No. 9 seed GW men's basketball will head to Raleigh, N.C., to face No. 8 Memphis in the 2014 NCAA Tournament second round at PNC Arena on Friday, March 21. Tip-time is set for 6:55 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on TBS. GW students, fans and alumni wishing to join the Colonials on their march during the NCAA Tournament please visit GWsports.com/MBBNCAA for ticket information. GW joins No. 1 Virginia and No. 16 Coastal Carolina in the Raleigh site of the East regional, and would face the winner in the third round on Sunday, March 23. GW won its lone previous meeting against Memphis, 69-60, in the 1994 Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden, and are 23-25 all-time against Virginia, with the most recent meeting coming in the 2004 Postseason NIT, and 2-0 against Coastal Carolina with wins in 1985 and 1993. It will mark GW's 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since earning the Atlantic 10's automatic bid as conference tournament champion in 2007. The Colonials are 4-10 in their 10 prior appearances with first-round victories in 1994 and 2006 and a pair of wins en route to the Sweet 16 in 1993. The selection also marks Coach Mike Lonergan's 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years as a head coach, second at the NCAA Division I level and first in three seasons at GW. GW will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 24-8 record, a win total which ties the 1997-98 and 1954-55 seasons as the second-most in a season in program history. The Colonials collected a league-best eight All-Atlantic 10 selections among six players, headlined by four all-conference picks among their top five scorers. Graduate student and leading scorer Maurice Creek earned Third Team honors after a resurgent season in which he his 78 three pointers, the second-most in a season in GW program history. Senior Isaiah Armwood earned Second Team and All-Defensive Team honors after averaging 12.5 points and team-highs of 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Sophomore Patricio Garino joined Creek on the Third Team and Armwood on the All-Defensive Team while scoring 12.2 points per game on a team-best 56.4 percent shooting along with 1.6 steals an outing. Sophomore Kevin Larsen was named the A-10's Chris Daniels Most Improved Player, averaging 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in a team second-most 31.1 minutes.
Colonials Return to NCAA Tournament as No. 9 Seed
GWSports.com | Mar 19