Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vote for GW's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee video: Beat VCU!

Help GW beat VCU and win this year's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee video contest. The theme is "The Evolution of the Student Athlete." And it takes 5 seconds to vote, so go do it!

Here's GW's superior video. It is pretty good.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A bunch of jerks are leaving the A-10: who should replace them?

So you may have heard all the news lately, Temple and now Butler and Xavier are going to the Big East, while Charlotte is going to Conference USA because they want to be a big time football school (good luck with that.)

Obviously it stinks (though I suppose you can't blame them) and there are rumors that SLU and Dayton might join those jerks in the Big East too. UMass is apparently looking to upgrade football, so they might not be far behind. All of those combined means there are a lot of holes in the conference. So who should we get?

This is a tough one. One on hand, it sucks to be a conference taking schools from another conference, since it just happened to us, but you'd still have to. So here are my guesses, and feel free to add yours.

The first ones I thought of were George Mason, Old Dominion, James Madison and Delaware -- big state schools that are nearby. Mason has a decent hoops following now thanks to their Final Four a few years ago and a great arena, ODU has a good hoops program and is in a big metro area, and Delaware.. well, it's a big school. JMU is also big and just made this year's NCAA tourney.

However, ODU, JMU and Delaware all have football aspirations (the Blue Hens had this Flacco guy, too) and we might not want to grab some teams that are leaving soon. Then again, why not? They'd have to pay the conference money to leave, but it might not be worth the effort to get them and then have to get more teams a couple of years later when they leave. I think Mason would be a fun local rival but I'm not sure if the decent teams lately are just a hangover from the Larranaga years or part of a consistently good program.

So how about some other options? They'd probably have to be pretty good schools with some name recognition, probably without football, located in the east and ideally in a big city. That narrows things down a lot. Boston University comes to mind first -- while they aren't always a great basketball school, they are a good university in a big city (hey, sounds like us.) Vermont would also be a good one to grab -- they've been solid even after we yoinked their coach, and Stony Brook, with former Karl Hobbs assistant Steve Pikiell at the helm, has been good too -- however, if he leaves for a bigger school, that may end. Manhattan is a solid hoops program but not a very big school (hey, maybe we can swap them for St. Bonaventure or Fordham!) while Drexel, Northeastern, UNC-Wilmington and Hofstra also might be good grabs, though all except NU are down this year.

I'm not really interested in any MAAC, NEC or Big South teams, as most are too small, so that leaves the Patriot League and Southern Conference as other places that might be good to look at. I would have said Navy would be great, but they're going to the Big East (well, one of the Big Easts) because of football, and Army is pretty bad at sports for some reason. Bucknell is usually pretty good at hoops, but maybe not as high profile as I'd like. As for the SoCon, College of Charleston and Davidson are probably good picks -- both being traditionally good hoops places, though Davidson is quite small and in a little town. I like the idea of expanding the conferences southern roots too.

So those are my ideas. How about yours?

UPDATE: GWHoopsters mentioned Belmont, which is in Nashville. That's not a bad one either, though smallish and a bit of a hike.

Image from collegesportsinfo.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GW vs UMass A-10 tourney watch party at Buffalo Billiards this Thursday

Alright folks, here we go: GW faces UMass this Thursday, and GW is hosting a watch party at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont. There are drink specials and there's no need to register, so just show up! The winner would face Temple on Friday, also at 9pm. (And not getting ahead of myself, but if GW beats UMass, I'm there!)

Here's a Facebook invite to keep it on your calendar. The game is at 9pm and the watch party starts at 8:30. I'll definitely be there, hope a lot of other folks can make it too.

Here's the full tourney schedule.

I have to say, this is my favorite sports time of the year. Pretty pumped for this game.


Monday, March 11, 2013

GW gets epic overtime win vs Dayton on a dunk, qualifies for A-10 tourney

No sleep til Brooklyn! After a painful first ten minutes of the game when Dayton was scoring with impunity, the good guys stepped up their game and made it one to remember.

The key was shutting down Kevin Dillard, who had 16 points in the first half but only 4 in the second, and the Colonials roared back to tie the game. Isaiah Armwood delivered a slam off a missed Lasan Kromah layup to give GW the win in overtime after a Dayton three was ruled (correctly) to have come after the final buzzer.

It was an intense game, with GW shooting free throws abysmally (47.6%) while outrebounding the Flyers 42-34 and also collecting 9 steals and 6 blocks. The good guys had 5 players in double figures, a nice sight to see. Also nice to see the spring break crowd quiet the Dayton rowdies in attendance. Here's the GW official recap, pretty sweet.

GW is the #11 seed and now faces #6 seed UMass on Thursday at 9 pm in Brooklyn, here are ticket details. Students can get free tix here!

But I'll let the videos tell the tale, here's Armwood's dunk on the SportsCenter top 10 plays:


The celebration in the GW locker room when he walked in:


And a bunch more views of the dunk. I watched this over and over.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Here's women's Coach Tsipis hitting a backwards, over-the-head halfcourt shot at Temple

Awesome.



I've spoken to coach Jonathan Tsipis a few times, and he's always a really nice, friendly guy. And he has some skills!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cool GW fight song video; and GW fight song, goat edition

So the other day, GW put together a video faculty, staff and athletes singing the GW fight song. Some folks I quickly recognized were Coaches Tsipis and Lonergan, athletic department staff, and more. It's pretty cool:




And then recently, somebody remixed it, adding in some screaming goats. It's hilarious and bizarre:



 Which do you prefer?


You can get college basketball tickets here.