• GMUPATS74

    The losses keep piling up and each one is more painful than the last. GMU FANS DESERVE BETTER THAN BLEWITT BALL!

    • gamoo79

      Watching the game on NBCSN, the analyst kept referring to things he had heard Hewitt talk about in practice that the team wasn’t following through on in the game. My question for my fellow suffering fans is “How much of this is Hewitt being a lousy coach, and how much is it the players just not doing what they are told?”.

      • GMUPATS74

        Maybe a little of both. Hard to say but losing like this really hurts gamoo79.

        • gamoo79

          I know 74. Back to back heartbreakers.

      • rosswill

        I am not sure which is is but this is the same problem that got him fired at GT.

  • BrianDC

    This team has the ability to go winless the rest of the season. They could possibly win a few more games but its obvious that this team plays to the level of the competition and the fact that they can’t close only furthers my point that they could lose every game from here on out.

    The bright side is that Allen is playing solid….but he’s also a senior so what a waste of a season

    • GMUPATS74

      I’m afraid we may be the first A-10 team to go 0-16. It certainly keeps getting worse every game.

      • Kyle Stegner

        On paper this team is just as talented as any other A10 team. The problem is they are not getting things together on the court. They need to learn from these close losses as soon as possible. A lot of the A10 games down the stretch will be tight and decided by only a few points.

        • StopWearingPurple

          They are losing by too close of a score to go 0-16. I could even see a modest win steak at some point. But overall it looks like a highly disappointing year.

          • GMUPATS74

            Hope you’re right Purple.

  • Kyle Stegner

    This season is going to end with a record much worse than the 2006-2007 season. The 2006-2007 season was a rebuild season. Larranaga lost a lot of his seniors due to graduation after making the 2006 Final Four run. So for the most part Larranaga was forgiven.

    The 2013-2014 season is not a rebuild season. A roster with talent and veterans but with a losing record. Starting next season Hewitt will officially be on the hot seat. Next season Mason will have three talented freshmen and a four star transfer from Georgia Tech. If we can’t make a NCAA bid or a NIT bid next season Paul Hewitt needs to go and Tom O’Connor if possible. Tom O’Connor is responsible for this school’s inability to capitalize on its success after the Final Four. The longer we wait the more likely that Final Four run will slide into obscurity.

    • StopWearingPurple

      Your timeline seem reasonable.

      • Kyle Stegner

        Thank you. All I’m trying to say is that maybe we just need more talented players on the roster to close out A10 games. With that being said. We are going to have a four star recruit, a three star recruit, and a pair of two star recruits. A pair of two star recruits who are still progressing and no where near hitting the ceiling. If even with a recruiting class like that can’t get us a NCAA or NIT and compete well in the A10- Hewitt has got to go in 2015.

  • dsnjd1

    I hate to say it but we will have to endure losing for now. Too much is “new” to throw the baby out with the bath water. Suck it up, and accept losing,… temporarily. There is too much talent on this team for this to continue, but if we fire Hewitt, we are likely to see mass departures setting to program back years. This cannot go on for a couple of years….Mason (true, a couple of administrations ago) even gave ‘Paul Ball” four years to work. We are nowhere near that bad yet. One more year Mr. Hewitt, and for everyone’s sake let’s hope it turns around.

    • G-n-G

      I think this is a rebuilding/transition year because the incoming freshmen (who all look good) are the first ones recruited to play at the A-10 level. Bryon and Sherrod are really nice players but they’re not at the A-10 level yet the team relies on them for so much. The core of Jalen-Patrick-Marquise is very promising and will be a solid foundation for the coming years.

      FYI, Mike Lonergan, whom a number of people wish we had as our coach, went 10-21 and 13-17 in his first two years at GW. They lost a couple close ones in his first year but otherwise got plastered regularly. Then in his second year the losses in conference were generally all close (with the obvious exception of a VCU blowout that really skews the average margin). Will Mason fans have the same patience that GW fans had?

      • gamoo79

        Kinda what I’ve been thinking/hoping for. A team can win with freshmen if they are talented enough…see Kentucky. Then again Hewitt isn’t Calipari.

      • GMUPATS74

        G-n-G you raise some interesting points. And even though me and a bunch of others are obviously unhappy with how this season is developing, Hewitt does deserve a chance to fulfill his 4 years.

      • David Houck

        I really dont understand how BA and Sherrod aren’t on the “A-10 level” yet. It’s not like we are 0-4 in the league because of a lack of talent. We are 0-4 because a lack of execution. Can you really look at any of the last four games and say that we lost because we weren’t talented enough?

    • GMUPATS74

      Never said we should fire Hewitt, just upset how this year we’re tanking with so many seniors and young talent.
      We have some blue chip players coming so, yeah, we don’t wanna lose em for next year.

      • Kyle Stegner

        So is it still worth watching Mason games? I only watched the last few minutes of the game and knew it was over and turned off the T.V. With all these losses I’m starting to lean towards just watching the Wizards’ games and only watching the last 5 min for Mason games. It might get to the point I don’t bother to watch Mason at all. Just don’t like watching a team you support lose.

  • dsnjd1

    I am going to repeat the words “Nestor” and “Westhead” over and again in a mantra next time Mason takes the court to remind me how good we actually have it

  • Sean Cassidy

    Tied for 331st in D1 for assists per game.

    • gamoo79

      POINT GUARD!!!!!!!

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  • Bill Bride

    I missed yesterday’s game due to my son’s basketball game but followed the end on Twitter. This game, UMass, St. Joe’s and SFLA all were winnable games but the Patriots just couldn’t get it done. I don’t know what else to add that hasn’t already been posted here. It’s frustrating. That said, it will be an interesting game on Saturday vs GW. I wonder if a lot of their fans will come out to Patriot Center. Just hope Mason fans keep coming out.

  • Bill Rehanek

    Whoa whoa whao guys. Anyone who is extolling the virtues of keeping Paul Hewitt around for another year is ignoring the #1 rule of history – Those who forget it are bound to repeat it. Paul Hewitt is doing precisely what he did at GT – he is losing (a lot) despite a talented roster. At GT it was a steady diet of 4 and 5 star recruits who could not win outside the ACC, let alone in it.
    When a school pays a coach $7 Million to go away it simply isn’t a good sign- he was run out of town on a rail – he even had a website dedicated to his firing.
    His teams do not move without the basketball, his players don’t get better (Erik Copes) and they consistently play to the level of the competition. I wouldn’t be nearly so critical if we could even win a majority of the games we are supposed to win, but such isn’t the case. Fordham? For God’s sake!
    The bottom line is this – if Paul Hewitt was going to be a good coach he would have done so by now. He’s a fairly talented recruiter who happens to be a pretty bad coach. Not a decent one, a bad one – his win / loss record is a testament to this. Despite his recruiting record, his best year at GT was with an inherited roster. Can anyone spot the trend at GMU? Know why? Because you don’t just coach offense, defense and b-ball – you coach winning! He inherited players who were taught how to win- something he is unable to teach his own recruits.
    For those who want to bring up Westhead and Nestor, I will say this: We made two mistakes with each of these coaches. 1) We hired them and 2) We kept them around even after their hiring was obviously a mistake. The quality of our players and the number of stars next to their names on Scout.com means nothing if we don’t win – losing teams don’t attract good players over the long-haul, they lose their fan base and they are challenged to regain momentum. We’ve lost whatever we had and I for one am disgusted that we are paying this guy $700K + per year for this kind of performance. This is one of the very best mid-major jobs in the country and we can do much better than an ACC retread.
    We are on a road to nowhere and it is time to make a change – not next year, now. Why postpone the inevitable?