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Terrible Trask

George Mason Basketball: Terrible Trask

Friday, January 25, 2008

Terrible Trask

The Raiford G. Trask Coliseum is the home of the UNCW Seahawks and is a place where Coach Larranaga has not won in four years. The UNCW faithful pack this small gym and you will see nothing but a sea of students in teal colored shirts. Not the prettiest thing to look at, so I can understand why it's hard to play there. The last time Larranaga won in Wilmington, sophomore Jai Lewis scored 21 points and the Patriots pulled it out in overtime. During Coach L's tenure the Patriots have scored an average of 56.6 points per game at the Trask, that is scary bad. But with the way this team has been playing defense and shooting the ball lately it might be time for some old habits to die hard. Depth will be important in the game as it is in any road conference match. A lot of bench players saw more action Wednesday night and that should provide some excellent preparation for tomorrow. UNCW in no way boasts a scary lineup this year but they are well coached and play great defense; your not gonna see any Mason player score over 20. Make no mistake though TJ Carter and Vlad Kuljanin can play but they recently seem to shy away in big games. The double overtime game at Hofstra was important because this game could very well end up just like that. Similar results will not come easy.


Blogger B-Mac98 said...

Don't kid yourselves... this is a bigger game than VCU right now. We can't afford to lose in this place that we always lose. Let's hope our hot shooting continues Saturday.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

Can you imagine the confidence if we win in a place that's killer to us, with a home game vs. top team VCU on Tues...

Come on, Mason...

It's payback time.

10:39 AM  
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12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very concerned about this game, and I've put it high up on the list (next to VCU) of must-wins.

I just hope we bring some hot shooting to NC.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Bobnoxious said...

We must weather the storm early, stay composed and find a way to win. Sounds like the job of one of the best teachers around and a group of kids ready to come onto the national scene. Get ready for a battle of wills in which Senior leadership and great coaching provide the difference! GMU will win this game with the confidence of 4 remaining Final Four participants! G-M-U!!!!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Farmdog said...

If Folarin handles the rock like he did against ODU - 6 assists and 1 turnover - we will not be beat the rest of the season.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Don't fool yourselves...every one on Mason's team and their loyal followers are looking ahead to Tuesday--you're going down tonight and hard. Then you can kick the crap out of VCU and the world will make sense again. Seahawks by 12.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Farmdog said...

Sure thing Sandy

11:20 AM  
Blogger Ross Williams said...

I take Mason by 10. The ODU and JMU games show this team is getting better and better.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Farmdog said...

Tough place to play on the road - 23 points in the 2nd half is not going to win many games

8:58 PM  
Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

Damn it, damn it, damn it, damn it.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

UNCW Fan here, I was at the game was a spectacular game. The UNCW guys always get up to play you guys...good thing we don't have to go to the Patriot Center this year. Just wanted to correct something on your blog. You said that we don't boast a scary lineup but we are well coached and play great defense. Its actually the opposite. This year we're 2nd in points scored per game (either to you guys or JMU, I think JMU) and we're also 2nd in points per possession to you guys. We have 4 guys in the top 13 in offensive efficiency (using the formula the NBA uses; Carter, Kuljanin, Hendley, and Fountain). Also, Fountain is first in the CAA in 3 point baskets and 2nd (I think) in 3 point FG%. On the other hand, we're 2nd to last in points allowed per game and up to the last few games we I haven't been a big fan of our coach, Benny Moss. However, this game was won on defense and coaching, not offensively, and the guy who pulled it out was not one of our "Big 4", so in retrospect you were correct, but looking at the season as a whole you got it backward. Great blog though, I enjoy reading it.

10:44 PM  
Blogger sportsfan882 said...

What a terrible loss. Obviously this is just not going to be our season. I'm not going to say the season is over because it isn't but things do not look good. How we continue to lose to mediocre teams on the road is beyond my realm of understanding. I understand UNCW isn't chopped liver but if you want to be a good team you have to win these games.

1:39 PM  

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