Game 1 - George Washington (0-0) vs. Stonehill (0-0)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: November 6, 2023
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Charles E. Smith Center - Washington, DC
How to Watch: ESPN+
Matchup History: First all-time meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: George Washington -10.5
Prediction: George Washington 87, Stonehill 60
Official Game Notes: HERE
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GW opens up the college basketball season on Monday night as the newly renamed ‘Revolutionaries’ host the Stonehill Skyhawks, who open up their second ever season in Division I.
Head Coach Chris Caputo enters his second season at the helm after leading GW to its best season since 2017, finishing 7th in the always competitive Atlantic 10 Conference with a 16-16 overall record and 10-8 in the league.
The Revolutionaries welcome back James Bishop IV, who finished 13th in the nation in scoring with 21.6 PPG, and Maximus Edwards, the reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.
It’ll be an exciting year for GW, with a much different roster makeup. This makes for a very interesting start to the year, but also hard to predict what they might look like.
Caputo has tons of experience and I wouldn’t bet against him building off a great first season in Foggy Bottom.
What an outstanding first season in Division I for Stonehill under the direction of Head Coach Chris Kraus.
Kraus has been with the Skyhawks for nine years entering 2023-24, and is coming off a year in which he led his team to a 3rd place finish in the Northeast Conference with a 10-6 league record and a 14-17 overall record.
The Skyhawks had a brutal schedule last year, opening up the year @ the eventual national champion, UConn, played a game @ Providence, lost to a 25-win Fordham team by 11, and @ Boston College by 7.
Most impressively, they took down in-conference rival Fairleigh Dickinson on the road by 11, who just two months later took down Purdue as a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Again, this is their first season in Division I basketball, and they won 14 games and finished 3rd in ten team conference, beating its league representative in the NCAA Tournament along the way.
This is far from a gimme opening game for George Washington. Kraus will have his team ready to go and will look for a statement non conference win to open up the season.