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George Mason Basketball: Slay the Dragons

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Slay the Dragons

Patriots have a chance to make things a lot easier for themselves if they win tonight against Drexel (watch game here if you don't have Fios). Fans are probably praising the fact that this is a home game and they should because with a win Mason can just about lock up a 1st round bye in the CAA tourney. Keep in mind though that the Patriots still have to travel the Trask, where they haven't won in years. That makes tonight's game and the final home game against Towson ever more important. CAA teams have been beating each other up all season and the conference tourney should be no except making seeding a key issue. Who wants to play an extra game against JMU, Drexel, Hofstra or ODU? Litos has a good breakdown of the tie-breakers and such on his blog. Unfortunately for Mason these aren't the same Dragons that they faced Philly back in early December and narrowly escaping. Drexel, predicted to finish dead last in the CAA is now currently tied with Mason for third place after starting off 2-6. Since then they are 12-4 and have been the best road team in CAA action (5-2) this season. I smell a close one and with the Patriots shooting so poorly from the charity stripe it really makes you wonder how this one will go. They did defend the perimeter much better against Northeastern and Drexel is last in the CAA in 3-pt shooting percentage, making inside play a key factor tonight. Expect Mason to go inside early as they did against the Huskies, using more of Morrison, Pearson, and Monroe.



Blogger Trent said...

Huge win. They found a way to gut it out. The bye is clinched which is all that really mattered. However, if they could beat Creighton and sweep the remainder of the regular season, well..{insert at-large selection talk again}

9:42 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

Trent, it is a good win, but Mason has zero chances at an at large bid, even if they were to win against Creighton. That would really be their only big win of the season and that's not enough for a team from the CAA. SOS and RPI are too low for at large consideration.

Didn't see the game but was following it on my phone. How did it end, did we get a late basket to take the lead or did we just hold them off?

10:05 PM  
Anonymous JD said...

I caught the end of the game online- thanks for the link.
D. Monroe put in a 2 footer with about 7 seconds left to take the lead. Drexel took a shot at the buzzer that seemed to roll around forever before falling off.

I'm in agreement that the at-large bid is a no-go. They'll have to put together a solid weekend in Richmond to make the tournament.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

I'm not saying they deserve an at-large bid if they beat Creighton. I'm simply saying GMU fans and the national media will have them "on the bubble" if they finish #1 in the conference, beat Creighton, and make it to the championship game of the conference tournament.

11:11 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

Northeastern is really collapsing. Loss at home to Georgia State?!

Creighton has won 7 in a row. I will be pleasantly surprised if we beat them.

11:52 PM  
Blogger MCS said...

That was definitely the most fun game all year.

We ain't winning the tourney if we don't hit fts, though.

12:19 AM  
Blogger MCS said...

Plus, we are not getting an at-large bid.

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Morrison is getting more playing time and the way he plays, he is going to go to foul line quite a bit. Hopefully he will get his FT shooting under control.

Did anyone catch the ODU/UNCW game? UNCW got killed at home. Maybe this will be our year to win at Trask.

11:39 AM  

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