George Mason opened their season Friday night with an impressive 63-59 victory over ACC foe and in-state rival Virginia, the first in the program's history.
As is the case with most first games, the Patriots had plenty of aspects of their game that they need to tighten up, most of which will be addressed in this article, but on the whole, there was a lot more good than bad that came out of their victory over UVA. Overall, there seems to be some excitement among the fanbase surrounding the team.
There will be no rest for the weary, however, as the Patriots are back in action Tuesday night on the road against the Bucknell Bison out of the Patriot League.
Bucknell is a strong team with big expectations this year, being picked to contend for their conference's title and NCAA tourney bid. The Bison are also coming off a big opening-day upset of their own, knocking off Purdue on the road.
This game is a rematch from last year's game in Fairfax, which saw the Patriots come away with an exciting 61-57 victory over the Bison.
This is going to be a huge matchup between two premier mid-majors, and it should be one heck of a show.
Here are a few keys to Mason coming out of this fight victorious and with a 2-0 record.