I love Kenpom and all the different analytics the site shows. The game predictors are very accurate and gives a good preview of how certain games will shake out. The site is now showing their projections for the 2014-15 season and it has George Mason rated #138 (similar to RPI), going 11-16 and finishing 7-11 within the conference. Remember, the projections are missing a few extra games in the Puerto Rico tip-off tournament in November but still paints what would seem like a fairly accurate assessment.
Looking at the schedule breakdown, it certainly confirms what Paul Hewitt said at media day about the team playing a tough non-conference schedule. There are at least four games against potential top 100 teams.
I’ll admit I have been mostly negative in describing this team during this off-season, so it’s nice to see a more optimistic outlook for George Mason in 2014-15. SI.com released their Atlantic 10 preview today and they have the Patriots finishing 9th in the conference. It’s been tough up until this point to find a major media outlet peg them above 13th.
“Last year’s A-10 newcomers had a debut to forget, going 4-12 while dropping a series of close games. Now the Patriots must replace their top two scorers. Wing Jalen Jenkins and guard Patrick Holloway (41.1% from three) will slide into more featured roles and Georgia Tech transfer Julian Royal will provide a boost. Inside, 6-8 rim protector Erik Copes anchors a defense in need of improvement.”
Good crowd on hand last night for the annual Mason Madness event. Here are some great shots from our photographer Bill Bride:
Mason Madness is tonight and is an event that usually provides hope and excitement around the basketball program. This year we enter tonight’s event with more questions than answers about the stability and the future of the program. Almost every major media outlet is projecting the team to finish either 13th or 14th in the Atlantic 10, and that’s keeping in mind that this is Davidson’s first season in the conference. We also have started to see these same outlets question if this may be Paul Hewitt’s last season here. The overall direction of the program is a huge question mark as everyone is wondering where Hewitt is leading this group. The current roster seems like a jumbled mess of raw, unproven athletic players and a one shooter. And now it appears that there may an eligibility issue with prized freshman Therence Mayimba.
Also a more laid back, longer video of Paul Hewitt talking to a group of reporters here:
A few quotes from head coach Paul Hewitt at today’s conference media day: Continue Reading →
So far the media expectations for George Mason in 2014-15 have been predictably low. The highest I have seen them projected is 12th on Yahoo Sports, where they also mentioned that Paul Hewitt is on the hot seat. Today at the Atlantic 10’s annual men’s basketball media day they were picked to finish 13th, similar to where ESPN and Blue Ribbon had projected. I was hoping to see Jalen Jenkins named to at least third team all-conference but that did not happen.
In scheduling news, the rumors of a game being added against a non-Division I opponent at the RAC are true. You will notice it now on the schedule at GoMason.com. The game is against Division II school Catawba College and will be played on December 17 at the RAC.
CBSSports.com picks George Mason to finish dead last in the Atlantic 10:
“14. George Mason
I bid high on Mason last year, only to see Paul Hewitt’s team go 11-20 and be riddled with problems all year. So I’m going to pump the breaks and allow the Patriots to prove me wrong yet again. The team was a slog, as it didn’t move the ball welll, create turnovers or score well within 15 feet of the hoop. And it was regrettably bad when it came to giving the ball away. Eradicating that is the kind of thing that can take an offseason of persistence. If Hewitt’s team can curb its turnovers even down to 11 per game from the 13.4 it had last season, then gains absolutely will be made. Erik Copes is going to have to have a big year, and Jalen Jenkins will probably be the team’s star. Jenkins is a power forward who could end up with 15 double-doubles this season.”