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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: George Mason on track for 8/9 game

By Eric Prisbell

Let's take a closer look at George Mason's resume, which is now complete.

George Mason
Record: 26-6
RPI: 26
SOS: 89 (84 in non-conference)
Vs. top 50: 3-2
Vs. top 100: 8-4
Best wins: Old Dominion (24), Harvard (35), at Virginia Commonwealth (49)
Worst losses: vs. N.C. State (118), vs. Wofford (116), at Dayton (87)
True road record: 10-3
As of today: No. 8/9 seed
Comment: When comparing this profile to other middle-of-the-field tournament teams, this resume stacks up favorably. It is a solid resume. The strength of schedule numbers are okay. There are a couple questionable losses but no unsightly loss. They have won the majority of their games against top 50 teams, and have shown the ability to win on the road. This is Mason's body of work. It will not change. But the landscape will change in the next six days. I don't foresee teams such as Xavier, Temple, UNLV moving backward considerably. But teams such as Illinois or Florida State could climb a little bit. It's possible that Mason falls to a No. 10 seed, which would be good news for GMU fans. That would mean the Patriots would avoid a No. 1 seed in the second round (if they get that far).

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
 
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Comments

A disappointing end in Richnmond but VCU won the day.
Regroup, Mason, and make a deep run and ruin some brackets.
Many thanks to Cam and Isaiah. You'll be missed when it's all said and done.
GO, MASON!

Posted by: WaPoPimp | March 7, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I do love, however, that we've reached a time when a CAA team (Mason) losing to an ACC team (N.C. St.) is considered a bad loss for the Mid-Major!
The rise of the CAA continues.

Posted by: WaPoPimp | March 7, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everything here. But can I just say that, as a Mason fan, I am getting real sick of always playing the CAA tournament 10 minutes from the VCU campus. It is patently unfair to always give one team an obvious home-court advantage over the field.

Now before anyone else says it, yes, ODU beat then the next night. Mason still should have won if they were a legitimate top-25 team.

All I'm saying is that it is long past time to start giving other regions of the Association a chance at hosting this event.

Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, and even the Comcast Center at UMD would all be superb locations to hold this event. And, given the rise in popularity of the CAA, I think their tournament could do very well at any of those spots.

It's time for the CAA to play fair. Start spreading the wealth!

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | March 8, 2011 2:14 AM | Report abuse

NIT at best! you can't beat Harvard, ODU, and VCU and be considered. You just can't. Va.Tech or NCST may get pushed out as will Maryland but they play a rigorous schedule and Mason plays Lake Braddock, Hayfield, and Robinson.

Posted by: doyouktt | March 8, 2011 6:11 AM | Report abuse

You gotta be kidding me, son. Most "big-name" teams won't schedule Mason (even though they fail to realize that in the current environment losing to Mason may HELP their RPI), and doesn't Maryland schedule longwood twice a season?
Be quiet and mope on your own.

Posted by: WaPoPimp | March 8, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

NIT at best! you can't beat Harvard, ODU, and VCU and be considered. You just can't. Va.Tech or NCST may get pushed out as will Maryland but they play a rigorous schedule and Mason plays Lake Braddock, Hayfield, and Robinson.

Posted by: doyouktt | March 8, 2011 6:11 AM
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Crawl back under your ACC rock!!! Is this Gary Williams!!??

Posted by: dkidwell61 | March 8, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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