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George Mason will host a closed scrimmage against Marquette November 5

George Mason Basketball: George Mason will host a closed scrimmage against Marquette November 5

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

George Mason will host a closed scrimmage against Marquette November 5

Looks like the Patriots have another scrimmaging partner this year, per the Journal Sentinel:
"The Marquette Golden Eagles have already landed a replacement for the closed workout/scrimmage that they lost recently when USC backed out.

MU will now practice at George Mason on Nov. 5."
Mason used to have an annual closed door scrimmage against Georgetown but most recently they had one with Richmond.  Marquette coming to Fairfax will be a great early test for this revamped George Mason squad and hopefully Jeff Goodman or someone will provide some details again this year. You won't hear much from it because only athletic department staff are allowed to watch the scrimmage and stats are not supposed to be kept. 

Per NCAA rules Division I teams get any combination of two preseason contests, either closed scrimmages or public exhibitions.  Some schools, like Mason, have a combination of the two while most bigger programs go with two public exhibitions in their home arena.

Washington Post writer Steven Goff explains how the arrangement came about:
"Sat. closed scrimmage with Marquette came about when Southern Cal withdrew from game with Big East team. GMU will go to Milwaukee next Oct"



Anonymous Matt Cerilli said...

Damn I wish this was a public exhibition. Either way still a great early test for our team.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Mark Schumaker said...

We've come a long way from playing the Nantucket Nectar Nationals during pre-season. 

2:39 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Actually the reason you don't see opponents like that any more is because back in 2004 the NCAA made it so teams could only practice/scrimmage with other college teams.  Those traveling all-star teams became organized by AAU clubs with shoe-company affiliations. Schools would schedule them to get to try to favor a prized recruit to sign with them. 

You can read more about that here:

3:18 PM  

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