After suffering two tough losses on the road at New Mexico and Dayton, SLU is back home for their Atlantic 10 Conference opener against GW.
The visiting Colonials started off the season 4-1 but have since lost eight of their last nine games, and are looking to right the ship against a tough SLU squad, which stands at 12-3 on the year.
Keys To The Game
1. Which Lasan Kromah will show up?
Before surgery on a sprained left foot forced him to sit out last season, Kromah was considered one of the best up-and-coming players in the A-10 Conference. Shooting nearly 46 percent from the field and scoring a shade under 12 points per game during his freshman campaign, the 6-foot-5 guard/forward looked primed for an exceptional career. His return to the lineup for the 2011-12 season hasn't been what many GW fans expected. Kromah is averaging just 9.8 ppg while shooting just 33.5 percent from the field. Will we see the Kromah of new or old?
2. Three-pointers: The Great Equalizer
In ten out of 15 games this season, SLU has shot over 40 percent from three-point land. In their last two games, though, they've shot 16 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Take away the Illinois-Springfield game, and the lowest the Bills have shot from deep at Chaifetz Arena is 40 percent. If they can find their range, it could be a tough for GW to overcome.
3. Who wins the free throw battle?
Often times, when a team is a considerable underdog (such is the case with GW in this instance), free-throw shooting can be of vital importance. GW gets to the line 13 times a game, but shoots just 61 percent from the charity stripe. The Bills toe the line 19 times per game, and are hitting on 72 percent of their attempts this season. If their season averages hold up, this game could be a rather lopsided affair.
Prediction: SLU 71, GW 56