Men’s Basketball Preview

George Washington (14-13, 8-6 Atlantic 10)
UMass (15-12, 9-5 A-10)

Tuesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Mullins Center (9,493)
Amherst, Mass.
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: UMass is ranked 102nd in the unofficial Ratings Percentage Index (Strength of Schedule is 86th); GW is ranked 112th (SOS is 87th)
Standings: GW is tied for second in the A-10 West; UMass is tied for second in the A-10 East
Minutemen’s last game: 72-54 loss at Temple Saturday
UMass at home in 1999-2000: 6-5 (4-4 in the A-10)
GW on the road in 1999-2000: 3-8 (2-5 in the A-10)
All-time series: GW leads 29-16 (1971-present)
All-time series at Mullins: Series tied 2-2
Last meeting: 78-72, GW at the Smith Center (Feb., 1999)
Last meeting at Mullins: 79-48, UMass (Jan., 1998)
Series streaks: GW has won last two and two of last three at Mullins
Minutemen’s leading scorer: Senior guard Monty Mack (19.2 points per game)
Minutemen’s coach: Bruiser Flint (fourth year)
Flint’s record at UMass: 69-53 (41-21 A-10)
Flint vs. GW: 2-3
Tom Penders vs. UMass: 6-1
UMass notes: Founded in 1863; enrollment of 23,900; famous alumni include Julius Erving, Bill Cosby and Rick Pitino; UMass opened 39-2 at the eight-year-old Mullins Center, with both losses to GW (UMass was ranked No. 5 and No. 1 at the time of the losses); UMass is now 70-18 overall at Mullins and 47-13 in the A-10; UMass has beaten Villanova at home but has lost at home by double-digits to Marshall, St. Bonaventure, Temple and Texas; UMass has not lost two in a row in A-10 play this year.

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