GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame

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GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame

The matchup: George Washington (1-1) takes to the road for a second straight road game. This one involves a rise in competition and the first ever meeting with Notre Dame (3-1). The two sides, led by coaching friends, square off Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in South Bend.

Last time out: Rebounding from a season-opening home loss to Youngstown State, GW downed Boston University 72-59 on Saturday behind freshman guard Joe McDonald and defensive leader Isaiah Armwood. The Colonials led the Terriers by a solid margin throughout as McDonald, the reigning co-Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week,  tallied 21 points and seven rebounds while Armwood controlled the paint. The energy big man and former Villanova transfer finished with 12 rebounds and eight blocks. GW shot 52.2 percent (24 of 36) from the floor while holding Boston to 32.4 percent (22-68).

The coaches: The friendship between George Washington's Mike Lonergan and Notre Dame's Mike Brey, a former George Washington basketball star and D.C. area native, dates back to their high school playing days for Archbishop Carroll and DeMatha respectively. While Lonergan continues sifting through his roster - a deeper one than last year thanks to an impressive freshmen class led by McDonald and swingman Patricio Garino - for a steady rotation, Brey typically plays iron man ball seven players.

The foe: Notre Dame fell out of the Top 25 this week after a 79-70 overtime loss to Saint Joseph's, but came back the next night for a 10-point win over Brigham Young on Saturday. Bruising big man Jack Cooley is a double-double force, averaging 17 points and 11.8 rebounds. Bowie native Jerian Grant (11.3 ppg) and Columbia's Eric Atkins (45 percent on 3-pointers) provide the perimeter help.

Terps jump to No. 22 in national AP Top 25 poll

Terps jump to No. 22 in national AP Top 25 poll

Maryland basketball keeps moving on up.

After landing the last spot in the AP’s Top 25 last week, the Big Ten-leading Terps (17-2 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) continue their climb in the ranks, now sitting at No. 22 as of Monday. However, despite the conference standings, they're still behind No. 15 Wisconsin (16-3, 5-1) and No. 20 Purdue (16-4, 5-2).

Heading into Tuesday’s home matchup against Rutgers, Maryland is riding a four-game win streak with its last loss on Jan. 1 against Nebraska (9-10, 3-4).

Since cracking the Top 25, the Terps played one game last week — an 84-76 win over Iowa (11-9, 3-4) on the road with junior guard Melo Trimble leading the way with 20 points.

Freshman forward Justin Jackson also made waves last week, netting 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds, earning him the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday.

Maryland takes on the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 1-6) on Tuesday at the XFINITY Center at 7 p.m.

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL:

1. Villanova

2. Kansas

3. Gonzaga

4. Kentucky

5. Baylor

6. Florida State

7. Arizona

8. UCLA

9. North Carolina

10. Oregon

11. Butler

12. Virginia

13. Louisville

14. Notre Dame

15. Wisconsin

16. Creighton

17. Duke

18. West Virginia

19. Cincinnati

20. Purdue

21. Saint Mary's

23. Maryland 

23. South Carolina

24. Xavier

25. Florida

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Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

CLEMSON, S.C. — Seth Allen scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots — including three 3-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.

The Tigers (11-8, 1-6) appeared to take the lead down 70-69 as Jaron Blossomgame's shot with 3:48 left was rolling around and ready to fall in when teammate Sidy Djitte, attempting a tip in, knocked it away.

Chris Clarke soon followed with a three-point play and Allen hit a crushing 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to seal things for the Hokies.

Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.

Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.

Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.

Zach LeDay had 16 points and Ahmed Hill had 11 for the Hokies.

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