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Game 14: AT University of Rhode Island, Saturday, December 30th, 4 PM, Atlantic 10 Network

Discussion in 'Basketball' started by Washingtonian, Dec 24, 2017.

  1. Washingtonian

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    Rhode Island has a 7-3 record (Losses were to Nevada, UVA, and Alabama), however, plays Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night which can be watched on ESPNU.

    According to the game recap against Morgan State:
    http://gomason.com/news/2017/12/22/...wers-past-morgan-state-86-79.aspx?path=mbball

    Mason opens Atlantic 10 play on Saturday, December 30 vs. preseason league favorite Rhode Island. Tip-off in Kingston, R.I., is set for 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Atlantic 10 Network.

    As of this post, I do not see a link on atlantic10.com (usually, the game is listed and then the link is available 15 minutes before tip off).

    The schedule is here: http://www.gorhody.com/sports/m-baskbl/2017-18/schedule

    Stats are here: http://www.gorhody.com/sports/m-baskbl/2017-18/files/201718MBBstats.pdf

    Last season's box score is here: http://gomason.com/boxscore.aspx?id=6837&path=mbball

    Jared Terrell is averaging 18.0 PPG and Stanford Robinson is averaging 10.2 PPG/6.0 RPG (scored 21 points in last season's game).

    Discuss.
  2. GreenLantern

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    Us 68
    Them 80
    OT
  3. GMUgemini

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    This game will be closer than we think. Like us, they have no dominant big who will bully us in the paint, but they do have a collection of extremely good guards who will too much for us ultimately. I think this game will be competitive. In the end, we lose by 12 (margin due to FTs at the end of the game).
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  4. mason lawyer

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    Lose by 20 plus. Dp seat gets a little warmer.
  5. gmujim92

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    Yes strangely we match up with them better than most of our OOC opponents because Rhody plays with 4 guards most of the time.

    That said, they have 5 seniors and we have none. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if we can keep it within single digits.
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  6. JimP

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    ESPN predicts each team's % chance of a win for each game now. They give GMU a 6.5% chance of beating Rhody. If you believe ESPN, GMU is favored in only three of their conference games this year.
  7. mason lawyer

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    6.5 percent seems high to me. We are going to lose by 20+ points. I think we can win 3-4 conference games. We can only hope that is enough to get DP on the hot seat around here.
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  8. PoorManProfit

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    What about the AD too? Everyone was jocking this guy because he got Paulsen? How many other lousy coaches turned G Mas down? Also, what was the reason for hiring Darrell Green in the AD office? Who's next? Dexter Manley? Clinton Portis?
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  9. Herndon

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    This feels about right to me
  10. Joe Shannon

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    I'm unfortunately not as optimistic. This will be EC's 3rd game back with 9 days off since their last game so he may be back closer to full strength - and they pulled off an at large worthy OOC mostly without him.

    I agree in theory that we match up better with guard heavy teams, but they have some grown ass men at guard.

    I expect more of an 80-65 type game - get down by 20 or so, get within 10 or 12, but lead balloons again at end due to fouling.
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  11. Leesburg Chankenstank III

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    Agree, BUT if we have a single digit loss performance (or better) against the #1 team in the A10 on the road with a healthy NBA level player back at full strength, that would do alot for not only the team but us fans as well - except the people on here i have hit the ignore button on, of course. They won' be happy until we are in the ACC and dominating Duke and UNC on a yearly basis.
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  12. MasonFanatic

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    Anyone who thinks a coach with 2 upperclassmen should be on the hot seat is ignorant and/or trolling.

    Thank God for the ignore button.
  13. JimP

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    DP led the team to a .500 season in the A-10 in his 2nd year. What was the most wins in the A-10 for Mason prior to that? Four? That should earn him some patience among any fan.

    If this were year 5 under him I'd be concerned. It's year 3 and Mason ain't an ACC school. I think DP is as good as Schmidt at Bonaventure. It took Schmidt some time to get the Bonnies rolling. GMU has some advantages over the Bonnies to boot - DP will have Mason rolling in a few years.
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  14. GMUgemini

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    Five years, in fact.
  15. mason lawyer

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    Could you have some lower expectations. Are you really proud of going 500 in the A10? Going 500 this year would actually be shocking. We are looking at 3-4 conference wins. Huge step backwards
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  17. JimP

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    You're not a Mason fan. You must be a Duke fan that can't imagine that teams that don't make the tournament every year have fans. I'll humor you - but please go back to the Duke boards or find another fan base outside of the Power 5 to annoy.

    Schmidt didn't go .500 in the A-10 until year 4. Years 7, 8 and 9 have been his first 3 year streak of winning seasons in the A-10. Now in year 10 he has a team that can make some noise in the tournament.

    Things were bound to be up and down DP's first few years. I am a little concerned about the current roster situation but think Mason has found a good coach. All he needs is a little time.
  18. mason lawyer

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    I am sure you were one of the biggest cheerleaders when Hewitt was hired and during his awful tenure. When you make a mistake you fix it. DP is a mistake and needs to be corrected. How do we correct this mistake? Easy, termination after the season if the team does not go 500 in conference play or win a couple games in the a10 tournament. Mason should not and will not accept losers like Hewitt and dp much longer.
  19. JimP

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    Hewitt was a horrible hire and most fans realized it about four games in when a team with a significant amount of talent played down to the competition on a nightly basis. Hope GMU never goes the "let's get a name" route again. Paulsen's trying to help overcome that hire - I think he will eventually. Wish a guy like Paulsen was hired after Larranaga in the first place.
  20. Washingtonian

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    Rhode Island beat Fla Gulf Coast last night by a score of 80-60.

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