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8/10/2023 11:26 am  #101

Re: 2023-24 Schedule

Perhaps I'm reading this wrong, but there's no shit talking here about the schools per se, but rather that we need a schedule that includes teams from conferences (or outlier teams within those conferences) who are in the higher quadrants.  

Don't get me wrong...I've been shit talking about AU for 40 years, but it has nothing to do with their basketball program. 


8/10/2023 3:44 pm  #102

Re: 2023-24 Schedule

Unmet expectations are a source of disappointment.  Unmet unrealistic expectations are a cause of depression.

There's a part of me that says this OOC discussion is a lot like discussing the arrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic given NIL, conference realignment, and the overwhelming influence of TV money.  Although football is the big money driver for conference changes, all of this TV cash has to have major reverberations for MBB beyond 2023 and I don't think any of us have a real sense as to what this will look like for mid-majors.  This touches both scheduling opportunities and the ability to compete for talent.  I think most of us here are sincere and thoughtful in our posts, but way over our heads in in terms of truly understanding the real-world conditions and headwinds GW confronts today and in the future. 

With this backdrop, I think CC is doing the right thing as a GW coach today in making his first priority to assemble the best roster possible based on the current league we are in, try to achieve the best performance he can out of that team, and while keeping an eye on the future, letting the schedule and the future handle itself and adapting as best he can.      

As a fan, I'm just going to root for us to win and play good basketball.  Yeah, it would be nice to beat Virginia at home, but for now, I'll take a well-played winning game by a disciplined team as a decent consolation prize. 


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8/11/2023 2:04 pm  #103

Re: 2023-24 Schedule

Gwmayhem wrote:


1) I don't see much evidence here of GW looking down upon AU.  The past 7 years have been humbling for the most part and AU played very well in knocking off two subpar GW teams.  Credit to your squad for that.

2) To be fair, prior to recent games, GW had won 9 straight and 11 of 12 vs AU from 1991-2018.  The average margin of victory in those 11 games was over 17 points per game.

3) GW has played at Bender, in 1996, 1998 and 2003, but not since then.  Personally, I think local rivalries are great and would love to play AU on a 2 for 1 basis with 1 out of very 3 games taking place at Bender Arena.  Much like GW has often been fired up to play Maryland throughout the years, I suspect AU would approach these games similarly, and might even hold their own much like GW has done against Maryland.

My observations stemmed from looking at your board during and after the games in 2019 and last year – a lot of notions of AU as a "high school team," and how people couldn't believe GW could lose to a Patriot League team, much less American, etc. I'm just saying that unless and until CC rebuilds the program to the levels it reached under Jarvis and Lonergan, there aren't any gimmes, especially locally.

I know AU fans have been clamoring for our Athletic Department to work out a 1/2 or even 1/3 arrangement with y'all for a regular series going forward. I think we may have backed out of such a deal last year b/c the money wasn't right on our side, or something. Ideally, I'd love to see AU, GW, Howard and Mason (or, Towson/UMBC if Mason didn't want to do it) play an annual two-day round robin over at the Entertainment/Sports Arena in Southeast, where the Wizards' G League team and the Mystics play. Building seats 4,000. I think that would be an ideal size for a packed house for a local MTE. I'm guessing the juice wouldn't be worth the squeeze for Mason, but hope springs eternal.

And, yes, I need to change my handle. :-)

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9/06/2023 1:18 pm  #104

Re: 2023-24 Schedule

Home: Fordham, Davidson, George Mason, LaSalle, URI, Loyola, Richmond, UMass, St. Bonaventure
Away: VCU, UMass, Richmond, Dayton, George Mason, SJU, SLU, LaSalle, Duquesne

Only four nationally televised games (@VCU, GMU, @Richmond, Richmond)

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9/06/2023 1:42 pm  #105

Re: 2023-24 Schedule

Much as I like the idea of the free PR of a full arena on national TV, the more home broadcasts with Byron Kerr, the better.

Road games against La Salle, Mason, Richmond and SLU should all be winnable. Getting Fordham (albeit without students), Bona and Loyola at home gives us at least a fighting chance. VCU and Dayton on the road are the only obvious losses I can see right now. 

Count me in for 20-10 (10-8) based on homerism alone. 


9/06/2023 3:14 pm  #106

Re: 2023-24 Schedule

And one of the four "nationally televised games" is a Digital only production on the NBC Sports app or (but not on Peacock?)  So that one is much like the ESPN+ games.

As long as we can see it............


9/11/2023 8:40 am  #107

Re: 2023-24 Schedule

I cant get the schedue to format properly
link is here
The D1 Docket: 2023-24 Conference Dockets

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