Basketball writers still claim George Mason was among the nation’s most “unlucky” teams this past season. It’s a nice excuse but it was not a coincidence that this team lost numerous close games in almost the exact same fashion each time. Were they unfortunate in a few of these games? Sure, but they were also a bad team that continued to make the same mistakes night in, night out.
“What we saw this season: Only Dayton wasn’t a Cinderella. The Flyers were, in fact, a solid but injury-bugged team in a surprisingly dynamic 2013-14 Atlantic 10 Conference — one that housed two of the nation’s 10 best defensive teams (Saint Louis, VCU), that saw George Washington and Saint Joe’s rise to tournament prominence, that watched Derek Kellogg get UMass back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, that had probably the best, or at least the most unlucky, 11-20 team in the country.
That team? George Mason. The Patriots had a pretty rough go in A-10 play: Including their season-ending A-10 tournament loss to Fordham, nine of George Mason’s conference games were decided by two possessions or fewer, or in overtime. In one nine-game losing streak, the Patriots lost to Saint Joe’s, UMass and Saint Louis by a combined 11 points.”
I don’t like the term unlucky because it implies that the reason behind most of Mason’s losses were because of elements out of their control. Anyone who watched this team play a couple of times this season could see their fatal flaws. Think about it, are you really an “unlucky” team if you lose a close game in which you squandered a decent halftime lead? That right there is a better review of George Mason’s 2013-14 season.