The Washington Times - September 7, 2011, 09:34AM

There’s already one thing George Washington basketball coach Mike Lonergan can count on being less hectic in the years after he settles in at Foggy Bottom: Scheduling.

The Colonials released their schedule Tuesday, the byproduct of some scrambling after Lonergan’s hire in May. Lonergan estimated George Washington added four or five games in the last four months, and also didn’t learn its CBE Classic opponents until late in the process.

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“We will have more time” in the future, Lonergan said. “It’s not often in the middle of May you’re still searching for four games. I know we’re working on it already.”

As for this year, there’s a decided road element early on.

The Colonials play six straight away from Smith Center after the Nov. 11 opener against Maryland-Eastern Shore. Previously reported trips to Kansas State and Syracuse are among the highlights.

“It wasn’t exactly what we wanted to do,” Lonergan said. “We inherited a schedule that still needed a lot of games. It’s still tough to get games, never mind home games.”

Still, things even out a bit with four straight home games in late December. Including the BB&T Classic game against Virginia Commonwealth at Verizon Center, the Colonials play half their nonconference games in the District.

The average RPI from a year ago of the 14 nonconference opponents is 134, with only four – Bradley (233), Bowling Green (245), Delaware State (309) and UMES (323) – sporting an RPI outside the top 200.

By comparison, the Colonials’ nonconference schedule last year had an average RPI of 186. Half of the 14 opponents on that slate wound up with an RPI above 200.

“I always believe in playing a tough schedule. It’s a great recruiting tool and it’s great for our fans,” Lonergan said before a slight pause. “I might not feel the same way in four years.”

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHEDULE

Nov. 6: Bowie State (exhibition)
Nov. 11: Maryland-Eastern Shore
Nov. 13: at California, 9:30 (CBE Classic)
Nov. 21: vs. Detroit in Bowling Green, Ohio, 5 (CBE Classic)
Nov. 22: vs. Austin Peay in Bowling Green, Ohio, 5 (CBE Classic)
Nov. 23: at Bowling Green, 7:30 (CBE Classic)

Dec. 1: at Kansas State
Dec. 4: vs. Virginia Commonwealth at Verizon Center (BB&T Classic)
Dec. 7: Loyola
Dec. 10: at Syracuse
Dec. 15: Bradley
Dec. 22: James Madison
Dec. 28: UAB
Dec. 31: Delaware State

Jan. 4: at St. Bonaventure
Jan. 7: at Saint Louis
Jan. 11: Rhode Island
Jan. 14: at Harvard
Jan. 18: Richmond
Jan. 21: Charlotte
Jan. 25: at La Salle
Jan. 28: at Fordham, 1

Feb. 1: Xavier
Feb. 4: Massachusetts
Feb. 8: at Temple
Feb. 11: at Richmond
Feb. 18: Saint Joseph’s
Feb. 22: at Charlotte
Feb. 25: Duquesne
Feb. 29: La Salle

March 3: at Dayton
March 6: Atlantic 10 first round (campus sites)
March 9-11: Atlantic 10 tournament (Atlantic City)

Patrick Stevens