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George Mason Basketball: Bracketbusted

Sunday, February 24, 2008


The George Mason Patriots dropped an important non-conference road game yesterday after holding a 13 point lead at the half. Sound familiar? The woes on the road this season have been the dagger that killed Mason's at-large hopes. Some say this was the final blow to their resume but I say it happened a while ago. Not only did the Patriots blow a double digit halftime lead they also allowed 50 points in the second from the Bobcats after they only managed 19 in the first. After a smothering defensive effort and shooting over 60% in the first half the Patriots came out flat missing their first 5 shots to the start the second in which they shot below 30%. What happened to the squad we saw earlier in the season where 5 players would finish in double figures? Lately it's been Will Thomas, Folarin Campbell and nothing else. The bench yesterday mustered only 6 points and all those came from Cam Long. Give Ohio credit for taking Will Thomas out of the game in the second half, their second defensive performance was some of the best I think Mason has gone against this season. Speaking of Ohio's second half dominance, Bubba Walther's shooting from behind the arch reminded me of when Lee Humphrey had his shooting assault against the Patriots in the 2006 NCAA tournament. The Bobcats came out in the second half with too much energy for the Patriots to match. But why does this keep happening? You would think Larranaga would have expected the Bobcats to come out strong and cut into Mason's lead. We have seen this happen in almost EVERY road game this season and frankly it gives me a sick feeling in my stomach.


Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

You know when this Mason team will wake up and surprise us? Next year. Mason is a team that does better when there's no expectations...just watch the starting line-up of Monroe, Vaughan, Smith, Birdsong, and Long amaze in 2008, with a deeper and more talented bench (Vlad, Fleming, the freshmen). Whenever we're picked to finish high in the conference, we let ourselves down. I expect us to beat W&M, lose to NE in Boston (that would be the 4th Sat. loss in a row, but it's on the road!), and lose in our 1st or 2nd game of the tourney in Richmond (which will be won by UNCW or VCU). We'll be talking about the "could've beens" until next Nov.

This team had soooo much potential. So much. It's damn frustrating to go from a national contender at the beginning of the season to a mid-major wannabe. I really don't know who to frankly looks like a team effort.

Come on...six - SIX - shots from THOMAS?? That's it????


8:27 PM  
Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

Mason's still on there...the very last team. 70 RPI? Pathetic.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

I think we are going to suck next year, we are losing most of our offense with Campbell and Thomas leaving, I think the 2009-2010 season is when we will be contending for the CAA again.

2:30 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

I will tell you who to blame the person that recruits, brings in, and coaches theses athletes is the one to blame. If the players are not prepared for the game then that is the coaches fault. All year you are telling me that Coach L has put forth the effort to get these players in the right situations to win. I don't believe it and won't believe it. Not when they have either not showed up on the road or have a huge lead and let it slip away. Where were the timeouts to stop the bleeding where were the big blowups to intice your team or arguing for calls. Every lose on the road I put on Coach L because they all look the same.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

Another terrible 2nd half collapse, but you know, these guys still have a great chance to win the conference tournament and end up with a fairly decent seed in the tourney.

How about we shelve the future and focus on the current season which is still very much alive?

11:47 PM  

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