Fordham 70 George Mason 67: Season Over

It’s official, George Mason was the worst team in the Atlantic 10 this season and now they are done for 2013-2014. This is Mason’s first 20 loss season since 1995 (Paul Westhead) as they lost to Fordham, who hadn’t won an A-10 tournament game since 2007. The Patriots cannot make a stop on defense to save their lives last night and stood around and watched while the Rams grabbed 24 offensive rebounds. Sad to watch Bryon Allen work as hard in this game as he did and come up short but it has been a recurring theme for this season.

 

  • Chris Hirsch

    Disastrous season. Not expecting next year to be much better. Hopefully next season marks the end of the Blewitt era.

  • BoredInClass

    Can’t wait for the full end of season review…

  • mkaufman1
    • GaMoo79

      About says it doesn’t it? Great post. Thanks for the laugh!

    • GMUPATS74

      Man that’s funny! Thanks for cheering me up!

  • GaMoo79

    Earlier in the season TOC told Ryan the program was headed in the right direction. So when is a free fall straight down ever the right direction in sports…unless it’s a golf score?
    We have already picked apart the coaching and players inabilities ad nauseum. I don’t see any point in repeating it here. So, I choose to begin talking about next year. I hope the incoming class are FAST developing players that by next year’s tourney may be playing some really good ball. I know Hewitt will be here through at least next year, and I would bet TOC gives him through the end of his contract…regardless of next year’s results.

    • Rick Jank

      All the same, I will check back here and on the GMU page at ESPN quite frequently in the coming week, hoping for that “Mason Coach Fired” headline. A guy can dream….

      • GaMoo79

        Agreed. We can.

      • GMUPATS74

        Not gonna happen anytime soon.

    • Matt Cerilli

      Yeah I don’t see next season being any better. Who will be our “Bryon Allen” and have the ball in the final 15 seconds of a game? I honestly don’t know who. I also feel as this was a wasted season because I feel like a lot of the returning players didn’t really improve like we all thought they would. Yeah, I am excited about Jalen Jenkins only getting better, but you can’t tell me guys like Marko and Holloway really improved. Edwards and Gray hardly played. Copes is still Copes and inconsistent and foul prone. I love Moore’s ability to break a press and fill the stat sheet, but you can’t tell me you want him taking the last shot of a game…we saw how that worked out earlier this year.

      • mkaufman1

        Marko definitely regressed this year, but I think that was partially due to his injury suffered against UPenn.

        I think Holloway improved on both ends. I saw him handling the offense a bit more late in the season, his shot selection (in most opportunities) improved, and he stopped focusing on settling for a 3 pointer (most of the time). I also saw him improve his defense in points. If its anyone who I want taking the last shot, its him.

        Copes wasn’t healthy but show glimpses. I don’t have high hopes for him anymore.

        I also think Moore will improve his shot over time. If Bryan Allen can do it, I think he will too. I’m hoping Isaiah Jackson helps Moore run the show a bit next year.

        • Matt Cerilli

          Yeah I agree. I don’t even think Marko necessarily regressed skills wise but his role sure did and that doesn’t leave me confident going into next season.

          I agree with your points on Holloway, he did get better but I don’t think as much as I expected, and I still would never trust him to break a press or a double team (Like a Bryon Allen). But I do like the fact he expanded his offensive game into just more than a catch and shoot 3 point shooter.

          I just hope these freshman and Julian Royal can make as big of an impact as everyone is hoping, although I am not hopeful it will be felt next year.

          • mkaufman1

            Marko regressed his role also due to the fact he can’t play defense against quicker guys in the A-10. One of the things he does, is he moves the ball well, sets screens etc on offense. Sorta like Paris Bennett, but obviously more talented.

            Holloway will never be a great ballhandler, but he could definitely help in the half court. The ballhandling will be left to guys like Jenkins, Marko, Moore, etc. I think he continues to progress nicely now that hes becoming a primary scorer and focal point.

            It may be up and down with the freshman and Julian Royal, but I want to see some glimpses of hope that “maybe they got something”. Even when the 2009-2010 Mason team struggled, you knew they had something building. I just hope the freshman come in ready to go like MM and JJ and are ready to fight in the A-10 every night. Unfortunately, who knows, especially with Hewitt at the helm.

  • GMUPATS74

    I still think its more than just the coaching. Yes Hewitt takes a lot of blame but man you got to have the players to compete. Remember Tom Crean? Everyone seems to forget how bad Indiana was before he resuscitated their program. Worse than Mason was this year.

    • mkaufman1

      Didn’t he have to do a rebuild? Hewitt was brought in to bring continuity, not rebuild the program. Hes treating it like a rebuild which I don’t think is the right move.

      Crean also had a lot of success at Marquette. Hewitt never really had great success at GT in conference (except 2004 of course).

    • Chris Hirsch

      Crean has had one good year, Indiana was back to being mediocre this season so I don’t really think he has resuscitated anything. And as Matt mentions Crean had a full rebuild, Hewitt came into a good situation.

      • GMUPATS74

        Yeah but losing Cody Zeller to graduation/NBA draft hurt.

    • mkaufman1

      he had three bad years (of rebuilding) and then two sweet 16s in a row. This year the team has been meh. Chances are he’ll stick around though, but who knows if the program will succeed at their level of expectation.

  • BoredInClass

    Looking at next year. Moore and Jenkins are the only two that have starting spots. The frontcourt will be out strong point with Jenkins, Royal, Marko and Copes, but I have no confidence in the back court’s ability to defend. With everything that has been written about Mayimbia, I think he starts at the 3 guard next year and defends the best perimeter guy on every team. That leaves the 2 guard spot. I don’t trust Holloway’s defense at all and Gray is just too timid to contribute at this point. Hopefully both can change for the better. The lack of a go-to guy will really hurt next year along with the certain lack of development that Hewitt pretty much guarantees.

    • Daniel Wu

      To be honest I would not be suprised if one or two of the players decide to transfer. Anali Okoloji and Vaughn Gray both are likely candidates. I agree about the lack of a solid backcourt. Marquise Moore can penetrate but he is not a good shooter. Isiah Jackson is a potential mismatch nightmare but he is probably going to be too slow to defend the faster guards in the A10.
      Hewitt had a system build around Julian Royal before Georgia Tech paid him to leave. So I wouldn’t be suprised if Julian Royal or Patrick Holloway becomes the go to guy. My prediction is that Julian Royal will be expected to provide the bulk of the points next season.
      Trey Porter, Therence Mayimba, Eric Lockett, Isiah Jackson all are tall lanky guys that are supposedly better “fits” to Hewitt’s system. If two of these freshmen can develop and make an impact quickly, maybe…just maybe we’ll finish somewhere in the middle like Richmond or St. Bonaventure. If not then we all will be facepalming ourselves during the 2014-2015 season as well.

      • GMUPATS74

        Daniel WU I hope so man. I hope so. I wish you well in the offseason.

  • rosswill

    I do not think that Hewitt needs another year to put his stamp on this team. Hewitt was brought in to build off of what Larranaga left but instead the program is in a free fall. He has completely lived up to the predictions that the GT fans told us to expect and it is time for him to go.

    • GMUPATS74

      Ok so he leaves now…then what? We’ll lose all our Hewitt recruits and the team will be even worse. Let him finish out his contract then we can pull the plug if it is necessary.

      • GaMoo79

        I have to agree. As you and I and several others have repeatedly said, to fire Hewitt now only shoots us in the foot. I say TOC definately gives him next year if there is even minimal improvement, and probably two more even if next year is terrible, under the assumption that the new guys will improve with a year under their belt. Then, since they will have been here two years, they will be less likely to transfer out if/when a new coach is brought in.
        We all want immediate gratification, but whether we like it or not, the process does take time.

      • rosswill

        It all depends upon who would be hired to be the new coach. I am not sure we would lose players if he left but I would not be surprised if we lose players if he stays. TOC hired a big named coach from the ACC thinking that he would do well in a mid major program and it has not worked. Hewitt has 2 more years on his contract and I would hate to see this time wasted.

      • BoredInClass

        We lose his recruits like GT lost Royal? Or we lose recruits like Hewitt lost Coach L’s? Neither happened and it wouldn’t happen here either. He deserves to be fired right now. Get him the hell out.

  • Rick Jank

    Seeing as how we’ve firmly established the realistic goal of nearing a .500 record next year … it seems to me that our bigs will one way or another fall into place and be adequate, and possibly very good. As for the backcourt, Moore needs to develop some shot, any shot, from somewhere on the court so that he can garner some respect. Holloway should continue to develop his 3 pointer blended with that drive-in floater he clearly developed during the course of the year. And then he should add a third thing, be it the back door lay-in or a passing strategy from his drives in the paint. He needs to see the floor a little better than he does. Both need excellent conditioning because they will be logging a $%^&-load of minutes next season.

    • Daniel Wu

      Rick,
      A .500 record would have to be the benchmark starting next season. I would have to agree, if Mason get get to where Richmond or St. Bonaventure is this season it would be a vast improvement.
      Rick what are your thoughts on Vaughn Gray and Corey Edwards?
      Also do you think any of the incoming players excluding Julian Royal will have an immediate impact and perhaps have a starting position?

      • Rick Jank

        All the incoming players are, in my opinion, crapshoots. They always are, and I think it is doubly so given the coaching staff’s inferior ability at developing players. Royal certainly has the most pedigree, and I think the team will instantly look toward him to make a difference.
        Edwards certainly has fallen out of favor, but there are occasional situations where he may be called upon, such as trying to neutralize a shifty point guard on the other side. Gray, now there’s an enigma. Has he ever played solid minutes? If I were him, unless I got some real vote of confidence about playing time, I’d be looking to transfer, no hard feelings.
        As for the continued discussion about how it would be a bad time to fire Hewitt, recruit-wise. I’ll accept the argument, but we are absolutely on the brink of the Law of Diminishing Returns, in which Hewitt’s one alleged strongpoint, recruiting, evaporates due to the poor performance on the court. No amount of sales talk in a player’s living room will counteract that. And so those of you who are afraid of players leaving if Hewitt gets fired, don’t forget about the recruits we will lose out on if our team continues to underperform.

  • Keith

    What’s the sound George Mason…oh..that’s rock bottom. We’ve hit it, now realize it and change something.

  • Sean Cassidy

    This is another attempt by TOC to hire a guy with a name. Didn’t work with Westhead and it ain’t working now. Remember Lonergan was hired @ GW at the same time Hewitt was hired. GW was in worse shape than Mason and look at them now. Hire Larranega away from the Celtics.

  • G-n-G

    My wish list for the 2014-15 season:
    — Marquise develops a reliable jump shot, preferably with better form
    — Patrick learns how to escape screens and learns how to jump passing lanes for steals
    — Julian is a reliable double-double guy who has consistent post moves
    — the offense starts each possession dumping into the post or a guard driving into the paint
    — the offense averages 15 assists per game
    — the incoming players allow the team to field a real full-court press that can do more than foul
    — Marko sits at the top of the key every time a team plays zone and facilitates the offense
    — Trey is a legit rim defender

  • Tom Mccain

    Give Hewitt another year or two????
    I guess GMU fans are too naive to know the goal is to enter the NCAA tournament.
    Not trial and error with Hewitt for the next 3years.

    • GMUPATS74

      Hate to repeat myself but….Ok fire him and then what? Lose all these new recruits? Its easy to just say “fire” but think about the consequences!

      Besides, what do you care? You don’t seem to like GMU. Calling us fans naïve.

      • Tom Mccain

        What do you mean you are going to lose all the new recruits???
        When Larranaga left, did all the recruits leave??? No.
        Some will leave, some will stay. But the new coach will get his new recruits to
        ship the basketball program.
        There will be a pain in the beginning, but it’s better than enduring 3straight
        years of no NCAA tournament.

  • Tom Mccain

    Hewitt simply can’t coach. If hiring coaches like Roy Williams or Mike Kryzewski is too expensive, GMU gotta focus on finding a young coach with talent. They are out there.
    GMU needs young coaches like Shaka Smart or Butler coaches who were at reasonable price before they built VCU and Butler into top 25 national programs.
    Get rid of Hewitt.
    You can’t afford to lose anymore time. GMU needs to go to NCAA tournament right away.

    • GMUPATS74

      Ok fire him and then what? Lose all these new recruits? Its easy to just say “fire” but think about the consequences!

      • Tom Mccain

        What recruit?? Has Hewitt’s recruit have taken GMU to an NCAA tournament???
        What is so special about Heweitt’s recruit??
        You sound like other coaches can’t recruit at all.

  • GaMoo79

    Some say Hewitt should stay a year or two. Some say go now. Who really knows? Nobody. All we can do is see what TOC does and hope for the best. Where’s Nostradamus when you need him?