George Washington vs Rhode Island Preview
Colonials 10-14 vs Rams 13-11
When: Saturday, February 19th, at 6:00p.m.
Where: Charles E.Smith Center, Washington, DC
TV: ESPN+, NBC Sports Washington
- Both teams rank in the top five in steals and blocks per game. GW averages 7.1 steals a game which is 5th in the A-10. Rhode Island posts 7.3 steals a game, which puts them 4th in the conference. The Colonials also rank 4th in the A10 in blocks, averaging 4.4 a game, while, the Rams is tops in the A-10 in blocks, averaging 6.2 rejections per game.
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GW's Backcourt vs Rhode Island's Frontcourt: in this contest. Whichever unit imposes their will the most will more than likely lead their team to victory. George Washington comes in with a lethal backcourt trio in junior guard James Bishop, high flying sophomore Joe Bamisile and freshman sensation Brayon Freeman. Bishop, a scoring machine and quality playmaker, is averaging 17.3 points per game, the super athletic Bamisile who just may be the Colonials best all around player, is averaging 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals on 45 percent shooting from the field and 34 percent shooting from deep and standout freshman Brayon Freeman averages 9.1 points, a team high 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals on nearly 35 percent shooting from deep. GW goes as they go.
Rhode Island plays inside out through the talented Mitchell twins, who are local products by way of Wilson High School in DC. 6'10, 245 pound Makhel Mitchell is the Rams workhorse, impacting the game by doing the dirty work inside, finishing strong, rebounding and being a defensive anchor. 6'9, 230 pound Mahki is the more versatile of the two, utilizing his perimeter skill set to score inside and out, be a playmaker and a constant rebounding threat...especially when it comes to the offensive boards, where he leads the Rams, nearly grabbing two a game. Reserve forward 6'7, 230 pound Antwan Walker is another local product by way of Hargrave Military Academy who provides an athletic versatile element to the Rams. He can bang inside with bigs as well as defend on the perimeter with the same effectiveness. He's great at scoring the ball in transition, slashing to the basket and can step out and hit 3-pointers efficiently, knocking down 45 percent this season.
In their win over the Rams in January, GW's backcourt held a 32-23 edge points wise over the Rams front court , the result was a 63-61 win for GW. Again, each team goes as the strongest unit of their team goes. Yes, other players are capable of being x-factor in the games, like Hunter Dean was for GW in the match-up in January, posting 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks, however, if either of these units don't show up, the likelihood of a win coming is doubtful.