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Previewing George Mason at UNCW

George Mason Basketball: Previewing George Mason at UNCW

Friday, February 10, 2012

Previewing George Mason at UNCW

The Patriots head down to UNCW this Saturday as their regular season CAA schedule winds down.  Recently UNCW was that team that helped Towson snap their epic, record breaking, losing streak. So naturally that means this game will go down to the wire for Mason. Patrick Stevens outlines Mason's inability to bury these weaker CAA foes and how it's resulting in lesser opponents not being scared to play the Patriots. It was very evident in the last game against Hofstra. The Pride went right at Mason all night and was with them nearly til the end.  If Mason played like they do in the last five minutes of games for the entire 40 minutes then they'd be a helluva tough team to stay with.  Unfortunately we have seen too many struggles and slumps in the first half this year that allows teams to hang with them. Road games seem to magnify this and despite UNCW not having a great year this could still be a tough game for the Patriots.  

With two meetings with VCU on the horizon sandwiched with a visit to Northeastern, Mason doesn't have the easiest path to the #1 seed in the CAA tournament.  It goes with out saying they cannot overlook this game and it would do them some good to crush a CAA team they are stronger than, on the road. If that team that showed up in the second half of the Hofstra game makes a comeback they can do just that.  However it's tough to predict how Mason will start off in this one.  UNCW connected on nine three-pointers in their last meeting at the Patriot Center and they shoot better from there at home.  Mason's perimeter defense in the first half this season has been weak and it's something that could be their undoing in this game. Also during their last meeting, Mason held star player Keith Rendleman in check and they will need to do that again.  Mike Morrison had one of his better games on defense and also helped Mason win the battle on the boards that night.

The key for Mason is not to let UNCW disrupt their offense again like they did last night out with different zone looks.  After scoring in transition early in that game they settled for a ton of ill-advised three-pointers that allowed the 'Hawks to crawl back into the game late.  Mason can bury them early by getting to the free-throw, scoring in transition, and guarding the perimeter.



Anonymous mooky_l3d said...

Mason can bury them early by getting to the free-throw, scoring in transition, and guarding the perimeter. 
This says it all right there.  That is exactly what needs to happen.  

12:05 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Sometimes they forget that third one...

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Good said...

GMU will likely lose this game. I am sorry to say that but it is a very high possibility. They beat Delaware by 26 at home but still lost at Delaware. Do you expect them to win in UNCW ? UNCW did much better than Delaware in Patriot center. 

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Patriot74 said...

Yeah and you also predicted they'd never win 20 games. We're 20-6 with five games left in the regular season.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Charlie T said...

Outside of the Delaware game at home most if not all of our conference games have been very tight. When it has been said that we struggle against the weaker teams with the way the schedule is we are 0 for 1 with the stronger teams and we still have VCU and northeastern is not a weak team. Every now and then during a game we see a glimpse of a smooth and confident team then there is a lull and then back to some good things. No wonder average teams have no fear. What has saved us is sometimes when we play poorly so does the other team(ODU). So many factors cause this but the good news is they are correctable causes. Now is the time starting with UNCW to put together a message game. In other words 40 minutes of hell.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous StopWearingPurple said...

With all the close games there is a chance GMU could lose, but I wouldn't go so far as to say "likely".  Likely means I would actually bet money on UNCW and I am not ready to do that.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

No sure what's up with such an intense doom and gloom posting.  Sure they could lose, they have coughed up a few they should have won and won a bunch they could have lost.  But at the end of the day I think what's likely is will play a close game and if we get a big lead we'll probably blow it.  But win or loose could be 50/50 and given our record it could just be an ugly 80/20!

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Moses said...

Buzz is a good coach, they're at home and will probably zone Mason a lot after watching Hofstra and ODU tape. Given that they're 5-9 and Mason is 12-2 you'd think Mason would be favored by more than 6 but not so....
Mason hasn't covered all year and is probably looking past the Seahawks. They could easily lose this but who cares so long as they regroup for Tuesday.
I'm looking for 20+ out of Grey. 

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Good said...

Mason won a decent game last night, even the refs tried to destroy them and made several non-sense call, including a T-call for Edward. Great efforts on the road ! 

11:47 AM  
Anonymous mooky_l3d said...

The T on Edwards was warranted because of the change in rules.  Edwards should have never put himself in that position.  He picks up his dribble to fast once across half court and then is stuck if somebody or bodies is on him.  Young mistake that is present every game.  

1:06 PM  

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