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CAA Quarterfinals Preview: #4 George Mason vs #5 Drexel

George Mason Basketball: CAA Quarterfinals Preview: #4 George Mason vs #5 Drexel

Friday, March 08, 2013

CAA Quarterfinals Preview: #4 George Mason vs #5 Drexel

So here we are, George Mason's last hope of dancing in the 2013 NCAA tournament. The odds are not in their favor to take home the CAA's automatic bid but the tournament is still pretty wide open. First up for Mason is a quarterfinals match-up with Drexel, whom they split the season series with. Both teams won on the road with Mason getting the most recent victory in Philadelphia. That was actually one of the Patriots better games on defense. They limited the Dragons to under 38% shooting from the field and held Damion Lee to 1-for-5 from behind the arch. They also out-rebounded them and got to the line more; something they will need to repeat again in Richmond.

The first meeting between the two teams didn't go as well for Mason, and Damion Lee had a field day with the Patriots poor perimeter defense. Aside from a scoring burst against ODU, which everyone did this season, Lee hasn't been on fire from behind the three-point line. However, he's capable of going off on any night and they will need to limit his open looks. In that loss at the Patriot Center they were shuffling nearly everyone on Lee in a effort to thwart this shooting. It didn't work and their game plan should include staying out of that situation again. It all starts with defense for Mason and they need to start out strong and not dig themselves into a hole early.

Rebounding is another obvious key in this game and the tournament for Mason. Paul Hewitt has been harping on it lately so it looks like we should see a good effort on the glass in Richmond. Erik Copes has been a force and they will need him to stay out of foul trouble, with or without Johnny Williams in the lineup. In their last two games rebounding wasn't the problem and this is an area they have improved on.

Drexel has sent more guys to the foul line than any other CAA team in conference play this season. Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen need to take advantage here. Speaking of Wright, we found out yesterday that he's been battling a foot injury for much of the season. That might explain why he's looked a bit worn out lately. Nevertheless they need him to be a threat from all angles in this tournament.

Drexel plays a physical game and both Erik Copes and Jonathan Arledge will need to be aggressive in the front court. Lately they have been solid scoring options for Mason and I think this could carry over nicely into the tournament. Teams can't key in as much on Wright when either of these two are hitting shots. Arledge has emerged as a more regular second scorer and he will have an opportunity this weekend to really prove his worth.



Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Hah, I “called it” with Sherrod being injured. The way those injuries seem to go, he’ll need the offseason to recuperate. Glad to see he’s pumped for the CAA’s. Maybe he can get by on grit and adrenaline, knowing now that the alternative IS the offseason.

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