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2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: George Washington Colonials

George Washington Colonials

Record: (24-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10)

RPI: 29 (.601)

BPI: 38 (76.4)

Conference: Atlantic 10

How They Qualified: At-large

Season Summary

Head coach Mike Lonergan and the Colonials started off hot as a pistol, racing out to a 12-2 mark prior to conference play, which included wins over fellow tournament teams Manhattan (80-74) and Creighton (60-53).

The beginning of league play was no different for GW as they rattled off five straight wins after dropping their A-10 opener at LaSalle. Then came a stretch of mediocrity as they went 3-4 over their next seven before finishing strong with four wins in their final five regular season games.

They earned the 3 seed for the A-10 Tournament, earning a double-bye into the quarterfinals, where they took on and took down sixth-seeded UMass, 85-77. They were promptly throttled by VCU, 74-55, just a day before Selection Sunday.

A ticket to the tourney was never in any doubt for a team picked to finish 10th in the league in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Now they’re the 9 seed in the East Region and will face the #8 Memphis Tigers on Friday, March 21st at 6:55 pm EST. The game can be seen on TBS.

What You Need to Know

Leading Scorer: Maurice Creek – 14.3 ppg

Leading Rebounder: Isaiah Armwood – 8.5 rpg

Leading Passer: Joe McDonald – 4.1 apg

Bad Losses: at LaSalle

Good Wins: at Manhattan, Creighton, VCU, UMass, St. Joseph’s

What to Expect

After being omitted from the initial pressing of the NCAA Tourney shirts in favor of Georgetown, GW is out for blood. Not really, but forgetting about a team this good shouldn’t happen.

Expect Creek, a fifth-year senior and former Indiana Hoosier, to return to form after averaging just 9.5 points per game in their two games in the A-10 Tournament. Lonergan hopes to get second-leading scorer Kethan Savage (12.7 ppg) back in the mix after missing 13 games with a foot injury, which would make GW even more dangerous.

The Colonials draw a Memphis team that has alternated wins and losses over their past six games, with the last being a loss to UConn (their third of the season to the Huskies). GW should take down the Tigers and advance to the rond of 32 to face top-seeded Virginia, where the Colonials’ run will likely end.

Congratulations to the George Washington Colonials. They are going dancing in the NCAA Tournament!

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