Thursday, December 6, 2012

Video: Yinka and GW vs Michigan's Fab Five, 1993 Sweet 16

This is pretty awesome: it's GW's 1993 squad versus Michigan's Fab Five team in the Sweet 16. GW featured GW Athletic Hall-of-Famer and future NBA player (and all-time leader in most games without an assist) Yinka Dare.

Michigan won this game, and went on to the title game that year, with their run being derailed only when Chris Webber called a timeout when the team didn't have one, resulting in a technical. Of course, Michigan later vacated all of the seasons with the Fab Five because a booster paid them to play. Unfortunately, GW didn't get the Elite 8 banner in their place.

Despite Michigan shutting down Dare, it was a good game right to the end, and almost an epic upset for coach Mike Jarvis.

Other GW starters from that year were Nimbo Hammonds, Sonni Holland (also in the GW HOF), Alvin Pearsall and Dirkk Surles. The Hatchet called that team GW's best sports team of all time.

Anyway, a nice reminder of some good GW players from past.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A tale of two games: GW beat by Mt. St. Mary's, handles JMU


I keep saying baby steps this season, like the doctor in What About Bob? And maybe I'm right! GW faced Mt. St. Mary's on Monday, a game that featured a VCU assistant coaching his Mountaineers (unoriginal, come on, guys) in a style of their Havoc full court press defense. And it was ugly. GW couldn't handle the press, turning it over 25 times and looking pretty bad out there. The game was close, but that was only because the Mount missed a ton of wide open lay-ups off of steals -- I counted at least 5 of them.

The good guys did shoot 51%, but only 47% from the free throw line and 0/6 from three -- and it doesn't really matter how well you shoot it if you turn it over 25 times. Lasan Kromah had a good game with 18, Isaiah Armwood had a double-double and Kevin Larsen almost did. It was generally not that fun to watch though -- there were two big runs by the Marylanders that put the game out of reach. The Mount actually reminded me of the not-so-good Hobbs teams: sometimes they look fantastic with the press, but other teams awful -- and oddly, those Hobbs teams also missed a lot of lay-ups. Here's the box score and recap.

But let's go to Wednesday's game against James Madison: I didn't watch this one, instead going to watch the Wizards end their winless streak (surprisingly fun) but it seems like the team learned from their mistakes. Rather than struggling to get the ball up the court against the press, like with the Mount game, the team was able to break it and get into a rhythm. GWHoopsters seem moderately pleased (though the first half was bleak, apparently.) The usual suspects, Kromah, Larsen and Armwood had good games, as did freshman Joe McDonald. Bryan Bynes only got 9 minutes, which the GWHoops crowd seemed to like, but Nemanja Mikic only got 13 -- however he did manage to snag 6 boards in that time. Here's the box score and recap for JMU.

What does it all mean? Did Coach Lonergan manage to coach up GW to avoid mistakes from the previous game? Was this just a win against a bad team? (The Dukes, which makes no sense considering they are named for a president, are now 1-5.) Are the freshmen improving? Is the rest of the team not improving? What about Bob? I'm not sure, but we'll find out down the road.

The Colonials' next test in against Manhattan on Sunday at the Verizon Center, part of the neutered BB&T Classic. And continuing the theme of dumb team names, Manhattan is not in fact in Manhattan, it's in the Bronx. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Recap of GW vs Youngstown State: Growing pains

Well, we should have known. GW started three newcomers, and it showed. Freshmen Joe McDonald and Patricio Garino and transfer Isaiah Armwood had their first GW games, while the rest of the guys looked pretty rusty. The good guys had moments of strong play, but a lot of disorganization, lazy passes, turnovers, and bad shots, and Youngstown State (who are the Penguins for some reason) won 80-73. YSU was up double figures at times, and generally played pretty well -- if they had made their open threes, this game would have been a lot less close.

So how were GW's players? The story of the game to me was Argentine freshman Pato Garino, who scored 13, led the team with 7 boards and blocked 2 shots, and just hustled and played smart out there. Isaiah Armwood had a quiet 18 points to lead GW, plus 5 rebounds. Freshman Joe McDonald had a rougher game, with 7 points, 5 turnovers and 2 assists, while the rest of the team was pretty unremarkable. Danish big man Kevin Larsen got a few minutes, and made some nice post moves, but didn't play a lot.

I didn't quite understand the rotation, it seemed like Lasan Kromah didn't play a lot, though he did tally 21 minutes, while Nemanja Mikic talled 14 minutes and Dwayne Smith only 13. Bryan Bynes played the point when McDonald wasn't in there, but only shot 1/9 from the field. The offense looked decent at times, with some nice cuts and such, but other times it seemed befuddled The team only attempted 11 threes, making a lowly 3 (maybe that was why there were so few attempts.)

Defense, however, was another question. GW played a lot of ole' defense, in that somebody would take a swipe at the ball and the ballhandler would go around him for an easy basket. It happened time and again, nobody got in front of their man. YSU also outrebounded the good guys, 43-34, and GW had more turnovers (14) than assists (9.) The Colonials shot pretty poorly from the line too, 24/38, with Bynes being a particular offender going 0/5, including twice missing both ends.

But growing pains are to be expected. There were definitely some bright spots, namely Garino and Armwood, but I hope we see more from the returning guys and the defense gets more serious. In any case, I'll be watching.

See below for some of my tweets from the game, plus a few other folks.

Friday, November 2, 2012

GW vs Catholic is on Saturday! Here are some previews

GW's first exhibition game is this Saturday at 2 pm at the Smith Center. I'm pumped (though unfortunately I'm going to miss it, going to Va. to canvass for Obama.)

But anyway, here are a couple previews of the game. First, from GWSports.com, a thorough and factual one. They're calling the game "eras colliding," as Coach Mike Longeran used to play and be the coach at Catholic, and coached them to a Division III national title with them in 2000-2001. Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood will play for GW, while new freshman Kevin Larsen is questionable with an injury.

And here's Herve's preview from GWHoops.com. I have no idea how Herve learns all this stuff about opposing teams, but it's pretty impressive. Herve's prediction:
PREDICTION:A sparse collection of old men watching, young, athletic bodies exert themselves. It’s either an exhibition basketball game or any Tuesday afternoon for Dominique Strauss-Kahn. GW by 27.
Of course, this is just an exhibition game, so it's ok if we lose. Hopefully we won't, though.



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Exhibition game this Saturday vs Catholic! Season ticket holders can visit the AD's Club

This sounds pretty cool. More on the game itself to come.
  
Colonials Fans –

We're looking forward to seeing you back at the Charles E. Smith Center for our men's basketball exhibition game against Catholic University this Saturday, November 3rd at 2pm.

It’s an exciting game for the area, as Coach Lonergan welcomes his alma mater and takes on the program he led to an NCAA Division III Championship in 2001. It’s also your first chance to see an exciting new freshman class take the court, and watch transfer Isaiah Armwood show off his skills after sitting out last season.

Join us in the Champions Club: Fans who have seats in the Lower Gold, Mid-Level, Upper Level or End Zone are also invited to join us in the Champions Club (formerly the AD's Club) prior to the game and at halftime.  For Club access, please RSVP no later than Friday, November 2 at noon by calling 202-994-8412 or emailing tvogel@gwu.edu.

Don't forget your tickets: If you have requested that your season tickets be delivered to you and have not yet received them, please call 202.994.7325. Those fans who have requested that their tickets be picked up at Will Call will be able to do so at the Northeast entrance up the ramp at 22nd and G Streets, NW.

Parking on Campus:  The closest parking options for fans can be found at the Marvin Center (800 22nd Street, NW) or the Academic Center (801 22nd Street, NW). For a complete list of parking options and rates, please visit http://parking.gwu.edu/where/index.cfm.

We look forward to your support as we Raise High the Buff & Blue on Saturday.
 

    
       

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Colonials Invasion on Oct. 12 at Fort Myer -- GW basketball's former home

This is pretty cool! This year's Colonials Invasion is at Fort Myer, where GW played for about 20 years. Here's more info and how to get tickets! And here's a video about it:



Colonials Invasion 2012

Dear Colonials Fans,

We would like to formally invite you and your family to join us for Colonials Invasion on Friday, October 12 at 8:00PM at Fort Myer's Conmy Hall. Ft Myer served as the home of the Colonials men’s basketball team from 1956 to 1975, prior to the team playing at the Charles E. Smith Center. This year, it will serve as the site of our official celebration of the start of the 2012-13 men's and women's basketball seasons.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation is partnering with GW Veteran Services and the staff at Fort Myer to provide an exciting kick off that will not only give fans a chance to meet our new players and hear Coaches Lonergan and Tsipis talk about the upcoming seasons, but it will also give us an opportunity to share the excitement and anticipation of a new season with the community around us.  Together we will celebrate a bit of our history, catch a glimpse of our GW basketball future and show our support of local US Armed Forces and the nearly one thousand student veterans currently enrolled at GW who also call themselves Colonials.

Tickets are free to all fans but must be requested in advance. Please fill out our ticket request form today to guarantee your seats – space is limited. Parking is available on base, however, fans are also welcomed to ride the free bus service with our men’s and women’s basketball teams to and from the event (please register on the ticket request form).

We hope you’ll join us to meet our new team members and coaches, celebrate what it means to be a Colonial, and show your support for our local military families as we Raise High the Red, White, Buff and Blue!

Colonials Invasion 2012

   
      

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Pops! A bunch of awesome videos from a UK bball site

HoopsFix, a British basketball site, made sure we don't forget Pops Mensah-Bonsu's birthday of Sept. 7. Pops was a star forward for the great GW teams form 2002-2006 and is best described as "explosive": huge dunks, huge blocks, huge energy. They have a great post with a ton of videos of Pops doing awesome stuff.

The King Whale Killer (as his name translates from the Twi language) has had a nice career: he played for a few teams in the NBA (and was a big hit in Toronto,) was MVP of the NBA D-League All-Star Game, played for the Great Britain Olympic team, was brought in for one game to make sure Granada didn't get relegated, and was named "the Hero of Granada," and then had a great season in Turkey, helping his team win the Turkish league champioship, the Turkish Cup, and the EuroChallenge league. In Turkey, he filled his trophy case, getting named Finals MVP, Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and European Player of the Year. Not bad. He has since been singed by Maccabi Tel Aviv, one of the best European teams (they play in Europe despite being in Asia.)

Anyway, here's a video Maccabi made for him:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

GW basketball is hooping it up in Italy: here's how to follow them!

Just got this from the Athletic Department, looks pretty cool -- some ways to follow the men's team's trip to Italy.

And you'll note there's also a new official GW sports blog, which is cool to see. Obviously, it's without any GW Basketball All-Stars fan fiction. (And let's hope it's updated more than Karl Hobbs's blog. That said he was a pretty busy guy.)



  
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Colonials Fans,

This morning, GW men’s basketball landed in Italy for their 12-day journey to explore the country’s culture, visit American military bases, take on some tough Italian (and American Military) competition, and Raise High the Buff & Blue across the Atlantic.

While the Colonials explore Rome, Florence and the Lake Como regions of Italy, you can get updates on their travels by following the new GW men’s basketball Twitter account, @GW_MBB, and by following 22 & G, the new GW Athletics blog at www.gwsports.com/blog.

Don't forget, to guarantee your seats from the 2011-12 men's basketball season, submit your renewal application by Friday, August 24.

Raise High the Buff & Blue!
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

GW Basketball All Stars, Episode 5: Opening for Haddaway

Written by Don Pitz.  Illustrations by Seth Melton.  Seth Melton is available for hire.  You can find more of his work at http://meltonium.blogspot.com

The George Washington University Men’s College Basketball All Stars work every day to spread the joy of basketball.  They encourage others to live an active lifestyle with proper nutrition.  The League of Bad Guys is dedicated to bring chaos and evil.  They know the power of basketball is the greatest force of good in this world, and could bring us peace and prosperity.  Who will win this struggle?

Last episode, The League of Bad Guys tried to imbue a spirit from ancient Algonquin mysticism to John Kopriva's jersey to convince him to do bad things. That matter has since been resolved.



The GW Basketball All Stars are at the Fortress of Basketball-tude, practicing the dance routine to their love song, "Eating Right Makes Your Body Tight (Girl)". Their neighbor Gary enters without knocking on the door.  "Hey, GW All Stars!  It's your crrrazy neighbor!" says Gary.  The All Stars cheer, happy to see their friend again. “Say, Pops. Have you ever met Ahn Furst?"

"Who's Ahn Furst?" asks Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

"Who's On First? Not that old routine again!" says Gary. They all laugh together. Gary exits.

The ghost of Yinka Dare appears before them.  “GW All Stars, the world needs your help! Haddaway is in trouble!"

"What's a Haddaway?" asks Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

"Oh, Pops" says Mike Hall. "Haddaway isn't a thing. Haddaway is the stage name of Nestor Alexander Haddaway. He's a GW alum, just like us. He's a singer, best known to mainstream audiences for his 1993 hit, 'What is Love'. What happened to Haddaway?"

The ghost of Yinka Dare explains, "Well, he's supposed to put on a concert at the Lisner Auditorium tonight. The problem is, he doesn't have an opening act. Nick Rivers was going to open the show, but apparently he has to go skeet surfing instead. Haddaway was hoping to have you all there to perform."

"I think that's a great idea", says Shawnta Rogers. "We could debut the new song I wrote, 'Eating Right Makes your Body Tight (Girl)'".

"That song has to be the best song you've ever written", says Mike Brown. "It might be the best song of all time. Normally, I would insist that we be the headliners. But it's hard to say no to a fellow GW alum that needs our help. Let's all head over to Lisner Auditorium so we can open for Haddaway".


Meanwhile, at the lair of the League of Bad Guys, they're all eating empty calories and talking about how they hate Haddaway. "I hate Haddaway because he played for the Cologne Crocodiles in the German Football League", says Comrade Chaos, in her thick Soviet accent.

"I hate Haddaway because his music make everyone happy. Happiness bad for business", says Mr. Kim.

"Grongo smash Haddaway", says the mindless oaf Grongo.

"Yes, well... I think we can stop worrying about Haddaway" says Number One Bad Guy. "I've got wonderful news. The GW All Stars will be opening for Haddaway at his concert tonight."

"What good that do?" asks Mr. Kim.

"What good WILL that do", corrects Number One Bad Guy. "Don't you see? We could destroy Haddaway at his concert, and destroy the GW All Stars at the same time. The world will be ours!  It's really a foolproof plan.  The best part is the GW All Stars can't do anything about it."  They all laugh maniacally together.

"Wait, how are we going to destroy them all?" asks Comrade Chaos.

"It's simple", says Number One Bad Guy. "If Grongo wants to smash Haddaway, I say we let him. Release Grongo!"

The GW All Stars arrive at Lisner Auditorium and head to the green room. Haddaway is practicing the Nick Rivers song, "Straighten Out the Rug". They greet Haddaway and exchange pleasantries.

"Haddaway, it's a real honor to meet you", says Shawnta Rogers. "You are one my main inspirations as a songwriter. I was hoping that we could perform my new song 'Eating Right Makes Your Body Tight (Girl)". Shawnta Rogers hands Haddaway the lyrics to the song.

"This might be the best song of all time", says Haddaway. "I would be thrilled to have you debut it at the concert tonight".

The Lisner Auditorium is bristling with energy before the concert. The packed house can't wait to see the show of their dreams. The lights go down and the band begins to play the Alan Parsons Project song, "Sirius". Just as the curtains are about to open up, Grongo blasts through the entrance to the auditorium with a thunderous roar, "Grongo smash Haddaway!"

The crowd panics and heads out through the emergency exits. Grongo begins tearing out chairs and throwing them at the stage. Haddaway comes up to the stage and some of Grongo's thrown debris hits Haddaway on his foot. "Grongo, don't hurt me no more!" yells out Haddaway.

"Grongo! Your reign of terror ends now", says Mike Hall. "How about you come up to the stage and we can settle this once and for all?"

Mike Brown whispers to Mike Hall, "Are you crazy? There's no way we can take down Grongo in a fight."

Mike Hall says, "We won't fight Grongo. We'll settle this in a dance-off. Pops, do we still have that unbreakable cage that we got when we saved those aliens on the planet Wackazoid?"

"Yeah, we still have the cage. It's at the Fortress of Basketball-tude", says Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

"Great", says Mike Brown. "We'll all distract Grongo. You get the cage and put it underneath the trap door of the stage."

Grongo careens onto the stage of Lisner Auditorium. "Grongo smash Haddaway!"

"Wait just one minute, Grongo", says Shawnta Rogers. "Let's have a dance-off before you smash Haddaway. First, you'll dance to your favorite song. Then, we dance to our new song, 'Eating Right Makes Your Body Tight (Girl)'".

"Okay", groans Grongo. "First Grongo dance. Then Grongo smash!"

Will Grongo smash Haddaway? Will Pops get the cage underneath the trap door in time? Why has there been so many references to the movie "Top Secret"? Tune in next time to find out!

FIN.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Get free tix to see Chris Monroe & Tony Taylor at the Smitty on Saturday!

Just got this from the athletic department, looks pretty cool. It's a new pro league for post-college players. 


All-time leading scorer Chris Monroe will be there, as will Tony Taylor, plus some folks from Mason's Final Four team and some people from some other local schools. They play for the DC college all-star team against a Philly college all-star team.


The-BALL SHOWCASE
August 4, 2012, 4:00PM

Receive 2 FREE tickets to see GW Alumni Tony Taylor and Chris Monroe in action once again in the Charles E. Smith Center as they participate in The-BALL Showcase this Saturday, August 4 at 4:00pm.

The-BALL is the new "post-college" Basketball All-Star Legends League featuring lineups from your favorite local teams, and they are excited to announce that Chris Monroe will be playing for Team D.C. alongside fellow Colonial Tony Taylor, this Saturday, August 4 at 4pm in the Charles E. Smith Center. Others on the D.C. team that will complete against Philadelphia All-Stars include D.J.Strawberry, John Gilchrist, and James Gist (Maryland), Jason Clark, Henry Sims, Austin Freeman and Chris Wright (Georgetown), and Folarin Campbell, Will Thomas, and Jai Lewis (George Mason). Team D.C.'s Head Coach will be Johnny Newman.

As a special offer to all Colonials season ticket holders, The-BALL will provide two complimentary tickets to any fan who completes the following survey: New Basketball Concept Survey.

For more information on The-BALL, visit www.The-BALL.com and for a list of this Saturday's rosters,click here.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

GW players at Kenner League on Sat. 7/28

McDonough Arena - Kenner League (Source: georgetown.edu)
Checked out some Kenner League action today at Georgetown's McDonough Arena.  A number of GWU, GU, AU, GMU,  and other familiar DMV faces.

For the rosters, see this Google document created by BM of gwhoops.  He also posted the rest of the weekend schedule here on gwhoops.com.

Of particular interest at 2:40pm Hoop Magic faced-off against The Clyde's.  Both teams featured a number of GW players.  Here are some notes:

  • Its a summer league, so play was pretty casual.  Final tally had Clyde's winning 90 to 70 or so.
  • Dwayne Smith started for Clyde's and put up a few good shots.  Also got stripped a couple times which led to some ribbing from his GW teammates on Hoop Magic.
  • Kopriva on Hoop Magic also saw a good bit of the court.  He started off somewhat slowly shooting some real clankers, but closed the game out with some decent looks from deep, echoing other reviews on gwhoops.
  • Patricio Garino dressed with Hoop Magic and saw some court in the second half. Scored on two quick lay-up/dunks and had a few nice three-pointers.  Seems to have a pretty quick-wristed release.  Seemed to move pretty fluidly on D.
  • Not much to report from Jonathan Davis (Clydes) or Paris (Hoop Magic).  Maybe a bucket or two between the two of them.
  • Kevin Larsen (Hoop Magic) made the best of his limited minutes showing off his interior passing skills and solid two-step down low.  Seemed to be playing at about half-speed too.
  • Former Hoya (soon to be extended Boston Celtic) Jeff Green played a good portion of the game, perhaps using the opportunity to work on his handle and his NBA range 3 pointers.  He sat out the end of the 2nd half.  He was stuffed at the end of the first half by Princeton Tiger Ian Hummer, but Jeff got the NBA whistle in his favor.
  • No McDonald or Armwood for Hoop Magic.  Savage was on the bench but did not dress.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Nice Post article on Pops and the 2012 Olympics

As you may recall, Pops Mensah-Bonsu (class of 2006) is on the British national basketball team. Since the UK is hosting the Olympics, that means they are automatically in the competition. The Post has a nice article about him working to build British basketball. Check it out!

Pops is currently playing professionally in Turkey, and he also was on Subway ads in the UK. Or, "adverts" as they call them over there.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hang out with the Colonials at the Italian Embassy before their summer tour

The team is going on an Italian trip soon, playing some Eye-talians for team building and also good experience -- and GW is doing a cool event about it! Check it out. Click the flyer for the info.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shaka Shocker: VCU joins Atlantic 10 Conference

The Atlantic 10 Conference is officially adding Virginia Commonwealth University as a member. VCU is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association. The press release can be found here.

According to the presser, the VCU Rams will "join the A-10 on July 1, 2012 and begin competition during the 2012-13 academic year. The immediate addition will bring the total number of Atlantic 10 members to 15 for the 2012-13 season. VCU fields 16 of the A-10’s 21 championship sports." VCU will essentially be replacing Charlotte, which is heading back to Conference USA.

Along with the addition of Butler to the A-10, the conference now boasts perhaps the two most promising young coaches in men's college basketball. Butler's head coach Brad Stevens brought the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament National Championship in 2010 and 2011. VCU's Shaka Smart coached the Rams to the Final Four in 2011.

Now that it's official, what do you think? Having another team from Richmond certainly sounds more "Atlantic" than Butler, which is in Indianapolis. Do you think our coach Mike Lonergan will lose any hair over this addition? Do you think this makes the A-10 the "the nation’s premier basketball-driven conference" as the presser claims? This writer is left to wonder how there is a Virginia Commonwealth University AND a Virginia State University at the same time. Are you a Commonwealth or a State? Make up your mind, Virginia!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pops is advertising Subway sandwiches


This is awesome. Mike Hall, relatives of Pops and others have been sharing this all over Facebook. Big time.

The King Whale Killer has also been having an awesome year in Europe. For example, he pretty much won everything while playing with Besiktas, one of the best Turkish clubs: his team won the Turkish Cup, won the Euro Challenge, which is the 3rd tier European tourney, and he won all this stuff:
Finals MVP: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Guard of the Year: Obie Trotter (186-PG-84) of Szolnok 
Forward of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Center of the Year: Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka 
European Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Import of the Year: Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon 
Defensive Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Coach of the Year: Ergin Ataman of Besiktas 
Here's a bunch of photos of Pops being awesome, and here's Pops and others talking about the game.

Pops is a credit to the university.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Butler Did It!: Butler officially joins Atlantic 10 conference

We've heard plenty of rumors about this before, but now it's official: The Atlantic 10 Conference adds Butler University as a full member. Butler will be leaving the Horizon League. The press release can be found here.

According to the presser, Butler "will join the A-10 on July 1, 2013. The Bulldogs field 17 of the A-10's 21 championship sports and will begin competition in those sports starting with the 2013-14 academic year".

Butler will essentially be replacing Temple, which is jumping ship. The presser goes on to talk about how great Butler is and how they're bringing their tradition of excellence to the "best basketball-driven conference in Division I".

This writer finds it most interesting that they point out that Butler's joining the conference at the same time the conference will be in negotiations for their new TV deal. In an interview with USA Today, Butler's president said this move will give the university and their students more exposure to the big media markets in the A-10.

Now that it's official, what do you think? Indianapolis is pretty far away, and further brings to question the "Atlantic" part of the name. Do you think Coach Brad Stevens will be cut down to size a bit by the competition in the A-10, or do you think the Bulldogs will dominate the conference? Most importantly, what do you think this means for our Colonials?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dept. of Karma: Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg fired

What goes around comes around.

You may recall Seth Greenberg, the coach of Virginia Tech. Greenberg was the coach when Wynton Witherspoon transferred from VT to GW to get more playing time and be closer to home. When Nigel Munson wanted to do the same, Greenberg wouldn't allow it. He allowed Nigel to talk to every school but GW.

That spawned a lot of completely warranted hate on GWHoops.com and a blog post here, "Seth Greenberg = Jerk." A kid wants to go to another school closer to home for more playing time, and you won't let him? Another school that's not even in the same conference?

But now we learn that Greenberg got fired after going 170-123 in 9 seasons, with only 1 NCAA tourney.

Of course, as GWHoops poster Abe put it, "Lucky for him he can take whatever job he wants instead of his former employer being a vindictive jerk and interfering with his future."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Notre Dame assistant Jonathan Tsipis named women's head coach

Nice! Tsipis is the top assistant for Notre Dame, who just made it to the national championship, falling to Baylor.

Here's the press releases from GW and Notre Dame and a Washington Post article. GW also has a "what they're saying" article with comments about the hiring from GW folks and some experts. Seems like people are pleased.

This sounds like a good hire, after some lackluster seasons under Mike Bozeman.

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Butler to A-10 a "done deal" according to Green Bay sportswriter

Things are looking good in Indiana: Green Bay sportswriter Rob Demovsky reports multiple sources have told him that Butler moving to the Atlantic 10 is a "done deal." This would be probably the ideal replacement for Temple. They wouldn't join until 2013-14, but hey. Here's the chatter on Twitter from Demovsky and ESPN's Mark Neal, plus the article from Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette -- Wisconsin-Green Bay is in the Horizon League, Butler's current conference.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Whoa! Butler wants to replace Temple


In case you were under a rock or super hung over for pre-St. Pat's Day lately, you probably read that Temple jumped ship and joined the Big East. That's not good. Temple was always one of the stronger teams in the conference, but were looking to get some of that sweet football money.

So for a few days, there have been messages swirling on GWHoops about who we'd like to see come in and replace them -- places like George Mason, VCU, ODU, Boston U., and the like (there was even a Hofstra rumor awhile ago.) Butler was in the discussion, but they seemed like too good of a pick for it to actually happen to us unlucky fans.

But maybe that's not that case! ESPN and Andy Katz report that according to multiple sources, Butler wants to join the A-10. That would be awesome. They're a good program (at least, recently) and would add another Midwest team. And it'd be good for them too, moving to a bigger conference than the Horizon League.

Let's hope this happens. Of course, I've speculated in the past about who I'd like to see in the A-10 (and who I'd like to dump -- I'm looking in your direction, Fordham.)

What do you think? Good pick? Or would you prefer somebody else?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Check out GW's senior tribute videos: Taylor, Ware, Edwards, Conward

So the season's over -- more on that to come. But in the meantime, check out these great videos GW made on the 4 graduating seniors, Tony Taylor, Aaron Ware, Jabari Edwards and Michael Conward. Nice to see this kind of thing from GW, and I wish all four the best. A lot of fun memories.

Taylor: "Tony has enjoyed one of the finest all-around careers for a guard in GW basketball history. He entered his final home game just 11 points shy of GW's career Top 20 in scoring and ranks fourth all-time in assists. He joins Shawnta Rogers as the only Colonials with more than 1,300 points and 400 assists in their careers, and joins Rogers, Carl Elliott and Alvin Pearsall as the only GW players to lead their team in assists for four seasons. Tony will graduate from GW this spring with a degree in psychology and minor in health and wellness."  

 Ware: "A consistent leader on and off the court throughout his four seasons, Aaron will made his 119th consecutive appearance in the Buff and Blue on February 29, 2012, joining teammate Tony Taylor in not missing a single game in their careers. Earlier this season, he was chosen to the CBE Classic All-Tournament Team after scoring in double figures in all three games and helping the Colonials to three victories in as many days. Aaron will earn his degree in sociology with a minor in health and wellness in May."  

Edwards: "Jabari has enjoyed a banner final season at GW with single-season career highs across all categories, including 45 blocks, which ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10 and 85th in NCAA Division I. He enters his final home game with 111 career blocked shots, which ranks sixth all-time in program history. After completing his bachelor's degree in psychology last spring, Jabari earned Athletic Academic Dean's List honors this past fall and is set to receive a master's in education and human development this May."  
Conward: "Michael walked on to the men's basketball team during his freshman year and has remained committed to the Colonials the past four seasons. He's appeared in seven games in his career, and scored baskets in victories over UMBC and Fordham as a sophomore during the 2009-10 campaign. Michael earned Athletic Academic Dean's List honors last spring and will continue his studies in GW's five-year mechanical engineering program next year."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GW Basketball All-Stars, Episode 4: The Case of the Cursed Jersey


Written by Don Pitz.  Illustrations by Seth Melton.  Seth Melton is available for hire.  You can find more of his work at meltonium.com


The George Washington University Men’s College Basketball All Stars work every day to spread the joy of basketball.  They encourage others to live an active lifestyle with proper nutrition.  The League of Bad Guys is dedicated to bring chaos and evil.  They know the power of basketball is the greatest force of good in this world, and could bring us peace and prosperity.  Who will win this struggle?

Last episode, The League of Bad Guys went back in time to try to get Kurtis Blow to write a rap song about how he hated basketball.  That matter has since been resolved.


The GW Basketball All Stars are writing in their food journals at the Fortress of Basketball-tude.  Their neighbor Gary enters without knocking on the door.  "Hey, GW All Stars!  It's your crrrazy neighbor!" says Gary.  The All Stars cheer, happy to see their friend again. “Say, Pops.  I was exercising, and I think I injured my mattah ewe.”

“What’s a mattah ewe?” asks Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

“Nothing. What’s the matter with you?” asks Gary.  They all laugh together.  Gary exits.

The ghost of Yinka Dare appears before them.  “GW All Stars, the world needs your help!  Kopriva is in trouble.”

“What’s a Kopriva?” asks Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

“Oh, Pops” says Mike Hall. “Kopriva isn’t a thing.  John Kopriva is a Freshman Forward on GW’s basketball team.  What happened to Kopriva?”

“I’ve invited him to explain the problem”, says the Ghost of Yinka Dare.  John Kopriva enters.

“Hey, GW All Stars, it’s a real honor to meet you all.  I hope one day I can join your squad.  I’m about to head to a road game at Cal, but there’s a problem with my jersey.  It’s been whispering to me, telling me to do bad things”, says John Kopriva.

“What kind of bad things?” asks Mike Brown.

“Well, it was telling me all day yesterday that I should hang out with Attila Cosby,” says John Kopriva.

“Why would it be bad to hang out with Attila Cosby?” asks Pops Mensah-Bonsu.  Shawnta Rogers whispers something in his ear.  “Oh… wow.  Never mind”, says Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

“Today, it’s been telling me that I should pass the ball to Jabari Edwards.  If I go to the Cal game and do stuff like that, we’re going to lose.  What should I do?” asks John Kopriva.

Mike Brown says, “Well, first off:  You’re going to need to leave your jersey with us.  You’ll need to wear some other jersey to the Cal game.”

“But this is my lucky jersey!” says John Kopriva.

“Trust me, there is nothing lucky about hanging out with Atilla Cosby”, says Shawnta Rogers.  John Kopriva hands over the jersey and exits.  “Alright, GW All Stars, it looks like we have to exorcize a demon.”

“Not quite a demon, but you’re close,” says the ghost of Yinka Dare.  “John Kopriva is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Milwaukee is Algonquin for ‘The Good Land’.  I think somebody embued his jersey with an Algonquin spirit.  I don’t want to bore everyone with all the details, but you need to go to the spirit world of Algonquin mysticism.”

“How are we supposed to do that?” asks Mike Hall.

“Well, the good news is getting to the spirit world of Alqonquin mysticism is the easy part,” says the ghost of Yinka Dare.  “I’ve invited Religion Professor Dewey Wallace from GW.  He’ll explain how you can go to the spirit world of Algonquin mysticism.”

The Professor enters and teaches them how they can go to the spirit world of Algonquin mysticism.


Meanwhile, at the lair of the League of Bad Guys, they’re all talking about how they hate John Kopriva.

“I hate Kopriva because he not respect Triad,” says Mr. Kim.

“I hate Kopriva because he gave up football to play basketball,” says Comrade Chaos, in her thick Soviet accent.

“Grongo smash John Kopriva,” says the mindless oaf Grongo.

“Yes, well… I think we can stop worrying about John Kopriva,” says Number One Bad Guy.  “I’ve got wonderful news.  I’ve discovered how we can conjure an Algonquin spirit.”

"What good that do?" asks Mr. Kim.

"What good WILL that do," corrects Number One Bad Guy.  “I’ve imbued a spirit to Kopriva’s jersey.  I’ve commanded the spirit to whisper to Kopriva to do bad things, like hang out with Attila Cosby.”

“What so bad about hanging out with Attila Cosby?” asks Mr. Kim.  Comrade Chaos whispers something in his ear. “Oh, wow… never mind.”

“John Kopriva will give in to the spirit’s powers of suggestion.  He’ll start doing bad things and it will completely discredit GW’s basketball team.  The world will be ours!  It's really a foolproof plan.  The best part is the GW All Stars can't do anything about it."  They all laugh maniacally together.

The GW All Stars arrive at the spirit world of Algonquin mysticism.  It looks like a meeting place by the water.  They see former Native American basketball stars, like Jessie “Cab” Renich, Clyde “Chief” James, SuAnne Big Crow and Jim Thorpe.  They also see Chief Henry, Zach Morris’ tutor from the Saved by the Bell episode “Running Zach.”  They approach Chief Henry.

“Excuse us, Chief Henry, but we’re looking for a spirit that has taken over a basketball jersey to do evil things,” says Mike Brown.

“GW All-Stars!  It’s great to see you here.  I think the spirit you are looking for is the one known as Chief Slapaho.  He’s always up to no good.  Look for the room that looks like you made it backstage at an Alice Cooper concert.  You’ll find him there,” says Chief Henry.

The GW All-Stars encounter many strange things on their journey, far beyond our own comprehension.  They finally see Chief Slapaho, speaking to a spirit form of Kopriva’s jersey.  He is whispering “Eat red meat with every meal.”

“Chief Slapaho!  Your reign of terror ends now,” yells Mike Hall.  “We command you to leave Kopriva’s jersey at once!”

“Ahh… the GW All-Stars.  You are like the breath of a buffalo in the winter,” says Chief Slapaho.  “You are not in the position to command anything.  I say we leave this up for the Great Spirit to decide.  I will gather my team of famous American Indian basketball players, along with Chief Henry, to play you in a game of Rez Ball.  If you win, I will give up Kopriva’s jersey forever.  If you lose, you will stay in our spirit world and entertain us for all eternity.”

The GW All-Stars accept his challenge.  In the locker room before the game, they discuss their strategy and try to figure out who they can recruit as their fifth player. Former GW basketball player Chris Monroe enters the room.

“Chris Monroe!  What are you doing here?” asks Shawnta Rogers.

“I travel to spirit worlds a lot.  It’s fun!” says Chris Monroe.  “Mind if I play with you guys?”

Will the GW All-Stars banish the spirit of Chief Slapaho from John Kopriva’s jersey?  Will they spend the rest of eternity stuck in the Algonquin spirit world?  Will anybody get my “Saved by the Bell” reference?  Find out next time!

FIN

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hey! Senior Night is Wednesday. Celebrate Tony, Jabari, Aaron and Michael


Senior Night is this Wednesday, and it's a great opportunity to celebrate one of the best point guards GW's had in a long time, Tony Taylor. Do-it-all forward Aaron Ware is also a senior, as is big man Jabari Edwards and walk-on Michael Conward.

The game is against a pretty good La Salle team who have lost 5 of their last 6, so it should be a good game.

So get your tickets!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Important info for GW vs St. Joe's -- get there early, Orange line closure, more

GW just sent out a bunch of useful info for the Homecoming game Saturday against St. Joe's -- aka the #HawkHunt:

Colonials Fans -
We hope you're as excited as we are for the #HawkHunt and Homecoming 2012. We're welcoming men's basketball alumni, recognizing 2012 GW Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Chris Monroe and Shawnta Rogers, and hosting the Saint Joseph's Hawks for a big A-10 game Saturday afternoon. There will be no shortage of memories. 

Here are a few useful reminders that we hope will make a great game even better for you:
Get to the game early. An especially large crowd is expected for tomorrow's game, meaning that there will likely be fewer parking spaces than normal and longer lines at the box office and will call entrances. Club members are encouraged to enter the Smith Center via the lower ramp at the 23rd and G Street entrance, and season ticket holders with tickets in hand are encouraged to bypass lines and use the upper ramp at 23rd and G Streets NW. 

Tip-Off is at 4pm. Please be mindful of this unique start time for this Saturday's game. 

Be mindful of Metro Orange Line closures. There will be no orange line service between Rosslyn and Virginia Square this weekend. Trains will be replaced by shuttle buses between those two stations. Visit the WMATA website for more details. 

Finally, GW Athletics is proud to support the Clinton Global Initiative and the GW + Phones = Hope campaign. We encourage you to bring your old cell phones to the game. There will be phone collection bins at all entrances of the Smith Center tomorrow for you to help the university's effort to collect 20,000 phones to help fund child and maternal health projects in Africa. 

Thanks as always for your support of the Colonials. With three home games to go, we look forward to you showing our opponents what it means to Raise High the Buff & Blue.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Put GW on your Facebook or Twitter picture!

This is pretty cool: GW just got a "twibbon" or little GW icon you can drop on your Facebook or Twitter pictures. The image hypes the Homecoming game on Saturday, and it's very easy to add, just go to the site and add it.

Nice to see this kind of clever, easy, quick stuff by the athletic department.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Homecoming is the 18th versus St. Joe's, tix are going fast

Do you like GW basketball? Do you want GW to beat St. Joe's?

Hopefully you answered yes to both of those, and in that case, buy tickets to GW's homecoming game! Enter the promo code HOMECOMING for $10 seats.

There will be a bunch of former GW players in the stands as well, like incoming Hall of Fame members Chris Monroe and Shawnta Rogers (and to toot my own horn, I nominated Shawnta to be in the Hall! One person's activism can make a difference.)

The game is this Saturday at 4 pm, and the first 750 fans get a "100 years in Foggy Bottom" pennant, which is pretty cool. GW moved from Columbia Heights and other locations around town to Foggy Bottom in 1912. Here's more events about the 100th anniversary and the great GW Encyclopedia (including all the former campuses).


Friday, February 10, 2012

Why doesn't GW get more Washington Post coverage? The Post responds

The other day, I was reading Twitter incessantly about GW (I am one of those nerds who tweets constantly during games -- see @colonialhoops) and noticed something: the Washington Post had an official Twitter for George Mason hoops: @GMUWashPost.

Good for Mason, but that got me thinking: why not an official Post Twitter for GW? GWUWashPost? We've been more of a player for longer, as they only became a big name after some good seasons and the Final Four with Coach Jim Larranaga.

So not expecting a response, I asked the @GMUWashPost Twitter why, and here's the conversation. GW fan Sean Rose got into the act too. So in short, a full arena and better record. That's a bit like the chicken and the egg, but at least we know. And we can do it -- in the past, there were often sellouts at the Smith Center.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Uçtu Uçtu Pops Uçtu: Here is Pops dunking like crazy in Turkey

I have no idea what "Uçtu Uçtu Pops Uçtu" means in Turkish, but I assume it means something to the effect of "Awesome Awesome Pops Awesome." Here's the King Whale Killer throwing one down in Turkey. He is also rocking some shades.

Here's the video.

Pops has played for Besitkas, one of the biggest Turkish teams, since December, and he's averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Adam Morrison from Gonzaga (and from goofy mustache) plays on the team too.

(via Pops' Facebook page)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Refs: this is a foul

Here's Bryan Bynes getting his jersey pulled trying to make a last-second layup for the win against Xavier. Pretty sure you can't do that. No call, GW misses putbacks, Xavier wins.


Here's the video where you can briefly see it (it's obscured a bit.) The video also shows Tu Holloway's travel (or what sure looks like a travel.) You can see the fans' immediate reactions to Tu too.

  <a href='http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/video?videoid=a6d52970-2844-4176-9f8b-8f65f99d0dfa&src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='Highlights: Xavier nips George Washington 59-58' >Video: Highlights: Xavier nips George Washington 59-58</a>

Thanks to somebody on GWHoops for finding the photo.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Xavier tonight! Buff Out!


Also, if you wear a jacket, keep it on during the player introductions -- then when Tu Holloway is announced, unzip and zip it: Tu said that after the big Cincinnati brawl, "we got a whole bunch of gangsters in our locker room. Not thugs, but tough guys on the court. We went out there and zipped em up at the end of the game. That’s our motto — zip ‘em up.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

GW beats Richmond, Charlotte at home: turning the corner?

Basketballs #basketball

Despite an overall 8-10 record, GW is 3-2 in conference after a surprise drubbing of Richmond 83-65 and a 60-52 win over Charlotte.

It seems like coach Mike Lonergan has changed and solidified his lineups lately, with Smith, Mikic, Taylor, Ware and Kromah starting both games, while big men Jon Kopriva and Jabari Edwards are getting a lot fewer minutes than in previous games. Kopriva and Edwards had been averaging 37 minutes a game between them, but against the Spiders and 49ers, that dropped to 22 and 14 total.

While I think Kopriva will be solid later on, he's only averaging 3.7 points and 2.5 boards, and had some defensive lapses. Edwards rebounds well and can block shots, but doesn't do much on offense. Aaron Ware and David Pellom have picked up some of the rebounding slack, averaging 7.5 and 6.5 over the two games.

The team also seems stronger on offense and has started the game less flat than in the earlier part of the season, as well as playing much stingier defense, causing bad shots and getting more rebounds. And against Charlotte, Nemanja Mikic came out of his shooting slump, scoring 19 on 3/5 from three, plus some long jumpers and even some nice moves down low.

The team still needs to work on free throws (only 53% against Charlotte) and on making short shots and lay-ups, but there's some hope. The games have been exciting (a nice return) and have been close even when the good guys are playing poorly. Then, as has happened all year, the team turns it on in the second half -- GW scored 50 in the second against Richmond. For the season, the Colonials have scored 516 in the first half versus 661 in the second, while opponents have scored 626 and 613. That's a big difference. Hopefully the guys from Foggy Bottom can come out strong in the first halves from here on out.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stomp the Spiders tomorrow, 7 pm -- plus dance crew, free shirts


GW plays the Spiders of Richmond tomorrow at 7 pm at ol' Smith Center, and there's also some cool promotions -- a DC-based dance crew from the America's Best Dance Crew TV show is performing at halftime, and they're also giving out free Stomp the Spiders t-shirts for the first 100 people there.

Sounds good to me. Let's help GW get the 2nd conference win of the year.

No word whether Randy Jackson will be in attendance or not, dawg.
You can get college basketball tickets here.