Opponent Previews: George Mason

Opponent: George Mason Patriots
League: Atlantic 10 Conference

Record: 13-15 (7-8)

Notable Wins: Saint Louis (15-13)
Other Wins:
Lafayette, Binghamton, Cal State Northridge, James Madison, North Carolina Central, Morgan State, Saint Josephs (2), George Washington, UMass, Dayton, Richmond,

Notable Losses: George Washington (13-15), La Salle (11-17), Fordham (9-18)
Other Losses:
Louisville, Rhode Island, Auburn, Penn State, Duquesne, VCU, St. Bonaventure, Davidson Louisiana Tech, Fresno State, William and Mary, Georgia Southern,

Previous Matchup:
80-72 OT: George Mason
Otis Livingston – 33 points, 9 assists
Luwane Pipkins – 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists

Team Stats:                               UMass                          George Mason        Conference Rank
Points Per Game                    71.6 (Tied-243rd)         71.6 (Tied-243rd)      9th vs 9th
Rebounds Per Game             33.0 (306th)                  36.7 (105th)                4th vs 10th
Assists Per Game                   15.5 (63rd)                    11.6 (Tied-308th)       3rd vs 14th
Points Allowed                       74.1 (226th)                  75.2 (252nd)

 Starting 5:
Otis Livingston II: #4 Guard, 5’11, 170 lbs
16.9 PPG    3.4 RPG    4.5 APG   1.0 SPG

Jaire Grayer:  #5 Guard, 6’5, 200 lbs
12.7 PPG    7.3 RPG    1.4 APG    1.4 SPG    .9 BPG    .401 3P%

Goanar Mar: #0 Forward, 6’7, 195 lbs
10.2 PPG   4.4 RPG   .9 APG    .6 SPG

Justin Kier: #1 Guard, 6’4, 183 lbs
11.6 PPG   4.6 RPG   2.3 APG    1.3 SPG

Ian Boyd: #32 Guard, 6’4, 215 lbs
8.2 PPG    4.4 RPG    1.2 APG   .6 SPG

Prediction:
75-71 UMass

Keys to the Game

1. Forcing the ball out of Livingston’s hands (primary ball handler and leading scorer)
2. Boxing out against one of the better rebounding teams in the conference.
3. Physicality and Intensity on the road.

 

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