Men’s Basketball A-10 Tournament Preview

George Washington (15-14)
Massachusetts (16-14)

Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal
Thursday, March 9, 2:30 p.m.
First Union Spectrum (18,060)
Philadelphia
TV: A-10 TV (HTS in D.C.)
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 115th in the unofficial Ratings Percentage Index (Strength of Schedule is 82nd); GW is ranked 105th in the RPI (SOS is 80th)
Standings: GW (9-7) tied for second in the West with Xavier, took the first-round A-10 bye by virtue of victory over St. Bonaventure; UMass (9-7) finished third in the East
Minutemen’s last game: Beat Duquesne 77-52 in the first round of the A-10s Wednesday
Streaks: UMass lost last three games of regular season
UMass on neutral courts in 1999-2000: 2-2
GW on neutral courts in 1999-2000: 3-3
All-time series: GW leads 30-16 (1971-present)
Last meeting: GW won 87-86 Feb. 29 at UMass
All-time series in A-10 Tournament: GW leads 3-1
All-time series at Spectrum: GW leads 2-0
Last meeting in A-10 Tournament: GW beat No. 23 UMass 88-83 in the 1998 quarterfinals
GW’s all-time record in A-10 Tournament: 12-23
Minutemen’s all-time record in A-10 Tournament: 24-18
GW’s record as a two seed: 4-3
Minutemen’s record as a three seed: 3-3
GW’s record vs. three seeds: 3-0
Minutemen’s record vs. two seeds: 2-3
GW’s record in the quarterfinals: 7-14
Minutemen’s record in the quarterfinals: 7-13
Minutemen’s coach: Bruiser Flint (fourth year)
Flint’s record at UMass: 70-55 (41-23 A-10)
Flint’s record in A-10 Tournament: 3-3
Flint vs. GW: 2-4
Tom Penders’ record in A-10 Tournament: 4-3 (1-1 at GW)
Penders vs. UMass: 7-1
Notes: UMass has won five A-10 Tournaments, while GW has lost in the finals twice; GW has not lost its A-10 Tournament opener since 1995 and has won four straight quarterfinal games; UMass has lost three straight quarterfinal games; GW is 3-0 in the quarterfinals vs. UMass.

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