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
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!