A Good Year - The 2012-13 George Washington Men's Basketball Campaign
Colonials Aim to be Great in Program's 100th Season in 2013-14
March 21, 2013
George Washington men's basketball head coach Mike Lonergan asks his student-athletes the same question again and again. "Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great?"
The 2012-13 campaign - the 99th season in program history - was a good one for George Washington men's basketball, and it all started four months before even playing its first game.
In July, the GW men's basketball program got to witness firsthand the greatest basketball team in the world when USA Basketball's Gold Medal winning Men's National Team practiced in the Charles E. Smith Center.
A month later, the Colonials traveled half-way around the world to Italy, where they toured a country, experienced a culture and played together for the first time against international competition and some of the finest from America's military.
Then in October, GW again showed its military appreciation and tipped off its basketball activities with a special Colonials Invasion at its former home of Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va.
Those three events served as unique bonding experiences for a program searching for a new identity during its second season under Coach Lonergan and his staff - an important step for a team with six new players who had never donned a Buff and Blue jersey with George Washington across the front.
While a 13-17 record won't qualify as great, there's plenty of good that can be extracted from the 3.5-game improvement from 2011-12:
There were also good singular moments in between Armwood's alley-oop slam four seconds into the season opener and his thunderous put-back dunk to beat Dayton in overtime in the regular-season finale:
The Colonials are set to return all five starters and more for next season, with an exciting schedule that already includes games against Kansas State, Georgia, Rutgers, Maryland and the 2013 DirecTV Classic in Anaheim, Calif., consisting of Arizona State, College of Charleston, Creighton, Marquette, Miami (Fla.) and San Diego State.
Yes, 2012-13 was good to GW men's basketball. Its 100th season in 2013-14 could be great. Raise High the Buff and Blue.