George Mason vs Villanova: Preview & Predictions

    
March 15th, 2011
(8) George Mason vs. (9) Villanova

East Region - Cleveland

March 18 - 2:10 TNT

 

Many have rushed to write off the struggling Wildcats, who have lost seven of their last nine games. But in the history of the NCAA Tournament no program has won more games as a lower seed and Jay Wright has won his last three first round games. Villanova has talent but with players such as Corey Stokes and Mouphtaou Yarou banged up will they have the health? They will be tested by an experienced George Mason squad that ran away with the CAA regular season title, winning the conference by two games. Jim Larranaga's been down this road before with many still having the 2006 Final Four team on their minds, and players such as Cam Long and Ryan Pearson are more than capable of winning in the tournament.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

George Mason

Villanova

 

Stars to Watch:

G Cam Long (George Mason)

G Corey Fisher (Villanova)

 

Vegas Odds:

George Mason -1

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: George Mason 68-Villanova 62

KenPom: George Mason 70-Villanova 69

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: George Mason

 

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