|Site||Arco Arena (17,000) |
|Date/Time||March 15, 2007 • 3:55 p.m. CST|
|Head Coach||Kevin Stallings||Karl Hobbs|
|Conference||SEC East||Atlantic 10|
|Series Record||VU leads, 1-0|
|Free Throw %||.727||.705|
Scouting George Washington
GW's play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament backed up the old adage that ‘defense wins championships.' The Colonials played some serious ‘D' in Atlantic City limiting their three opponents to just 34 percent shooting from the field and allowing just over 52 points a game en route to the title. The three opponents shot a paltry 22 percent (12-55) from three-point range and committed nearly twice as many turnovers (62) as GW (39). The Colonials also nearly doubled the opposition in steals, 30-16, over the three-game tournament.
Rice has had an emotional two weeks following the death of his grandmother March 2 followed by GW's thrilling run to the Atlantic 10 championship title. Rice spent much of last Thursday in Philadelphia attending the funeral for his grandmother. He rejoined the team in Atlantic City Thursday night for the quarterfinal game against Saint Joseph's. He was solid against the Hawks scoring a team-high 16 points. In GW's victory over Saint Louis Friday, Rice again paced the Colonials' attack with 22 points on 9-14 FGs. In the final, Rice struggled with his shot but still managed to score 12 points and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player by the media in attendance.
Despite losing four of five starters from last year's 27-3 squad, the Colonials and Karl Hobbs have plenty of which to be proud this season. The team won 11 conference games and posted a winning road record of 6-5. GW also secured its third straight 22-plus win season—a feat that had never been accomplished at GW. The Colonials have averaged 24 wins over the last three seasons.