George Washington (6-9) vs Duquesne (13-2) When: Saturday, January 11th at 4 p.m.
Where: Charles E.Smith Center in Washington D.C.
TV: ESPN+ / Radio: TuneIn
George Washington - 66.5 - points per game 68.8 - points against 41.4 - Field goal % Duquesne - 73.4 - points per game 61.6 - points against 45.8 - field goal %
Keep an eye on:
Dukes Big Three: of Marcus Weathers, Sincere Carry and Michael Carry may be the deadliest trio in he A-10. Weathers is an undersized, physical forward that can score at will inside. The 6'5 junior is averaging a team high 14.4 points, team high 7.9 rebounds and 1.7 assist per game on 60 percent shooting from the field.
Sophomore point guard Sincere Carry is among the top floor generals in the conference due to his play-making and efficiency shooting the ball. Carry is posting 12 points, a team high 4.6 assist and 3.3 rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field, 35 percent from deep and 84 percent from the charity stripe. Carry does it all, so GW guards will have to bring it in all aspects.
Last but not least is Duquesne 6'8 junior center Michael Hughes. The athletic, tough nose big man is capable of posting a double double every time he steps on the floor. Hughes is averaging 10.5 points, 7 rebounds and nearly 3 blocks per game this season,
George Washington as a team, must be up to the challenge mentally and physically to possibly hand Duquesne their third loss on the season. The last three games the Colonials have been inconsistent defensively, the result? Three straight losses. Since holding Delaware to 56 points, which was a win, GW has allowed an average of 72.6 points since, finishing with a 1-4 record in that span. Defensive intensity is a must if the Colonials are to have any hope in beating the conference leading Dukes Saturday.
Arnaldo Toro: has to step up and try to regain his form from earlier in the season when 20 points 15 plus rebounds were a common occurrence. I know he's banged up, however, without him returning to the All-A10 form he displayed earlier this season, it will be hard for GW to right the ship against Duquesne. In GW's 63-58 loss to St Louis, Toro (7.9 points/ 9.2 rebounds) posted 2 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. That won't get it done against the Dukes and center Michael Hughes. Getting Toro to play up to his full abilities will be the x-factor Saturday evening.