Lebanon Valley College added to the schedule

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For the second time in three years George Mason will have a non-Division I team on the schedule and not as an exhibition game. In 2014 they hosted Division II Catawba at the RAC and yesterday news broke that Lebanon Valley College will be coming to play at Mason November 15th.  The home opener against Towson is set for November 12. LVC is a Division III school which makes this a bit of a head-scratching move at first glance but given the young roster heading into the season and the need to fill game slots it’s understandable. Also, the last time LVC played a DI school it was against Bucknell and Dave Paulsen has a prior relationship with their head coach:

“The Patriots are currently led by second-year coach Dave Paulsen, a former headman at Bucknell. It was during Paulsen’s time leading the Bison that he came to know McAlester, as well as Terry Conrad, then a colleague and also the father of current LVC rising senior Travis Conrad.

Through these connections and brief scheduling negotiations, the historic date was set.”

Not an exciting home game to look forward to, although I would enjoy seeing another game at the RAC. With few upperclassmen and a lot of freshmen and sophomores it makes sense to get some games like this on the schedule to help the team build and grow before their tough Atlantic 10 slate.

Atlantic 10 announces 2016-17 schedule pairings

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Today the Atlantic 10 announced the schedule pairings for 2016-17 season. Once again George Mason will play GW, VCU, Richmond, and Saint Louis twice but this year UMass is their final home and away partner instead of Davidson. The rest of the pairing for Mason are below:

Home- Duquesne, Fordham, La Salle, Rhode Island, George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Louis, VCU

Away- Davidson, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Louis, VCU

Tough away schedule for Mason but at least they only face a very strong Rhode Island team at home during the year.

George Mason to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament

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Well we finally know which early season tournament George Mason will be playing in this fall, the Gulf Coast Showcase. The tournament, typically made up of mid-majors, will take place just before Thanksgiving weekend, November 21-23. The rest of the field includes:

The good thing about this tournament is that Mason could go far and possibly win the whole thing. Bad part is they don’t get a crack at a BCS team like they typically do in these tournaments. It sure was fun to watch them battle Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, and UVA last year in Charleston. Hopefully we are only in a smaller tournament like this because of the coaching staff change and the new staff wasn’t in early enough to get a better invite.

Matchups set for 2015 Charleston Classic

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Matchups for the 2015 Charleston Classic were announced a few days ago and George Mason will face SEC opponent Ole Miss in their first game. The winner of that game will face either Oklahoma State or Towson. The tournament games will be on ESPN’s network of channels.

These early season tournaments are always a great test and will give us a clearer picture of what to expect this season.

Non-conference schedule released

George Mason released their non-conference schedule yesterday and it features six home games including Northen Iowa:

Mark your calendars for November 13 Mason Nation…@masonmbb home opener! See you at EagleBank Arena real soon! #WeAreMason

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The previous staff did not leave much for this season’s non-conference slate so Dave Paulsen and his crew probably have to scramble to fill dates. However it is great to see old rival James Madison back on the schedule.