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Old 03-25-2013, 11:23 AM   #136 (permalink)
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I think most of us would agree that GMU is the best shot available at the moment, but certainly not a slam dunk like VCU and Butler were. More like an open 17 foot jumper. The real issue is, we had plenty of time left on the shot clock. If the clock is winding down, sure, take that shot, but that shot isn't so high percentage that you fire it up on the first open look.

Put it another way: St. Bonaventure, which failed to qualify for the A10 tournament, had a better RPI than Mason this season. Maybe they can turn things around, but historically, teams which join the A10 on a downswing tend to continue to struggle while in the A10. Conversely, teams that join the A10 on an upswing tend to remain successful (Charlotte being the lone exception). Admittedly, there aren't any realistic "upswing" expansion candidates out there, but that doesn't mean we need the best of the downswing teams. Not when we've already got 12 members.
Huh? It's a slam dunk because George Mason is by far the best option available to the A10. This was the first move they had to make. A large, public school with great facilities and commitment to athletics.

Look at it from McGlade's perspective. 4 schools are leaving, with a very good chance more will follow in the not too distant future. Do you sit back and wait, potentially watching your league's perception change to that of a sinking ship? Or do you strike now and keep the perception that you are the best choice for schools in your target market? You strike now. You have television partners who want interesting games that people will watch. You can't just let your inventory shrink.

Things would be different if you knew all 12 schools were 100% in it for the foreseeable future, but we know that's not true. McGlade can't sit. She must act. She's doing a great job.

The A10 likely will add a private school next, to keep the public/private balance that has worked very well for this league. I hope it's not Siena, there are better options, but that's where the momentum seems to be heading right now. But Mason was absolutely the best and only logical choice for the first addition. Good move for all.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:30 AM   #137 (permalink)
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Quarterfinal Round - Monday, March 25
George Mason vs. Houston
Patriot Center - 7:00 p.m.

The George Mason men’s basketball team continues play in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick, hosting the University of Houston on Monday night in the quarterfinal round. The Patriots and Cougars are meeting for the first time.

Houston comes to Fairfax with wins in five of its last six outings, including a 73-72 win at home over rival University of Texas last week in the CBI first round. With a 20-12 record, UH has earned their first 20-win season since the 2008-09 campaign, and features three double-digit scorers led by Joseph Young (17.9 ppg). TaShawn Thomas nearly averages a double-double of 16.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Conference USA Freshman of the Year Danuel House contributes 12.4 points per game including the game-winning basket against the Longhorns last Tuesday.


TV: AXS.TV
In the Northern Virginia area, AXS.TV can be found on DirecTV (Ch. 340), Verizon FiOS (Ch. 569), Dish Network (Ch. 362), Cox channel 74 and HD 1074, and George Mason University on-campus cable (Ch. 326)

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The A10 is making it too easy for the Big East - Developmental League for Big East Expansion. There is no longer any reason to opine now who should be added to the Big East in the future. Wait 3-4 years to see who has the best 2 programs in the A10 and take them. It's that simple.
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PS - right now St. Louis has a clear lead for #11 with Richmond, VCU and Dayton vying for 12.
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Goo Moos welcome to the A10!

Despite the weird line your school took with regards to A10 expansion last go round, and seriously you fans really believe you turned down an invite (more of the old goo moo goo-bblely-moo-bblely gook I used to see on their boards), I think Mason is the best of what's around. Their fans are a bit delusional (aren't we all) but better that they are passionately deluded than indifferent.

The flags on the map above actually makes me a little happier on the invitation. Lots of rivalries on the Eastern seaboard to be developed. Two schools in one league has to help with the presence in each city.

I'm terrified to ask but is there anybody close to palatable in NYC for Fordham?
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Siena has the fanbase, facilities and some history of success, but Albany is small city in upstate NY and its addition would probably hurt Bona.

I'm not sure it hurts Bonas recruiting that much it gives SBU a natural rival and puts another similar school in the conference. Bring them in.
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Saying "This team is a bad conference addition because their RPI was bad" is just plain dumb. No offense to anyone, but that's simply a statistic that is dependent on your CURRENT conference.

George Mason went 7-5 vs the #35 Non-Conf SOS.
The rest of their league went 41-78. Their conference schedule was the #250 Conference SOS. Charlotte, whom they're replacing, played the #65 conference SOS.

The average A-10 game was worth .5711 on our SOS.
The average CAA game was worth .4417 on Mason's SOS.

If their overall record was the same playing in the A-10 this season, they'd have been around #95 in the RPI. (Right around Richmond).
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George Mason is a Pep Band school that just happens to have a basketball team.

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George Mason is a Pep Band school that just happens to have a basketball team.

we are glad to have Dr Nix and the Green Machine back

BTW: yall gonna luv 'em


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Siena has the fanbase, facilities and some history of success, but Albany is small city in upstate NY and its addition would probably hurt Bona.

I'm not sure it hurts Bonas recruiting that much it gives SBU a natural rival and puts another similar school in the conference. Bring them in.
Yes. Neither Richmond nor GW have been territorial about the A10 additions over the last year. I would hope St. Bona and others would have the same consideration.
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Yes. Neither Richmond nor GW have been territorial about the A10 additions over the last year. I would hope St. Bona and others would have the same consideration.
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Yes. Neither Richmond nor GW have been territorial about the A10 additions over the last year. I would hope St. Bona and others would have the same consideration.
I highly doubt Bona would block Siena. Many fans don't want Siena, but the SBU administration would likely look on the Saints as a valuable ally and on-court rival. Personally, I don't see how Siena would hurt SBU recruiting-wise any more than any other private, Catholic A-10 school. Bona is what it is--a small, rural Franciscan school with its own unique identity. Not every city kid wants that, but the school has attracted many who do. Siena would be no more harmful as an opponent on the recruiting trail than La Salle, Fordham, St. Joe's, or Duquesne have been.
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we are glad to have Dr Nix and the Green Machine back

BTW: yall gonna luv 'em


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQP75czepZY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH2qwwZ3n50

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFRrpegbLCU
Their Rage Against the Machine medley is pretty bad ass.
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The band battles between VCU and George Mason in Brooklyn are going to be great.
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Odd statement from CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager (see below). Sounds bitter... Nothing like the classy statement Bernie made announcing the departures X and Butler.


RICHMOND, Va. (March 25, 2013) Ė Below is a statement from CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager regarding the withdrawal of George Mason University from the conference on July 1, 2013.

ďAs a result of the George Mason University Boardís decision to withdraw from CAA membership, effective July 1, 2013, and in accordance with conference bylaws:

George Masonís teams in seven spring sports (baseball, menís golf, womenís lacrosse, womenís rowing, softball and menís and womenís tennis) will become ineligible for CAA spring 2013 championships.

George Mason will forfeit its projected 2013 conference distribution of approximately $330,000 and future distributions (through 2017 totaling an additional $1.32 million). George Mason will also pay a minimum liquidated damages fee of at least $1,000,000. Total forfeited funds will be no less than $2.65 million.

George Masonís membership in the Colonial Academic Alliance will terminate on July 1, 2013. The Academic Alliance office, housed on George Masonís campus, will relocate to another CAA campus.

We are disappointed by George Masonís decision to withdraw from the CAA after 30 years as a charter member. We wish them well as they strive to achieve the same level of competitive success in a new conference. The CAAís Council of Presidents will continue to aggressively pursue institutions committed to providing the finest academic and athletic opportunities for our student-athletes.Ē

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