Friday, December 18, 2015

Great video about GW basketball: Building the Foundation


GW is doing great lately -- top 25, big wins, and some great outreach. Here's a fantastic video about the team's growth since 2012, especially the seniors: Joe McDonald, Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino.

It's really well done and inspiring. Hail to the Buff!

I can't figure out how to embed it, but here's the link.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Yes!! GW now #21/22 in the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll!


It seemed like any day now, and it's here: GW is in the top 25! The AP has GW at #21 and the USA Today Coaches Poll has the team at #22.

That's a jump a jump in 8 and 9 spots respectively after the Colonials demolished Rutgers 83-49 to improve to 9-1.

This is the first time since 2006 that GW has been ranked, and it's well-deserved -- the good guys have only lost to then #24 Cincinnati and have beaten then #6 UVa, plus Tennessee, Penn State, Seton Hall and Rutgers.

GW is also an absurd #8 in the RPI.

GWSports.com has more on the rankings!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Colonials now 8-1; GW looks at best starts in program history


The good guys resoundingly beat Penn State on Tuesday, 76-66, improving to 8-1. That's among the best starts in program history, and GWSports has an interesting article looking at other good starts in the past.

Highlights include 2004-2005, when GW beat #9 Michigan State and #11 Maryland in back to back games at the BB&T Classic, the great 2005-2006 team when the Colonials started the season 26-1 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, the 1992-93 Sweet 16 season, and all the way back to 1953-54 when the team won the Southern Conference and reached the NCAAs for the first time.

That team included two players that scored 21 points a game, Corky Devlin and Joe Holup, and Holup also added an absurd 18.6 rebounds per game. Both later played in the NBA, and Holup collected 25.6 rebounds in the 55-56 season! Not bad for a 6'6" guy.

One of the most interesting things is that with all these great starts, GW made the tournament each time. Time will tell, but I'm hoping.

Here's the stats from that 53-54 team. Yow.




Pictured is the 1906-07 team from the GW Encyclopedia and 1953-54 stats from Sports-Reference.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GW vs Penn State tonight at the Smith Center -- and free Ben's Chili Bowl for first 250 fans!


The Colonials are back, looking to improve to a redonkulous 8-1 tonight, hosting the 5-2 Penn State Nittany Lions. It's the first time GW has hosted a Big 10 team since 1986, and there will probably be a lot of PSU fans in attendance, as there's a big fan base in DC.

So you should go! And another good reason is FREE FOOD! GW is giving away 250 Ben's Chili Bowl chili dogs to the first 250 fans, starting at 6 pm. Pretty awesome deal -- and also an awesome way to make lots of Bronx cheers to drown out the opposing fans.

It's also a good chance for revenge, as last year Penn State beat GW in State College, and the Colonials played poorly, shooting only 34% and hitting 0/8 threes and 15/23 free throws.

GW needs a big turnout today -- let's go!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Today in random GW eBay finds: awesome Elena Vishniakova jersey


I'm going to start posting the random and cool GW things I find on eBay, and the first installment is this pretty awesome buff Elena Vishniakova #22 jersey.

A forward transfer from Russia via the University of Georgia, Vishniakova averaged double figures in points for her two years at GW (2000-2002) on those great teams with guards Cathy Joens and Erica Lawrence and forward Ugo Oha's freshman year. GW was 43-19 those two years and made the NCAA tourney once, along with the NIT. Here's her somewhat out of date bio from GW.

The jersey looks pretty great too, it's buff with Vishniakova's name on the back, and right now is $34.95. Not a bad deal for a cool old jersey.


You can get college basketball tickets here.