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Previewing George Mason at Old Dominion

George Mason Basketball: Previewing George Mason at Old Dominion

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Previewing George Mason at Old Dominion

TV: Comcast Sportsnet or Free live stream here

This is first game of the 10 day stretch that will be pivotal for George Mason this year. They haven't won at the Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk since February of 2004, as they always seem to get ODU's best game there despite the year they are having.  Both teams have taken a big step back from what they were last season but are still expected to be in the CAA's top four.  ODU's season has been with its share of ups and downs like Mason but are much more battled tested.  They had very good showings against Kentucky and Missouri already this season but struggles on offense prevented them from performing any upsets. And like Mason they are a hard team to get a read on at this point.  Some of that is due to player turnover, as Donte Hill and Richard Ross weren't available at the beginning of the season, and some is due to some terrible shooting on the floor.

The Monarchs are currently #322 nationally in field goal percentage (38.9%) and in the first half of their last game at JMU they went 8-for-32.  They came back in the 2nd half with much better shooting but are very capable of going on big scoring droughts.  The Patriots have a real advantage here if they can push the tempo because they have had no trouble scoring this season.  The key for Mason to take advantage of this on the road is to get things going early and not be sucked into a half court game.  The Monarchs have excellent rebounding percentage numbers and Mason will mostly likely struggle to win that battle on the glass.

Another area that Mason has the advantage is three-point shooting. The Monarchs are last in the CAA in three-point shooting percentage and have been allowing their opponents to average over 34% from there.  Mason is improving in this area since the return of Andre Cornelius and will be looking to get him the ball for some open looks.

One match-up to watch closely is Chris Cooper vs Ryan Pearson. Cooper has been a double-double machine this year and gets to the foul line. Pearson needs to stay out of foul trouble because Mason relies too heavily on him.  


Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times has quite a stat in his article today: George Mason is 24-4 (13-1 in CAA games) when Mike Morrison scores at least 10 points.



Anonymous Mattlanouechapman said...

GoMason say game is on CSN, CSN on Verizon says they have a Wizards game.  Anyone have a definite on TV for this?

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Good said...

 I found the same problem. Where to watch the game?

6:58 PM  
Anonymous matt said...

ahh game tomorrow, too excited!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

Online anywhere?

8:02 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

It's on CSN

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Good said...

Go to "Brion's" you will see it. 

10:14 PM  
Anonymous mooky_l3d said...

Georgia State beat VCU at VCU........

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Matt Cerilli said...

Just the start of another crazy year in the CAA!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Watched the game, Georgia State is as good as advertised. Their defense left the Rams in shambles at certain points in the 2nd half.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous matt said...

I'm curious to know what Ga. St has done to go from the basement of the CAA to the start they've had this year.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Ron Hunter.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Towson only scored 27 points last night. What a dumpster fire.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Moses said...

Mason is quicker than the Mons and is going to have to run, run, run on these guys. And they can. And I like how PH has been playing a lot of guys. Mo has to help with Cooper, as does Citizen Cope. Should be interesting.    

1:25 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Good article on GSU today by Andy Katz

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Guest said...

Only weakness I really saw was GSU really had a hard time with full court press, that allowed VCU to get back into it.  VCU also posted a terrible shooting percentage from inside and outside the arc, hopefully Mason can do better than %28 from the field on Saturday, but they'll have some more tired legs playing tonight instead of yesterday

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

Anybody find out what channel the game is on?

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Matt Cerilli said...

CSN (Comcast Sports Net). Same channel that Caps games are on.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous And1thousand said...

anyone else watching the online stream, link 3? the odu announcers are huge homers

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Neeker29 said...

Another solid win and over ODU on the road. Starting to think coach Hewitt has a knack for winning on the road compared to coach L. This team continues to improve and CAA championship and NCAA bid could become a reality! 

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Its amazing how much things can change in 2 weeks.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Student said...

Awesome game tonight. Very scrappy, but still a very nice win @ ODU

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Patriot74 said...

Dont wanna jinx em but if we can beat GSU and Drexel sky's the limit for this team.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Gio said...

Yeah the odu announcers were annoying! I caught the 2nd half on CSN thankfully.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

I'm not saying this board is responsible for the Mason turnaround in any way, shape, or form, but it is ironic that right after we expressed our displeasure with the program things turned around.  Again, not saying this was the cause, just pointing out the irony.

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Moses said...

I've been bitching for years that we need a real 1 guard and I think we have one in Allen. Nice game, 6-6 from the line and Morrison got on the glass. Good win on the road.  

8:37 AM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

Nice article, great cause and real good pub for CAA. Now lets hope we can win tomorow.  would be good win for us, esp. in conference.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous commboy said...

+1. Allen is a great asset for the team.

Good win for the team. That said, I think ODU beat themselves. You can attribute poor shootings to good defense, but there is no one defends against free throws.

9:01 AM  

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