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George Mason hosts Delaware Saturday with a chance to climb the CAA standings

George Mason Basketball: George Mason hosts Delaware Saturday with a chance to climb the CAA standings

Friday, February 08, 2013

George Mason hosts Delaware Saturday with a chance to climb the CAA standings

George Mason is back in action Saturday against Delaware after playing three games in five days. They went  2-1 during that stretch and won the two road games. This game against the Blue Hens is important because a win can put the Patriots in second place in the conference standings. After watching ODU beat Drexel last night, it's obvious anything is possible and the final standings are anything but set at this point. With Jonathan Arledge in the starting lineup, Mason has looked more fluid on offense. They need that to continue and hopefully these last few games have helped solidify the ideal rotation for this group. Rebounding has been a big key lately, and they will be facing the CAA's second leader in that category in Jamelle Hagins (10.6 RPG). Delaware also has the conference's leading scorer, Devon Saddler. While they haven't played the best team basketball this season, the Blue Hens still have some guys who can hurt you. With the amount of individual performances that have beaten Mason's defense this year, those two names will be something to keep on eye on.

George Mason and Delaware get to the free-throw line more than any other teams in conference only games. So yes, expect to see another choppy game with a lot of fouls. Luckily Mason has been winning games like that recently. Mason has the edge in rebounding and overall effectiveness shooting from the field but they have already lost two conference games at home this season. If their efforts on the boards continue they should be in good shape for this one.

[Photo by John Powell]



Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Random note: It seemed last game that there were more than a couple of minutes in which we had a backcourt of Edwards, Holloway and Vaughns out there. Our 3 main outside marksmen (aside from Sherrod of course), and they went a combined 7 for 9 from downtown. Interesting offensive lineup! If they continue to use this lineup and have success with it, I'll be ready to give it a nickname.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous John Jones said...

Another disappointing home loss. I guess at this point there are no "must win" games since Northeastern has pretty much run away with the conference and the 1st round bye in the CAA tournament. Hopefully since the conference tournament is in Richmond and VCU has gone off to the A-10, we can parlay that into some sort of home court advantage. I'm just so severely disappointed in the job coach Hewitt has done with the talent that our former ACC-leading coach left him with.

1:01 AM  
Anonymous rosswill said...

I agree with John. I think the jury has come back on Coach Hewitt. This team has the talent but is playing way below it's potential.

10:49 AM  

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