Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Brad Bower on players sitting

I emailed GW Sports Information Director Brad Bower asking why Diggs and Witherspoon were benched, and here's his response:
Hi Andrew,
It's my impression that Hobbs is unhappy with what he sees as inconsistent effort by Diggs, Hollis and Witherspoon. He cited that Hollis had no rebounds in 20 minutes in today's game. When that happens, Karl sits them out. That's always been every coach's prerogative. None of the three are injured. There's no more to it than that but I can understand your frustration and that of others.
Here's the box score.

It's started

Someone (not me) just put this up:

firehobbs.blogspot.com

GW loses to Coppin State

Wow. Coppin State was 1-10. Now they're 2-10.

The final score was 59-53. GW went 4-14 from the free throw line.

Rob Diggs played 13 minutes. He had better be hurt or sick, otherwise it's unconscionable for GW's best player not to be out there.

The team was outrebounded by 10. See above.

Is it time to start calling for Hobbs' head?

Here's the box score.

GW loses to Vermont, Hawaii: What's going on?

GW lost to a Vermont team similar to themselves, and then late last night, lost to a mediocre Hawaii team 73-47. The team shot 30% against Hawaii, including 1-7 from 3 for Matt Allbritton (?) and 0-5 from 3 for Noel Willmore.

Wynton Witherspoon didn't play for the third game in a row. After last game I emailed Brad Bower about it, and he said "not injured-coach's decision." The Hatchet has more: "Hobbs said after the team’s loss to Vermont Saturday that Witherspoon has not lived up to standards the team has set and would not elaborate on his status for the future." Not good.

GWHoopsters are disconsolate, asking lots of questions about Hobbs and his future at GW. Pretty sad that after 3 NCAA tourneys, an undefeated conference season, and a ranking as high as #6 in the nation these questions have to be asked.

For a long time this season, I was reluctant to panic - GW was 6-2 after all, with only losses to good teams. Now GW is 6-4 with two disappointing losses. I'm starting to worry. It seems that Karl Hobbs has become intransigent and frustrated and has his players on a really short leash - one mess-up and they're out. He's benched Witherspoon, one of the best players on the team, and he's still playing 10 players for at least 10 minutes a game. I can see wanting to get a feel for players, and maybe giving them some experience, but it's not working. It doesn't make sense to me either, as Joseph Katuka had a double-double in the win against Sac State, then played 11 minutes the next game. Maybe it was a match-up, but there's a lot of second guessing going on, and Hobbs is not one to clarify things. It seems like the players have gotten frustrated too, which is my guess as to what's happened with Witherspoon. Ugh.

And I'm working on some more analysis, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

GW vs Sacramento State tonight

GW plays lowly, crummy Sacramento State tonight in Sacto. The game is at 10:05 pm Eastern, and you might be able to watch it on channelsurfing.net or through the Big Sky's website (though it's a free registration).

Herve takes a look at Sac State, who basically are terrible. They're 1-9 and 310 in the RPI, and Free Quebec has an analysis of how they'll drop GW's RPI by thirty points. Awesome!

Mason to Play at GW Next Season

According to a blurb in the Post, George Mason is scheduled to bus and metro in for a game against the Colonials in Foggy Bottom next season. GW would return the game in 2010-2011. Will there by flying cars for the 2010 match-up? Will Mason still be talking about 2006?


Thanks EvWill of Gwhoops for the heads-up!


Monday, December 22, 2008

Pith on GW from the DC Sports Bog

Hope everybody has done your shoppin (see last post). There's some pretty funny stuff on the DC Sports Bog's last Atlantic 11 poll on GW. Enjoy:
9. George Washington

Chris Farley interviewing Karl Hobbs: "Remember when you guys were undefeated and ranked 6th in the country?? That was awesome!" (Christopher Ring)

The Colonials knocked off Harvard last week, which shows that George Washington is still sticking it to Harvard-alum John Adams from beyond the grave. (Chris Chase)

Tommy Amaker's homecoming is just how he always dreamed it would be, losing to GW in front of 2,205 fans as the head coach of Harvard. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will be proud to know that Colonials lent credence to his "Harvard on the Potomac" claim by actually beating the real Harvard. (Ted Gotsch)

Can now say that they beat Harvard in tuition cost AND basketball. (Max Wasserman)

Beat Harvard by 15. That's one point for every billion dollars Harvard's endowment has lost this year. (Chris Olson)

I wonder if Obama was reviewing the law that the Colonials laid down on Harvard? (Michael Palan)

Beating Harvard by 15 totally proves that we could have gotten in there if we wanted, but chose to come to D.C. for the connections and the internship possibilities and to go to the most expensive school in the country. As for AU, um...Blue/Orange Line's better! [/Colonial'd] (Paul Campbell)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Need to buy presents?

Check out the GW online store - jerseys, shirts, hats, other cool stuff. There's also different things for sale at the games.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

GW wins Battle of Rock Creek, beats AU 63-50

GW played pretty well and despite the wholesale substitutions, were able to keep American at arms' length.

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine was in the house to see the game, where GW held AU star Garrison Carr to 6 points on 1/14 shooting, which was nice to see. Joseph Katuka did some good work down low on offense and on defense, at one point chasing an American break from one end of the court to the other and blocking a lay-up. He only played 10 minutes and didn't make much of an impact on the stats, but he looked good.

Rob Diggs was nasty on offense, scoring 17 on 4/13 shooting, but 9/10 from the free throw line, and added 6 rebounds. Damian Hollis got 9 boards, and Xavier Alexander looked hungry, which was good to see, collecting 5. Tony Taylor knocked his knee and only played 11 minutes. Opoku was active, but just could not collect a rebound - at least three bounced off his hands.

Otherwise, there was some weird stuff. The Jumbotron was off, which was annoying, the refs made some bonehead plays, and GW started the game with four 3-pointers. Ten players played at least 10 minutes, and it seems like Hobbs would occasionally sub out a group of players after some good defense. Then again, GW won, so I can't complain too much.

I hope we keep this rivalry going, as there were a fair amount of vocal AU fans in the house.

Here's the box score and the GWSports brief piece.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

GW vs AU tonight: The Battle of Rock Creek Park

GW plays American tonight at the Smith Center in what I'll call the Battle of Rock Creek Park. You might notice that Georgetown is also near Rock Creek Park and they beat AU, but since they've refused to play GW since 1983, they are disqualified from this championship.

American had a good season last year, making the NCAA tourney behind shooting Garrison Carr who was this year's Patriot League preseason player of the year. This season, the Eagles are 4-4 with wins against Howard, Jacksonville, Stony Brook, and St. Francis (PA) and losses to Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Mt. St. Mary's, and Fairfield. In the Post's Atlantic 11 basketball poll, GW is #9 and American is #11.

Here's the GWsports.com preview, and the GWHoops.com prediction thread (no Herve preview tonight).

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Meet the Freshmen: Matt Allbritton

The next installment of the (somewhat delayed) Meet the Freshman is Matt Allbritton.

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Uniform number, and why: #33, because my Lord & Savior (Jesus Christ) was resurrected when He was 33 years old! I want to honor Him in everything I do!
Sneaker size: 13
Best part of your game: 3-point shooting
Still need to work on: defense and getting stronger
Game day superstition: don't really have one
What you like about DC so far: the excitement going on everywhere!
College team you'd love to play: U of Texas
First thing you'd buy after signing an NBA contract: Lamborghini
Favorite athlete and pro team: Dirk Nowitzki; Dallas Mavericks
Favorite class in high school: team sports
Planned major: sports management
Class you're looking forward to at GW: ?
Typical breakfast: ideally eggs..if not, good ole cereal and a banana
Favorite musical artists: Anberlin, Hillsong United, Red, Linkin Park, POD, David Crowder Band
Favorite movie: The Passion of the Christ, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dumb and Dumber
Favorite video game: Madden, Halo, NBA 2k series
Last thing you read: Isaiah 32:17
Your best sports moment: scoring 38 points in the finals of the Cistercian Tournament and beating the host team.
Biggest influence in your life: Jesus Christ and my awesome family

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Wolf Blitzer Reduces Work Hours to Attend More Colonials Games

Well, among other teams. Wolf Blitzer is looking forward to 2009 when he will have more time to attend his favorite local DC sports teams which include the Colonials. Can't wait to see you at Smitty again Wolf!

Wooooolf Blitzer, clap-clap clap-clap-clap-clap.

Credit to poster "Section 105" on GWHoops.com for tracking this one down.
Photo credit Ben Solomon, GW Hatchet 2007.

Why GW is still better than Maryland:

For one, the only famous UMd alum I could think off the top of my head was Jayson Blair, the New York Times writer who fabricated and plagiarized stories. I since found a few more on Wikipedia.

But here's the real reason:

Monday, December 8, 2008

GW spanked by Terps, 76-53

Well, that was crummy. In what seemed like a really quick game, GW couldn't shoot and all the balls rolled Maryland's way, and the Terps took this one running away with it. GW was up briefly in the beginning of the first half, and that was it - poor shooting and crummy defense by GW, and Maryland making good plays left the result hardly up the air about 10 minutes in.

The team looked a bit slugging, and shot only 30.8% from the floor, versus 42.9 for Garyland. Rebounding was pretty even, with 45 for UM and 42 for GW, and surprisingly Hermann Opoku led GW with 7 boards. Opoku tried hard out there, but got burned a few times on D and made a few ill-advised offensive moves. Still, he's improving. Damian Hollis, however, only played 16 minutes and was kind of invisible, as was Wynton Witherspoon, as he's been all year. Tony Taylor and Rob Diggs led the team with 10 points each, though I really want to see Diggs get at least 10 shots a game - he's the most consistent scorer but isn't getting enough looks.

In general, the team seemed more comfortable driving than shooting, and multiple times Colonials passed up open outside shots. The team was 4/15 from three while Maryland was 9/19.

As for other things I noticed, Johnny Lee was in an got a lot of playing time. He's fast, but why? Hobbs had him guarding Greivis Vasquez, who is almost a foot taller. Lee turned it over 4 times, most on the team.

The rest of the line-ups were made fun of too in the Times. Here's the box score and here's the more hand-wringing here from the GWHoops crowd.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Coxman is back!

One of GWHoops's most beloved posters, Coxman, is back. You might call him the James Joyce of GWHoops - alleged to be the alias of Longing for Oscar, he posts long, complicated, verbose, over-the-top praise of GW players and staff without punctuation. It's awesome and hilarious - you can't tell whether it's sarcastic or not, but it's great either way.

A random selection from the post:
that house of glory on 22nd street in NW Washington DC and bearing witness to one of the most fabulous events to grace our nation’s capital and that is when our leader and great warrior Mr. Robert Diggs puts on his game face and leads our team into battle on Tex Silverman’s hardwood and it is so very beautiful to see Robert leap to the rafters where our many banners hang and secure a perfectly lobbed pass from super guard Travis King and come barreling back toward earth with a deafening thunder as he slams the round ball through the hoop and puts the Colonials ahead and all our opponents can do is stand there, mouths agape...
The full post, if you were wondering, is 1,032 words. In one sentence.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Vote for Hobbs vs JTIII

The Post's new Press Break blog has a poll today to name the best area head coaches. Karl Hobbs is bracketed against John Thompson III and is shockingly winning as of now.

Go vote!

Spaniards are mad at Pops

Looks like Pops' Spanish league team, Badalona, is not happy with the King Whale Killer. Pops hurt his shoulder and went to the US for treatment and has been there longer than they expected, and thus aren't happy. Apparently they might consider his contract void, which would suck! Hopefully it works out.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Post college hoops blog

Just found this via GWHoops, it's a new blog from the Washington Post about college hoops: Press Break. I'll be reading it.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Women vs Tennessee on Tuesday

Big game for the women, who face the Lady Vols at the Smith Center at 7:30. The women are 4-2 this year under new coach Mike Bozeman, with losses to Kentucky and Western Kentucky. UT is ranked #9 in the nation with their only loss to #15 Virginia.

There will probably be a lot of UT fans in the house, so we need a lot of support! GW is led by Antelia Parrish at 13.3 points per game, followed by Jessica Adair at 12.8. They're missing point guard Kim Beck, but are pretty young. Should be a big crowd in any case, and a good atmosphere for some solid b-ball.
You can get college basketball tickets here.