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Why I'm risking my credibility by picking GW to upset Vanderbilt...

Marc Carig here.

I'm pressed for time, so none of my usual links: (is that better Cindy Boren?)
- OK, I'm going on the record at the risk of looking like a complete homer and repeat what I've said in two other venues today: George Washington is going to upset Vanderbilt.
- Commodores are a nice, well-coached team. They are a bit faster and more athletic than they get credit for and they were a very competitive team in a really good league. But they were punished with a first-round matchup problem in GW.
- Yesterday's presser with Randy Stallings was quite bizzare in that you'd think his team was the 11th seed. He got grilled with questions about GW's defense. Sad thing is I don't know if his team has an answer.
- GW Forward Robert Diggs is expected to play, though he doesn't plan on wearing a plastic protective mask over his nose because "it would mess with my business."
- Regis Koundjia will be a key to this game. He needs to stay out of foul trouble, so he can stay in the game long enough to create problems through his defense. Regis, at 6-8. is long and athletic. GW has been using on top of their 1-2-2 and 1-3-1 zone defenses, mostly because Regis has the ability to trap and close down lanes. But if he gets in foul trouble, like against Rhode Island, the Commodores won't have to worry as much about the size issue.
- GW practiced yesterday morning at the Sacramento Kings' on-site facility. Hobbs cut the workout short, about an hour and half. Apparently the guys got after each other a bit.
- Seven GW players, including Carl Elliott, shaved their heads for the tournament, though neither Hollis or Diggs refused to disturb their 'dos.
- Nine months in Washington and not once has there been a day as nice as the last two in Northern California.
- God, I hate media rooms. It smells funny in here.
- Has anybody seen Wilbon?

By  |  March 15, 2007; 1:03 PM ET
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