(Via @GW_MBB)

George Washington has already staked its claim to the best start of any local men’s basketball team, with a head-to-head win over Maryland, a victory over ranked Creighton, and wins over three more BCS-conference teams (Rutgers, Miami and Georgia). The Colonials are 13-3, their fans are as excited as they’ve been in nearly a decade, and they’re hosting Atlantic 10 heavyweight VCU at the Smith Center Tuesday night with a chance to grab some national attention. Heady times, indeed.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, now George Washington has announced special D.C.-inspired uniforms for that game. They’re calling them the “Monumental Home Court Advantage” jerseys, and they’re something to behold; gray Nike uniforms instead of the traditional buff-and-blue, paying tribute to three familiar D.C. structures located not terribly far from Foggy Bottom.

Of course, the uniforms also call back to the new floor at the Charles E. Smith Center, similarly adorned with images of the White House, the Capitol and the Washington Monument. The GW men are 8-0 on that new floor; the GW women are 10-1. And the school says those three images are central to its mission.

The distinctive design pays tribute to three iconic structures that are near and dear to the GW community. Every four years George Washington students celebrate the Presidential Inauguration just blocks away from campus, while dozens of university graduates have led long and prestigious careers in the halls of the Capitol. The Washington Monument, the most prominent structure in Washington, DC, is dedicated to the honor of the first President of the United States and the university’s namesake.

A hallmark of George Washington’s Athletics program has long been success through the recruitment of both local and international talent. The National Mall and the buildings depicted on the new uniforms blend the best of Washington with the international appeal of the most powerful city in the world.

This makes two sets of new uniforms in two years; last year, the Colonials debuted new buff threads for a high-profile meeting with Kansas State. GW lost by three points.

Oh, and it turns out the Terps will be unveiling new uniforms on Wednesday, as they typically do for games contested on either weekdays or weekends.