The George Mason Patriots are about to embark on what may be their biggest and toughest three-game stretch of the season, facing three quality opponents from tough conferences in a home, neutral and road game. The first of these games will take place Saturday at 6:00 on the NBC Sports Network against the Northern Iowa Panthers.
The Panthers have done well this season, bringing a 5-3 record into the Patriot Center for their first true road game of the season.
Mason on the other hand, is coming off a tough loss to Maryland in the Verizon Center, followed by a fairly dominating win over UMBC at home to run their record to 6-3.
This is a return game from the last time these two teams met, in the 2011 Bracketbusters, which saw the Patriots escape Cedar Falls with a 77-71 victory, in what truly was a showcase of mid-major powers.
This year should be no different, as each team is talented and desperate for a big-time, impressive win for their resumes come March.
Once again, Mason is going to be in for a fight, so let's see what they will have to do to come away with their second victory over the Panthers in three years.