Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Five players to watch for in Tuesday's game between No. 20 George Washington and DePaul

Fresh off an 87-74 win over Saint Peter's on Dec. 19, the No. 20 George Washington Colonials (10-1) look to add another non-conference win against a power opponent as they travel to Rosemont, Ill., to take on the DePaul Blue Demons (5-6).

Here are five players to watch for in Tuesday's game.

1) George Washington forward Tyler Cavanaugh:

Cavanaugh has been the straw to stir the drink for GW's offense this season with a team-leading 16.3 points per game.

To top things off, the redshirt junior is the only player on the Colonials to score in double figures in each game this season.

The Wake Forest transfer led the way with 18 points in a 73-68 upset over then No. 6 Virginia on Nov. 16.

2) George Washington guard/forward Patricio Garino:

Garino has proven to be the ultimate triple threat on offense this season with 13.2 PPG, .533 field goal percentage and .560 from three-point range. 

In last season's 81-68 win over the Blue Demons, Garino led the Colonials with 19 points.

3) DePaul forward Myke Henry:

With Billy Garrett Jr.'s foul trouble and injury woes at certain points this system, Henry has been the one Blue Demon to pick up the slack on offense.

Henry leads the team in scoring with 14.2 PPG and went for a game-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 78-70 overtime loss against Northwestern on Dec. 19.

For DePaul to pull the upset, Henry will have to produce on a similar level, especially if Garrett Jr. gets into early foul trouble.

4) DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr.:

Foul trouble plagued the junior against Northwestern as he could not get into a rhythm going 2-for-10 from the field for seven points in 23 minutes.

Garrett Jr. will be counted on to create opportunities for other DePaul players and avoid foul trouble.

In last season's meeting at George Washington, Garrett Jr. scored 10 and dished out four assists.

5) George Washington forward Kevin Larsen:

In 11 games this season, Larsen has led the Colonials in rebounding with 7.6 per game, while producing 10.1 PPG. 

Larsen scored 18 points in last season's double-digit win against DePaul.

Game Planner:

No. 20 George Washington at DePaul

Time: Tuesday, 8 p.m. CT

TV/Online: FS1/Fox Sports Go

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