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Add Maryland to next season's non-conference opponents

George Mason Basketball: Add Maryland to next season's non-conference opponents

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Add Maryland to next season's non-conference opponents

George Mason athletic director issued a message to fans and supporters today on the whole conference realignment situation. I posted the full text from the email over on the message boards if you want to read it in its entirety. Towards the end of the message O'Connor mentions the team's upcoming non-conference schedule and says that the Patriots are scheduled to play Maryland. Rumors of them playing the Terrapins in the BB&T classic have been floating around for awhile now and this confirms the game will be happening at the Verizon Center this year. With Virginia, Richmond, Bucknell, Northern Iowa, and the Paradise Jam tournament already on the schedule, this is one of the better non-conference slates we've seen Mason have in a long time. 

George Mason last played Maryland during the 2004-2005 season, where they lost 78-54 in that BB&T Classic match-up.



Anonymous StopWearingPurple said...

Does this mean I have to stop crapping on all things Maryland? (Getting to the game is a monster hassle, the fans complain more than cheer, etc)

6:48 PM  
Anonymous BP99 said...

let's hope to have a different result this time around!! Let's go Mason!!!

12:44 AM  
Anonymous dsnjd1 said...

Mason has played some very close games with Maryland but has never defeated them, including the first game ever played at the just opened Patriot Center, when Joe Harrington got a two for one deal from his former boss Lefty Driesell underwhich Maryland agreed to appear at the brand new Patriot Center for the arena's opener, in return for two Mason apparances at Cole Field House. I sat in section 108 in the 85% completed Patriot Center on Nov. 30, 1985 for that game ---one set or retactable bleachers was not yet installed, no logos George Mason logos were yet painted on the bare concrete at each corner of the arena, and about half the concession stands remained encased in bubble wrap for the game---but the game, in which Len Bias, acting like a man among boys scored 31 points, went off without a hitch. As I remember Mason had a chance to win it at the buzzer (over 15th ranked U.Md) when a Darren Mosley's shot from the corner of the key bounced off the back of the rim. About seven months later Len Bias died, leading to the firing of Lefty, and Joe Harrington was soon off to Long Beach State.That seems like a long time ago now. 

7:00 PM  
Anonymous dsnjd1 said...

Oh', I almost forgot, the score of the game was 65-64, making the 31 points that Len Bias scored that night even more remarkable. He was by far the greatest all around college player I ever saw live. I never saw Michael Jordan "live" until a few months later when I attended two Bulls games in March 86' while visiting my brother who lived in Chicago at the time Jordan missed a large number of games either his rookie year or early in his second year because of injury, but Len Bias was the closest thing to Jordan that I ever saw to Jordan's talent level "live and in person".(Jordan at 6' 6" was more of a small forward, while the 6' 8" Bias was more of a power forward, but their games were very similar in that they could both takeover game seemingly effortlessly at will at any time.) Bias' death deprived the world of a decade of great head epic head to head match-ups, and I feel cost the Celtics a few more Championship Banners at Boston Garden.

3:28 AM  

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