Tuesday marks a huge day in George Mason's season.
On Tuesday, the George Mason Patriots will meet the University of Virginia Cavaliers for only the sixth time in the school's history and for the first time since 1997. The head-to-head history has not gone well for the Patriots. Of their six matchups with UVA, the Cavaliers have won all six.
Virginia has looked extremely strong as of late. Taking advantage of a schedule that has not seen them play a true road game yet, the Cavaliers have stormed out to a 7-1 start, with their only loss coming by two points in the Virgin Islands to TCU. Virginia is coming off a week that saw them blow out Michigan, the No. 15 team in the nation, 70-58, so they are on a bit of a roll going into this one.
This will be the toughest team Mason has played all season, and will be a good barometer of how good the Patriots really are. To go down to John Paul Jones Arena and pull off a victory will be tough, but it is possible.
Here are five keys to the game Tuesday if Mason is going to win in Charlottesville.