GW seeks latest power conference win at Kansas State

GW seeks latest power conference win at Kansas State
December 31, 2013, 8:30 am
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George Washington (11-1, Atlantic 10) at Kansas State (9-3, Big 12) - Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. E.T. (MASN2)

Streaking: The Colonials have won six straight games including three over power conference programs Creighton, Maryland and Rutgers. The latest also came on the road, 69-58 over Hofstra on Saturday as graduate student Maurice Creek scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half while sophomore center Kevin Larsen had 14.

Yet the longer winning streak belongs to the Wildcats, winners of seven straight since a 27-point drubbing against Georgetown at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last month. KSU's span includes victories over Mississippi State, Gonzaga and Saturday's 72-41 rout over Tulane.

Almost Famous: Both teams received votes in the latest AP Top 25 poll with the Colonials picking up 38 points and KSU getting three. GW also received 17 points in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. With wins over Kansas State and Georgia at home on Friday, it might be hard for voters to keep the Colonials outside the top 25 next week.

Leaders: Creek paces the Colonials in scoring (16.3), 3-point shooting (47.1 percent) and free throws (77.8 percent). Yet perhaps the most impressive overall stat line belongs to sophomore point guard Joe McDonald, who averages 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds plus team-highs with 4.8 assists and 2.1 steals. Expect this matchup to be a battle of the backcourts as freshman guard Marcus Foster leads the Wildcats in scoring with 13.7 points, followed by junior guard and KSU's leading rebounder Thomas Gipson (11.4 ppg, 5.7 rbg).

History: The two sides have met four times all-time, including the past two seasons. Kansas State won both recent matchups, including 65-62 at the Smith Center last Dec. 8.

Welcome back, Patricio:  After missing four games and seven overall surgery on a broken finger, sophomore guard Patricio Garino returned to the court against Hofstra. GW's most well rounded player and top perimeter defender had one point and two steals in 16 minutes. Though a starter throughout last season when he averaged 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals, Garino likely continues off the bench against KSU.

Nigel Johnson: This would be a good time to have access to GW coach Mike Lonergan's inner dialogue. Johnson, a former Riverdale Baptist star, originally committed to GW before changing directions and landing in Manhattan with KSU. The freshman guard scored 13 points in Saturday's win. He is averaging 5.8 points and 18 minutes for the Wildcats.