Sunday: GW vs Auburn in the BB&T

This Sunday GW faces their next big name opponent, Auburn. While not a gimme, this one should be somewhat easier for the Colonials, which is a good thing. Hopefully GW can right the ship with this one.

The Tigers are 3-1 with a GW-esque schedule: wins over Charleston Southern, Kennesaw State, and Alabama State. Their one loss is to Tulane, which is not exactly a good loss - the Green Wave is 3-2 with a similarly crummy schedule. In that loss, Tulane outrebounded and and outshot the Tigers.

Auburn as a team is shooting .500 on the season, due in part to their weak schedule, and .359 from three, with about 7 made threes per game. That seems like a lot, but it's even in the top 100 nationally. For comparison, GW is making 7.5 per game.

They're led guy forward Korovotney Barber (15 points, 8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game, shooting .771!), and guard Rasheem Wright, the recent SEC player of the week who is averaging 14 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He's also their primary three point shooter, taking about 6 per and hitting about 2. Other contributors are guards Dewayne Reed and Frank Tolbert, both averaging more than 9 points and shooting under 40% for the season. Freshman forward Lucas Hargrove is GW sized (6'6, 188) and has been decent so far, about 7 points and 5 boards a game.

So it looks like if GW can contain Wright, this will be a much different game. And GW must stay out of foul trouble.

The game is at 2:30 at the MCI Center, and it will be on MASN. GW has not lost a BB&T game since 2003, which was against Gonzaga.


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