GW-Fordham preview; 4:30, CSN

GW-Fordham preview; 4:30, CSN
March 7, 2014, 11:30 pm
Share This Post

Matchup: George Washington (22-7, 10-5 Atlantic 10) at Fordham (9-19, 2-13)

When: Saturday, 4:30

Where: Rose Hill Gym

Broadcast: TV - CSN, Radio - 1500 AM.

What's new: GW closed its home schedule with a 76-71 victory over Saint Joseph's on Wednesday and essentially locked up an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Colonials have two straight while the Rams have dropped seven in a row.

History: The Colonials go for the series sweep having already defeated the Rams 93-67 at the Smith Center on Feb. 8. GW is 21-6 all-time Fordham, 8-4 at Rose Hill.

KenPom: George Washington 41 Fordham 204

RPI: George Washington 30 Fordham 223

Coaches: George Washington - Mike Lonergan; Fordham - Tom Pecora

Leaders: Scoring (Maurice Creek, 14.3), Rebounding (Isaiah Armwood, 8.8), Assists (Joe McDonald, 4.0)

What's at stake: The Colonials remain in the mix for a top-4 finish in the A-10 which means they remain in the mix for a double-bye in next week's conference tournament. GW enters the weekend tied for fourth place with Massachusetts and one-game behind Saint Joseph's and VCU.

The Minutemen hold the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of a win at the Smith Center last month. That means GW needs to win and have UMass lose at home against first place Saint Louis. Certainly possible, though the Billikens are suddenly in a tailspin with three straight losses. The Colonials will know the situation before tip-off as UMass starts at 2 p.m.

Injury update: GW's second leading scorer Kethan Savage, out since Jan. 18 with a foot fracture, has not yet been medically cleared to return, according to a source. There is hope that Savage (13.4 ppg) could return for next week's A-10 Tournament. Without a bye into the quarterfinals, the Colonials would begin play on Thursday.

When last we met: Talk about hot. The Colonials made 16 consecutive field goals over an 11-minute span of the first half. Creek scored 20 overall and Patricio Garino added 18 as GW shot 60 percent from the field.

The Rams: The majority of Fordham's scoring comes from the backourt trio of Jon Severe, (17.8 ppg), Branden Frazier (17.6) and Mandell Thomas (12.5). Though the Rams have lost 15 of 17 overall, they're 7-7 at home this season.