GW MBB Week in Review
By: Harry Falber
The Week That Was (3-0)
75-71 win vs. UMES
77-75 win vs. Siena
61-41 win vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
The Week Ahead
11/21/16 vs. Georgia (in Kansas City)
11/22/16 vs. Kansas/UAB (In Kansas City)
11/26/16 vs. Penn State
- So far the Colonials have done what they have supposed to do. They have beaten three inferior teams on their home court. There was no reason GW should have lost any of these games.
- Tyler Cavanaugh: Going into the season, we knew that this team would go as far as Cavanaugh would take them. He’s the team’s star and so far he’s playing like it. In the three games, Cavanaugh is averaging 18 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 43% from the field. If Cavanaugh keeps this up, GW will be very happy.
- Yuta Watanabe: With Garino, McDonald, and Larsen leaving, for GW to have success this season, Watanabe needed to take a step forward offensively. Yuta is averaging 11.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. He is also shooting 43% from the field. Last year, Yuta averaged 8.4 points per game and only 4 rebounds per game. If Yuta can do this over the course of the full season, GW could be looking at a tournament bid.
- Collin Smith: Smith wasn’t even ranked by ESPN as a recruit coming into this year. However, he won the starting Center roll and he’s run with it. He’s averaging 8.7 points per game and 6.3 rebounds in only 18.7 minutes per game. It will be interesting to see how those numbers translate if he starts playing more minutes.
- Three point shooting. GW is only shooting 26% from downtown. To put that in perspective, the worst three point shooting team in the NBA (The New Orleans Pelicans) are shooting 31% from behind the arc. Last year, the colonials shot 37% the three point distance. The shooting needs to get better.
- Turnovers. GW is averaging 17 turnovers per game while their opponents are averaging 9.7 turnovers per game. That is not a good stat. Especially against these teams. What will happen when GW is playing in the A-10?
- Overall, it looks like GW is getting their feet wet with a whole new cast of characters and a new coach. GW only has 3 players returning who played any meaningful minutes last year (Watanabe, Cavanaugh, and Matt Hart). The rookies and transfers, as well has Interim Coach Maurice Joseph have gotten the ability to find their sea legs and figure out what works. Now GW will have to face better competition. It will be interesting to see how they play.
Game to watch
- We can all assume Kansas will beat UAB in this week’s CBE Hall Of Fame Classic in Kansas City, meaning that if GW beats Georgia, they will take on the Jayhawks. I have my fingers crossed for this game. We all saw what GW against Virginia last year. Let’s see if this team has the same magic.