Men’s Gameday #10: GW vs Ohio

George Washington Colonials (6-3) vs. Ohio Bobcats (3-4)
2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, Quarterfinals
2:30 PM, Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI
Media Coverage: ESPNU/WatchESPN, 1500 AM, FederalNewsRadio.com

Editor’s Note: While WRGW will not be providing our own game broadcast due to budgetary restrictions, our own Cameron Rohde is on site in Honolulu and will be filing pre and postgame reports from the Diamond Head Classic.

Last Game – GW is coming off a tough road loss, 64-51 to Penn State (11-1). Kevin Larsen had one of his better performances of the year, putting up 15 points, a career-high-tying 13 rebounds, and a new career-high of four blocks. Patricio Garino also had a solid game with 15 points. Larsen and Garino’s contributions were not enough, and nobody else stepped up to help the team win an important non-conference tilt.

Opponent Preview-Ohio

2013-2014 Record: 25-12 (11-7 MAC), Post Season- CIT – Quarterfinal loss to VMI, Ken Pom-135

2014-2015 Record: 3-4 ; Ken Pom Rating-183

Ohio had high hopes for this season when they finished the year with a loss to VMI in the quarterfinals of the CIT. However, that changed when coach Jim Christian left for Boston College. Christian had only been head coach for two seasons, but had led the program to a combined record of 49-22. Saul Phillips came in as a highly-touted replacement for the Bobcats, but he has not been able to translate the magic he had at North Dakota State. Coming into the year, the Bobcats were picked to finish second in the East Division of the MAC, but have struggled mightily this year, fresh off an overtime loss to Evansville.

Players to Watch

Maurice Ndour – Ndour was selected to the Preseason All-MAC team and is coming off a year that saw him put up 13.8 points per game and seven rebounds a game. Ndour, listed at 6-9, is a powerful shot blocker, and had 55 rejections last year. This year he has not disappointed, putting up 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Do not be surprised if Larsen struggles with Ndour’s athleticism.

Javarez Willis– Willis is a transfer from Texas Tech and is the Bobcats best sniper from outside. Willis has been huge this year for the Bobcats, shooting 17-44 from downtown. Willis has the potential to put up big numbers against GW if Mike Lonergan runs the 1-3-1 zone, which has not been the same dominant defense that it was last year.

Stevie Taylor– Taylor is the steady hand for the Bobcats, and has taken on a much larger role after they lost Nick Kellogg (Clark Kellogg’s son). Expectations were high for the senior after he averaged seven points, three rebounds, and two assists per game last season. However, Taylor hasn’t improved at all, and is actually a much worse player this year. His overall efficiency has gone down, and none of his numbers have increased, even though he has a larger role in the offense.

Prediction

GW 74-60 – I believe the game will be close in the first half. But, I think the Colonials will pull away in the second half. Barring a three-point barrage from Willis, the Colonials should win this one by double-digits.

Posted on December 22, 2014, in Campus, GW Basketball, Men's Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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