With another big game for the Rhode Island Rams on the horizon, we decided to get the inside scoop on the George Mason Patriots. So why not get it from one of their biggest fans? Ryan Kish of GMUHoops.com was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about URI’s next opponent. Here’s what he had to say.
Rhody Rampage: The Patriots got off to a hot 4-0 start, but haven’t looked so great in their past two games. How would you assess the team so far?
GMU Hoops: They are not playing their best basketball and it’s obvious. In almost all of their games so far they have came out flat on offense and dug themselves into holes early on. The 4-0 start is worth mentioning though because they haven’t done that as a program in some time. Yes, they have been missing a few guys, starters even, but their are still some glaring issues they need to address.
RR: Mason’s last two losses have come on the road, but they’re no doubt looking forward to some home cooking tomorrow night. Tell us what the Rams can expect in the Patriot Center.
GMUH: A return home is nice, especially after an 0-2 road trip. They have closed out games at home this season, something that was a problem last year, and have had very strong second halves. Coming off the two losses though, Mason should be eager to start strong and get the win.
RR: Most Rhody fans are familiar with Sherrod Wright. How big of a threat does he pose to the Rams?
GMUH: Wright continues to be the go-to guy for this squad. He had 18 points in the second half against Princeton and is dangerous when he cuts through the lane. I’d like to see him be more aggressive early on and get to the free-throw line more but he’s been Mason’s rock so far.
RR: With two recent losses, some of Mason’s weaknesses have no doubt been exposed. What does Rhody need to do to beat the Patriots?
GMUH: Their weaknesses have been on full display during these last two losses. They turnover the ball way too much and get lax on defense early on in games. They can be beaten if you keep them out of the lane and force them to beat you with outside jumpers.
RR: Finally, give us your prediction for tomorrow night.
GMUH: I think this will be a close game that comes down to the wire. Mason is eager for a win after their rough going on the road and claw their way victory. Mason wins 74-70.