Created: 12/9/2013 3:27:10 PMReplies: 24
12/9/2013 3:27:10 PM - Omar Comin' - 173 posts (#87)
I've seen BU play this year, and if they're shooting well from beyond the arc, they could give GW a pretty decent scare. They generally take care of the ball, ok, and their interior presence is hard-nosed and full of hustle, but they're not particularly talented. it's really going to come down to being lightning fast if/when we run the 1-3-1 and guarding the perimeter. If GW can pull that off, they should win by 10 or 12.
12/9/2013 4:07:15 PM - Columbia Heights Colonial - 49 posts (#175)
BU is a decent team and if you saw the Uconn game a few weeks back they played them pretty tough for a long stretch. We've been playing a very busy schedule the last few weeks but after BU we have 10 days off before UMBC and then another week before Hofstra, teams we should handle easily. Come out stong and take care of the Terriers and KState should be our only tough OOC game left. We should beat Georgia at home. To think that we could be going into A-10 play 13-1 or 12-2 is pretty awesome!
12/9/2013 4:17:19 PM - GW Alum in Houston - 21 posts (#203)
This may be a trap game. We need to keep up the focus on this one. They're going to come after us. We should take them, but don't take them lightly. They played a Harvard team (don't laugh) tough, losing in OT. Other than that, they've lost to UCONN (not too badly either) and a second game let down against EWU. They can play and can bring a game.
12/9/2013 4:35:08 PM - Levinator Jr. - 1 posts (#223)
I think Gw will beat BU because we're on a roll the past couple of games
12/9/2013 4:50:56 PM - LA Fan - 1,339 posts (#19)
If there is one thing I want to see (besides Garino coming back 100% healthy) it is Larsen having a 20+ point game. The BU game may be his best chance yet to do it. I think GW will win this one by double digits.
12/9/2013 4:59:26 PM - Boston Colonial - 261 posts (#69)
BU has very quick, small guards Irving and Watson that are the key to their offense.Papale will hit a couple of threes for them. Their front line is short but they have one guy, Morris who is very strong. They should have a hard time dealing with Armwood and Larsen. Our guards will be challenged but not overmatched. Creek and Savage will be a challenge for BU since their guards are small. It will be interesting to see if they press us after the Maryland game. When I saw them against Northeastern they played zone mostly. Our margin of victory will be a good indicator of how good we are.
12/9/2013 5:38:07 PM - LuvDaGame - 56 posts (#169)
If you recall BU was our second or third game last year and we handle them fairly well in the first half and then they came out the second half and pressed us and we lost a double digit lead and almost lost the game. I believe this is the game that Joe had 21 points but a heap of TOs due to the full court press. Until Sunday, we had been good against the full court press this year. We definitely can't afford to let what happened against Maryland happen again. I am sure the team is watching film and making the necessary adjustments.
12/9/2013 7:43:13 PM - Tennessee Colonial - 877 posts (#29)
Having rested players and a bench that spells the starters helps a lot.
12/9/2013 8:41:56 PM - cagwu - 593 posts (#35)
There were a lot of highlights at the Maryland game, but for me, tops was when Lonergan did that hockey style 5 player line change, and the B-team (Mikic, Cartegena, Kopriva, Griffin, Paris) not only protected the lead, but padded it! At that point, I started to get real excited. Our depth matters.
12/9/2013 8:46:34 PM - BM - 3,985 posts (#3)
There's a GW thread on the America East forum.
12/9/2013 9:45:52 PM - ELJ - 1,862 posts (#16)
I agree fully with the Houston alum. This could easily be a trap game. If we can't erase the MD game from our team psyche we could be shocked in this one. It'll be a test of how good a job ML can do to keep the focus on BU. Clearly we're the more talented team, but that doesn't always matter when the better team has just beaten a neighborhood rival in what was -- I think -- erroneously called an upset.
12/9/2013 10:35:14 PM - Mentzinger - 3,106 posts (#7)
BU is good this year. GW is 18-2 vs. BU all time.
12/10/2013 7:41:18 AM - BM - 3,985 posts (#3)
And the GW game thread on the Patriot League forum (where BU now resides).
12/10/2013 9:43:53 AM - The MV - 3,926 posts (#4)
BU is 6-3, 5-0 in games decided by 6 points or fewer (though their most recent game was an overtime loss to Harvard by 11). Also lost at UCONN so what I'm learning is much like GW, they are finding ways to win close games, a sign of good coaching. That said, when GW beat them last year, GW was coming off of a opening game home loss. Not wanting to start 0-2, GW played with confidence based on an understanding that they were the team that had better athletes and better players. The same mentality needs to be adopted on Wednesday. GW has been a very focused team at Smith Center this year and despite the fact that BU will represent their toughest Smith Center opponent to date, the only way this becomes a "trap game" is if GW doesn't take it seriously enough. Unfortunately, we can't lose sight of the fact that these are 18-23 year old young men. This demographic may be prone to getting carried away with its own hype. Agree that it's up to the coaching staff to drill the importance of BU and nothing but BU from 7:00 to 9:30 or so on Wednesday night. Nothing else that's happened prior matters one bit during this timeframe.
12/10/2013 11:11:31 AM - CBO - 337 posts (#59)
MV (aka Master of the Obvious), thank you for letting us and the coaching staff know a point that no one would have ever, ever thought of - guard against a letdown. And yes while the 18-23 year old demographic has its shortcomings I can imagine your demographic has some of its own - like looking for point shaving where none exists. And I am sure that should we lose, you will be here gloating about how you told us all so. Folks, while Dos Equis has the Most Interesting Man in the World, we are very fortunate here at GWHoops - we have the "Most Obvious Man in the World."
12/10/2013 11:20:42 AM - The MV - 3,926 posts (#4)
CBO, on this thread alone, I've read:
Omar Comin': "they (BU) could give GW a pretty decent scare"
GW Alum in Houston: "this may be a trap game"
ELJ: "this could easily be a trap game"
Mentzinger: "BU is good this year"
And yet no obnoxious uncalled for comments for any of these posters?
12/10/2013 11:31:38 AM - bobo - 2,604 posts (#8)
Since most eyes have already turned to GW's next opponent, the featured Dec 21 matchup vs UMBC, I can see how BU could turn into a "trap game" for GW.
12/10/2013 11:48:21 AM - Omar Comin' - 173 posts (#87)
I don't know enough about this team or the sport of basketball to not use tired phrases once in awhile. Point taken, and agreed with, MV.
12/10/2013 12:01:15 PM - Andrew EC - 33 posts (#191)
So let me make sure I understand how things work in the MV world:
* OK: Insinuating -- but not actually accusing, wink wink -- that GW players and coaches are active cheats engaged in the criminal activity of point-shaving.
* Not OK: On the other hand, calling a rather obvious comment "obvious."
I get that you're an attention-starved, self-centered troll, but seriously: get over yourself.
12/10/2013 12:23:54 PM - CBO - 337 posts (#59)
MV, the difference is that in almost all of those cases after stating the phrase they didn't go on to explain to us in 4 additional sentences what it meant. I know you think you are the smartest guy in the room but perhaps you should give everyone else a little credit here.
12/10/2013 12:40:44 PM - The MV - 3,926 posts (#4)
Andrew EC, nearly a full week later and you still don't get it, so I guess you never will. The post you are referencing didn't even insinuate that point shaving was taking place. The post simply pointed out that in my estimation, the game had the "look" of a game where point shaving could be taking place due to the examples that I previously stated. The post never suggested for a moment that I truly believed that point shaving was taking place. Insinuating would suggest that it was my belief that point shaving was taking place but that I had no real proof of this. I realize that the distinction may be too subtle for you to comprehend so all I can ask is that you do your best.
CBO, your initial criticism was about the obvious point I was making, that to use your words, "that no one would have ever, ever thought of". I then proceed to point out four different posters who were essentially saying the same thing as I was saying. So now, your complaint wasn't what I said but the fact that I went on too long about it? That's pretty weak, and it's certainly not what your initial post conveyed.
12/10/2013 3:41:51 PM - CBO - 337 posts (#59)
That's exactly the point MV - like the old WaPo commercials - if you don't get it ... you don't get it!!!!
12/10/2013 4:07:21 PM - ruge06 - 18 posts (#206)
Predictions are more fun than this back and forth
GW 76- BU 63
Mo and Armwood both get a little (and much deserved) rest and "only" put up a combined 22, Kopriva with a nice 14 point contribution
12/10/2013 4:35:41 PM - Omar Comin' - 173 posts (#87)
12/10/2013 4:43:20 PM - Mike K - 768 posts (#32)