George Mason at George Washington
Where: Smith Center.
When: 7 p.m.
Records: Patriots 3-3;
Radio: WTNT (570 AM), WWWB (820 AM), WFED (1500 AM).
Records: Patriots 3-3; Colonials 4-1.
Battle for the Orange Line: Despite being separated by just 20 miles, these mid-major programs with national success this decade have not faced each other since the 1998-99 season. Athletic directors Jack Kvancz (GW) and Tom O'Connor (GMU) agreed to a two-year contract, with next year's meeting taking place in Fairfax. The Colonials lead the all-time series 9-1, with the only Patriots victory coming at home in 1988-89 when George Mason went to the NCAA tournament and GW finished 1-27.
Youth movement: With 11 freshmen and sophomores, the Patriots have been predictably inconsistent. Sluggish victories over lightly regarded Liberty and Dartmouth were followed by near-upsets of Villanova and Georgia Tech, a win over Indiana and a five-point loss at Tulane on Saturday. Despite having not started, freshman swingman Luke Hancock is second on the team in scoring (10.5), tied for second in rebounding (5.7), first in assists (3.3) and second in field goal percentage (53.2).
Kromah leads GW: GW's four-game winning streak was busted by Oregon State on Saturday, 64-57. Lasan Kromah, a 6-foot-5 freshman guard from Eleanor Roosevelt High, is averaging a team-best 14 points and has made 15 of 29 three-pointers. The Colonials have shot worse than 54 percent from the line three times, including 10 of 19 vs. the Beavers.
-- Steven Goff