Lebodome: Forget the Pro’s, We Got College Hoops in DC

by Borderstan.com November 30, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,075 4 Comments

Lebodome, George Washington University Colonials

March 4 2006: Students storm the court after George Washington University’s double-overtime win over UNC-Charlotte, securing perfect home record and finishing the season 26-1. (Scott Leibowitz)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at [email protected].

As I was digesting my very tasty Thanksgiving meal watching holiday football (the games were pretty good) I noticed something on the bottom ticker that seemed unfamiliar.

Places and numbers were rolling by with the title NCAAM and it took me a few moments to place it. In the excitement of the NFL season and my disgust in the NBA returning (it will take me at least ’till April to care if Lebron James can win in the 4th Quarter) I somehow forgot about college basketball.

Where I am from, this could be considered treason.

DC College Teams

We in the District are pretty fortunate in that there are lots of colleges around and all fairly easy to get to using mass transit. As a former DC college student, I can tell you first hand that many of these gyms have great atmospheres with very passionate fanbases.

You would think with so many teams in the city, there would be a great “Battle of the Metro,” but thanks to general stupidity and the stubbornness of one major school (Hint: the metro doesn’t go there) there is nothing but a watered down version. What a shame.

That aside, here is a just a short rundown of what we got in the District.

George Washington Colonials, Atlantic 10 Conference

Smith Center, Blue Line-Foggy Bottom Metro Stop. With no football team this is where most GWU students get their “big school athletics” fix and over the years have had some success. Located right near the White House, the small stadium provides a loud and intimate crowd that gives you a great college vibe. New coach this years hopes to rebuild GWU and take them back the NCAA tournament.

University of Maryland Terrapins, Atlantic Coast Conference

Comcast Center, Green Line- College Park Metro Stop. If you are looking for the bigger stadium and the long basketball history, look no further than the Terps. While a bit far away from Borderstan, the trip is worth it as during their season, they play national powerhouses Duke and UNC. Terps are starting to rebuild with a new coach, and are always dangerous come tournament time.

George Mason Patriots, Colonial Athletic Association

Patriot Center, Orange Line-Vienna Metro Stop. I think of this team as the “the little engine that could”. Never the flashiest or the most talented, but the Patriots always play consistent and clean basketball. They stole the spotlight by making a historic run to the Final Four in 2006 and have since remained on the D.C. map. Just a feel good team that you hope to see in the postseason.

Georgetown University Hoyas, Big East Conference

McDonough Arena, Somewhere on campus-Verizon Center, Red Line- Chinatown. Yes this school has a long and great basketball history. Yes this school gets the exclusive right to play in the Verizon Center. Yes lots of famous coaches and players have been Hoyas. Frankly though, this team will only be OK and is not a good reason for me to be in that neighborhood of D.C. (Plenty of other places to get cupcakes). But if you want to watch the best conference in the country and some of the best programs, Gtown is the way to go.

I know I left out American University and some other smaller schools but these are the teams worth watching. So start watching now, take your mental notes, and when March rolls along, you’ll be ready to dominate your office March Madness bracket challenge.

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  • EK

    how did you manage to leave out the AU Eagles? They’ve been better than GW the past few years, and their games are actually in the city, just off the red line and the N2/N4/N6.

  • Deez N

    Who the hell do you think you are leaving off the American Eagles, who 2 out of the past 4 years won the Patriot League, went to the tourney, and stayed competative as a 15 and 13 seed respectively. GW last went in 2007 and got smacked in the tourney if I recall……

    Bender Arena, Redline-Tenleytown

    • Steve

      Lebodome, I got your back here. As a caveat, I have never been to an AU game and am related to someone who went to GW. So take this as you will.

      That said, here is why he correctly put GW over American among other reasons that I won’t get into now. They both lost their first round games last time in the tournament- suckiness offsets there. GW has four teams on their schedule right now that are ranked in the top 25, including #3 Syracuse. It also includes Harvard who just upset #20 FSU. American’s Ivy League chum was beating a 2-4 Cornell team by only two points and a 2-4 Columbia team who has had 3 winning seasons in the last 28 years. Strength of schedule/excitement of opponents: GW. A few years back, GW fans wore bags over their heads to games when they were unhappy with losing, proving they care even in tough times. Next, the Smith Center has an eternally commemorated seat for the legendary Red Auerbach. That is pretty cool. And finally, you cannot make a point about your team being good and then misspell competitive!

      • poppy

        Picky, picky so the guy can’t spell competitive. I didn’t think your generation has to know how to spell with spellcheck, etc.

        Can’t comment about DC college hoops, no knowledge


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