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Previewing George Mason vs James Madison

George Mason Basketball: Previewing George Mason vs James Madison

Friday, January 27, 2012

Previewing George Mason vs James Madison

The Patriots are riding a five game winning streak and currently sitting alone in first place in the CAA standings.  They are finding production from different areas and Wednesday night's 36 bench points proved they are becoming a deep squad.  They host James Madison Saturday afternoon and hopefully this time the game won't be as foul plagued as their previous meeting in Harrisonburg. And whether or not you believe this series is actually a rivalry it always seems to be a fun atmosphere at the Patriot Center when the Dukes come to town. Madison still leads the all-time series 43-49 but have only beaten Mason once in their last 17 meetings, including CAA tournament games. As we mentioned last time JMU has struggled this season to due to various injuries and inefficiencies on offense. However last time out against them the Patriots squandered a large lead in the second half, due to some terrible officiating but also because of their numerous turnovers and other miscues.

This continues to be a good team, that has shown flashes of greatness, but then often seem to leave us holding our breathes at the end of games.  I don't really think they are sleepwalking through games, but simply just have trouble playing their game for a full 40 minutes. They play hard for 40 minutes but don't always seem to stick to their game plan for 40 minutes. They let a defensive change disrupt their rhythm too easily and once the turnovers start teams find it easy to chip away at their lead. Then the rushed possessions start and that's when we see them abandon the easy baskets that mounted them a lead and start launching up ill-advised three-pointers.

These turnovers continue to be a problem for George Mason, most recently coughing it up 18 times Wednesday night against Hofstra in an ugly 55-50 road win. If the trend continues I think the Patriots are going to be upset by a lesser team sooner rather than later. Not in this game however as I think Ryan Pearson and Mike Morrison will return to form at home and dominate the paint like what we saw against Delaware. Something to continue to watch is how much the team continues to get from the bench especially from guys like Jonathan Arledge, Corey Edwards, and Vaughn Gray.  No word yet on whether or not Erik Copes will be playing but he dressed for the Hofstra game so I would have to think he's a go for this one.



Anonymous LawMom3 said...

Flat. They were just flat that last game, and sloppy, too, incurring fouls as fast as they could run down the court. They seemed completely out of sync, particularly when Ryan Pearson had to spend so much time on the bench with that bloody mouth. After the half they came back much improved, but they really had me wondering whether they were going to pull it together.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Will be the first game I get to attend this season. Looking forward to chanting, "not our rival"

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

My favorite part of that JMU link is that they say its their best team in years, 10-11 and 3-7 in conference qualifies as best in years, hahahahahaha.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Guest said...

Think if Copes doesn't play we'll have to create a "Free Erik Copes" campaign, T-shirts anyone?

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Guess I should have looked closer, that blog post appears to be from last year.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Charlie T said...

You really said a very important statement. If we do not watch out we will lose to a lessor team. This year that will really hurt simply because the schedule is our favor with ODU and VCU at home. We do not create fear from anyone and if we get by JMU Delaware wants us bad due to what happened here. The cure is simple,play well and get into the habit of doing it. No team anywhere is not going to have its share of mistakes. That is a given. The good to great teams within their conferences find a way to dominate the bottom feeders. Drexel is doing that now and I hope Saturday will be an indication we also are there.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

Did I read somewhere correctly that the ODU game next Saturday has already sold out!?!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Dsndsn said...

JMU....Jame Madison University...Madison College...The Normal and Industrial School for Women in Harrisonburg...whatever..(they've been known by some variation of all of these names over the years)... is at it's heart,  what it was it was originally founded as: a formerly somewhat  sleepy "all girls school" in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the school became the beneficiary of its location of of only about 90 minutes outside of D.C. at a time when the Virginia College system went truly co-ed in the early seventies (although, I beleive they first admitted men as "day students" in the mid-sixties.) The school grew because was far enough away that you could could confidently keep your bong out in the open ...remember this was the early seventies lol...but close enough so you could comfortably go home for the weekend if you wanted to and not spend hours on the road driving to "Bum-fuck-Egypt"...aka Blacksburg. In my day, the late seventies through the early eighties JMU grew primarily because of this accident of Geography (Face it, it was a much easier drive to Harrisonburg than to Blacksburg) and because of that "un-official quota" (that everyone knew was real, but is still denied) that kept many qualified No.Va high school students out of U.Va. Today's Mason student, I take it, is not faced  with the taunts of attending GMCC by their former high classmates upon their return home for the from Summer or Winter breaks from JMU. lol 

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Moses said...

Awesome. One of the best posts ever on this board. I guess you have to be older? to appreciate- and I do. Used to go down there to BF Egypt when it was 75% female. Very nice um, atmosphere. Really wanted to go there to play football and get drunk get laid but parents would not allow so it was off to Mason to transfer to UVA which, um, never happened either. I walked on Mason's hoop team with a guy named John Niehoff and walked off about a week later. He went on to be the all time assists leader in school history.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. GO MASON!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Moses said...

I'll buy one. We need size today and aggression and DDDDDDDDDDDDD. Or, we could easily lose to Francis "Psycho" Brady and the Dukes. i would love to see Mason create their O from their D and get up and down the floor off the pressure. 

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Chris S said...

I put a lot of the sloppiness in the past couple of game on the fact they played a lot of games on a short stretch.  The fact is we are getting contributions from everyone and are proving ourselves fairly deep.  I look forward to a great game this Saturday.

9:35 AM  

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