NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Could George Mason Make Another Magical Run?

Adam HassanContributor IIMarch 14, 2011

Could Jim Larranaga do it again?
Could Jim Larranaga do it again?

It's March and that means one thing! The prestigious NCAA tournament. All across the nation sports fanatics are filling out their brackets, in hope for another entertaining and captivating tournament. This year contains a plethora of favorites from top associations. According to the masses, the ACC, Big Ten, Big Twelve and Big East compass all of the proven and ready teams to take this tournament by storm and are poised to capture the glorious national championship. But the purpose of this article isn't to focus on already endorsed teams, but instead on a team that could make a surprise run in this tournament.

In 2006, the talk of the nation was the George Mason Patriots. This eleven seed shocked the world and advanced all the way to the Final Four. The team was led by an immense athlete in Lamar Butler and a tremendous leader in coach Jim Larranaga. Their shocking run affected the school in a myriad of positive ways. The school received an ample amount of money and talented recruits.

Now, as an eight seed, coach Jim Larranaga is ready to astonish the world yet again. The Patriots won the Colonial athletic association and have been receiving praise for their tenacity and tough defense. George Mason also contains a fantastic duo in captain Cam Long and forward Ryan Pearson who average 15.1 and 14. 7 points respectively. But the most awe-inspiring statistic of the season is George Mason's spectacular 16 game winning streak that was just recently ended. George Mason have proved to be a focused and serious squad.

The aura around George Mason is serious and intense, they've changed their mind-set into a more determined demeanor and fans are genuinely excited because of the shift.The first tough battle of the season starts on Friday against the Villanova Wild Cats. This game will surely be a gratifying, back-and-forth game. But if the Patriots do defeat Villanova, they will likely take on the number one seed in the entire tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes. An enormous challenge. Will George Mason go on another Cinderella run? Only time will tell.