1. Gtown - They're playing really good defense right now. As they head into league play when theyll face teams like Syracuse with a lot of firepower they have to find a way to score to keep up.
2. Maryland - The GW game at the BB&T Classic was a tough game to play as the favorite, but they got it done. The ability to take care of the ball is key...not just turnovers. They need to be careful going forward because they can't forget inside players. They will need to play inside-out with the depth they have inside
3. Va Tech - They are the biggest surprise in the area this year. They completely changed their style of play under new coach James Johnson from halfcourt offense to more up and down. Erick Green is as good a player as there is in the area and led the Hokies to a big win over Oklahoma State.
4. UVa - They have been banged up but they are gradually getting healthy. A big win over Wisconsin on the road gives the team confidence as they head into their ACC schedule. They beat Badgers at their own game which is hard to do, especially on the road.
5. VCU - They are currently 5-3, but lost to Duke by 9, lost close one to Missouri and beat Memphis. They are a very solid team, tough to play against. Shaka Smart's aggressive style bothers teams and his players believe in his style
WASHINGTON — Maurice Joseph is sticking around as George Washington's basketball coach, signing a five-year contract on Monday after one season with an interim title in place of the fired Mike Lonergan.
The Colonials went 20-15 this season under Joseph, losing in the quarterfinals of the lower-tier College Basketball Invitational.
"Maurice has demonstrated that he is the right individual to lead our men's basketball program," athletic director Patrick Nero said, according to a statement released by the school. "Our student-athletes respond well to his energy, passion and vision. ... We're confident that he will continue to recruit and retain the next generation of men's basketball student-athletes and help their talents shine."
Six of GW's top eight scorers this season are expected to return to the team.
The 31-year-old Joseph said it is "a privilege to be tasked with the responsibility of mentoring our team moving forward."
Joseph, who is from Montreal, played for Lonergan at Vermont after transferring there from Michigan State.
After working as an assistant on Lonergan's staff for five years, Joseph was promoted to head coach in late September.
That came 10 days after Lonergan was fired, following an internal investigation by GW that determined he "engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university's values." A Washington Post report in July included accusations of player mistreatment by Lonergan.
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By Ben Brown
Following a disappointing end to a once-promising season, Virginia guard Marial Shayok and forward Jarred Reuter will transfer to another school, head coach Tony Bennett announced Wednesday.
"Marial and Jarred informed me today that they are leaving the Virginia basketball program and are looking to transfer to other schools," Bennett said. "I thank Marial and Jarred for their hard work and contributions to our program, and wish them success in the future."
Shayok was the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer at 8.9 points per game, despite playing only the fifth-most minutes and regularly coming off the bench. The Ontario product scored a career-high 23 points in Virginia's win over UNC-Wilmington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Reuter averaged 10 minutes a game and averaged 3.8 points per game.
Shayok and Reuter transferring comes at the end of a very disappointing season for Virginia. The Cavaliers began the season in the top 10 of the AP poll, and halfway through conference play they were near the top of the standings in the ACC. But that was before the team went into a major funk as they lost four of their last seven games, which dropped them to sixth in the conference standings.
Virginia lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Notre Dame, and then got blasted by Florida by 26 points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to the losses of Shayok and Reuter, London Perrantes, the team's best player and leader, is graduating.
After a rough regular season, Virginia's offseason is off to a rocky start as well.
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