USF, 0-2, is hoping to bounce back after two straight tough losses to begin the season but it does not get any easier. George Washington, 2-0, is coming off a big time upset win over 6th ranked Virginia on Sunday and will be riding high with the momentum. USF will try to snap them out of it (game begins at 7 PM).
George Washington went 22-13 last year (5-10 away) and is averaging 79 PPG so far on the year. USF on the other side is averaging 67 PPG and 44.5 rebounds per game through the first two battles.
GW is led by senior guard/forward Patricio Garino (6’6″ 210 lbs.) who averaged 12.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG and had 28 blocks along with 59 steals last year. He is averaging 17.5 PPG, 4 RPG so far this year along with 2 blocks and a steal. His height and ability to shoot will make him a match-up issue for the Bulls. Senior forward Kevin Larsen (6’10” 265 lbs.) averaged 10.9 PPG last year along with 7.4 RPG, 36 blocks and 17 steals. This year so far he is averaging 16.5 PPG, 9 RPG and has 3 blocks. He will be a big challenge for the USF front court (if Luis Santos is healthy, that would help out big time). Senior guard Joe McDonald (6’1″ 190 lbs.) averaged 9.9 PPG last year (41 for 110 from 3-point range), 5.8 RPG, and had 110 assists (61 turnovers) along with 43 steals. He is averaging 6.5 PPG this year along with 5 RPG. He is their primary point guard and runs the offense for them. Keep an eye on sophomore guard Paul Jorgensen (6’2″ 185 lbs.) who is averaging 10 PPG off the bench along with 1 RPG and has 3 steals. He is a scoring threat to keep an eye on.
For USF to pull off the upset, they need a consistent game from start to finish. Stars like Angel Nunez (14.5 PPG, 7 RPG) and Chris Perry (10 PPG, 10 RPG), are off to solid starts on the year, but the turnovers, defensive mistakes, and the bad 3-point shooting are killing this team. They need to feed the big men inside, stop taking so many threes, and get back to some basics if they want to snap the 2-game losing streak.