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GW Men's Hoops » The Coaching Carousel Thread » Yesterday 3:30 pm

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Central Arkansas also canned their coach yesterday. I feel for Jabari. Committed to GW under JC, GW changes coaches. Now the same thing happens at UCA.

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games Thread » Yesterday 3:26 pm

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Not sure I've ever seen a team lose a game the way Ball State did yesterday. That just can't happen, but it's hard not to laugh that it did.


GW Men's Hoops » GW vs La Salle Game » 3/02/2024 6:16 pm

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Didn't expect this year's team to finish the year with somehow less depth than last year's squad. I guess that's the way it goes sometimes. It'll be an accomplishment if the team can finish the year out with enough healthy players at this point. Jun and Stretch were clearly toughing it out for periods of this game too.

I thought the defense was as good as could be expected at this point. Probably a bit fortunate that La Salle missed more shots than usual. Just another game where I find myself noticing the night and day difference between the looks the other team gets versus the ones GW gets. Boxing out is one of the top priorities against La Salle. Not having Max hurt rebounding, but next year's team has to be better at finishing off possessions with a rebound when the other team misses a shot. Also, whether it's a make or a miss GW never gets back on defense.

Despite the shooting percentages, I was a bit disappointed with the offensive process. Even a bit shorthanded, the team should still be moving the ball around. GW has talented individual players, but I'm still waiting to see the team play 40 minutes as a collective unit. I found myself watching WBB more closely today. Even with their inability to score consistently, at least they play together as a team. It can't just always be JB or Jun going one on whatever and trying to make something out of nothing and hope that they convert. 6 assists? Terrible. 1 field goal attempt for Stretch, just 4 for Trey despite playing a combined 77 minutes. Just 8 turnovers doesn't mean much when the team isn't moving the ball at all. They were fortunate on some plays as well, whether it was forcing passes in traffic or JB getting so deep in the paint that he had to hoist a pass to halfcourt for another player to catch in order to reset. It is what it is at this point, but until GW can master fundamentals on both sides of the ball the ceiling is capped for the foreseeable future.

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs La Salle Game » 3/01/2024 10:03 pm

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La Salle Explorers (Game 2)

Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Venue: Tom Gola Arena
Analytic Ranks: 199th (KenPom), 202nd (EvanMiya), 166th (Haslametrics)
NET Ranking: 193rd
2023-24 Projected Record: 15-16, 6-12 (T-12th in A10)

Game 1 Result: LAS 80, GW 70 (Buchanan 24 points, Bishop 17 points, Hutchinson 10 points)
La Salle Preview: Link
La Salle Record Since Last Matchup: 3-6 (Wins vs. UMass, vs. St. Bonaventure, vs. Rhode Island; Losses @ Rhode Island, vs. St. Joe's, vs. St. Louis, @ Richmond, @ Davidson, @ Duquesne)

Offensive Efficiency: 181st (KenPom), 197th (EvanMiya), 158th (Haslametrics)
Defensive Efficiency: 234th (KenPom), 231st (EvanMiya), 203rd (Haslametrics)
Pace: 182nd (KenPom), 179th (EvanMiya), 196th (Haslametrics)

Projected Starting Lineup:
Khalil Brantley (Junior; Bronx, NY) - 15.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg; 39% FG, 32% 3-PT, 77% FT per 35.7 mpg
      Game 1 @ GW: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block; 9-17 FG, 2-4 3-PT in 38 minutes.

Jhamir Brickus (Senior; Coatesville, PA) - 13.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.3 spg; 44% FG, 40% 3-PT, 85% FT per 36.7 mpg
      Game 1 @ GW: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists; 6-14 FG, 2-5 3-PT, 5-7 FT in 35 minutes.

Daeshon Shepherd (Junior; Norristown, PA) - 10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg; 45% FG, 30% 3-PT, 65% FT per 31.8 mpg
      Game 1 @ GW: 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block; 3-7 FG, 1-2 3-PT in 33 minutes.

Rokas Jocius (Sophomore; Kaunas, Lithuania) - 8.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 57% FG, 31% 3-PT, 48% FT per 22.2 mpg
      Game 1 @ GW: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block; 3-6 FG, 1-2 FT in 19 minutes.

Tunde Vahlberg Fasasi (Freshman; Stockholm, Sweden) - 6.4 ppg, 3 rpg; 3

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs UMASS Game » 3/01/2024 12:26 pm

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Decided to hold off on writing anything for a few days since emotions were clearly running high on here after the game and I didn't really feel like saying anything right away. If I'm assessing the game based off process rather than result, I actually thought the UMass game was a step in the right direction. The very first possession defensively was definitely inspired, although at this point the team is clearly limited on that side of the ball. If Antoine isn't making threes and Stretch isn't blocking shots, the frontcourt is pretty rough outside of Jun. Somehow the ball slips out of Smith's hands more than any other player, and Stretch just doesn't close out on shots beyond a few feet of the rim. If a player pump fakes like Cohen did, it's usually an easy two. GW still needs to work at getting back defensively in transition. It wasn't just the long caroms off missed threes, but plays like where JB misses a layup and then lightly jogs back on defense which just cannot happen.

There were improvements offensively as well with ball movement. After the SLU game, I said "way to waste a great shooting performance from JB" but maybe I should have said the team in general because a shooting regression like the one against UMass was on the horizon and inevitable. Still, I liked the shot selection a lot more. Sometimes a bit too much passing (Trey should have taken a three with a couple ticks left on the shot clock instead of making an extra pass to Jun in the corner) but would rather see more passing than no passing at all. Speaking of Jun, it was good to see him back out there, especially since he's one of the very few players on the team who can actually score inside the arc at a decent clip. I do have some concerns moving forward that we are using him like JB rather than integrating him within the flow of the offense. It's certainly a good thing to have a go-to player who can create his own shot, but it discourages moving the ball when he gets the ball going downhill. I

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs UMASS Game » 2/27/2024 12:17 am

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UMass Minutemen (Game 2)

Date: Tuesday February 27th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Charles E. Smith Center
Analytic Ranks: 90th (KenPom), 102nd (EvanMiya), 76th (Haslametrics)
NET Ranking: 86th
2023-24 Projected Record: 19-11, 10-8 (T-5th in A10)

Game 1 Result: UMass 81, GW 67 (Johnson 16 points, Buchanan 15 points, Edwards 13 points)
UMass Preview: Link
UMass Record Since Last Matchup: 5-4 (Wins @ St. Louis, vs. George Mason, vs. Rhode Island, @ Richmond, vs. VCU; Losses vs. St. Joe's, @ St. Bonaventure, @ La Salle, vs. St. Bonaventure)

Offensive Efficiency: 79th (KenPom), 92nd (EvanMiya), 68th (Haslametrics)
Defensive Efficiency: 117th (KenPom), 127th (EvanMiya), 104th (Haslametrics)
Pace: 97th (KenPom), 82nd (EvanMiya), 103rd (Haslametrics)

Projected Starting Lineup:
Josh Cohen (Senior; Lincroft, NJ) - 16.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg; 55% FG, 36% 3-PT, 69% FT per 28.6 mpg
      Game 1 @ UMass: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block; 6-11 FG, 1-3 3-PT, 2-3 FT in 34 minutes.

Matt Cross (Senior; Beverly, MA) - 15.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 spg; 54% FG, 33% 3-PT, 79% FT per 29.6 mpg
      Game 1 @ UMass: DNP (ankle, tooth injury)

Rahsool Diggins (Junior; Philadelphia, PA) - 12.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg; 39% FG, 35% 3-PT, 79% FT per 30.3 mpg
      Game 1 @ UMass: 25 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists; 9-19 FG, 5-11 3-PT, 2-2 FT in 32 minutes.

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GW Men's Hoops » Other Games Thread » 2/27/2024 12:16 am

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GW0509 wrote:

dmvpiranha wrote:

There's not much of a reason to watch Manhattan this year (the Jaspers are in last place in the MAAC currently) but something notable happened in yesterday's matchup against Marist. DeJuan Clayton, a Bowie native, became eligible to play in an eighth year of CBB after previously spending time at Coppin State, Hartford, and California. He ended up scoring 9 points on 3/4 shooting in 10 minutes.

Clayton began playing college basketball during the 2016-17 season. That was the year Mojo was named interim head coach at GW. TyCav was still on the team, and Yuta was just a junior. It's just crazy that he's still eligible to play now (I guess made possible between multiple medical redshirts and the extra COVID year). Clayton did face GW once back in December 2020 when he was still with Coppin, scoring 10 points on 4/14 shooting. GW won that game by 16 points.

DMV, curious if you see limits on eligibility also being ripe for an injunction?  It would seem that any rule that limits athletes to 4 years of eligibility "forecloses them from full access to the marketplace" just the same as any NIL restrictions. It would seem especially true if athletes are found to be employees by the NLRB.  There are work-study positions on campus that are staffed by undergrads and grad students equally.

I could definitely see eligibility limits being the next point of contention. Prior to COVID, things were set up for student athletes to have five years to play four years of college sports (with the possibility of a redshirt for one of those years) outside of extreme cases. For student athletes that don't want to move on after that point for whatever reason, I could see some pushback (although there has to be a cap at some point).

Personally, I am in favor of changing it to "six years to play five years of college sports" especially with the way the transfer portal is going (maybe a hot take?). An extra year of eligibility gives student athl

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games Thread » 2/26/2024 8:05 am

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There's not much of a reason to watch Manhattan this year (the Jaspers are in last place in the MAAC currently) but something notable happened in yesterday's matchup against Marist. DeJuan Clayton, a Bowie native, became eligible to play in an eighth year of CBB after previously spending time at Coppin State, Hartford, and California. He ended up scoring 9 points on 3/4 shooting in 10 minutes.

Clayton began playing college basketball during the 2016-17 season. That was the year Mojo was named interim head coach at GW. TyCav was still on the team, and Yuta was just a junior. It's just crazy that he's still eligible to play now (I guess made possible between multiple medical redshirts and the extra COVID year). Clayton did face GW once back in December 2020 when he was still with Coppin, scoring 10 points on 4/14 shooting. GW won that game by 16 points.

GW Women's Hoops » GW versus University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Game Thread » 2/24/2024 6:43 pm

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It was good to see the team be able to pull out a close game without making mental errors. I liked the shot selection for the most part, but much like most of the year the shots haven't gone down. Mayowa has been sensational this last stretch of games. Her hustle and extra effort will be sorely missed next year. The team would have lost today had she not played.

The emergence of Sims lately makes me feel a bit better about next year. Very impressed with her poise - she makes things happen offensively and limits unforced errors. Lewis looked a lot more controlled on offense compared to earlier in the year and seems pretty good defensively. Inniss has been shooting the three well lately as well.

The rotations have been a bit confusing all year though. Robertson not playing a ton down the stretch has been interesting the past couple of games. Buford seems to be finally fully healthy again but was sitting up until the fourth quarter. Webster starts the game, but Blethen starts the second half. It's not a problem per say (I'd rather see adjustments than no adjustments), but I don't really get it. I don't know that it helps players get in a consistent rhythm, that's all.

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Saint Louis Game » 2/24/2024 6:43 pm

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This game sadly felt like a step back from the SJU game despite the late comeback. The offense and defense both sucked.

My only takeaway from SLU was that the Billikens also showed why they are at the bottom of the A10. I guess it was nice to see the other team also throw the ball into the stands and make boneheaded plays and not just GW for once. Off an inbounds play instead of taking a timeout when they couldn't get the ball in they threw the ball into the stands so GW could get the ball under the basket. Instead of killing some clock late Jimerson (a veteran player) decides to attack the hoop where Stretch blocks the shot. There were several other plays where SLU tried their hardest to give the game away but GW was kind enough to refuse.

I guess the offense was a tad bit better than the defense, but the team finishing with 12 assists despite putting up 91 points and making 31 field goals sums up how this team operates on that side of the ball. Way to waste another good shooting performance from JB. The team just dribbles for 15 seconds before Stretch trots out to set a pick. Everyone else stands around like a statue. Putting up 91 points on this SLU team isn't a great feat - they are disastrous defensively, but GW certainly made their job easier by standing around making them have to exert less effort to have to guard. Still hoping a day will come where GW finishes with more assists than the other team.

Losing JB will undoubtedly be a loss next year, but maybe it will be a good thing when the team doesn't run everything through him. Max and Jacoi occasionally get their chances to shoot in isolation without any passing but JB has been a get out of jail free card for GW. Next year may force GW to play more team ball. While JB is not perfect, I want to stress that this losing streak has not all been on him. I think CC could have done a better job putting better pieces around him while also still building for the future. I hope the team can win one more game for J

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Saint Louis Game » 2/23/2024 4:10 pm

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Saint Louis Billikens

Date: Saturday February 24th, 2024
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Chaifetz Arena
Analytic Ranks: 209th (KenPom), 214th (EvanMiya), 196th (Haslametrics)
NET Ranking: 222nd
2022-23 Record: 21-12, 12-6 (T-2nd in A10)
2023-24 Projected Record: 11-20, 4-14 (T-14th in A10)

Head-to-Head: 9-13, and SLU has won six straight contests against GW. The Buff & Blue have also never won at St. Louis (0-9 all time). Despite the poor track record, GW hasn't been truly blown out by the Billikens in the last six games of the series (4 out of 6 have been by single digits) unlike their previous history against Dayton and VCU before ending both of those losing streaks in the last two years.

In last year's 81-74 loss at Foggy Bottom, GW missed a golden opportunity to knock off the Billikens who were without Yuri Collins for the game. In some ways, that game was a preview as to what SLU would look like moving the ball coming into this year without Collins around. St. Lou finished with just 11 assists for the game, which was almost the number of assists Yuri averaged himself per game (10.1 apg). That didn't matter I guess as much when Perkins and Pickett excelled at taking the ball to the hoop and scoring in isolation.

Despite the loss, GW went into halftime with a three point lead before things got away from them coming out of halftime. The Billikens went off on a 22-2 run in the first 9.5 minutes of the second half and came out incredibly scoring the first 20 points while GW struggled to put the ball in the hoop. What is even more amazing was despite basically being a no show for a full quarter of the game, GW was able to mount a comeback - a Hunter three point play with just under 3 minutes left cut the deficit to just two points. Ultimately, SLU did enough to win the game though, converting on 11 of 12 FTs down the stretch and making timely layups (or

GW Men's Hoops » Jamison Battle » 2/22/2024 10:17 pm

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21 points and 5 made threes in Jamison's return to Minnesota. You could hear the boos from the crowd every time he touched the ball. In the two OSU-Minnesota games it looked like he didn't leave on good terms. Then again, that's just the way things go with the transfer portal nowadays. It's crazy to think now that he may have had a better chance making the tournament had he stayed home (although odds probably still long).

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Saint Joe's Game » 2/21/2024 10:35 pm

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Proud of the way the team fought tonight without either Jun or Garrett. For the first time in a while the defense seemed to have some purpose and the ball movement was better for a longer stretch of this game compared to previous games.

JB was feeling it offensively and showed visible effort defensively. Jacoi really impressed offensively and defensively, leading the team in rebounds and assists and finishing second in scoring. I still don't know how I feel about Trey, but he had some moments early in the second half making consecutive threes. I guess I had high expectations coming into the year given what he did at WRA, but he deserves another offseason before a judgement is made. Stretch looked better offensively and played with great motor (although maybe benefitted a bit from Essandoko not being 100%). Zam's dunk was the highlight of the game and looked pretty good out there overall. Certainly less lost on defense compared to earlier in the season. Credit to Max as well for toughing it out despite not being 100%.

dmvpiranha wrote:

Strengths (2023-24 Season):
3-PT Field Goals Made Per Game - 10.4 3PM (9th) (hoo boy...)
3-PT Field Goals Attempted Per Game - 28.8 3PA (13th)
Assists Per Game - 14.7 APG (T-86th)

The team deserves a lot of credit for holding SJU below their season average in threes made (and attempts). It actually felt like most threes were contested and an attempt was made to run the Hawks off the line. The one exception was the unfortunate second chance three made by X Brown at a critical juncture of the game when GW went up 5. It was a scramble play but it felt like guys just allowed him to set himself and launch a three from the top of the key (his other made three earlier where Max flew at his pump fake could have maybe been defended a bit better but Max wasn't 100% so that gets more of a pass).

Still waiting for the day where we hold a team under their season

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Saint Joe's Game » 2/20/2024 7:55 pm

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St. Joseph's Hawks

Date: Wednesday February 21st, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Hagan Arena
Analytic Ranks: 112th (KenPom), 113th (EvanMiya), 96th (Haslametrics)
NET Ranking: 97th
2022-23 Record: 16-17, 8-10 (T-8th in A10)
2023-24 Projected Record: 19-12, 9-9 (T-7th in A10)

Head-to-Head: 31-40, and the Hawks have won three of the past four meetings. The two teams played three times last year, with SJU getting the better of GW at Hagan Arena and the A10 tournament, while GW eked out a 92-91 overtime win at the Smith Center.

In Game 1 in DC, GW took a six point lead into halftime with five made threes in the first 20 minutes. The Hawks would claw their way back after the half, as Klaczek made three threes early on to trim the deficit. GW would eventually get the lead back and go up 5 with under 2 minutes to go. Unfortunately, the team lost their composure along the sideline, turned the ball over, and allowed Joe's to tie things up and force overtime. It was apparent all game that GW had no ability to protect the rim defensively. This is an incredible stat -  SJU's last twelve made field goals in regulation were either layups or dunks. That's right - they didn't make a jump shot in the final 14 minutes of the second half. GW nearly gave the game away in overtime as well as Max turned the ball over somewhat similar to the way JB did in the second half. Luckily Fleming lost track of an open SJU player near the rim and missed a three in the closing seconds to allow GW to hang on. Reynolds and Brown fouling out late also helped. BA led all scorers with 32 points and 7 made threes, JB had 22 points and 6 assists, Max finished with a double double (12 points, 10 rebounds), and Ricky had 11 points/7 rebounds.

In the return game at Hagan, the game wasn't as close. GW fe

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games Thread » 2/18/2024 7:18 pm

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South Florida beat #24 Florida Atlantic 90-86. Everyone knows about Dusty May, but Amir Abdur-Rahim is one of the most underrated coaches in the country. USF is 11-1 in the AAC. That's the most conference wins they've ever had in the American since joining the league back in 2013. He also built Kennesaw State from the ground up - from one win in year 1 to 26 in year 4 and an NCAA tournament appearance.

Out of curiosity I checked on other teams that have active losing streaks as long or longer than GW. There are currently 13 teams that have lost eight games or more in a row:

IUPUI - 8 game losing streak. The Jaguars just lost by 48 to Oakland. Qwanzi's squad has had a rough year.
Penn - 8 game losing streak. This feels a bit surprising? They lost Jordan Dingle to St. John's but are usually top 4 in the Ivy.
Valparaiso - 8 game losing streak. They have a new head coach but have struggled in general since leaving the Horizon for the MVC.
Navy - 8 game losing streak. Thought they would be more competitive given their performance against us but they are a young team.
VMI - 8 game losing streak. Not surprising - they lost all of their best players to the portal last year. Just a very tough job in general.
UT Rio Grande Valley - 8 game losing streak. Somewhat similar to GW in that they started okay in conference (2-2) but have fallen off since then.
Georgetown - 10 game losing streak. They play at DePaul next week so they have a good chance to end the streak at 11. The Hoyas have only won a single Big East game, which was against DePaul.
Sacramento State - 10 game losing streak. Probably one of the harder jobs in the Big Sky but their coach has good international connections for recruiting. They will probably win at some point.
Missouri - 12 game losing streak. A bit surprised that Gates has been so poor this year as he was pretty good last year. They have a really good recruiting class coming in next year so

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Richmond Game » 2/17/2024 8:08 pm

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I don't have a lot to say about the game without sounding like a broken record. Richmond was just the better team although GW played hard and I feel for the guys that are clearly giving their all and not getting the result everyone wants. There were still the usual issues. Stretch not being comfortable to close out on shots beyond five feet of the rim and missing close proximity shots on the other end. Richmond moving the ball significantly better than GW (21 to 10 assists) although there were periods where the Revs were moving the ball better. GW not finishing in transition on offense and not getting back when Richmond was in transition. We all know the issues. I think it's unacceptable regardless to lose multiple conference games by 15+ at home, but that's a separate discussion.

CC said the right things during the postgame press conference. GW's defense doesn't "impose their will" on the opponent, and hasn't for several years even before CC. The all-rookie team and rookie of the year accolades are great, but I'd love to see an all-defense selection (I think Jacoi can get there). I don't think GW has had one since Yuta, and that's definitely deserved given how the team has played on that side of the ball since he left. Outside of SLU, GW is so much worse on defense than the other teams in the A10. Richmond made some tough shots, but you don't give up 80+ points eight games in a row by mistake. Even with the youth and injury stuff, that almost feels hard to do.

As GW0509 mentioned, I also liked that CC acknowledged the mess up in roster construction. Given how many spots GW had to fill last offseason, it felt like GW wasn't able to succeed in the portal. How much of that was GW's NIL situation and how much was CC's decision making is unclear, but when the only "proven" guy you get (Antoine Smith) was not even a top 3 option on a bottom 15 team in the country, it's a failure. Stretch is an easy guy to root for, but there's a difference between landing a down trans

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Richmond Game » 2/16/2024 9:30 am

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Richmond Spiders (Game 2)

Date: Saturday February 17th, 2024
Time: 12:30 PM ET
Venue: Charles E. Smith Center
TV: USA Network
Analytic Ranks: 89th (KenPom), 93rd (EvanMiya), 80th (Haslametrics)
NET Ranking: 78th
2023-24 Projected Record: 21-10, 13-5 (T-2nd in A10)

Game 1 Result: RICH 82, GW 74 (Johnson 17 points, Bishop 15 points, Buchanan 13 points, Hutchinson 13 points, Edwards 11 points)
Richmond Preview: Link
Richmond Record Since Last Matchup: 3-2 (Wins vs. Dayton, @ Fordham, vs. La Salle; Losses @ VCU, vs. UMass)

Offensive Efficiency: 169th (KenPom), 165th (EvanMiya), 140th (Haslametrics)
Defensive Efficiency: 27th (KenPom), 35th (EvanMiya), 30th (Haslametrics)
Pace: 227th (KenPom), 240th (EvanMiya), 199th (Haslametrics)

Projected Starting Lineup:
Jordan King (Graduate Student; Albany, NY) - 18.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg; 48% FG, 42% 3-PT, 81% FT per 34.9 mpg
      Game 1 @ Richmond: 32 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; 11-19 FG, 4-6 3-PT, 6-7 FT in 38 minutes.

Neal Quinn (Senior; Allendale, NJ) - 12 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 bpg; 50% FG, 27% 3-PT, 71% FT per 27 mpg
      Game 1 @ Richmond: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks; 3-12 FG, 5-5 FT in 33 minutes.

Isaiah Bigelow (Graduate Student; Greensboro, NC) - 11.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 44% FG, 40% 3-PT, 84% FT per 25.6 mpg
      Game 1 @ Richmond: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block; 7-10 FG, 4-6 3-PT, 2-2 FT in 30 minutes.

Dji Bailey (Senior; Wilson, NC) - 10 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 spg; 61% FG, 33%

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs George Mason Game » 2/14/2024 8:10 am

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Just another sad performance. I get losing with Jun out (although Mason also didn't have Maddox) but I don't know how the first half performance can be looked at anything other than the team giving up and not giving it 100%. The young team has hit a wall and that's hard to recover from. I didn't have overly high expectations coming into the year given the inexperience. I wanted us to finish top 200 in KenPom, but I guess that was too lofty of a goal yet again.

It's the same things over and over again. Nothing about yesterday's performance was specific to the GMU game honestly. On offense, a single pass being made and guys taking turns hoisting jumpers. With Jun out, this was even more glaring. I truthfully did not watch too closely after halftime but it did look like that the team came out looking to at least make the extra pass. To no one's surprise, the offense looked better. Even though the game was already decided by that point, it was nice to see. The team needs to come out playing like that. Having said that, GW still finished with just 10 assists for the game which is just not enough or acceptable.

While I have some hopes for the offense, I don't know that I do for the defense moving forward. Yes, again the team is young but I feel like it's wishful thinking to expect an offseason to cure all the shortcomings that are being seen. With Jun out, it was expected that GW would be killed in the paint (it seems like opponents have figured how to get around Stretch). However, the perimeter defense is still rough. No one in the vicinity to contest many of Mason's attempts. Guys are getting blown by on drives. Mason entered the game as the second worst passing team in the league (only better than us) but just picked apart GW's defense, making them look impressive moving the ball. I'm forgetting who is in charge of the defense (is it Lee or Franklin?) but a change may be needed on staff if this continues. Very little heart and giving up 80+ every night is not a recip

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs George Mason Game » 2/12/2024 8:25 pm

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George Mason Patriots (Game 2)

Date: Tuesday February 13th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: EagleBank Arena (Fairfax, VA)
Analytic Ranks: 98th (KenPom), 109th (EvanMiya), 94th (Haslametrics)
NET Ranking: 88th
2023-24 Projected Record: 20-11, 9-9 (T-8th in A10)

Game 1 Result: GW 75, GMU 62 (Buchanan 21 points, Bishop 20 points, Edwards 10 points)
George Mason Preview: Link
George Mason Record Since Last Matchup: 3-3 (Wins vs. St. Bonaventure, vs. Rhode Island, @ Davidson; Losses @ St. Joe's, @ UMass, vs. Loyola Chicago)

Offensive Efficiency: 101st (KenPom), 116th (EvanMiya), 97th (Haslametrics)
Defensive Efficiency: 114th (KenPom), 120th (EvanMiya), 116th (Haslametrics)
Pace: 328th (KenPom), 322nd (EvanMiya), 328th (Haslametrics)
Home Rank: 190th

Projected Starting Lineup:
Keyshawn Hall (Sophomore; Cleveland, OH) - 17.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.6 apg; 49% FG, 34% 3-PT, 85% FT per 32 mpg
      Game 1 @ GW: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; 7-17 FG, 1-4 3-PT, 4-4 FT in 37 minutes.

Darius Maddox (Senior; Bowie, MD)** - 13.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg; 43% FG, 41% 3-PT, 85% FT per 34.2 mpg (Questionable - Ankle; Okojie started in his place in GMU's last game against Davidson)
      Game 1 @ GW: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block; 5-16 FG, 1-6 3-PT in 36 minutes.

Amari Kelly (Graduate Student; Norcross, GA) - 11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 ap

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Loyola Chicago Game » 2/10/2024 11:15 pm

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The team certainly fought hard which was good to see following the Rhody game. It's a shame to see it result in another loss, especially at home. I felt badly seeing JB and Garrett's faces in the postgame. Everyone played hard and left it out there for Stretch and Jun once they couldn't return to the game. Agree that with Jun this game is won.

It was nice to see the shots fall a bit more (and shots on the other side fall a bit less). I think by default that was bound to happen sooner or later. Periods of play on both sides were better, but the same issues that have plagued the team remain.

Offensively, I hate to say it but it doesn't feel that different from what JC was running at this point. Loyola was top 75-ish in defensive assist rate (as CC alluded to it's hard to make passes against them), but so are like at least half the teams in the A10. What can GW do to counter that? There's just too much standing around off ball. JB accounts for 7 of the 11 assists. He probably ranks high in assist percentage again! But just like in the JC era there's just one pass being made and a shot. A good shot at times, but not one given up for a great one. I said in the preview that I fully expected Loyola to greatly outclass GW in passing but it was still disappointing nonetheless.

It's nice when JB and Max are on (great to see that happen more today) but they are shooting mostly low quality shots. When Max had the ball in the halfcourt, everyone watching knew he was going up with it within a few seconds. I know Max is a very willing passer (he showed that during the game) but I can't fault him for just jacking up a shot because no one is ever trying to get open off the ball. You can copy and paste the same thing I said for JB although he of course has the added threat of driving the ball. JB has returned to taking the midrange, but suddenly it feels like he doesn't know where his sweet spot is and chucked up multiple contested ones. I don't know how this team can ever win wit

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