East Region - Second Round
(23-9, 12-6 AAC)
What You Need To Know: The Tigers love to push the tempo and create chaos on the floor by running at every opportunity. The team plays like it’s looking for respect with a strong all-around game that does a little bit of everything right on both sides of the ball. The offense moves the ball well, everyone hits the boards hard and plays disruptive defense in the backcourt that creates plenty of turnovers. Joe Jackson and Micahel Dixon, Jr. put points on the board in a hurry, and Jackson is fantastic in transition, finding teammates and delivering the ball in a position to score. Shaq Goodwin is the inside power, and he can dominate in the paint with his array of moves on the block and his long arms on the defensive end.
Strengths: Assists, Steals, Scoring
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Three Point Shooting, Scoring Defense
(21-12, 11-5 Big South)
George Washington Colonials
What You Need To Know: The Colonials are one of the most unselfish teams in the country, with the versatility that’ll make it a tough out. Senior Maurice Creek is not only a quality scorer, but he's one of the feel-good stories of the tournament. The former Indiana guard has bounced back from devastating injuries to lead the Colonials in scoring, and his outside shooting forces opponents to scramble. Patricio Garino can score and rebound, and Isaiah Armwood is a quality defender who can alter shots and change games around by himself. GW has been inconsistent over the past month, but this is a hungry squad that should give opponents headaches.
Strengths: Rebounding, Field Goal Percentage Defense, Shooting
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Three Point Shots, Turnover Margin