Men's Basketball Visits Richmond
Colonials and Spiders set for 4:30 p.m. tip on NBC Sports Network
TIPPING OFF: Looking to snap a three-game skid and notch its first road win of the season, GW meets Richmond for a nationally-televised Saturday matinee in Robins Center. Tip is set for 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
LAST TIME OUT: GW shot just .327 from the field while host Davidson connected at a .536 clip to hand the Colonials a 72-45 defeat on Wednesday. Yuta Watanabe (12 points) and Terry Nolan Jr. (10 points) were the lone Colonials in double figures.
SERIES HISTORY: The Spiders swept three games from the Colonials last season, though all were decided by single digits. In their most recent meeting, a quarterfinal matchup at the Atlantic 10 Tournament, Richmond snuck away with a 70-67 win, thus trimming GW's all-time lead in the series to 62-36. At Richmond, the Colonials own a 26-21 advantage.
FLIP THE SWITCH: GW hopes to "flip the switch" back to a stretch of eight games during from the end of November through December that saw it go 6-2, as the Colonials have hit a rough patch over the last three games. GW is shooting just .373 from the field and averaging 52.3 points, while opponents have shot .517 and averaged 74.0 points. During the aforementioned eight game stretch, the Colonials had limited teams to 62.8 points per game on .432 shooting, while averaging 64.4 points on .428 shooting themselves.
LINEUP SHUFFLE: For the first 16 games of the season, the Colonials featured the same starting lineup: Jair Bolden, Terry Nolan Jr., Yuta Watanabe, Patrick Steeves and Arnaldo Toro. Against Davidson GW made a change, with graduate student Bo Zeigler earning his first start for the Colonials in place of Toro. Though he was limited to just six minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, and 18 minutes in all, Zeigler gave a boost with three blocks on the defensive end while hitting all three of his FG attempts to finish with seven points.
NOTABLE NUMBERS: The Colonials rank first in the A-10 and 41st nationally with 82 blocks on the year ... GW is 87th nationally allowing 68.2 points per game ... GW is committing just 13.9 fouls per game, a mark which ranks third nationally ... that's helped lead to a healthy advantage at the charity stripe, where the Colonials are 186-268 as a team compared to 158-226 for their opponents ... GW has made as many or more freebies than their opponent in 10 games this year ... Yuta Watanabe ranks first in the A-10 and 16th nationally in minutes per game with 37.0, a minute and a half less than national leader Jalen Adams of UConn.
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