Men Host Lafayette Leopards in Season Opener, Pregame Coverage starts at 6:50
Game 1: George Washington Colonials vs Lafayette Leopards 7:00 PM
Cameron Rohde, Co-Sports Director
7 PM, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
The Colonials face a stern test in their season opener as last year’s Patriot League Tournament champions make the trip down from Easton, Pennsylvania. The Leopards won 20 games last year and were rewarded with a tough matchup against interstate foe Villanova. The Leopards lost that game 93-52 but look to be a highly competitive team once again this year.
Three Things to Watch for Non-Conference Play
- JOE MAC: I’m expecting big things out of McDonald this year…. like Atlantic 10 player of the year. Yeah I said it, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to most GW fans. McDonald’s body looks NBA ready and combine that with last year’s newly acquired perimeter touch should equate to big things on campus this year. Bigger things are on the horizon for McDonald and it all starts tonight.
- Watanabe Time –Yuta dominated in the exhibition, scoring 15 points on 4-7 shooting while also snatching six rebounds. Yuta looked like a much improved player; looking stronger handling the basketball, exhibited a new hustle for rebounding, and was far more in tune with defensive rotations then anytime last year. If Yuta breaks out in his sophomore campaign, expect the team to re-enter the national picture come the start of A-10 play.
- Rotation- It was pretty clear last Saturday evening that guard play will not be a problem this year. Jorgensen will be the “Prince Harry of Harlem” he was billed up to be, Mitola gives the Colonials much needed outside shooting and Roland brings more athleticism and scoring off the bench then we’ve had in years past. The bigger question is front court depth. Who is going to provide defense and rebounding for the second unit? Who spells Larsen or Cavanaugh when either big is fatigued or in foul trouble? Saturday’s exhibition didn’t give us clarity and the answer may be to put Pato or Yuta at the stretch 4. The rotation should be much clearer come conference play and if small ball isn’t the answer than I’m not sure what is .
Game Prediction – McDonald outmatches Patriot League Tournament MVP Nick Linder, Larsen starts the year out with a double-double and Yuta scores double digits once again.
Final Score Colonials- 79 Leopards 63