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George Mason will host Houston in CBI quarterfinals game

George Mason Basketball: George Mason will host Houston in CBI quarterfinals game

Thursday, March 21, 2013

George Mason will host Houston in CBI quarterfinals game

Last night Houston beat Texas at home 73-72 and will travel to the Patriot Center for a Monday game against George Mason. I watched some of the game and Houston likes to play a fast, uptempo style on offense. They are very athletic and love to attack the rim. If nothing else, this should be a fun basketball game to watch on Monday. They get to the foul line often, which will be problem for Mason like it was against Charleston, and all season. If Mason doesn't come out strong on defense early they might get buried because the Cougars can score in bunches. Once again the Patriots have a chance to try and work to fix on their sloppy fouling ways on defense. The Patriot Center hasn't been a safe haven for Mason this season and they have only won there once in their last five home games. I doubt this game will have the feel of that 2004 NIT game against Tennessee but it's still another Mason basketball game. Hopefully we see another fast start like they did in the first half on Tuesday night for the Patriots. 

I'll be looking to see how Corey Edwards and Bryon Allen handle the fast pace that Houston's guards like to push. It will be a tough test for them on defense but they have been playing better in that area recently. If they can hold their own against this group and not let them dictate the pace, it will be an encouraging thing to build on for next season. 

The faster pace might take Erik Copes out of the game though. He was a big factor on Tuesday night and Texas did have some success inside with their big man against the Cougars. Jon Arledge is better in transition and should thrive in a faster paced game. He will need to worry about staying out of foul trouble though.

Kenpom predictor: Houston wins 77-76. Mason has 47% chance of winning.


Anonymous Collin Agee said...

Sagarin favors Mason by 2, plus the 4 for home court.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous hoblack said...

stop it! Stop acting like the CBI tournament is real basketball. This team grossly underperformed this season. They should not be playing any type of postseason ball whatsoever. I don't even know what the hell the CBI tournament is. How about these guys start practicing for next season? Maybe they can beat Delaware if they do that.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

All these games are is practice for next season, that's why only young teams with little or not seniors participate in them.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Justin Edwards said...

VCU won this tournament the year before they went on their final four run- clearly this is beneficial

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Bill Bride said...

These tourneys are great experience plus a chance at more practice. GMU will definitely benefit from this. I hope to be there Monday.

Maryland's got freshmen and sophs and they're making a nice run in the NIT. They had two home games, now they have a chance to win on the road at Alabama to go to New York.

10:38 PM  

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