Out of Conference Schedule to date


It's always fun at the end of summer. Not because school is starting again or that the summer heat begins to settle. Those are downers. It's because GW basketball doesn't release their out of conference schedule until the late fall and everyone must use their intarweb skillz to hunt down who GW plays when and where. Let the hunt begin (after the jump)!

Here's what we know so far:
@BU - Fri. Nov. 14
UMBC - Wed. Nov. 26
Harvard - ?
UMD - Sat. Dec. 6 (BB&T Classic)
AU - Wed. Dec. 17
@Hawaii - Dec. 27-30 (Rainbow Classic)
(Clemson has withdrawn from the tournament leaving Hawaii, Colorado, Colorado State, Coppin State, Buffalo [pending], Pepperdine, & Vermont)
@Longwood - Sat. Jan. 3

I'll leave you with a good fundraiser idea for GW athletics care of Bobo on gwhoops:

'I wonder if GW can sue UMBC and American for damages? Obviously, GW's schedule is a trade secret that the university does not want revealed. It is not helpful for these other schools to "spill the beans" and expose our inside information to the world.'

Sources: gwhoops, gw hatchet, opposing team schedules, http://starbulletin.com/2008/08/14/sports/story03.html

We're number 53!

Oh yeah! The new US News rankings are out. We're the 1st-ranked A-10 school among national universities (although Richmond is #33 in national liberal arts colleges). Take that, Fordham! (#61). SLU is at #80, UMass #102, Dayton #108, Duquesne #130. Other schools are ranked in regional categories, like St. Joe's (#8, Masters universities-North), La Salle (#17, same), St. Bona (#40, same), Xavier (#2, Masters-Midwest).

As for worst schools, Temple, UNC-Charlotte and URI are all tier 3 among national universities!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hilarity at GWHoops


Pretty funny stuff today - Mentzinger starts off with a screed about the weird world of GW basketball, and others join in with Animal House references starring GW people. Good times.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Dwayne Smith ineligible?

Looks like it. Thanks to herve at GWHoops.com for finding this one, in a random Minnesota article about their Canadian recruit, Devoe Joseph.

Apparently there's a rule that only one core class taken after your first four years in high school can count towards your college eligibilty - and Smith took two in his fifth year. However, apparently it's normal in Canada for some people to take 5 years to graduate, so it penalizes Canadian players. That really stinks.

I'll keep looking into this.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pops does well for Great Britian

Pops Mensah-Bonsu is now an official member of the Great Britain national team, having played in yesterday's friendly against Belgium. Pops scored 20 (8/14 from the floor) and got 14 boards for GB, which won 80-64. Kieron Achara from Duquesne is on the team too. Here's the BBC on the game, a British basketball site, and another site. I can't find a box score though.

Prediction: Mo Rice to Romania

This is not backed up by any rumor, innuendo, or anything. Brendan and I were talking about GW players' pro prospects - Pops to Spain, Mike Hall to Italy, and so on. The topic went to Maureece, and Brendan asked where he might make it. We both answered simultaneously "maybe like Romania."

So there's your completely non-guaranteed Colonial Hoops prediction - Mo Rice will play in Romania. Obviously I hope he makes it somewhere. And eastern Europe wouldn't be unprecedented - GW's all-time leading scorer Chris Monroe starred in Hungary (and his team won the national title) and JR Pinnock played well in Greece.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pops back to Europe

According to this Spanish article Pops has abandoned his quest to land on an NBA team. Too bad for us here Stateside as being able to see Mr. Mensah-Bonsu in our domestic league would be great, but from the terms of his contract I can hardly blame him. He's also more likely to see significant playing time in Spain's top league than the NBA. Good Luck Mr. Mayor. We salute you.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mike Hall to Europe

Just saw this at GWHoops.com, Mike Hall has signed with Italian team Armani Jeans Milano (aka Olimpia Milano). Maybe he'll face Danilo Pinnock or Pops Mensah-Bonsu if they return to Europa.

There's also an interview on their site here, in Eye-talian of course. Here's the translated version, where he talks about it being a team game in Europe. Sounds like Mike's cup of tea.

Good luck to Mike, I hope he gets paid a lot and scores some sweet Armani freebies.

GW women's hoopsters in the Olympics

GW has two women's basketball alums in the Olympics, with Spaniards Anna Montanana and Elisa Aguilar both playing for their homeland. Anna was honestly one of the best players I have ever seen in person, although Elisa was before my time. Good luck to them - so far they've beaten New Zealand but lost to China.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hats on sale at GW Bookstore

The other day I was at the GW bookstore, and they have some good deals on hats (as well as other new merchandise). They're $5 and not on the website, but it's this hat, except with the George Washington face logo instead of "GW". Pretty cool, and worth a look.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Pops needs to focus for English national team

Found this via Google, and mentioned on GW Hoops - the coach of the Great Britain national team says Pops needs to focus in order to make the team. GB, usually invisible in international play, supposedly has their strongest pool of players ever.

The article has various amusing Britishisms ("nursery club") and some inconsistencies, such as sort of implying that college ball isn't as important as prep school, and saying that Pops led the Colonials to the "NCCA" Championships. Championships is British English for tournament, but NCCA is funny. It's either the National Custom Car Association or the National Christian Counselors Association. Those guys had no answer for him in the post.

Friday, August 1, 2008

We've come pretty far

How about some good news? Max found this old Washington Post story from when GW basketball was not so great:
GW Basketball: a Pinto of a Program
Low Budget, High Admission Standards Equal Mediocrity
Money, Grades Keep GW Pinto Heading Toward Disaster


On the day Georgetown University boosters announced they had bought a $350,000 house for their basketball coach, George Washington University boosters voted to buy their coach a $2,300 used Pinto for recruiting.
So chin up, Colonials fans, things aren't that bad. And donate some money to the Smith Center renovation project!
You can get college basketball tickets here.