Men’s Basketball Previews

George Washington (11-12, 5-5 Atlantic 10)
Virginia Tech (12-12, 5-6 A-10)

Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Center
TV: A-10 TV
Radio: WAGE 1200 AM (available on the Internet at Broadcast.com)
Campus Radio: WRGW 540 AM (available on GWTV Channel 22; available on Internet at www.gwradio.com)
Rankings: VT is ranked 145th in unofficial Ratings Percentage Index (Strength of Schedule is 129th); GW is 104th (SOS is 51st)
Standings: VT is fourth in the A-10 West, GW is third
Hokies’ last game: VT won 65-61 at Rhode Island Saturday
VT on the road in 1999-2000: 4-6 (1-5 A-10)
GW at home in 1999-2000: 6-3 (4-1 A-10)
All-time series: VT leads 35-34 (1921-present)
All-time series at Smith Center: GW leads 4-3
Last meeting: 82-72, VT (Jan. 15, 2000 at Cassell Coliseum)
Last meeting at Smith Center: 77-67, GW (Feb. 27, 1999)
Series streaks: Home team has won 10 of last 11 games; GW has won last four games at Smith Center
Hokies’ leading scorer: Sophomore center Dennis Mims (14.2 points per game)
Hokies’ coach: Ricky Stokes (first year)
Stokes vs. GW: 1-0
Tom Penders vs. VT: 1-3
VT Notes: Founded in 1872; enrollment of 25,000; full name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University; located in Blacksburg, Va.; fourth and final year in A-10; in 1999-2000, VT beat UNC Charlotte but lost to Radford and Liberty at home; in last six games, VT has not won or lost two in a row; only A-10 road win was at Rhode Island.

George Washington
Rhode Island (5-20, 2-10 A-10)

Saturday, Feb. 19, Noon
Smith Center
TV: ESPN
Radio: WAGE 1200 AM (available on the Internet at Broadcast.com)
Campus Radio: WRGW 540 AM (available on GWTV Channel 22; available on Internet at www.gwradio.com)
Rankings: URI is ranked 205th in the unofficial Ratings Percentage Index (Strength of Schedule is 55th)
Standings: URI is last in the East
Rams’ last game: URI lost 64-54 at home Wednesday vs. St. Bonaventure
URI on the road in 1999-2000: 2-10 (1-5 A-10)
All-time series: URI leads 19-17 (1981-present)
All-time series at Smith Center: GW leads 9-7
Last meeting: 94-78, URI in 1999 A-10 Tournament
Last meeting at Smith Center: No. 24 URI beat No. 16 GW 69-61 in 1998
Series streaks: URI has won three of last four
Rams’ leading scorer: Sophomore guard Zach Marbury (14.9 points per game)
Rams’ coach: Jerry DeGregorio (first year)
Tom Penders vs. URI: 4-2
Rams’ Notes: Enrollment of 10,700; A-10 member since 1981; Penders took URI to Sweet 16 in 1988; Marbury is Stephon’s brother; in 1999-2000 URI opened 3-2, beat La Salle and Duquesne in one three-day stretch of January, but has lost all 18 other games since Dec. 1; scored nine points in first half at home vs.Temple; a GW win would hand URI only second 21-loss season in URI history.

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