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Game 16: GMU (8-7 / 4-5) vs Dayton (10-5 / 6-4) on Friday, February 5, at 7PM.

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Patriotsince81, Feb 2, 2021.

  1. Patriotsince81

    Patriotsince81 All-American

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    Dayton is currently 10 - 4 on the season and 6 - 3 in A10 play.

    History: Including tournament play DP is 2 - 4 against the Flyers.

    Wins: Eastern Illinois, Northern Kentucky, Mississippi St., Ole Miss, GMU, Davidson, Duquesne, GW, St. Louis, Rhode Island
    Losses: SMU, LaSalle, Fordham, VCU, Duquesne

    The Flyers won the first game this year 74-65. Box Score: https://daytonflyers.com/sports/mens-basketball/stats/2020-21/george-mason/boxscore/12032

    Schedule: https://daytonflyers.com/sports/mens-basketball/schedule
    Roster: https://daytonflyers.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster
    Stats: https://daytonflyers.com/sports/mens-basketball/stats/2020/pdf

    Dayton is led by 6’1” Jalen Crutcher (18.6 ppg & 3.6 reb) and 6’5” Ibi Watson (15.7 ppg & 3.6 reb), 6’10” Mustapha Amzil (10.9 ppg & 4.9 reb). Jordy Tshimanga (6.6 ppg) and Elijah Weaver (5.9 ppg) round out a revamped starting 5 since our first matchup. Crutcher killed us the first time out with a game high 26 points. Watson and Amzil chipped in 16 and 15 respectively.

    Dayton averages 68.1 points per game while giving up 64.9. The Flyers shoot 47.9% from the floor and 36.6% from 3. Opponents are shooting 42.8% from the field and 30.7% from 3. They shoot 73.9% from the free throw line. The Flyers are currently being out rebounded by their opponents by .2 boards per game. They average 14.2 turnovers per game.

    The game is on ESPN2.

    My prediction: They are a bit of a mystery having lost to La Salle and Fordham. They had a horrific shooting night against Fordham in a one point loss shooting just 4-23 from 3. VCU crushed them by 23 in Richmond, so, is there hope? Nope, this is a DP coached team. Flyers 69 - GMU 60. I hope it stays that close.

    Discuss.
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  2. Mason32

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    Wasted buy-out money on another plane ride to Dayton!
  3. sleeperpick

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    one would have to think this is supplemented by the conference.. There is NO WAY our cheap ass school would give up a home game to charter a plane to Dayton and not have some compensation. Right!?!?!? or is Brad as dumb as I think he is?
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  4. tblack33

    tblack33 All-Conference

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    I've got a feeling about this one.

    Mason 69 Dayton 67. The rolls and calls all go our way and we squeak one out. We won't deserve it, but we'll get the win. Ends up being the bad loss that finally puts the Dayton at large talks to rest.

    We lose out every game of the season after this and stay in the pillow fight.
  5. tblack33

    tblack33 All-Conference

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    Agree, the A10 / ESPN HAVE to be footing the travel bill for us to agree to this on short notice. No way we agreed to it otherwise if finances are as dire as some make it out to be that we can't afford a 200k buyout.
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  6. GMUgemini

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    Dayton already lost to Fordham and La Salle. Ain’t no at-large coming for them.
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  7. tblack33

    tblack33 All-Conference

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    That's what I thought -- they are still popping up in most folks last four in first four out though.
  8. CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY

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    A10 been givin us $$$ the whole way bro

    Another nationally televised game for us, makes sense we get two in six days while Miami only gets one.

    Bad News: Gotta listen to Seth Greenberg call a likely Mason loss which sucks
  9. Patriotsince81

    Patriotsince81 All-American

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    We beat Dayton but lose to Fordham. Wow, that's a gutsy call. We'll see if your feeling is legit or a fantasy.
  10. tblack33

    tblack33 All-Conference

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    I'm assuming that the Fordham game will get canned by COVID somehow, and that GW will beat us.
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  11. sleeperpick

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    roster injuries play a role into the folks that pick the tournament field. Considering they had 6 scholarship athletes for both losses and our close game... they have a chance. If Dayton loses one more game (vs good team) and then loses in the championship game of conference tournament they should sit squarely on the bubble. I agree with you though that it is fantasy at the present moment.
  12. tblack33

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    Wouldn't that be the most Mason thing ever though?
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  13. Patriotsince81

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    LOL. The loss would be Mason like. I'd rather beat VCU in Richmond if I have to pick one upset in the remaining games. I hate those sh&theads.
  14. JimP

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    Second trip to Dayton this year. I'll take a trip to the First Four! Extend Paulsen.
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    On the bright side if we get absolutely embarrassed on ESPN2, it might just make how terrible we've been harder to ignore for administration.
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    Get back to .500, and 9-7 has a nice in the NFC Wild Card hunt vibe to it.
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    Halftime: Duquesne 39 - Dayton 24
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    Final: Duquesne 69 - Dayton 64
  19. tblack33

    tblack33 All-Conference

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    I’ll revise my prediction after last nights embarrassment for Dayton, I just knew they were due for a stinker. Now they come out focused on us and pound us into the earth.

    Dayton 77 Mason 62
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  20. GMUgemini

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    I was thinking the same thing. It happened the last time we played them, too. They had just lost to La Salle right before playing us.

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