GW MBB vs Georgia Preview
By: Daniel Stettin
The George Washington Colonials (3-0) will open the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Missouri vs the Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) tonight at 7 PM at the Sprint Center. The Colonials won both of their games in the campus portion of the tournament with wins over Siena and Arkansas-Pine Bluff this past Tuesday and Thursday. The Bulldogs also won both of their game in the campus portion with wins over UNC Asheville and Furman.
The storyline for the Colonials this season has been how deep this team is compared to past GW teams. There were points last season where only seven players were consistently playing 10+ minutes a night. This year, Coach Joseph has expanded his bench to the point where it isn’t out of the question to see 9-10 players getting 10+ minutes a night. The Colonials have seen their most success this year when they have gone up-tempo with Jaren Sina at the point. Sina picked up the tempo in the Siena and subsequently had his best game because of it. Colin Smith is going to have work on avoiding fouls as well, since he has been a difference maker when he has been in the game. Sina and Smith both have showed a connection to help spark the offense when the two are on the floor together
The Bulldogs, coached by Mark Fox, are led by Junior F Yante Maten and Senior G J.J. Frazier. The two combine for 59% of the Bulldogs points this year. Outside of Junior G Juwan Parker, nobody else on Georgia plays more then 22 minutes a night. If GW can force any of the three to take poor shots or pass to another player, Georgia would have to win behind players who have not had scoring roles so far this season. The Bulldogs do have plenty of size, expect to see multiple players that are 6-8 or taller but GW has enough big bodies to keep up with their big men.
While the Bulldogs certainly seem threatening with the two man team of Maten and Frazier, I don’t see them having enough depth to counter the deep roster for the Colonials. Many of the players on Georgia were rated similarly to GW’s so the talent level is fairly similar as well. Tyler Cavanaugh puts up 25 points and 11 rebounds, Jaren Sina puts up 18 points and 5 assists and the Colonials win 74-69 to face the winner of Kansas/UAB tomorrow night.