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College hoops in the DMV season preview: George Washington

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College hoops in the DMV season preview: George Washington

We start our look at some of the local area men's college basketball teams in Foggy Bottom where George Washington is coming off a second straight 20-win season and postseason appearance under coach Mike Lonergan. With three seniors headlining the roster, including Atlantic 10 Player of the Year candidate Patricio Garino, there's a good chance the Colonials reach those heights again. Can they get back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years and challenge the likes of Rhode Island and Davidson for conference title are the questions. Either way, this is the last go-round for Lonergan with the senior class that helped turn the program around.

Last season: 22-13 overall, 10-8 Atlantic 10; lost in second round of NIT

Head coach: Mike Lonergan

Key returnees: Senior G Patricio Garino (12.4 ppg, 1.7 steals), senior C Kevin Larsen (10.9 ppg, 7.4 reb), senior Joe McDonald (9.9 ppg, 3.1 ast), sophomore F Yuta Watanabe (7.4 ppg)

Notable losses: G Kethan Savage (transferred to Butler), F John Kopriva

Incoming players: Junior F Tyler Cavanaugh (Wake Forest transfer), G Alex Mitola (Dartmouth graduate transfer), freshman G Jordan Roland, freshman F Collin Goss, junior G Jared Sina (Seton Hall transfer; not eligible this season)

Games to watch:

  • Nov. 16 - Virginia
  • Nov. 27/28 - Tennessee/Cincinnati or Nebraska (Barclays Center Classic, Brooklyn)
  • Dec. 2 - Seton Hall
  • Jan. 22 - Rhode Island
  • Feb. 27 - VCU

CollegeBasketballTalk.com predictions: Fifth in 14-team league

The Wild Card: The 6-foot-9 Larsen has the size, bulk and skills to compete with the top big men in A-10 if not be leader of the pack. The Denmark native can score inside, sink perimeter shots and control the glass. Lonergan calls Larsen his best passer and often uses him as a press breaker. However, getting consistent production and effort from the Montrose Christian product has been a three-year challenge. Keeping Larsen on the court regardless is key considering the truly limited interior options behind him on the roster. Having a true power forward in Cavanaugh and more 3-point shooters on the floor should help open scoring options. If Larsen plays at an All-Conference level, good chance GW returns to the postseason for a third straight season.

Biggest concern: GWs starting lineup hasn't been the issue ever since this current senior class arrived on campus. But when Lonergan turns to the bench, especially because of foul trouble or injuries, the drop off limited the Colonials. Assuming Watanabe starts, sophomore guard Paul Jorgensen is the most proven returning reserve and he only averaged 3.6 points last season. Getting anything out of Cimino and Goss inside would go along way to keeping Larsen fresh. There are high hopes that Roland, a two-time Player of the Year in New York, can help immediately. Same with the 5-foot-11 Mitola, who averaged 12 points an shot 37% from beyond the arc with Dartmouth last season.

NCAA Tournament hopes: Assuming the A-10 maintains their level with 3-5 teams in the March Madness mix, GW won't have an RPI or strength of schedule issue. Several non-conference road games could prove tricky, but matchups with Virginia, Penn State and Seton Hall are at Smith Center. Same goes for the lone matchup with A-10 preseason favorite Rhode Island. In other words, win games and the math should take of itself.

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

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New AP Poll for Top 25: Ohio State drops to No. 11

Clemson is back at No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind top-ranked Alabama, moving up to where it started, after a convincing victory and Ohio State's first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide are a unanimous No. 1, with all 61 first-place votes Sunday, for the first time this season.

The Tigers trailed only Alabama in the preseason rankings, but a couple of close wins in September -- combined with seemingly impressive performances by other highly ranked teams -- dragged Clemson to as low as No. 4.

Coming off a lopsided win against North Carolina State, Clemson rose a spot this week. Notre Dame is No. 3 and LSU is No. 4, setting the stage for a top-five matchup between the Tigers and Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Nov. 3. Both have an open date this week.

Michigan is No. 5 and Ohio State dropped to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue.

POLL POINTS

No. 25 Appalachian State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history. The Mountaineers (5-1) have not lost since opening the season with an overtime defeat at Penn State.

"It's awesome to be recognized," Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said Sunday. "We've had a lot of positive things happen to our program the last three to four years. The first time we go bowl eligible, which was awesome. Then we go win our first bowl game. That was really cool. And then to go win our first Sun Belt championship two years ago. That was awesome. So there's been a lot of first for us over the last three years. This is another first."

App State transitioned to the FBS, the highest level of Division I football, in 2014 after years as an FCS power. Under former coach Jerry Moore, the Mountaineers were a regular playoff participant. The program peaked in the mid-2000s, winning three straight FCS (Division I-AA) championships from 2005-07. And App State pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in college football history against Michigan in 2007.

Moore retired after the 2012 season and was replaced by Satterfield, a former App State quarterback and assistant coach. The move up in class and into the Sun Belt has been practically seamless. The Mountaineers are 46-23 under Satterfield, with two Sun Belt titles. The only other Sun Belt team to ever be ranked was Troy on Nov. 13, 2016.

"To be recognized in the FBS level football and for our program to be a team that just went through transition four years ago and now to be ranked is pretty remarkable," Satterfield said. "We have a lot of pride, a lot of tradition in our program."

This season's team was expected to contend for another conference championship. A case could be made it is exceeding even those high expectations after replacing four-year starting quarterback Taylor Lamb, two four-year starting offensive linemen, four defensive players that were four-year starters and veteran defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who left for Georgia Tech.

Satterfield said this is may be his fastest team at App State and credited senior safety Josh Thomas, senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout and fourth-year junior offensive tackle Victor Johnson with providing leadership for one of the least experienced rosters in the FBS. Running back Jalin Moore, another senior who was lost for the season to a knee injury two weeks ago, has become a de facto assistant coach for App State.

Since falling to Penn State, the Mountaineers have outscored their opponents 231-49. Next up is a key game for first place in the Sun Belt East at Georgia Southern (6-1, 3-0) on Thursday night.

UP

  • No. 14 Washington State was the only big mover to rise in the rankings this week, jumping 11 spots after beating Oregon.

DOWN

  • Ohio State dropped out of the top 10 for the first this season, tumbling nine spots
  • No. 19 Oregon dropped seven spots after taking its second loss
  • No. 22 North Carolina State fell six spots after losing for the first time this season

IN

  • No. 23 Utah is ranked for the first time this season, making it five straight years the Utes started the season unranked but moved into the rankings at some point. From 2014-16, Utah started the season outside the Top 25 but finished it ranked. Utah has won three straight, scoring at least 40 points in each game
  • No. 24 Stanford is back in the rankings after falling out two weeks ago

OUT

  • Michigan State and Mississippi State fell out of the rankings again after losing for the third time this season
  • Cincinnati's first loss of the season, in overtime to Temple, cost the Bearcats their first ranking since 2012

CONFERENCE CALL

  • SEC -- 6 teams (1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16).
  • Big Ten -- 5 (5, 11, 17, 18, 20).
  • Pac-12 -- 5 (14, 15, 19, 23, 24).
  • Big 12 -- 3 (6, 8, 13).
  • ACC -- 2 (2, 22).
  • American -- 2 (10, 21).
  • Sun Belt -- 1 (25).
  • Independent -- 1 (3).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The first of two games involving the Bulldogs that will decide the SEC East. Georgia faces Kentucky on Nov. 3.

  • No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford. Cougars try to grab control of the Pac-12 North.
  • No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State. The Nittany Lions will help decide the Big Ten West with home games against the Hawkeyes and No. 20 Wisconsin.

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.

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