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GW MBB takes on Rider Monday Night

By: Alex Tong

This Monday night, GW will take on the Rider Broncs here at home at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Broncs come into this game sharing a common 2-1 winning record lead by their sophomore star Stevie Jordan, who leads the team in all points, rebounds, and assists per game. But the Colonials are not alone. With players Patrick Steeves, Bo Zeigler, Jair Bolden and Yuta Watanabe carrying the team in the front court and others, such as Arnaldo Toro, protecting the back court, the Colonials will still have to put up quite the battle if they are to chalk up another in the win column.

In addition, whatever the Broncs lack in size, they can easily make up for in speed. And vice-versa for the Colonials, whatever they lack in speed, they can compensate for in size. However, where the Broncs have the Colonials beat is in assists, with Jordan dishing out 7.7 assists per game. Overall, tonight’s matchup is going to be a tight one.

While Rider shares a “better” win against Hampton (they won by 15 while GW beat them by 8), GW should be able to ride their home court advantage to another non-conference victory.

GW: 76

Rider: 61

GW MBB Downs Hampton 65-57

By: Cam Ventola

Your GW Colonials took on the Hampton Pirates today at the Charles E. Smith, winning 65-57. GW improve to 2-1 on the year with the win.

Hampton’s Jermaine Marrow, a Sophomore Guard, led all scorers with 25 points on 12-25 shooting; no other Pirate had more than 7 points. The Pirates overall shot 39% from the field in a relatively lackluster effort that also saw them shoot 2-12 from 3.

GW, meanwhile, had a more balanced scoring effort, with Patrick Steeves and Jair Bolden leading the way with 13 and 14 points respectively. Bolden led all players with 5 assists, too. GW played a fairly clean game where they turned the ball over only 6 times, though 5 of those TO’s came in the second half.

Next up, the Colonials will be taking on the Rider University Broncs at home on Monday the 20th. Jake Sichel and Alex Tong will be on the call, tip off at 7.

And be sure to tune in as the women’s team takes on their crosstown rivals, the Georgetown Hoyas, at the Smith Center tomorrow! Joey Mamlin and Joseph Politano will be on the call, tip off at 2.

GW WBB heads to Towson looking for First Victory

By: Daniel Stettin

The George Washington Colonials (0-2) head up to Towson, Maryland Thursday night to take on the Towson Tigers (0-1). GW is coming off a heartbreaking OT loss to South Dakota State in a game where GW led in the final 30 seconds of regulation and had an opportunity to win it at the buzzer. Towson lost their opener to UMass on Sunday by a score of 72-49. Tonight’s game will be the home opener for the Tigers as well.

Familiar Faces

Towson is led by former Colonials assistant coach Diane Richardson. She spent four seasons in Foggy Bottom from 2012-2016 and left to become an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the West Virginia Mountaineers after former GW Coach Jonathan Tsipis left for Wisconsin. This is Richardson’s first season at Towson and she is looking for her first win as well. She also brought along another former GW assistant and alumni with her in assistant coach Zach Kancher. It will interesting to see how her familiarity with some of this GW roster will affect the gameplan.

Case for the Colonials

Despite the fact that GW is 0-2 on the season, they are flat out a better and more talented basketball team. GW is bigger, stronger, faster than this Towson team. The addition of Freshman Neila Luma to the starting lineup added a physical element this team has desperately missed after Lexi Martins exhausted her eligibility. As well, Mei-Lyn Bautista had her first career double-double last game and if she can continue passing the way she has, Towson will be in trouble. Don’t forget the steadying presence of Kelli Prange and Brianna Cummings, the two upperclassmen has really held down the fort for GW thus far.

Case for the Tigers

Having a former GW assistant will definitely play a factor into Towson’s chances in this game. Coach Richardson and Kancher know the strengths and weaknesses of all the veteran Colonials. I don’t expect Towson to continue struggling from downtown like they did in the opener where they shot 1-16 so hitting their three’s key. Sophomore wing Nukiya Mayo is a real mismatch for Towson, at 6-3 she is able to play inside and out and will be tough to defend.

Bottom Line

Despite the concerns of Towson having the inside scouting report on the Colonials, GW is flat out just a better team. The freshman Neila Luma has really added a physical element that Towson cannot match. As well, Brianna Cummings should be able to use her athleticism to attack the basket. This game is just a total mismatch for Towson, especially after they struggled against a UMass team that is expected to finish near the bottom of the A10.

Will Japan’s Babe Ruth come stateside this offseason?

By: Ben Greenberger

Shohei Otani might be the best baseball player in the world. The Japanese phenom has the potential to be this generation’s Babe Ruth. And one lucky team will pay next to nothing to acquire his services if he decides to come stateside this offseason (or next offseason).

Otani, 23, is a rare once-in-a-century talent. He has thrived in Japan’s highest professional league as both a pitcher and a DH. In 2016, he hit .322 with 22 homers and 67 RBI in 104 games. Not only is he a dynamic bat capable of upgrading the middle of a team’s lineup, but he is also an ace on the mound. The righty posted a 10-4 record with a 1.86 ERA that same season. Many fans often object to the assumption of continuation of these gaudy numbers, but even if there’s a small regression, Otani is still 23 and if his production regresses, he would still be worthy of MVP consideration.

It’s easy to see why every team would be interested in Otani’s services. However, Japanese pros are generally expensive, so that should limit the amount of teams able to spend big on Otani. But, there’s a huge exception to consider. Otani is only eligible for a maximum salary of any team’s international signing pool money (the Texas Rangers have the most available, at $3.5M). An MLB team will likely pay a posting fee of $20M to Otani’s NPB League team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, and then they can negotiate what will likely amount to a ~$3M deal with Otani. Since he is still considered an amateur (under 25), the deal will be restricted to a minor league contract, similar to the deals typically signed by Latin American prospects. It will likely be a short-term deal, leaving him with the ability to re-enter free agency by his mid to late 20s. If Otani waits two more years, he will be able to get as big of a contract as he wants (at least from the team that pays the posting fee).

As for the frontrunners for Otani’s services, it seems like the favorites are the Mariners, Yankees, and Rangers–AL teams who can offer money, comfort, and two-way versatiity for Otani. Every team figures to make an effort, though, as it would be foolish to not chase a player with perennial All-Star potential at the plate to compliment his 102-mph fastball off the mound.