The season may be only five game old, but by now, Mason fans are starting to find out what to expect from their Patriots in this 2012-13 season.
For one, Mason Nation is going to need to get its blood pressure in order before every game. Not only have the Patriots already experienced elation and massive heartbreak, but four of the first five Mason games have ended with a score differential of five points or less.
But there is more to be learned from this early season run than just Mason's penchant for nail-biters. After five games, it is fair to say that these observations are trends rather than random aberrations.
In lieu of doing a game preview of Mason's home matchup against Boston University on Saturday, I will take a look at some of these observations, to see what we have learned about this Mason team thus far.
Just for the record though, Boston is a very young team that is struggling, and provided Mason doesn't come out lackadaisical as they had a tendency to do last season against weaker opponents, the Patriots should be able to cruise past the Terriers at home. Granted, I know better than to think that "should" and "will" are never synonymous when it comes to college basketball.
But enough speculation, let's talk about what we know, or think we know, about this year's George Mason Patriots.