George Mason vs. Rhode Island: 5 Things to Watch for

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George Mason vs. Rhode Island: 5 Things to Watch for

It's finally basketball season again!

Tonight marks the long awaited return of George Mason basketball. The last time we saw the Patriots, they were taking a beating at the hands of Ohio State in the third Round of the NCAA Tournament in front of a pretty partisan Cleveland crowd.

Though a lot of things have changed for the Patriots, one thing always remains the same, and that's the hope and expectations that a new season brings.

George Mason tips off tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the University of Rhode Island. URI, from the A-10 conference, is coming off a respectable 20-14 season that included a victory in the first round of the CBI.

The biggest problem for URI right now will be their lack of experience, with two returning starters, 10 freshman and sophomores on the team, and the loss of their leading scorer, rebounder, and assist man, Delroy James.

Add in the transfer of Akeem Richmond to ECU, as well as coach's son Billy Baron and Andre Malone not being eligible to play until the second semester due to transfer rules, and you have a team with just as many, if not more, question marks as George Mason.

This should be a fun matchup between two teams with a lot to prove, and here are five things that fans should look for from George Mason in tonight's game.

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