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George Mason and Santa Clara duke it out for CBI Championship tonight

George Mason Basketball: George Mason and Santa Clara duke it out for CBI Championship tonight

Friday, April 05, 2013

George Mason and Santa Clara duke it out for CBI Championship tonight

So here we are, the last game of the season for George Mason. Win or lose tonight I think it's safe to say that playing in this tournament was beneficial to the Patriots. In this final game that will determine the CBI champion I think we will see a much closer one than the previous two. I don't expect Santa Clara to come out as flat as they did on Wednesday night. Kevin Foster having only two first half points was a big reason why Mason maintained a lead for the entire game. The Patriots did a better job not giving them as many open looks on the perimeter and not fouling as much. The Broncos will no doubt come out firing tonight, keep in mind they have a few seniors who are playing in their final game. Mason can't get behind early like they did at Santa Clara on Monday night.

The big difference for Mason between games one and two was how much they got to the free-throw line. On Wednesday night they got 43 attempts, their highest amount of the season by a big margin. They are tough to stop when Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen are constantly driving the lane. The Broncos have been leaving the lane open a lot on defense during this series and the Patriots need to continue to attack there. Where they can get into trouble is if they start trying to trade three-pointers, that's a battle they won't win.

Mason didn't get much from Jonathan Arledge in the last game after his big night in game one but they will most likely need him tonight. Erik Copes continues to run hot and cold on offense, mostly cold. Arledge can provide inside scoring in a variety of ways. The Broncos game plan on defense has to be heavily focused on Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen. This could provide an opportunity for Arledge tonight.

What I really want to see tonight from Mason, more than anything, is a solid effort on defense. That was their main problem all season and I'd like to see them finish strong in that area.

[Photo by John Powell]


Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Yeah, defense is probably the key. Note that we scored 73 pts in both games. Broncos scored 81 and 66, respectively. I like the first half in the RAC especially in the way we limited the number of shots Foster could actually take.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Matt_LC said...

Arledge just needs to avoid 2 fouls in the first two minutes of each half. While Copes could contribute more on the offensive end he is taking better shots than ever and I feel like his movement in the post is good some of the shots have just been too hard but most have been good looks. I would like to see them run more screens for Patrick but I think he played his best game of the season on Wed. b/c every shot wasn't a three! He drove in, he pulled up, and he did his best on D, at times he just got muscles out, Foster is a tough assignment for everyone but Patrick was matched up with him a few too many times and kept fighting. While we won't be running around celebrating a CBI win I think it's been a great experience for the team and winning it beats ending on a loss at home! I didn't really agree with Hewitt's post game comments about the team being aggressive in the final minutes. With 1:34 to go they did not need to make cross court passes or drive to the hoop, SC had to foul them, why not let them do that and take the free shots! There is aggressive and there is dumb play that shrivels a lead needlessly.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Can't wait to be there live for it. CBI or not, it is still a deciding championship game, and I hope the fans come out and support the team. Another crowd of 1,800 at the Patriot Center would be depressing.

3:02 PM  

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