Patriots Picked 7th in A10 Power Rankings

Posted In News - By Chris Metsala On Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 With 1 Comment

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman has George Mason at #7 in the first edition of his Atlantic 10 Power Rankings, just behind the Richmond Spiders and before Saint Josephs Hawks.  This puts the Patriots in the middle of the pack of the A10 in their inaugural season in the 13-team league.  The full article is part of ESPN’s Insider subscription, so I won’t post it here, but it did have some positive mentions about Coach Hewitt and the team.

Goodman’s review of Mason was primarily based on the potential he sees in a healthy lineup.  Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen are pointed out as the go-to guys, and surprisingly he highlighted Marquise Moore as a possible part of a three-guard set.  I think it’s safe to say that most Patriot fans would be very surprised if Moore steals time over Corey Edwards and Patrick Holloway in the guard rotation.

Goodman also says that the Patriots can “make some noise” if Johnny Williams and Erik Copes can both stay healthy, but doesn’t mention the late season emergence of Jonathan Arledge or the upside of Marko Gujanicic.  One thing is certain – the stability and strength of the frontcourt will be the difference between an NCAA tourney appearance and another CBI/CIT invitation.

The pre-season A10 Power Rankings 1 to 13, along with how many times Mason matches up with each team and where:

  1. VCU  (Once, at VCU)
  2. Saint Louis  (Twice, home and away)
  3. LaSalle  (Once, at LaSalle)
  4. UMass  (Twice, home and away)
  5. Dayton  (Once, at Mason)
  6. Richmond  (Once, at Mason)
  7. George Mason
  8. Saint Josephs  (Once, at Mason)
  9. Rhode Island  (Once, at URI)
  10. George Washington  (Twice, home and away)
  11. St. Bonaventure  (Once, at Mason)
  12. Fordham  (Once, at Fordham)
  13. Duquesne  (Twice, home and away)

Via ESPN – 2013-2014 Atlantic 10 Power Rankings (subscription required)

About - Chris Metsala is a George Mason alumnus and was one of the founders of the original site in 1998, which later became Chris has attended almost every home game and CAA Tournament from the Ernie Nestor years to present, and covered the team during the 2006 Final Four run. He currently lives in Northern Virginia.

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  1. Bentley says:

    7th is about right. Actually, they could finish anywhere between 6-10. Right now I would lean to them finishing more towards 9th. They were horrible in a horrible CAA last year and moving into a better league will require a few years of getting better. I just hope they don’t lose by 30 when they play VCU.

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