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Game 2: GMU (1-0) vs Belmont (1-0) on Friday, November 27, at 2PM.

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Patriotsince81, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. Patriotsince81

    Patriotsince81 All-American

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    Belmont beat Howard 95-78.

    As @Pablo pointed out, Belmont has been on a Covid pause. We’ll see if the game is even played. If anyone has any updated info please post.

    Belmont was 26 - 7 overall last year and finished 15 - 3 in conference play.
    They closed out the 19-20 season with 12 straight wins including a 76-75 win over Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference final.

    Belmont has earned postseason tournament invitations 13 times in the past 14 years including 8 trips to the NCAA Dance.

    Schedule: https://www.belmontbruins.com/sports/m-baskbl/2019-20/schedule
    Roster: https://www.belmontbruins.com/sports/m-baskbl/2020-21/roster
    Stats: https://d2o2figo6ddd0g.cloudfront.net/d/7/g5qq2f0saxuonp/bel.mbb.1920combined030820.pdf

    Belmont lost their leading scorer Adam Kunkel (16.5 ppg) to graduation. They are led by junior Nick Muszynski, who at 6’11” and 235, averaged 15.3 ppg last year on almost 60% shooting. 6’2” Grayson Murphy averaged 9.8 ppg, 7.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 2.6 steals last year as a sophomore. Both Muszynski and Murphy are the real deal and give the Bruins a chance to be great yet again this year. They are young with 9 freshmen and sophomores on the roster.

    Belmont averaged 79.6 ppg while giving up 67.9 ppg last year. As a team they shot 47.5% from the field and 35.2% from 3. They held opponents to 41.6% shooting and 33% from 3. They averaged 18.3 assists per game during the 19-20 season while turning it over 11.9 times per game.

    One key factor is that Belmont lost their two best 3 point shooters to graduation. Kunkel and Scanlon combined to make 128/320 (46.25%) of Belmont’s 3’s. So, this could be a weakness.

    They are picked #5 in preseason OVC polls.

    The game is on ESPN+.

    My prediction: The Covid pause should give us an advantage. If we contain Muszynski and Grayson and we have a chance. Winning breeds confidence and having a great one - two punch will help Belmont. Sad to say, but this is one I think we lose. Hope I’m wrong. Belmont 75 - GMU 69.

    Discuss.
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  2. Pablo

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  3. Herndon

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    We're going to narrowly lose to that ass. Mason -3
  4. GMUgemini

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    I'm not going to make any predictions about this game until I see them against Northeastern. I want to see Miller, Oduro, XJ, Boyd, and Hartwell in action first. I want to see what the freshmen bring to the table, if anything.
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    Us 78
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    OT
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    *18 of those 19 under Rick Byrd. Who retired in 2019.

    Casey Alexander is off to a good start though and had some nice success at Lipscomb prior, just up the boulevard from Belmont.

    Look for Tyler Scanlon to have a good game as he plays his hometown team. AJ will need to shut him down and stay out of foul trouble.
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  7. Patriotsince81

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  8. Pablo

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    Tyler Scanlon completed his eligibility last season.
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    We lose. We belong in d3
  10. Patriotsince81

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    Adjusting my guess. Belmont by 15.
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    Muzinsky is going to drop 40 on cream puff Oduro tomorrow
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    Belmont 88
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    Can we just fake that Jack Tempchin tested positive for Covid and then withdraw from the tournament so we don’t have to take the Big L tomorrow?
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    Gonna go the crazy root because p8’s wife and I just finished a crazy Covid infused night mason by 4
  16. Herndon

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    Update. They are going to pound us like a 16-year-old getting his first piece of ass; fast, hard, and over quickly
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    Brions show this shit tomorrow for HH?
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    Unless Brions started serving heroin idk if it’s a good idea to congregate for this disappointment disguised as basketball.
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    I mean its not on the menu but rarely can you not score some in the unisex changing table restroom
  20. CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY

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    Mason two and a half point dogs

    Go Mason

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