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Previewing George Mason vs Delaware

George Mason Basketball: Previewing George Mason vs Delaware

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Previewing George Mason vs Delaware

Mason returns to action tonight at home versus Delaware. Currently the Patriots are in a good spot as they are in first place and are about to go on a three-game home stand. They are inching closer to locking up a first round bye in Richmond this March, something that is more important this season than ever.  Delaware on the other hand is an interesting team. They have lost some really close games to good opponents and clubbed Drexel earlier this season.  They have a common opponent with Mason, Radford, a team they lost 58-54 in their first game on the season. With Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins they have a strong 1-2 punch from the inside and out.  This is a team capable of pulling off an upset and Mason can't take them lightly. We have seen the Patriots have some trouble closing out games recently and they can't let a team like this hang around late in the 2nd half.  

It looks like from the game notes that Andre Cornelius will get the start again tonight. Sherrod Wright finally got out of his slump against JMU but Cornelius has earned this spot with his play so far this season.  Wright coming off the bench with Vaughn Gray will give the Patriots a nice boost in scoring they haven't been seeing from there. Also, Paul Hewitt said earlier this week that Erik Copes should be good to go tonight.



Anonymous Rmjank said...

I took a few minutes and did a CAA schedule check, since as we all know it is not balanced:  If you assume the top 5 teams as Drexel, GMU, GSU, ODU and VCU, then VCU is the loser, as they play 7 games against the other contenders, only 3 of which are home games.  GMU, GSU and ODU all play 6 games, 3 of which are at home.  The advantage goes to Drexel, which plays only 5 games, 3 of which are at home.  And, if GSU turns out to be not quite as good as advertised down the stretch, well that's the only team they play twice.  And, they already have their away game at GSU out of the way, so the only remaining away game against a contender for them is ODU.  So that tough loss we just had in their gym is our only chance against them and gives them the tiebreaker. 

10:16 AM  
Anonymous matt said...

I don't know why we'd go so small and start Vaughns over Wright, neither have been stellar on offense.  But Vaughns D hasn't been great either. 

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Patriot74 said...

Was just looking at ESPN's bracketology for the 2012 NCAA Tourney. I know its too early to talk about it and nothing has been settled yet in our league, but they have Mason seeded 15th. I know its a down year for CAA but seriously isnt the CAA deserving of a higher seed. Maybe like a 10th through 14th seed at least?

3:39 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

They project seedings are based on mostly RPI, SOS, and other numbers. As of right now if Mason won the CAA autobid they'd have one of the worst RPIs of all the tournament teams in the field. That's why are you seeing that #15. It could change a little but the CAA's out of conference schedule didn't do them any favors this season.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Rmjank said...

Earlier, bracketology had the CAA champ as a 16 seed!  I submitted a chat question to Lunardi on this, saying in essence that he knew there was no way the CAA champ would emerge a 16 -- unless the committee was interested in increasing the chances of a 16 - 1 upset!  I got no response.  Certainly any 1 or 2 seed would feel jobbed if they landed the CAA as their first round opponent, and given our history in the tourney I couldn't see the committee allowing this to happen, no matter what things look like on paper (yes, i know the committee doesn't look at history... right).  Especially if it's us or odu or vcu winning the bid.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Neeker29 said...

Nice win tonight and continued improvement in big men! Hats of to coach Houston. Is Copes ok noticed he sat today again? 

9:29 PM  

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