Xavier (14-7) at George Washington (8-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 1st, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Charles E. Smith Center (4,338) -- Washington, D.C. Television: CBSSN-Regional. Home Record: Xavier 9-3, GW 5-4. Away Record: Xavier 4-3, GW 1-8. Neutral Record: Xavier 1-1, GW 2-1. Conference Record: Xavier 5-3, GW 3-4. Series Record: Xavier leads, 25-9.
GAME NOTES: The George Washington Colonials try to avoid a third straight loss tonight as they tangle with the Xavier Musketeers in Atlantic 10 Conference action at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
Since winning back-to-back battles against Richmond and Charlotte, both at home, the Colonials have dropped consecutive road tilts and because of that the team is tied with a host of other programs in the second half of the A-10 standings with a record of 3-4. The most recent setback for the group came on Saturday when it bowed to Fordham on the road, 63-58.
As for the Musketeers, they too recently worked through a two-game slide, falling to both Dayton and Saint Louis, but over the weekend Xavier got back into the win column with a 74-70 triumph over Charlotte on the road.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Musketeers are ahead by a count of 25-9 and have rattled off six straight and 10 wins in the last 11 meetings.
Tu Holloway led the way for the Musketeers over the weekend in their matchup against Charlotte, scoring 17 points, handing out seven assists, clearing five rebounds and also making a couple of steals as Xavier slipped by with the four-point road win. Dezmine Wells and Kenny Frease both contributed another 12 points to the cause, the former capturing a team-high seven rebounds along the way as well. Mark Lyons, who shot only 3-of-13 from the floor and finished with seen points versus the 49ers, continues to be the leading scorer for the Musketeers overall with his 16.6 ppg, getting the job done with 43.5 percent accuracy behind the three-point line. Holloway accounts for another 16.1 ppg, thanks in large part to his efforts at the free-throw line (129-of-151) where he has made almost twice as many shots as anyone else on the unit has even attempted through 21 games, and he missed two of those outings which makes his presence at the stripe even more remarkable.
The Colonials dug themselves a hole in the first half against Fordham as they made a total of just seven field goals and from there they were fighting an uphill battle that they eventually lost in the Bronx. Tony Taylor tried to keep the visitors close withy his 17 points and seven assists, while Lasan Kromah and Nemanja Mikic tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, the latter hitting on 4-of-8 shots behind the three-point line and also clearing seven rebounds to lead the group in that department. The Colonials have been challenged on offense this season, scoring a mere 61.8 ppg and since they are giving up 65.7 ppg the outcomes are often not in their favor. Taylor is responsible for 13.3 ppg and Kromah another 10.7 ppg as they stand as the only double-digit scorers on the roster through 21 games. In addition to scoring, Taylor handles the passing (90 assists) and Kromah rebounding (5.3 rpg) to pull double-duty.
Gearing up for the stretch run in the regular season, these are the types of games that Xavier needs to put away fast and get rest for key performers, so expect a definitive win for the visitors tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Xavier 71, George Washington 57
02/01 10:45:11 ET