The Toledo Rockets were knocked out of the MAC tournament on a last second shot by the Ohio University Bobcats. Up next, a very good George Washington team out of the Atlantic 10, in the first round of the CBI Tournament.
- When: Wednesday, March 15th, 7 p.m.
- Where: Charles E. Smith Center, Washington D.C.
- Watch: Via stream at GWSports.com
- Listen: Rocket Vision at utrockets.com
- Line: GW -6
Scouting the Rockets
Toledo is 17-16 overall, and 9-9 in the MAC.
The Rockets are second in the MAC in scoring offense, at 79 points per game. Their defense leaves something to be desired, giving up 75.6 per game.
They have several guards that can drive to the basket, including Jonathan Williams, who is averaging 19.6 points per game. They also have a talented big man who can pass the ball in Steve Taylor Jr., and multiple threats from beyond the arc.
On defense, they don’t do the best job rotating, and give up some easy looks at a result.
Scouting the Colonials
George Washington is 19-14 on the season, and 10-8 in the A-10.
They are a defensive minded team, only giving up 69 points a game. The problem is they only score 68.
3 of their starters are 6’8 or taller. Their top two scorers are both 6’9.
Players to Watch
Tyler Cavanaugh, GW: The 6’9 forward is scoring 17.8 points per game, while grabbing 8.4 rebounds. Both lead the team. He is 2nd on the team in assists.
Yuta Watanabe, GW: The 6’8 guard out of Japan is second on the team in scoring, and a member of the A-10 All-Defensive team.
Steve Taylor Jr. , Toledo: Taylor averages 15.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. He is third in the nation in rebounding.
Jonathan Williams, Toledo: A flashy player that is good at driving to the lane or pulling up, Williams finished the season averaging 19.6 points per game.
Keys to the Contest
Tempo is likely going to decide this game. If GW tries to run and gun with the Rockets, they aren’t likely to keep up. If Toledo tries to slog through a defensive battle, they probably wont score enough.
Senior Williams will push the ball early and often, getting Toledo out front. GW struggle in the faster paced game, and Toledo wins in a bit of a shocker, 82-75.