Men's Basketball Hosts Saint Louis Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Jan. 26, 2010
Saint Louis (12-6, 3-1) at George Washington (11-7, 1-4)
GW COACH: Karl Hobbs (Connecticut `85)
SAINT LOUIS COACH: Rick Majerus (Marquette `70)
Wednesday's Game: GW (11-7, 1-4 A-10) aims to snap a four-game slide Wednesday night when it hosts Saint Louis (12-6, 3-1) in the only regular-season meeting this season.
Wednesday's game marks just the seventh meeting between the teams in a series that began in 2006. Saint Louis joined the A-10 in 2005-06. The all-time series is tied, 3-3, with the home team winning each meeting except for GW's neutral-site victory in the 2007 A-10 semifinal at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
GW is coming off a narrow 62-57 loss to Richmond (15-6, 4-2) Saturday at Smith Center. Sophomore Tony Taylor paced the Colonials with a team-high 16 points while Bryan Bynes added 11 points in the loss.
Saint Louis has been idle for a week after defeating Fordham, 75-48, Jan. 20 at Chaifetz Arena. Brian Conklin was one of four Billikens in double figures with 15 points while Cody Ellis added 14 points and nine rebounds. SLU shot 48 percent and outrebounded the Rams, 41-28 (14-6 offensive). Fordham (2-16, 0-6) shot 33.3 percent and committed 20 turnovers.
The Billikens are 1-3 on the road this season while GW is 4-4 at Smith Center.
The youngest team in the league, Saint Louis has no seniors on its roster and just one junior making up one of the few opposing teams that will be younger and less experienced than GW.
A Closer Look at Saint Louis: The `Baby Billikens' enter play Wednesday with a 12-6 overall record, 3-1 A-10 under third-year coach Rick Majerus. The youngest team in the league and among the youngest in the country, SLU has no seniors on its roster and just one junior. Three Billikens are averaging double figure points, led by soph. G Kwamain Mitchell's 15.8 ppg. Soph. Willie Reed (12.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and freshman F Cody Ellis (12.3 ppg) are the other Billikens in double figures although Ellis has appeared in just four of SLU's 18 games. For the season, SLU is shooting 43.5 percent from the field, averages 64.7 points a game and is getting outrebounded by its opponents by less than a carom a game. SLU ranks second in the A-10 in scoring defense allowing just 58.2 points and holding opponents to just 38 percent shooting from the floor. SLU also is second in the league in blocked shots with more than five a game.
Next Game: GW travels to Rhode Island (15-3, 3-2) on Saturday, Jan. 30 for a 1 p.m. contest. The game will be broadcast live on 1500 AM and 820 AM as well as online at www.FederalNewsRadio.com. Live video and Gametracker stats available at GWsports.com.