The motto of the Tide coaches since returning on Christmas Eve has been "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" as the focus needs to turn to the Colonials who are the defending Atlantic 10 champions and holder of three straight NCAA tourney appearances.
In their last outing (a win over Longwood), George Washington starters were Johnny Lee (5-8, sophomore guard), Xavier Alexander (6-6, freshman guard), Cheyenne Moore (6-5, junior forward), Wynton Witherspoon (6-7, junior forward), and Rob Diggs (6-8, junior forward).
The Colonials are well coached by Karl Hobbs who displays a rotation of 10 players who average 10.5 minutes or more per game.
On offense, George Washington averages 65.7 points per game with leading scorers Witherspoon and Diggs averaging 13.4 and 11.7 points per game respectfully.
The Colonials shooting percentages are 42.1 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent from the arc, and 67.3 percent from the charity stripe. George Washington also distributes the ball at the rate of 11.6 assists and 17.1 turnovers per game.
The turnovers are their undoing as George Washington has better shooting percentages and rebounding margin than their opponents.
Defensively, the Colonials hold their opposition to 66.2 points per game with shooting percentages of 40.9 percent from the floor, and 29.9 percent from the three point line.
George Washington holds a 3.5 rebounding average per game margin with 37.7 rebounds per game to their opponents 34.2 per game. Defense is the Colonials' strong suit as they force the opposition into 14.8 turnovers per game while averaging 6.7 steals per game and 3.8 blocks per game.
For Bama, look for George Washington to use multiple defensive sets and presses. Zone will be their first choice until the Tide burns them from the arc.
The Colonials will foul at every easy basket attempt in an effort to use Bama's free throw shooting to their advantage as they will use their rotation for the foul numbers.
This defense will give the Tide guards another true test as they have improved their point production and ball distribution. Next to Bama's foul shooting, George Washington will hope to exploit the young and inexperienced Tide ball handlers.
Look for Alabama to continue the momentum that was built in the Vegas tourney as they should win this defensive struggle by single digits.
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