This year's George Mason team may be one of the most Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-type basketball teams we have seen in a while.
The Patriots are currently 5-2, though they could easily be 7-0 and just as easily be 3-4.
The name of the game, really, has been consistency. We've seen flashes of brilliance from the Patriots and signs that they can be an unbeatable team when clicking on all cylinders.
Other times, and sometimes in the even in game, that dominant team disappears and lets lesser squads like Boston University take them to the absolute limit.
With all of this in mind, you will have to excuse me if I sound a bit perplexed, wondering which George Mason team will show up Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against the 5-1 Maryland Terrapins in the BB&T Classic.
This will be the seventh matchup between the two schools, with the most recent being a 78-54 Terrapin victory back on December 4th, 2004.
The most important game the two teams played, however, was back in 2001, when the No. 3 seeded Maryland Terrapins defeated the No. 14 seeded George Mason Patriots in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, 83-80, en route to a Final Four appearance by Maryland.
The Terrapins have won all seven matchups between the two schools.
Clearly, this will be a tough game for the Patriots, and to win, they will need the "good Mason" to show up for all 40 minutes. Here are five keys to watch for if Mason is to be successful Sunday afternoon.