Men's Basketball Preview: Georgia at George Washington

Teaching moments; we have a lot of those. - Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
In the last non-SEC game Georgia will play this basketball season (barring any possible post season tournament invites), Mark Fox takes his crew up the road to Washington, DC, where they square off against the George Washington Colonials at 7 p.m. and televised by CSS for those who get the channel(or CSN MidAtlantic if you get that station. Check your local listings with your television service provider). Last season, Georgia knocked off GW in Athens, also on January 3rd, 52-41.

The Colonials are led by Mike Lonergan, who saw a great deal of success at D3 Catholic University of America, including a national title, before he replaced former Georgia player Tom Brennan as the head coach for Vermont. After a solid couple seasons in Burlington, Lonergan took over GW and is now in his 3rd season back in DC (where Catholic is situated as well). It's been a slow rebuild for the Colonials, having struggled to a 23-38 mark in his first two seasons, but they've been strong in year 3 having gone 11-2 so far with wins over Miami (Fl), Maryland, Rutgers, and a top 25 Creighton. Simply put, our chances of winning tonight aren't good.

They are led by senior wing Maurice Creek. Creek was very well regarded out of high school, started for Indiana as a freshman, but got destroyed by 3 major injuries in less than a 2 yr time frame, and is spending his final season for GW. He's averaging over 16 points per game, but they have a lot more than just him to work with. When Creek transferred in this summer as a grad student, he joined a team that was returning all 5 starters from a year ago. They have size, experience, scorers, good guards and good bigs. They are a likely NCAA team come March.

Expected to start tonight for the Dawgs are a Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines backcourt, with Brandon Morris and Marcus Thornton at F, and senior Donte Williams in the middle. F Nemi Djurisic and G Juwan Parker are likely the first options off the bench.

After tonight, Georgia's next game will be Wednesday the 8th at Missouri, before returning home to host Alabama on Saturday the 11th at 4.

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