NCAA Basketball: Is George Mason This Year's George Mason?
NCAA Basketball Bracket Revealed, Can George Mason Put Together Another Strong Run With Win Against Villanova?
As we prepare for yet another year of March Madness, there are a number of games that pop up on the bracket as being potential barn-burners. One of the most likely candidates to provide us with a first-round thriller comes to us from the East Region, where eighth-seeded George Mason is looking to make another George Mason-esque run through the Dance.
Remember, way back in 2006? The Patriots put together a true Cinderella run through the postseason, beating elite teams en route to a Final Four berth.
Now, in 2011, the Pats get things rolling against a ninth-seeded Villanova team depleted by injury and plagued by inconsistent play down the stretch. Could they get a win, and start another Cinderella run?
George Mason has the athletes to beat good teams in a variety of ways. The CAA regular season champs have six scorers they can turn to, most notably swingmen Cam Long and Ryan Pearson. They can run and score with anyone, and have the capability to play excellent defense. Sure, they don't rebound well, but they're facing a Villanova squad bereft of its best bigs.
The Wildcats, as always, are heavily dependent on their guards. This particular team has two, Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes, who look like the stars of the offense. If the threes are falling and 'Nova's got it's transition game going, they're tough to beat.
But, as always, they lack a true post presence, and against a good, athletic foe, their recent slump should continue.
In the end, it will come down to which team's offense delivers down the stretch, in what promises to be an open, up-and-down game.
Final Score: George Mason 78, Villanova 73. They might not have a Cinderella run in them this year, but the Patriots are poised for at least one win in the Big Dance in 2011.
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