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Game 28: Dayton (14-0) on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:00 PM.

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Patriotsince81, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. gmujim92

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    Agreed. I’d much rather send Obi to the line than watch him dunk his ball sack in our guys’ faces for 40 minutes like he has done to the rest of the A-10.
  2. Pablo

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    I assume that he's ineligible to play this season after transferring from VT.
  3. EXpatriot13

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    Is this game only on Stadium?
  4. Herndon

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    This is one I honestly don't see the purpose in watching in any way. It's not fun to watch my team get eviscerated, and that's what's going to happen.
  5. psyclone

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    MASN
  6. sleeperpick

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    Best A10 player since Jameer Nelson. I’m in Cali for work but will try my hardest to watch. I also need to see a game plan to stop Obi and Crutcher. Paulsen can’t hurt himself in my eyes no matter what. But damn he sure can help himself in my eyes by game planning and keeping it close. Hope he keeps AJ and Josh as far as possible from Toppin. Have Aj guard mike sell and Josh stick with landers.
  7. PoorManProfit

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    If it helps get DP out, then bring on the embarrassing blowout.
  8. psyclone

    psyclone All-American

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    Not that I hold much hope for us, but I do remember that we actually beat UD last year at their place. How did we do it?

    Didn't see it and don't remember any specifics about matchups. From the box score and summary, it sounds like Reuter played his best game for us. Obi didn't start for them and played 25 minutes.

    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=401085608

    Having watched Dayton a number of times on tv this year, a few commentators mentioned that despite Obi's star quality, that analytics (+/-) point to Landers being their key guy. Scary part is that UD does just about as well with Obi on the bench as when he's in the game. So Landers is the guy to get into foul trouble.

    My guess is that we see a fair amount of Mar for defensive reasons.
  9. jessej

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    Dayton Updates
    USA Today's Coaches Poll - #3
    AP - #4
    Net Ranking - #4
    Top 16 Committee Ranking - #6
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  10. Patriotsince81

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    So a win> LOL. Couldn't help myself, would be among the biggest in the history of the program.
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  11. GMUgemini

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    We pushed their bigs out of the post in the second half and made then shoot over us and they weren’t a very good 3-point shooting team last year. This year, they are much better and we won’t be able to follow that same path.

    If I remember, I don’t think Toppin took a single shot in the second half.
  12. phoenix-arizona

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    would keep Paulson around another year for sure right ?
  13. GSII

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    So that will be the game plan tomorrow.
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    Gonna be ugly. If AJ can block Obi once I'll take it.

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  15. Pablo

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    https://gomason.com/news/2020/2/24/mens-basketball-mason-hosts-4-3-dayton-tuesday.aspx:

    "PATRIOT POINTS
    • Dayton is the highest-ranked opponent Mason has ever hosted in a home game. The previous top AP opponent, #6 Georgetown, won 75-63, on Dec. 2, 1985, during the inaugural EagleBank Arena season.

    • The Patriots are 1-3 all time against top-5 opponents, with the victory coming against UConn in the 2006 Elite Eight.

    • Mason is coming off a 62-55 victory over Saint Joseph's Saturday. The Patriots held SJU to 33.9 percent for the game, including a paltry 1-of-14 mark (.071) from 3 in the second half.

    • After struggling to defend the 3 early in conference play (.387 thru nine games), Mason has held its opponent to less than 31 percent in four of the past five games. Opponents are shooting 26.5 percent (26-98) from beyond the arc during that stretch.

    • After limiting Saint Joseph's to 33.9 percent from the floor Wednesday, Mason is now 12-1 when holding its opponent under 40 percent shooting on the year.

    Javon Greene led Mason with 20 points and eight rebounds vs. the Hawks. He made 6-of-8 field goals and 4-of-5 3-point attempts in the second half.

    AJ Wilson added 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks while Jamal Hartwell II tallied 13 points and hit 3-of-4 3pt attempts.

    • Sophomore Jordan Miller posted 10 points and tied a career high with four assists. He's scored 10+ points in seven-straight contests.

    • The Patriots have averaged 17.8 turnovers/game over the past five contests after taking care of the ball well for much of the season. Mason averaged 12.2 turnovers through the first nine games of A-10 play.

    • After being out-rebounded in the first three A-10 games (-13.6 average margin), the Patriots have held the rebounding edge in 10 of the past 11 games (+5.5 average margin). The Patriots are now fourth in the A-10 in rebounding margin (+2.7) on the year.

    • With four regular season games left, AJ Wilson will look to become the first A-10 player since Hassan Martin (URI) in 2014-15 to record 100 blocks in a season. Only 11 A-10 players have accomplished the feat since 1980-81.

    • Three of Mason's final four opponents are ranked in the KenPom top-100. Dayton is the Patriots' second top-10 KenPom foe this season (No. 10 Maryland/Nov. 22).

    HISTORY vs. DAYTON
    Tuesday's matchup marks the 11th all-time meeting between Mason and Dayton. The programs played a four year home-and-home series from 2007-2010, before the Patriots joined the A-10 in 2013-14. The Flyers hold a 7-3 advantage in the series, although Mason has won the past two contests. Dayton is 4-2 in league contests vs. Mason. Last season, the Patriots won in UD Arena, 67-63, on Jan. 23. Mason trailed 63-60 with 2:58 left and the crowd on their feet, but the Patriots went on to close the game on a 7-0 run and hold Dayton scoreless over the final minutes of the contest. Jarred Reuter (14 pts), Otis Livingston II (13 pts, 4 ast) and Justin Kier (12 pts) all reached double figures in the victory.

    A LOOK AT THE #4/#3 FLYERS (25-2, 14-0 A-10; NET No. 4, KenPom No. 6)
    Dayton was picked to finish third in the 2019-20 A-10 preseason poll, but has transformed from preseason conference contender to Final Four contender during a heralded regular season campaign. The Flyers are ranked fourth in the AP poll and sport a 25-2 record and unblemished conference mark. Dayton features the second most efficient offense in the nation (1.184 points/possession), the top-ranked effective field goal percentage (.593) and the No. 1 2-point percentage (.620). Likely 2020 NBA lottery pick Obi Toppin leads the potent Flyer attack with 19.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 62.7 percent from the floor. Point guard Jalen Crutcher adds 15.0 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 42 percent (63-150) from deep. Trey Landers (10.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Ibi Watson (10.2 ppg, .402 3pt FG%) also average double figures for the Flyers.

    MASON ALL TIME VS. TOP-10 TEAMS
    Mason is 2-11 all time against AP Top-10 teams. Both victories came during the 2006 run to the Final Four, when Mason dispatched of No. 10 North Carolina in the Round of 32, then upset No. 2 UConn in the Elite Eight. The Patriots have faced a top-10 team twice in the Dave Paulsen era, with the most recent contest on Nov. 22 at No. 6 Maryland this season.

    GAMES vs. TOP-10 TEAMS
    1981-82: 11/28 #7 UVA L, 57-76
    1985-86: 12/3 #6 GTown L, 63-75
    1988-89: 3/17 #8 Indiana L, 85-99 (NCAA Round of 64)
    1994-95: 12/22 #2 UCLA L, 100-137*
    2002-03: 12/28 #2 Pitt L, 41-65
    2003-04: 12/7 #10 UNC L 81-115
    2005-06: 3/19 #10 UNC W, 65-60 (NCAA Round of 32), 3/26 #2 UConn W, 86-84 (OT) (NCAA Elite Eight)
    2006-07: 12/9 #7 Duke L, 53-69
    2010-11: 3/20 vs. #1 Ohio State L, 66-98 (NCAA Round of 32)
    2013-14: 2/19 #10 Saint Louis L, 85-89 (OT)
    2015-16: 11/22 #6 UVA L, 66-83 (Charleston Classic)
    2019-20: 11/22 at #6 Maryland L, 86-63
    *National Champions"
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    This is about the truest statement ever on masonhoop!
  18. Five Two

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    Thats standard when it comes to naming rights. Happens all the time on the PGA Tour. "The American Express" tournament is held at PGA West in Palm Springs. 1960 was the first year it was played as the Palm Springs Classic, then changed names a few times including the Bob Hope Classic and Bob Hope Desert Classic. But if the Golf Channel has to refer to, lets say, the 1962 event, it will refer to it as the '1962 The American Express'
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    Trey Landers has a combined 39 rebounds in his last four games. Doesn't get nearly the attention as Obi Toppin or Jalen Crutcher, but Dayton wouldn't be near the team it is without him. Exudes everything that a "senior" should be in college basketball.
  20. CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY

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    Is there some reason Dayton is only favored by 12? I might bet a couple grand on Dayton and I am not kidding.

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