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    Preview: George Washington vs Valparaiso

    When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 31, 2016
    Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

    One team is going to emerge with the first NIT championship in school history on Thursday when top-seeded Valparaiso faces fourth-seeded George Washington in the title contest at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Crusaders have set a school record with 30 victories while the Colonials have matched the school mark with 27 wins.

    Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew said his squad has moved past the NCAA Tournament snub and it has appeared that way with three consecutive double-digit NIT wins prior to Tuesday’s 72-70 victory over Brigham Young in the semifinals. “It’s a huge step for our program,” Drew said at Wednesday’s press conference. “To be able to play this deep into March, only a few teams left in the country, getting the exposure on ESPN, and getting to play in Madison Square Garden, I think our fan base and our university and our alumni and everyone is just really excited about what’s happened the last few weeks.” George Washington was a longer shot per making the NCAA field but coach Mike Lonergan has refocused his squad and the Colonials routed San Diego State 65-46 in the semifinals. “Obviously, we would have rather made the NCAA Tournament but this really adds to the legacy of our seniors and that’s what I really feel good about,” Lonergan said Wednesday. “Getting to New York was probably what we really needed to do, for me, to have a good summer.”

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

    ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON (27-10):
    Junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh has been superb during the Colonials’ NIT run and is averaging 21.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in the four games while making 10-of-20 3-point attempts. “He’s been incredible,” Longeran told reporters. “He’s scored double figures every game this year and then I didn’t realize it, I think he’s averaging over 20 points a game now in the NIT, so he’s really stepped it up.” Cavanaugh averages a team-best 16.9 points while senior guard Patricio Garino (14.1) and senior forward Kevin Larsen (12.1 points, team-leading 8.4 rebounds) also are averaging in double digits.

    ABOUT VALPARAISO (30-6):
    The Crusaders also feature a red-hot player in junior forward Alec Peters, who is averaging 22.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in the NIT and his 15-point outing against BYU snapped a streak of seven consecutive 20-point outings. But Peters (18.4 points, 8.4 rebounds) wasn’t the hero in the semifinal contest as guard David Skara (6.7) knocked down the tiebreaking 3-pointer, blocked a last-second 3-point attempt by BYU guard Chase Fischer and scored a season-best 15 points. “I think he plays with a lot of confidence,” Drew said of Skara. “He plays within himself and he hasn’t gotten rattled out there, even though he’s only a sophomore.”

    TIP-INS

    1. George Washington’s four NIT victories are by an average of 10.5 points; Valparaiso’s average margin of victory is 10.3.

    2. Crusaders senior C Vashil Fernandez leads the nation with 114 blocked shots and holds the school record of 284.

    3. The Colonials committed only six turnovers against San Diego State and average 11.3 miscues per game.

    PREDICTION: Valparaiso 72, George Washington 66

    #38434
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    GWU meets Valparaiso in NIT Finals Thursday
    By Zach Cohen

    GEORGE WASHINGTON COLONIALS (27-10) vs. VALPARAISO CRUSADERS (30-6)

    ‘NIT Championship Game’ – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
    Tip-off: Thursday, 7:00 pm ET
    Line: Valparaiso -1.0

    George Washington and Valparaiso will both be looking to cap off magnificent seasons when the teams meet in the NIT Championship on Thursday.

    George Washington has had a very impressive tournament, as the team has now knocked off Monmouth, Florida and San Diego State on its way to this game. The Colonials were three-point underdogs against the Aztecs on Tuesday and won that game 65-46. San Diego State shot just 28.8% from the floor in that game and that is the third time in a row that George Washington has held its opponent to less than 45% shooting. Valparaiso, meanwhile, defeated BYU 72-70 as a two-point favorite on Tuesday. The Crusaders were fresh off of a 60-44 victory over St. Mary’s and this team will be feeling really good coming into this one. One trend worth keeping an eye on in this one is that Valparaiso is an impressive 10-2 ATS when playing with one or less days rest on the season.

    The Colonials have really been playing some very good basketball in this tournament and one guy that will need to stay hot for the team is F Tyler Cavanaugh (16.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG). Cavanaugh is averaging 21.3 PPG and 9.8 RPG in the tournament and he has also gone 10-for-18 from the outside as well. His ability to stretch the floor is huge for George Washington and he’ll need to have his stroke on Thursday. Another guy that will need to come up big for the Colonials is F Kevin Larsen (12.1 PPG, 8.4 RPG). Larsen is yet another big man that is capable of shooting from the outside, but he will mostly be relied on to score around the basket in this game. He struggled a bit against San Diego State, finishing with just seven points in 29 minutes of action. Larsen should, however, find some success against Valparaiso on Thursday. It’s just important that he finds other ways to impact the game if his shot isn’t falling. In the backcourt, G Patricio Garino (14.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.4 SPG) will need to be on his game in this one. Garino has had a magnificent tournament, averaging 15.8 PPG through the first four games. He relentlessly attacks the rim and is also a very good shooter from the outside, as he has hit 42.7% of his threes coming into this one. If he is on Thursday then it’d be tough for Valparaiso to deal with both him and Cavanaugh.

    Valparaiso felt like it was snubbed from the NCAA tournament, but the only way that the team can even continue to make that claim is by winning the NIT. If the Crusaders are going to win on Thursday then they will need some huge performances from G Keith Carter (10.3 PPG, 4.4 APG, 1.6 SPG), F Alec Peters (18.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG) and C Vashil Fernandez (5.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3.3 BPG). Carter and Peters are the guys that Valparaiso will be counting on offensively. Carter controls the offense and also happens to be a 39.1% shooter from the outside. He’ll need to find his teammates in the right spots and also knock down some of his looks from three on Thursday. Peters, meanwhile, is one of the best scorers in the country. He is capable of scoring from anywhere on the floor and is dangerous from three, as he is a 44.5% shooter from behind the arc. The Crusaders will need him to match the production of Cavanaugh in this game. Defensively, Fernandez is the guy the Crusaders will be leaning on. He is one of the best shot-blockers in the nation and if he can avoid foul trouble then he will make things very difficult on the Colonials in this one.

    #38435
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    NCAA tournament

    NIT
    George Washington scored 83.8 ppg in winning first three NIT games, then shut down San Diego State 65-46 in semis; Colonials are 15-2 out of conference, 5-4 vs top 50 teams- they’re #26 experience team whose two best NIT games were both away from home, at Monmouth and the semis Tuesday. Valpo is 12-3 out of conference, 3-1 vs teams in the top 60. A-14 teams are 3-1 vs Horizon teams this year, but Valpo got only Horizon win, 58-55 over URI. Valpo played two kids 31:00+ Tuesday; GW played three guys 31+, but their win was fairly stress-free.

    #38436
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    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    CBB | GEORGE WASHINGTON at VALPARAISO
    Play On – Any team (GEORGE WASHINGTON) after beating the spread by 30 or more points total in their last five games, team from a second tier division 1-A conference against a team from a mid-major conference
    67-32 since 1997. ( 67.7% | 31.8 units )
    4-3 this year. ( 57.1% | 0.7 units )

    #38437
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    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    CBB | GEORGE WASHINGTON at VALPARAISO
    Play On – Neutral court teams (GEORGE WASHINGTON) excellent ball handling team – committing <=12 turnovers/game, after 2 straight games committing 11 or less turnovers 659-473 since 1997. ( 58.2% | 76.5 units ) 89-72 this year. ( 55.3% | -18.2 units )

    #38438
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    StatFox Super Situations™ – FoxSheets

    CBB | GEORGE WASHINGTON at VALPARAISO
    Play Under – All teams where the first half total is 60.5 to 65.5 after 2 or more consecutive unders, an good offensive team (74-78 PPG) against an average defensive team (67-74 PPG) after 15+ games
    70-33 over the last 5 seasons. ( 68.0% | 33.7 units )
    19-12 this year. ( 61.3% | 5.8 units )

    #38464
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    #38467
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    H&H Sports

    NIT
    5* Over 132 (-118) – George Washington / Valparaiso

    #38468
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    Basketball Crusher

    George Washington +2 over Valparaiso
    (System Record: 69-4, lost last 2 games)
    Overall Record: 69-81-3

    #38482
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    ROCKDEMANSPORTS

    NIT GAME —- OVER

    #38486
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    WinniBet

    ‘Top Play’
    George Washington +2.5

    #38488
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    Power Play Wins

    POWER PLAY OF THE DAY
    VALPARAISO -2

    #38490
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    MVP Lock Club

    MVP Lock Of The Day
    Valparaiso -2

    #38495
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    Mike Lee

    3* George Washington +2

    #38501
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    BOB BALFE

    7:00 EST
    Rotation #713-714
    George Washington +2 over Valparasio
    What a great tournament this NIT has been. I didn’t even realize it, but we are flawless on our NIT Picks this year (Wish i could say the same for the NCAA Tournament). I think I have a pretty good read on this game to close out this NIT Tournament. GW is just too strong on offense. Valpo looked great against BYU because of the hot start they got out too, but GW will not go into scoring ruts. Valparaiso is a great team, but still has not faced the type of competition George Washington has. What is crazy is both of these teams have better RPI rankings than Syracuse who still is in the NCAA Tournament. The NIT had some deserving teams this year and these two teams showed character by not packing it in and feeling sorry for themselves. This should be a great game. Take George Washington.

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