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2020-2021 A10 Prediction Thread

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by mkaufman1, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. mkaufman1

    mkaufman1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I know this has been all over the place, but I figure we can have one place where we predict how the A10 will end up and then we can spar about it, and see how it ends up at the end of the season. I know last year we did this and it was quite fun (and my predictions were off lol). Its going to be a weird year and I hope that we get a full year of basketball and NCAA tournament. I didn't go into depth looking too much at each team, just going on what I'm thinking and what I know.

    1. Richmond- its theirs to lose at this point
    2. SLU
    3. Duquesne
    4. Bonaventure
    5. Dayton
    6. Mason
    7. URI
    8. Umass
    9. GW
    10. Davidson
    11. VCU
    12. Lasalle
    13. St Joes
    14. Fordham
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  2. Patriotsince81

    Patriotsince81 All-American

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    If we finish 6th I will be surprised. Happy, but surprised. If VCU finishes 11th I'll buy you a bottle of the good stuff! I hate them with a passion. Please tell me that your prediction includes two wins over the Evil Empire. LOL. By the way my idea of the "good stuff" is a bottle of MD20/20 Plum Rose. Thursday vintage.
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  3. Patriotsince81

    Patriotsince81 All-American

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    On a serious note...... We were 5-13 last year. Assuming we play 18 in the A10 this year I expect to see modest improvement. Maybe 7 - 11 or 8-10 which should be good for 8th - 10th place finish. I hope I'm wrong. DP and the team have quite a bit to prove.
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  4. GMUgemini

    GMUgemini Hall of Famer

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    Richmond without Nick Sherod might slip. Duquesne is too high at 3rd. I'd flip-flop them with Dayton (Dayton is still going to be really good with Ibi Watson and Jalen Crutcher). Mason at 6th is optimistic, especially putting them over URI (who got all their transfers approved) and UMass (who has Tre Mitchell), it really all depends on how much the team coheres and how much the players around AJ Wilson improved in the offseason, if at all.
  5. mkaufman1

    mkaufman1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Guys- post your predictions, dont just rip mine to shreds :chuckle:
  6. mkaufman1

    mkaufman1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I know Mason at 6th is optimistic, but with a senior laden group and deep team, assuming they stay healthy, I think they can improve a lot this year. That could be the fanboy in me talking, but I do think that theres a chance to see a significant jump there with returning talent and depth. Its fair to expect at least a .500 season bare minimum.

    UMass has been the talk of improvement especially around Tre Mitchell and the improvements in recruiting. That said, Matt McCall still hasn't really done much in 3 years in conference and is 20 under overall and in conference. While I think they can improve, I'm not sold on his coaching to make a significant jump for the program.

    URI is another strange case, recruiting well, lots of transfers, but can David Cox really coach and will the transfers all mesh together well? I think theres going to be some growing pains there.

    I'd have to look at Duquense closer, but I do know Dambrot can coach and has already had Duquense in the top 5 or 6, so I can't see why they can't continue their ascend.
  7. PDGL Hoops

    PDGL Hoops Sixth Man

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    Stay out of the PIG = Good
    Finish in the top half of the league = Great
    Finish top 4 = Investigate for illegal gambling ring where players and refs collaborated
  8. sleeperpick

    sleeperpick Hall of Famer

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    1 St. Louis
    2 Richmond
    3 dayton
    4 Duquesne
    5 Bona
    6 Rhode Island
    7 mason
    8 umass
    9 gw
    10 VCU
    11 Davidson
    12 st joes
    13 lasalle
    14 Fordham

    this is about as positive as humanly possible for me about this years team

    Duquesne is going to be damn good people need to realize that.
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    Similar, I think that if you group this into pods it's going to be accurate. 1-2 interchangeable. 3-6 interchangeable. 7-9 inter changeable. 10-14 dog fight to stay out of the PIG.
  10. mkaufman1

    mkaufman1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Nah, you're being reasonable here. After all, I don't think you can predict on paper so much improvement after a 5-13 campaign at least at this juncture. Usually these predictions don't end up being so accurate. Last year VCU was preseason champ, and they finished 9th. I only have them lower this year because they are very young. Very talented, but very very young.

    The only question I have is URI, while Cox has recruited well and has talent, I don't know if it's all going to mesh together for him. Duquense is going to be a good team, I'd be very surprised otherwise.
  11. PoorManProfit

    PoorManProfit All-Conference

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    Somewhere to qualify for the PIG they circle on the calendar every season.
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  12. phoenix-arizona

    phoenix-arizona All-Conference

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    If it isn't GMU I hope it's Duquesne.
  13. p8triotfan4life

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    if we finish anywhere lower than 7-8, I doubt DP returns.

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