George Washington Coach Karl Hobbs hasn’t paid much attention to how other Atlantic 10 Conference teams are faring as the Colonials prepare for league play.
“I really haven’t,” he said. “I’ve just been so focused on what we’ve been doing. I can’t tell you what anyone’s records are or anything of that nature. . . . My total focus has been on my team, and that’s what it has to be. In the past, I’ve had the luxury of being able to look at other teams and kind of prepare ahead. But with this team, that’s not the case.”
With the Colonials mired in a four-game losing streak that included setbacks to Coppin State and Longwood, Hobbs is searching for ways to turn the season around. GW (6-6) returns home to Smith Center for its Atlantic 10 opener against Richmond (8-6) on Saturday. Tipoff was moved from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate television. The game is being shown on MASN.
Senior forward Rob Diggs has been GW’s most productive player this season. Diggs averages 12.2 points and boasts the fourth-best rebounding average in the league (7.7 rpg). Junior forward Damian Hollis is one of only two players – freshman guard Tony Taylor is the other – to start every game for the Colonials. Hollis averages 12 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Poor defense and lackluster rebounding have doomed GW this season. The Colonials have allowed their opponent to shoot better than 44 percent in four of their six losses and have been out-rebounded by their opponent in five of their six losses. In contrast, they have held their opponents’ field goal percentage under 33 percent in four of their six wins and have grabbed more rebounds than their opponents in all their victories.
Richmond, which has won three of its last four games, comes into the game shooting the ball well. The Spiders are second in the Atlantic 10 and rank in the top 15 in the nation in field goal percentage (49.7 percent). Their two-point field goal percentage (58.1 percent) is second best in Division I.
Given how well Richmond shoots the ball, it is no surprise the Spiders have the third-best scoring average in the league (74.4 points per game). Most of their scoring comes from their guards, junior David Gonzalvez and sophomore Kevin Anderson. Gonzalvez averages 16.7 points; Anderson, the A10 rookie of the year last season, averages 15.9 points.
January 9, 2009; 5:56 AM ET
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