Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Upset Alert?

Quick detour from the world of music to talk a little about college basketball - smooth transition right? Unless you attended a school in the ACC, Big East, Pac-10, etc. playing national ranked teams is no big deal. Graduating from a school in a so-called mid-major conference it's not too often that your school gets to play teams in the Top 25 and rarely do you get a chance to do battle with the #1 team in the country, but tonight the upstart George Washington Colonials take on #1 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Ok this has ass-kicking written all over it, especially going in as 19 point underdogs. There is some good news though as ESPN put this game on their Upset Watch, check it out....

Wednesday: George Washington over No. 1 UCLA The Bruins flexed their muscles in beating a very good Michigan State team without preseason All-American point guard Darren Collison, guard Michael Roll and forward James Keefe. All except Keefe may return for the GW game. Could their possible return to the lineup cause a disruption in the rotation? How effective will Collison and Roll be in their first game of the season? Will they need time to get their game legs under them? Colonials coach Karl Hobbs has embraced the up-tempo style and recruited to fit the pressing, in-your-face defense. GW plays with great effort and often the defense can be its best offense by turning steals into easy baskets. Guard Maureece Rice, a 6-1, 224-pound power guard, returns after testing the NBA draft waters in the spring. Forward Rob Diggs and Virginia Tech transfer Wynton Witherspoon will provide the bulk of the scoring and rebounding. Kevin Love is the truth, but could this be a hiccup for the mighty Bruins?

We do have some history against number one teams beating UMASS twice over the course of two seasons when they sat atop the poll - the first time at GW (back when we had a logo that looked like this) and one of my Top Five sports moments I've been at.

For more on all things GW hoops related head here.

Go Colonials!

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