Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day off tomorrow? Go see GW play Holy Cross!

I'm going to pretend the GW-UAB game didn't happen.

So let's move on! GW is playing the Crusaders of Holy Cross, Worcester's finest (suck it, Clark and WPI) on Friday at 3 pm. It's kids day, so if you have little kids, bring them at 2 and they can meet the mascots and get free stuff.

Holy Cross is 1-10, so this might be a good game to check out. Let's hope.

Monday, December 20, 2010

SER-BI-A! Mikic named A-10 freshman of the week

And for good reason. Mikic scored 19 against Oregon State on Saturday, hitting 6 of 10 threes. Nice to see him getting some props.

Here's the GWSports article.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wow, we won! GW 87-Oregon State 79

I certainly didn't see this coming: GW winning on the road against a BCS team. Sure, not a great BCS team (300+ RPI) but hey, I'm happy.

Tony Taylor had a great game, 19 points and 11 assists, while as predicted by OSU fans, Nemanja Mikic had a big game, scoring 19 as well on 6 threes. Dwayne Smith and Bryan Bynes (who has gotten a lot of crap lately on GWHoops) also scored in double figures.

Sounds like GW played its game, forcing 20 turnovers and frustrating Oregon State's offense. The team finally shot well, hitting 58% in the first half and 54% overall, plus 47% from three, making 11.

I wonder if this is GW turning the corner on the season? Or just a fluke game? Your thoughts?

Here's GWSports on the win, and GWHoopsters wringing their hands.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oregon State tonight: I got interviewed by a Beaver blog

GW plays Oregon State tonight. Last year, of course, the Obamas came to the Smith Center to see Mrs. Obama's brother, who coaches the Beavers. This year, we will probably lose big time.

I also got interviewed on Building the Dam, an Oregon State blog. Check it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So we beat Towson: now what?

GW returned to the strategy of old against Towson: press, trap, force turnovers, get transition buckets. Of course, Towson is a bad team, so they probably could have run the usual Hobbs-wheel or run the triple option and done ok.

But is this the future this season for GW? Can the good guys do this new/old style of play ("GW Basketball" as Hobbs calls it -- he even has a video about it) and win some games? They also need to stop the three, get penetration (which they did against Towson) and find some go-to scorers. A tall order.

And I don't think GW can do that against Oregon State. Your thoughts?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cool interactive media guide for GW

Maybe all isn't lost. I recently discovered this interactive guide to the GW team, which is pretty cool. It's well-designed and has cool videos in it, as well as some neat facts and nice photos.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Fire Hobbs chatter heats up

It looks like, for maybe the first time in history, the residents of GWHoops are unanimous about something -- displeasure with Hobbs' performance. Many of the GWHoopsters are calling for him to be fired now or at the end of the season. There are threads asking for Mike Jarvis to come back, new head coach candidates (including my 2 cents), a poll on if he should go, and suggestions to write to the Board of Trustees demanding Hobbs and the whole AD leadership go. More on that in a future post.

In addition, the Fire Hobbs blog has started up again.

Tonight: GW vs Towson at the Smith Center

In a normal year, Towson would be an easy win. Of course, in a normal year Hampton and Navy would be easy wins. Herve gives Towson the edge by 2. Towson is 2-4 with wins over Coppin State and Western Michigan, and losses to Navy, Hofstra, Buffalo and Miami (OH). They sound pretty bad.

I have a feeling if GW loses this one, there might be people with torches out on Eye Street calling for the head of Hobbsenstein's monster. Or maybe people will just cry into their beers.

Here's Towson's preview and GW's preview.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Navy recap: GW torpedoed by inability to make short shots and defend threes

Stephen Decatur burning enemy frigates in Tripoli. That, or GW's offense.
Well, that was not very much fun. At the BB&T, GW played the role of the Spanish navy in the Spanish-American War, and it did not end very well. 

As has been noted previously, GW has some major deficiencies: namely the lack of anyone who wants to score, the inability to defend the three-pointer, an offense that mostly involves passing it around the perimeter, and the stunning ability to miss short shots. We're talking lay-ups and shots from two feet away. They missed so many. 

This game really should have been a blowout, but Navy, which shot 45.5%, also missed a lot of open shots and easy drives. If they could finish, they would have shot 60% easy and this game would have been even uglier.

GW shot 31% for the game. This is the second game in a row that GW shot 31%. That is really terrible. GW actually did better when the team stopped shooting and tried to draw fouls, then pressed-and-trapped on defense. Hopefully the Colonials do more pressing and trapping going forward, since that seemed like the only time GW got any stops and any momentum and wasn't dead in the water (another naval reference for you).

There really were no bright spots from the game, except we got to do lots of naval heckling: "Nimitz was overrated." "The Coast Guard is better." "Remember the Maine." And so on.

The Navy mascot. What?
Plus we figured out that Navy are called the Midshipmen. But that's what they are, it's not really a team name. It'd be like calling GW the College Students instead of the Colonials. Kind of dumb. 

And speaking of dumb: the Navy mascot is a ram. Not an admiral or a sailor or a battleship. I have never seen a ram on a boat.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Where are they now? The great 2005-2006 team

Pretty cool article from the Colonial Cable, the GW alumni newsletter, which has a where are they now feature for the 2005-2006 men's team. That team had a fantastic season, going 27-3 and undefeated in the A-10, rising as high as #6 in the AP poll and making the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney (getting shafted by facing Duke in North Carolina in that round, in one of the worst-officiated games I've ever seen).

Most of the players from that team are still playing ball, overseas or in the NBDL, or in Pops' case, in the NBA. The Ukraine Train (Alex Kireev, now called Kireyev) lives in the DC area, as does Dior Toney and Dominic Green. Regis Koundjia played for the Central African Republic national team, which is pretty cool, and Montrell McDonald popped up to play for Arkansas, briefly. 

The school is also hosting a men's and women's basketball reunion Feb 25-27, which is pretty cool.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Basketball" rapper Kurtis Blow busted for weed

Instead of writing about GW losing again, here's something only tangentially related the GW basketball, but amusing. The TSA found less than an ounce of doobies in rapper Kurtis Blow's pocket thanks to one of the scanners. (Maybe he was on his way to Thurston, or Georgetown.)

Blow is most famous for "The Breaks" but also did my favorite basketball-related song of all time, which is surprisingly called "Basketball." I listen to it before every GW game, no joke.

(Apparently Lil Bow Wow covered it, but screw him.)

Here's "The Breaks."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

GW versus Mason tonight at GMU -- get ye there.

Kind of a lame memorial if you ask me
GW faces George Mason in the 2nd Battle of the Orange Line tonight at the Patriot Center, 7 pm. I hope you go, but it might not be close -- Herve, for instance, gives this bronze dude above the edge in every category: "GW has a about as much chance staying close in this game as Charlie Sheen has of completing the Four Loko factory tour." 

Then again, GW is 10-1 versus Mason, including a win last year. If we win, great, if not, oh well.

Here's GWSports on the game, which is a bit more cheery.
You can get college basketball tickets here.