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On the road again...

George Mason Basketball: On the road again...

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Friday, January 30, 2009

On the road again...

The Patriots hit the road again tomorrow to face ODU in Norfolk; where they have not been victorious in about five years. We will see the return of John Vaughan, but in what capacity? I wouldn't expect to see him be much of a factor in this one as he will have to knock off some rust. Two games missing action can seem like a lifetime once conference play kicks into full gear. Vaughan had been averaging over 30 minutes of play before the injury; he most likely won't be on the court for more than 25 in this one. Isaiah Tate and Andre Cornelius have shown some promise filling in for him but on the road they have struggled. Facing ODU though, play in the front court will be more of an issue than the backcourt. The Monarch's streaky play has been their undoing this year, especially with Gerald Lee only recording single digits against UNCW and Northeastern at home just last week. On the upside for the Monarchs they do led the conference in rebounding margin and assist-to-turnover ratio. Niether was an issue for the Patriots when these teams played in Fairfax earlier in the month but don't expect to see that same Monarchs team tomorrow night. Lately, Mason and ODU have been splitting the season series with both teams playing very well at home. I kinda hope we continue to see more of Mike Morrison in this one as he has been contributing a lot lately on both sides. I also would not be surprised to see Isaiah Tate get the start and have Vaughan come off the bench.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

Lets hope Tate tightens up his game a little bit. He is incredibly streaky and hasn't proven much on the road. I think the skill is there, he just hasn't really shown it to us yet.

I'm excited for JV returning... He is probably the smoothest player in the CAA.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Varjavand said...

A win here will bring our RPI into the bottom 40's hopefully.
If we manage to win every game from this point and lose in the CAA championship game, we might be in decent shape for an at-large if our RPI can go into the bottom 20's...

5:07 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

This is a game Mason should win, a loss would basically kill the very slight at large chances we have.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

Why is a rusty John Vaughn taking the critical shots down the stretch when Pearson is eating them up?!? Ball-Hog at the worst moments...the at-large bid is dead. What a shame because this team had alot of potential.

10:51 PM  

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