Auburn added to non-conference schedule

Schedule update, George Mason will be traveling to Auburn this season as another addition to their non-conference schedule:

The Tigers will host George Mason this fall in the first ever meeting of the teams. George Mason is Auburn’s third home non-conference opponent announced publicly along with UAB and UConn.

“That’s your classic, who we play,” Pearl said. “That classic team that’s been in the tournament, that’s got a good team coming back.”

 

2017-18 Schedule Update

I’ve been hearing a rumor for awhile, now from multiple people, that George Mason will be playing at Louisville this November. [Enter Luke Hancock joke here]. It appears to be a buy game, in which Mason will receive money to play in the game and their won’t be a return trip. The program hasn’t done a buy game like this since December of 2006 when they traveled to Cameron to face Duke on ESPN. Perhaps they are doing this for added exposure and recruiting reasons or maybe they just want to have headliner on their non-conference schedule. We’ll have to see if this all turns out to be true but I’m always excited at a chance to see Mason knock off a power five school. With still a relatively young team, having no seniors, this could be a valuable road trip for the squad in the long run.

In other scheduling news, the Atlantic 10 announced their conference pairings for the 2017-18 season. Here who Mason will be facing this year:

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Schedule update: George Mason to open Cancun Challenge vs Louisiana Tech

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George Mason just released the schedule for the games related to the Cancun Challenge tournament this November. It starts off with Mason hosting two games on campus; Binghamton (11/16) and Cal State Northridge (11/18), then traveling to Mexico for an opening round game against Louisiana Tech. Former Mason assistant Eric Konkol is LA Tech’s head coach and former player Tony Skinn is an assistant. In the next round they will face either Fresno State or Evansville.

George Mason will play in the CBI, host Loyola (MD) Wednesday night

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While it was disappointing to not see George Mason advance further in the Atlantic 10 tournament after a much improved season. However, there will still be more basketball played as the team will play in the CBI tournament. Mason will host Loyola (MD.), a 15-16 team from the Patriot League, on Wednesday night. Dave Paulsen certainly has familiarity with the Greyhounds from his Bucknell days. Also in the field is Revolutionary Rival and fellow A-10 foe George Washington. GW, Toledo, and San Francisco appear to the only real threat to Mason in this tournament so hopefully they can get to the finals again like they did in 2013. Will there be another game at the RAC?

The full bracket can be found here and if I remember correctly from four years ago I think there will be some re-seeding that occurs after the first or second round of games.

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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.