Someday this whole Revolutionary Rivalry will actually be a rivalry that’s fun to watch, but for now it is a dud as George Mason’s program continues to sink under Paul Hewitt. Meanwhile in Foggy Bottom George Washington is a top 60 team looking to challenge for the Atlantic 10 championship again. Mason is 1-5 in their last five games against GW dating back to 1997 and lost both of last year’s games. Mason is coming off one of their worst performances of the season in a what should have been a winnable game against St. Bonaventure. They looked unprepared, disinterested, and basically lost on defense. They played well in the games after being blown out by West Virginia and Oklahoma so hopefully we will see a better effort Saturday.
Mason has been dealing with injuries but junior forward Julian Royal might be back in the lineup Saturday which could provide a scoring boost. The starting lineup against the Bonnies that included Edwards, Moore, and Jackson is probably their best bet at this point. Vaughn Gray has been wildly inconsistent for four years now, Marko Gujanicic is in a similar situation, and Patrick Holloway seems to be regressing at a quick rate.
This team needs guys like Jalen Jenkins and Marquise Moore to put up double figures each night because it’s unrealistic to expect the rest of the cast to shoulder the scoring load. And while offense is still nightly issue, it is their defense that has really let games get out of hand for them. Through four conference games they are 13th in the A-10 in terms of defensive efficiency
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