On guard: GW-Fordham preview; 4 p.m. on CSN

On guard: GW-Fordham preview; 4 p.m. on CSN
February 8, 2014, 3:15 am
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Matchup: George Washington Colonials (18-4; 6-2 Atlantic 10) vs. Fordham Rams (9-12, 2-6)

When: Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Smith Center

Broadcast: TV - CSN; Radio - 1500 AM.

Last time out: Patricio Garino scored 17 points as the Colonials remained undefeated at home with a 71-57 win over Duquesne on Wednesday.

History: GW leads the all-time series with Fordham 20-6 having won 10 games at home.

KenPom: George Washington 39, Fordham 193

RPI: George Washington 29, Fordham 178

Coaches: George Washington - Mike Lonergan; Fordham - Tom Pecora

Leaders: GW - Scoring (Maurice Creek, 13.7), Rebounding (Isaiah Armwood, 8.5, Assists (Joe McDonald, 4.1)

Protect the house: The dominant home winning streak rolls on. After dumping the Dukes, GW is 11-0 at the Smith Center this season heading into Saturday's Homecoming matchup. The Colonials have won 12 straight dating back to last season. Fordham is 0-4 in A-10 road games.

Rust removed?: Guards Maurice Creek and Joe McDonald returned against Duquesne after missing the previous game. Their shooting touch did not. Creek, out previously due to illness, missed all five of his field goal attempts. The graduate transfer and GW's top perimeter threat scored one point in 21 minutes. McDonald (hip) went 1 of 5 for three points, though he contributed in other ways with six rebounds and six assists. The backcourt faces a severe challenge against Fordham's top two scorers, volume shooting guards Jon Severe (19.5) and Branden Frazier (17.6).

Conference check up: GW's status in the standings has the opportunity for significant fluctuation over its next three games. Coach Mike Lonergan's team is in third place alone entering the weekend, two games back of first place St. Louis and one behind VCU. The Rams and Colonials, who won the first meeting last month at the Smith Center, meet again in Richmond on Wednesday. Then a return home on Saturday to face Massachusetts, one of three teams (St. Joseph's, Richmond) just one game behind George Washington. Knock off Fordham to stay the course. Beat VCU and own all head-to-head  tiebreakers. Win the only meeting with UMass and again, own the tiebreaker and gain separation with the most dangerous team immediately behind the Colonials.

See you soon: The two sides will meet again in the regular season finale for both teams on March 8.