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Playing on the road is never easy.

That is especially true for the UMBC men's basketball team, which is 0-7 away from the RAC Arena in Catonsville this season and has lost its last eight games on the road.

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The Retrievers are 3-1 at home, but UMBC coach Aki Thomas acknowledged that the team must improve its road record.

"The guys are aware of it," he said Wednesday. "We've talked about that as well, and we've talked about how tough it is to win a college basketball game on the road. Everything has to be perfect, and you definitely can't put teams on the free-throw line like we've been doing on the road. So we have to really concentrate on the small details, especially on the road."

That task doesn't figure to get easier when UMBC travels to Washington, D.C., to visit George Washington. The Colonials are 9-1, off to their best start since the 2005-06 season, and have beaten then-No. 20 Creighton, Maryland and Miami.

"This is a tough assignment," Thomas said. "They've got some really good guards, and their post players are really tough. So we're definitely preparing to go down there and compete and do what we can to win the game. We've been watching a lot of film to know what they try to do. I think the biggest thing heading into this George Washington game is we have to neutralize their big guys. If we can do that and make sure that we press those shooters and improve on the things that we've been working to improve over the break, we should be in good shape."

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