GW MBB Preview vs USF
By: Arthur Pescan
Following their close victory at Harvard this past Tuesday, the George Washington Colonials (4-3) will look for their fifth win of the season Saturday afternoon as they take on the USF Bulls (4-2) at the Smith Center.
After losing three straight games to put the Colonials at a lackluster 3-3, the 77-74 win at Harvard was a needed boost to the team as they look to get back on track for the season. Led by Tyler Cavanaugh (20 points, 7 rebounds) and Jaren Sina (19 points), the Colonials owned the boards, outrebounding the Crimson 40-29. Big showings from freshmen Collin Smith, Arnoldo Toro, and Kevin Marfo (combined 20 points, 19 rebounds) complemented the offensive dominance, allowing the Colonials to notch the victory in Boston.
With second-leading scorer Yuta Watanabe out indefinitely with a calf injury, look for Tyler Cavanaugh to continue to lead the team in scoring, boards, and assists (18.4 PPG, 8 RPG, 19 APG). Jaren Sina will keep up his stellar performance at the line, as he looks to continue his perfect 22-of-22, the national leader in freebies currently.
Meanwhile, USF looks to extend their win streak to three with a victory against the Colonials. The Bulls defeated Kennesaw State, 71-69, Monday, followed by Troy on Thursday, 80-74, in a week which has seen the team throw a season-high 55.8 percent from the field. Junior guard Geno Thorpe has led the relatively fresh Bulls offense, reaching double digit scoring every game with an average of 16.3 points. Thorpe looks set to continue this offensive prowess into Saturday’s contest against the Colonials.
Though the Bulls are coming off two offense-heavy wins, the Colonials’ prowess at the boards and at the line gives them a distinct edge in this matchup. So long as they can keep turnovers, of which the team committed a startling 16 at Harvard, to a minimum, the Colonials have a fair shot of moving to 5-3 in a 72-65 victory over USF.