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George Washington men’s basketball schedule

The Colonials were picked to finish 13th out of 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll under second-year Coach Mike Lonergan. (Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

What we know: The Colonials were picked to finish 13th out of 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll under second-year Coach Mike Lonergan, whose first full recruiting class includes a handful of players who could immediately step into the starting lineup. Even with promising freshmen, Lonergan has said the success of this season’s team may depend on the continued improvement of the upperclassmen, including senior guard Lasan Kromah and junior forward Nemanja Mikic.

What we don’t know: How quickly senior forward David Pellom recovers from offseason wrist surgery could impact the Colonials’ fortunes on many levels. Pellom had the procedure over the summer, and Lonergan indicated his second-leading returning scorer might be able to begin practicing this month. Pellom averaged 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds last season. Another uncertainty is how forward Isaiah Armwood, a Villanova transfer who sat out last season, fits into the rotation.

Prediction: Lonergan has a proven track record of winning, having lost 20 games once in his coaching career and only three times finishing with a losing record at Catholic and Vermont. The parts are there for rebuilding the program, and players are on board with Lonergan’s plan, both signs better days are ahead for George Washington.

— Gene Wang

10 Youngstown State 4
17 at Boston Univ. 1
21 at Notre Dame 7
24 Hofstra 2
26 Mount St. Mary’s 7
28 at James Madison 7
2 Manhattan* 12:15
4 at Bradley 8
8 Kansas State 2:30
11 at Rutgers 7:30
22 VMI 3
30 Sacred Heart 2
4 at Georgia 7
9 St. Bonaventure 7
12 at Xavier 4
16 Temple 7
19 at Massachusetts 4
23 at Rhode Island 7
26 Charlotte 2
2 La Salle 2
6 at Duquesne 7
9 Butler 2
16 at VCU 7:30
20 Fordham 7
23 at Saint Joseph’s 4
27 at Richmond 7
2 Saint Louis 4
6 at La Salle 7
9 Dayton TBD
14-17 Atlantic 10 tournament TBD
*BB&T Classic at Verizon Center
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