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George Mason travels to UNCW looking to match longest winning streak in the Larranaga era

George Mason Basketball: George Mason travels to UNCW looking to match longest winning streak in the Larranaga era

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

George Mason travels to UNCW looking to match longest winning streak in the Larranaga era

The Patriots take on UNCW tonight and with a victory would tie the longest team winning streak during head coach Jim Larranaga's 14-year tenture.  The record, as I jinx it with this post, is 11 set back during the 1983-84 season.  This is a game where Mason can't lose their focus, despite all the media hype they have been receiving. Just this morning there is an AP article describing this year's George Mason team getting back to where the 2006 team was. Here is a quote from Ryan Pearson:
"Even when I go to my classes, my professors still bring up the Final Four,'' said junior forward Ryan Pearson, who on Monday was named the Colonial Athletic Association's player of the week. "And I'm like, 'I wasn't a part of that. I want to make my own history here."
Certainly the success from this year's team is going to have all types of media outlets comparing them to that 2005-06 team and they are just going to have to deal with it. And although it gets me giddy to see them placed here in a bracket projections,  I do still think the comparisons are unfair on these guys. Hopefully that should be motivation for them to make their own history as Pearson said. I'm sure Pearson and the rest of the team know they still have a lot of work ahead of them.

Heading into this game against UNCW the Patriots are clearly looking like the best team in CAA right now. The offense has been upstoppable and they currently lead the conference in field goal and three-point shooting percentage. Andre Cornelius has been deadly from behind the arch lately hitting 13 treys over the last 4 games. Meanwhile Ryan Pearson has had his way with some of the better CAA front court players and Cam Long continues to build his case as an All-CAA type player. Together this team has become so much of an efficient offensive monster that you rarely can take notice to how well they are doing defensively.

The Seahawks on the other hand have struggled this season and last time these two teams met were on the wrong end of an 80-52 beat down.  However in their last game on Saturday against William & Mary they put together an efficient offensive showing of their own in a 91-81 victory. Does this have me worried about tonight's game? No, but it just shows that Mason can't expect to sleep walk through this one.

[Photo Credit: Amp Photography]



Anonymous EShine said...

This game has me worried. We went from lurking in the bushes to front page news overnight. We have three big games on the horizon, and the Trask has never been a place where we play our best ball. UNCW is young, motivated, and just dropped 91 points on W&M. We can walk in there and half-ass this game because we could lose and all of that hype will quickly disappear. If these guys go in there and take care on business, it will tell us a lot about where they are mentally.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous EShine said...

"We 'can't' walk in there and half-ass..." My bad.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Agreed. A little worried about us buying into our hype but I think this team is mature enough to handle it. Just keep taking care of business.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous ByGeorge06 said...

As long as we give the same effort as ODU's game,we should be fine. I'm sure Larranaga and Team Captain Cam will make sure the team is emotionally and physically ready for this game.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Bobby said...

I agree about being nervous, but I will mention something about the Trask. My buddy Andy was quick to point out a certain group of Juniors have had a certain degree of success at the Trask since joining a certain team in Fairfax. It's oh so convenient that one of those Juniors is from Charlotte, so I think there's a certain amount of pride taken playing close to "home" for him.

Jinxing aside, this will be another hard fought game, and controlling emotions will be key. The refs last game let the players slug it out but we might find ourselves in foul trouble early if the refs call it tight.

10:35 AM  

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