NCAA tournament team previews: George Washington Colonials
As part of its preview of the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, SI.com is taking a look at all 68 teams in the field. RPI and SOS data from realtimerpi.com. Adjusted offense and defense are from kenpom.com and measure the number of points scored and allowed per 100 possessions, and the team's national rank. For more teams, click here.
Record: 24-8, 11-5 in Atlantic 10 Conference
Adjusted offense / Adjusted defense: 109.3 (80th) / 96.9 (44th)
Seed: No. 9 in East
Impact player: Isaiah Armwood, senior forward. 12.5 ppg, 8.5 reb, 1.6 blk
The Case For:
The Colonials have a wealth of athleticism, and that showed in non-conference wins over Creighton, Maryland and Georgia. They also beat VCU and Saint Joseph's during the A-10 slate. With a presence inside and out between forward Isaiah Armwood and former Indiana guard Maurice Creek (14.3 ppg, .406 3pt), George Washington should feel comfortable against whomever it faces in the NCAA tournament. The Colonials have five players who average at least 10 points, and five guys put up at least four rebounds per game as well.
The Case Against:
Despite talent across multiple positions and those solid non-conference wins, George Washington's flaws will make it hard for it to mount a comeback. The Colonials turn the ball over too much (ranking 238th in turnover percentage) and arent't accustomed to relying on three-pointers, ranking 273rd in percentage of attempts from beyond the arc.
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