Mason to play home and home series with ODU

Posted In News - By Alan Kelly On Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 With 0 Comments


George Mason will play at least one former CAA rival out of conference this coming season, as the Patriots travel to Norfolk to face Old Dominion in the first game of a home and home series. The Monarchs will be playing their maiden season in Conference USA, and their first under new head coach Jeff Jones.

While the thought of playing an ODU team that finished 5-25 last season may not be very appealing, keeping local rivalries alive is good for recruiting exposure, and for keeping travel expenses down. It should also be noted that, while ODU finished with an RPI of 318 last season, the A-10 scheduling requirements guarantee that any game against a Conference USA opponent is worth at least 1 point towards meeting the minimum strength of schedule.

Mason seems committed to maintaining ties with their former conference mates (in addition to today’s news, a series with VCU was rumored prior to Mason’s move to the A-10), so it would not be a surprise if we also see a series with JMU in the near future.

About - Alan Kelly is a 2010 and 2013 graduate of George Mason University and a former member of the Patriot Platoon. He had the memorable experience of being in the middle of the college decision process as George Mason's Final Four run unfolded. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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