Monday, November 21, 2011

3 games in next 3 days; Smith back; streaming video?

Good news like crazy. First, Dwayne Smith is back and will be coming off the bench. None too soon.

Just in time for 3 games in 3 days: GW is in the CBE Classic in Bowling Green, Ohio, with games against Detroit tonight at 5, Austin Peay (let's go Peay) tomorrow at 5, and against Bowling Green on Wednesday at 7:30.

Some industrious GWHoopsters have posted some possible game video links so you can watch it online -- or if you can't, tune into Federal News Radio, 1500 AM.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Three recruits announced: Argentina, Greece and Alexandria, VA

Whoa! GW releasing recruit info! Another nice result of the new AD and hard working sports info folks. Pretty cool to see this.

And as there are two foreign players, it hearkens back to the Mike Jarvis days where GW had stars from Africa, Belarus, Spain and all over -- here's an article from 1998 on the international flavor of the team back then.

And below is the press release from GW.
Colonials Fans -
When introduced as Head Coach in May, Coach Lonergan committed to recruiting both locally and internationally for the Colonials. Yesterday morning, Lonergan demonstrated what he meant when he announced two international players and a local star would be joining GW next season.
Argentina's Patricio Garino, Greece's Kyprianos "Paris" Maragkos and Alexandria-native Kethan Savage signed National Letters of Intent last week, marking the first recruiting class of the Lonergan era. They will join Isaiah Armwood, a Baltimore-native who transferred from Villanova this off-season and will take the floor as a junior in 2012-13.
Visit today to learn about this strong international recruiting class.
And here are the Maragkos, Garino and Savage recruit pages at

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Desperation and frustration": #24 Cal beats GW 81-54

The Hatchet called it "desperation and frustration." I described our offense and defense as "yucky" on Twitter. It was not a very pretty game.

In GW's first game on national TV in forever (ESPN-U), the Colonials were beaten on offense and defense. The first half started even, with a brief GW lead at 19-18, but it ended with a 21-0 Cal run. The good guys did play better in the second half, narrowing the gap to 16 at one point, but the damage was done.

Some positives: Tony Taylor scored 20 and Nemanja Mikic found his shooting touch, scoring 12 on 4/8 from three. Some brief notes:
  • GW struggled on offense, not getting many good looks, forcing bad shots, and missing putbacks and open looks. GW shot 37.9% for the game and 29.6% in the first half
  • Ditto on defense. Cal had lots of open lanes to the basket and hit everything else. They shot 56% for the game
  • And ditto on free throws -- GW was only 3/8 from the line (though refs did seem to avoid calling a lot of close ones). Cal went 17/23
  • Inside play was again a problem -- Cal muscled out GW repeatedly for a 38-22 rebounding advantage, though part of that was due to wild Colonial shots
  • Kromah forced a lot of shots and was 0/5 with 0 points. We're going to need him to score more
  • In general the team made some nice offensive moves, but generally couldn't finish them. Pellom and Ware especially. Hopefully with time those will start to fall
  • There was an early alley-oop to Kopriva, which was cool
  • The airline lost John Kopriva's luggage, so he wore Dokun Akingbade's old #42 jersey with no name on it, instead of his regular #34
  • The Cal band dresses like TGI Friday's waiters
  • And somebody in the Cal band had an Easy button sign. Really? That was only barely funny when it came out 5 years ago. What's next, Bud-weis-er frogs?
  • The ESPN-U guys barely mentioned GW, but hey, at least we were on TV. They did have some nice things to say about Lonergan and Tony Taylor
  • It's the second game of the season! Against a ranked team! That's ok!
Here's the GWSports article and box score, and an AP article with some quotes from Lonergan.

Your thoughts?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GW vs. Cal: an interview with a Cal blogger

GW faces #24 Cal today at 9:30 pm (on ESPN-U) and I recently got an email from Shaan, the blogger at Golden Bear Lair, a Cal blog. We exchanged some questions about our teams, and here's what he had to say about Cal. In short, he thinks they are really good. Should be an interesting game.

Tell us about your back court. Gutierrez and Krabbe look good, plus you've had some transfers and young guys.
Our backcourt this year looks to be very dynamic with talented players at each spot. Jorge Gutierrez normally plays Small Forward or the #3 so I'll talk about him in the front court question. Allen Crabbe will be the starting Shooting Guard or the #2. Crabbe is a legitimate choice for Pac-12 Player of the Year along with Gutierrez. Crabbe's accuracy is deadly including from the beyond the arc and he is someone that can score at will. At Point Guard, Brandon Smith won the starting position coming into the season. He was always a very good passer and playmaker, but his jump shot has improved as well as limiting his turnovers. The top player coming off the bench is Justin Cobbs, the PG transfer from Minnesota. It was reported that he amazed in practice and summer leagues, but Cal fans got to see him for real in the Exhibition vs UC San Diego, where he led the team with 17 points. Cobbs has the chance to make a huge impact on this team as I think he plays just as well as Smith and is a better scorer.

(Editor's note: Gutierrez is 6'3" and called a guard on the Cal website and box scores and led the team in assists -- thus I called him a guard.)

UPDATE: Shaan emailed saying that Gutierrez does play the 2.

I know you lost Sanders-Frison to graduation, what does your front court look like?
Jorge Gutierrez is the #3 or small forward and he is absolute beast of a player. He has a motor that doesn't stop, he is the best defender on the team, and he can score. He is one of the main reasons why Cal is projected to do so well this year. Harper Kamp will be the #4 or forward this year. He develped into a great player last year, who was versatile and he can rebound and score. Richard Solomon is the #5 or center. He is lanky and he has big potential. Last year, he only really scored on dunks, but he also had a ton of blocks. This year, he has worked on scoring from the paint and looks like he can contribute a lot more than last year. It will be fun to watch the strides he has made from last season to this season.

What will your team rely on this year?
Well, this isn't the easiest question because Cal has a lot of go-to guys. It will mainly be Allen Crabbe and Jorge Gutierrez as they are the most talented and they make up the core of the team. They are also leaders on the floor and Jorge leads this pesky defense.

I like that you have a guy named Bak Bak from Sudan, what's his deal?
Well, Bak Bak had a bunch of visa issues over the summer and couldn't go with the team on their trip to Europe. Also, it doesn't look like he lifted weights and was able to train hard during that period so it doesn't looked like he improved. That will hurt his playing time as he now has to play catch up all season to get in form.

What are your expectations for the season?
Well, Cal has been picked to win the Pac-12 by multiple different websites and sources and I think it's a real possibility and should happen. This team has experience, some defense, and firepower off the bench in Cobbs. I think that Bears could make some noise in the NCAA tournament as well and depending on where they end up could go to the Sweet Sixteen. This team is the best Cal has had for a couple years and they will show that.

And what does Cal need to win this game?
Cal just needs to play to their style of game and get the ball to Crabbe and their scorers. They also need to be decent at rebounding and play to their potential and I think they'll win this game.

Monday, November 7, 2011

GW trounces Bowie State: Some thoughts

So GW gave Bowie State a beatdown in Coach Mike Lonergan's first game, and Lasan Kromah's first since 2010. Kromah led all scorers with 23 and GW had a comfortable lead for most of the game. The first half was fantastic for GW, while in the second the team played sloppier. That said, the good guys had 18 steals and Bowie State had 31 turnovers. Here's the GW article and box score, and below are some random thoughts:
  • Lasan is back. He played great, making some nice cutting moves and also dished out 6 assists
  • Freshman John "High School QB" Kopriva started and looked pretty good, scoring 9. Only 2 boards, however.
  • Tony Taylor was Tony Taylor. Played well. This is going to be a nasty backcourt.
  • That said, Dan Guest was not very good. The team sputtered after Tony Taylor fouled out. when Taylor was out. Guest had 0 assists.
  • Freshman Jonathan Davis played but didn't make much of an impact.
  • Mikic had a bad shooting game (2/11) but did lead the team with 7 boards
  • Which leads us to GW's frontcourt: it was bad. Jabari Edwards had some extremely painful sequences on offense and didn't look too swift on defense or the boards. His hands were very boulder-like, balls bouncing off them in every way.
  • The rest of the frontcourt was pretty nonexistent. Going to have to be a lot of team rebounding this year.
  • Dwayne Smith was out with concussion-related symptoms. Hopefully his return will help.
  • Foul shooting was Hobbs-esque: 21/37
  • Bryan Bynes played well and seems to be the defensive stopper.
  • David Pellom was fairly quiet.
  • There are 9 guy cheerleaders and 10 girls. What's up with that.
  • There's a new GW Athletics Hall of Fame section. More on that later.
  • Colonial Army had a good turnout. They didn't do the "ohhhhh, sit down" finger twirl thing when an opposing player fouled out.
  • Lonergan had a meeting/presser type thing after the game with season ticket holders. I couldn't go, but sounded cool.
  • They have Domino's Pizza in the snack bar now. The pretzels are still bad.
  • They replaced the hot babe behind the bench with a little kid and another dude. Downgrade
  • And finally, there's a GW Tailgate before the first official game on Friday. Go there!! 
UPDATE: Forgot to mention, my buddy recognized a bunch of recruits at the game too: Ishmail Wainwright and Kevin Larsen. Kethan Savage was there too, a verbal commitment. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Herve: should be back in 24 hours ro so

If you're like me, you're going into withdrawal -- our message board has been down a few days, according to Herve, who runs it, with virus and other problems. He tells me the virus is wiped out but it's taken awhile to copy files and rebuild it all.

Fingers crossed it's back soon, and thanks to all Herve does in keeping up with our favorite team.
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