"Five years ago today, in a game at James Madison, George Mason junior guard Dre Smith set the NCAA record for most made three-point field goals in a game without a miss, making all 10 of his attempts and smashing the old record of 9-for-9. (The NCAA record for made treys in a game is 15, and many have exceeded 10 makes, but no one else has done it without a miss)."
Mason to the A-10 makes sense, but I’m sad as a #CAAHoops partisan.
“Like many conferences across the country, the Atlantic 10 and CAA have undergone considerable shake-ups recently. Virginia Commonwealth bolted for the A-10 following last season along with Butler, giving the A-10 16 teams. However, this past week Butler and Xavier announced plans to join the new version of the Big East with Georgetown and other basketball-centric schools.
Previously Temple and Charlotte announced plans to leave following the 2012-13 season. Temple is part of the unnamed conference with the Big East football schools and Charlotte moves to Conference USA.
Old Dominion and Georgia State were unable to participate in the CAA’s postseason tournament this season after announcing plans to join Conference USA and the Sun Belt conferencerespectively. Based on the conference’s current bylaws, George Mason would have met the same lame duck fate with a drawn out departure.”
(via George Mason headed to Atlantic 10 | CSN Washington)
― The College Hardwood: Five Years Ago Today: Dre Smith’s Perfect Day Sets an NCAA Record
"as strength and conditioning coach Handy Handerahan noted"
Summer shootaround: George Mason - Washington Times
Yes, it’s only a partial quote, but it’s really all I needed.
George Mason Basketball: Why George Mason staying and VCU leaving makes sense, at least for right now
“Let’s break down the key factors that most likely went into each school’s decision:
Money on the table
. George Mason is set to get their final big payout from the money they earned in the 2006 NCAA tournament on July 1st. With upgrades planned for some of their facilities it’s no surprise they don’t want to pass on this money. VCU on the other hand won’t collect the $5 million
from their 2011 tournament run now that they are leaving. They believe the added exposure and level of competition in the A10 will make it easy to recoup such funds by regularly making the NCAA tournament. With Shaka Smart staying and prized recruits coming in, the move makes sense for the Rams while George Mason is just not in that same position at the current time. It’s still a gamble for VCU, but they are willing to spend money on athletics and George Mason isn’t quite on that level right now.”
Gheorghe: The Blog: Take the Last Train to Lewisburg
Yes! Let’s keep the #CAAhoops band together!!
“George Mason has declared its intentions to remain a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, according to Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post.
In recent weeks there have been multiple rumors that the Patriots would make a move to the Atlantic 10, but after doing their research George Mason has decided that the CAA is the best fit for them.”
(via George Mason decides to remain in the CAA | CollegeBasketballTalk)
Rob takes on (very likely quite true) rumors that GMU and VCU are leaving the Colonial. To encourage you to read his speculations, I’ll just tease you with the last sentence:
“And that’s why I’ll see you all in Bender Arena for the Tribe’s first-round Patriot League tournament game in March 2014.”