Wednesday, February 24, 2016

GW destroys La Salle 90-50, slightly improves NCAA hopes


The Colonials were on fire on Sunday, clobbering the Explorers of La Salle 90-50. The good guys shot 58% from the floor and 70% from three as five players scored in double figures.

Jordan Roland and Yuta Watanabe both had nice games, scoring 11 each, and Yuta added three blocks. Tyler Cavanaugh scored 22, Patricio Garino had 19 on 7-7 shooting from the floor, including 4 threes and 8 boards, and Alex Mitola added 10.  Kevin Larsen added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

The big win seemed to have gotten the good guys some notice too among Bracketologists. Jerry Palm with CBS Sports has GW one of the last four in, while Joe Lunardi, NBC Sports and SB Nation had the Colonials as one of the first four out. Lunardi said on Twitter he thought GW had a 40-45% chance to make it. USA Today had GW as part of the next four out.

Those are all improvements upon last week, however, as many of those didn't even mention GW. ESPN had GW's RPI at 50 on Monday.

So what's next? The Colonials have four games left: a visit to Richmond to face the 14-12 Spiders this Wednesday, then hosting VCU (20-7) on Saturday and George Mason (9-18) on Tuesday, closing the season at 16-9 Davidson on March 5th.

Obviously winning all four would help -- especially as VCU is teetering on being a top 50 RPI team, currently at 49. The Rams still have Mason, GW, Dayton and St. Joe's, so they'll probably stay in the top 50. GW has already beaten VCU, Mason and Davidson and dropped a double overtime heartbreaker to Richmond earlier.

One or two losses there, and the good guys would surely need multiple wins in the A-10 tournament, maybe even a title. So we'll see. At least things are looking a bit brighter. That tends to happen after a 40-point win.

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