The Colonials will host the Bradley Braves at the Smith Center December 15, pjstar.com is reporting. GW will travel to Bradley to complete a home-and-away series in the 2012-13 season.
GW began to outline its out-of-conference schedule in April, including plans to open the season by playing in the CBE Classic and later host Virginia Commonwealth for the annual BB&T Classic. Earlier this month, the Colonials announced their conference match-ups for the upcoming season. Dates and times for most games have yet to be officially announced.
After a 2006 Sweet 16 run, the Braves have struggled in recent seasons and finished play in 2010-11 with a 12-20 overall record, tied for ninth of nine in the Missouri Valley Conference. It was just the fifth time in program history that the team posted 20 or more losses, and it culminated in the dismissal of former head coach Jim Les, who was in his ninth year as coach at his alma mater. He was replaced by Geno Ford, who looks to help Bradley battle back from a season marked by challenging injuries and disappointing performance.
GW will also take the court under new leadership this season, as Mike Lonergan takes the helm after Karl Hobbs’ departure in April. The Colonials are coming off of their best season in the past four years after Hobbs led his team to a 17-14 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Atlantic 10 play, good enough for a tie for fourth place in the final conference standings. GW lost in the first round of the conference tournament to 12th seeded Saint Joseph’s, the second time in two years the Colonials qualified for the league tournament before falling in the first round.
This article was updated June 15,2011 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported it was the men’s basketball program’s first trip to the A-10 tournament in four seasons. It was the team’s first trip since last seaso