NCAA Tournament: George Mason Blown Out By Ohio State, 98-66

George Mason will not be this year's George Mason. The Patriots, playing without Luke Hancock, ran into a buzzsaw and were blown out by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Bracket Update: Ohio State Demolishes George Mason, 98-66, Advances To Sweet 16

George Mason will not be this year's George Mason. The Patriots were demolished, as the Ohio State Buckeyes served notice this afternoon that they plan to be cutting down the nets . The No. 1 seed Buckeyes dismantled the No. 8 seed Patriots, 98-66, this evening in Cleveland. Randy Newman songs are less depressing than the result of this game for Mason fans.

Three-point shooting was the absolute story of the game. Ohio Sate was a ridiculous 16 of 26 (62 percent) from behind the arc. The shooters responsible for this downtown beatdown? David Lighty led the way, shooting seven of seven from three (25 points). Not wanting to be left out of the fun, William Buford was four of seven (18 points) and John Diebler was four of eight (13 points). As if the aerial assault wasn't enough (um, it was overkill), Jared Sullinger dropped 18 points, nine rebounds and two assists on the overmatched "bigs" of the Patriots.

Cam Long led the Patriot with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists. Despite the crushing loss, the impressive George Mason season should not be quickly forgotten or diminished. Today, the regualr season Colonial Athletic Association champions (27-7) simply ran into a buzzsaw in the Buckeyers.

Ohio State moves on to face Kentucky in the Sweet 16

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NCAA Tournament Scores: Ohio State Leads George Mason, 52-26, At Halftime

The No. 1 seed Ohio State Buckeyes withstood an early 11-2 run by the upstart No. 8 seed George Mason Patriots, countering with a 50-15 run to end the half, and lead 52-26. The Buckeyes have shot an ungodly 63 percent from the floor (75 percent from three), assisting on 11 of 18 made field goals, and have frankly looked unstoppable.

Fifth-year (or is it 50th-year?) senior David Lighty has led the Buckeyes with 17 points on a Jimmer-like five of five from three point land. Beastly widebody Jared Sullinger has added 13 points and seven rebounds, and it appears Mason has little answer for him in the paint.

The Patriots have been led by Ryan Pearson with nine points, three rebounds and two assists. Cam Long has scored five points, but his tournament funk shows no signs of lifting.

After that initial run, Mason has simply looked overmatched by a terrific Buckeyes team performance. Unfortunately for local hoops supporters, their hopes of another Cinderella run in the NCAA tournament may quickly fade to black. 

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NCAA Tournament Scores, Ohio State Leads George Mason 24-20 Midway Through First Half

This year's self-annointed George Mason, No. 8 seed ... George Mason, trails No. 1 seed Ohio State 24-20 at the midway point of the first half. An 11-2 start for the Patriots quickly evaporated behind a 10-0 Buckeyes run, but as they did in the 2006 tournament, George Mason has righted the ship and trail by just four midway through the first half

Friday's hero Luke Hancock did not start the game, as it is being reported he has the flu and is in the team hotel. Reports indicate he may arrive and play in the second half, however. Ryan Pearson (five points) and Mike Morrison (four points on first two buckets of the game) have led the Patriots.

Buckeyes star big man, Jared Sullinger has had an extremely slow start, with just four points and three rebounds. "Jess Settles Honoree" David Lighty leads the Buckeyes with 12 points, on four made triples.

Anyone know if Luke Hancock is a Willis Reed fan?

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George Mason Vs. Ohio State: Luke Hancock Not In Starting Lineup, Status Uncertain Due To Illness

The George Mason Patriots may have an even taller order if they want to beat Ohio State in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Luke Hancock, the star of the team's 61-57 win over Villanova on Friday, is not in the starting lineup because of illness.

Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times reports:

Luke Hancock is ill and still at the team hotel. Doesn't mean he won't play, but he won't start.    

Isaiah Tate will take Hancock's place in the starting lineup. It's not immediately clear what Hancock's specific illness is at this point, but it has to be relatively serious if he is still at the team hotel just under 40 minutes prior to game time. He has struggled at times with a shoulder injury, but this appears to be different.

Losing Hancock would rob George Mason of its best offensive initiator and a major matchup issue for teams on the perimeter, due to his size. 

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NCAA Bracket Update, George Mason Vs. Ohio State: Patriots Look To Pull Off Upset

The last time George Mason won a first-round NCAA Tournament game, it typified March Madness and went all the way to the Final Four. Now, after a win over Villanova on Friday, the Patriots look to bust the East Region of the NCAA bracket when they take on overall No. 1 seed Ohio State on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. on CBS.

Gus Johnson and Len Elmore will be the announcers from Cleveland. The winner will take on No. 4 seed Kentucky, who topped No. 5 seed West Virginia, 71-63, on Saturday.

George Mason got to this point with a comeback 61-57 win over Villanova, punctuated by a go-ahead three-pointer by Luke Hancock with under 20 seconds remaining. Ohio State got here with an easy victory over Texas-San Antonio, who had topped Alabama State in the opening round. 

The Patriots will have their hands full with Jared Sullinger, the Buckeyes' star big man. The Patriots are not particularly big, with Mike Morrison the only player who provides size in the paint. The Patriots struggled to deal with Villanova's size on the boards, and Sullinger will pose an even greater challenge. 

Can George Mason overcome that and still be this year's George Mason? We'll find out shortly. 

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Schedule: George Mason Vs. Ohio State To Take Place At 5:15 PM Sunday

The George Mason Patriots defeated the Villanova Wildcats, 61-57, to advance to face the No. 1 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament. Now, we know when the two teams will play. The 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule for Sunday has been released, and the two teams will be playing in prime time.

The Patriots and Buckeyes will play their Round of 32 matchup at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday. The game, which will be broadcasted from Cleveland, will be broadcast on CBS. Gus Johnson and Len Elmore will once again be on the call. The game will be followed by No. 11 seed Marquette taking on No. 3 Syracuse at 7:45 on TruTV.

The Patriots are going to have their hands full with Jared Sullinger, the nation's top freshman. George Mason is not a big team and they struggled to keep Villanova off the glass. But they also never quit, and they have two difficult matchups in Cam Long and Luke Hancock. 

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NCAA Bracket Update: George Mason To Face Ohio State On Sunday

It's now official: George Mason University will face No. 1 seed Ohio State University on Sunday in the third (but really, second) round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes routed No. 16 seed Texas-San Antonio, 75-46, a few hours after George Mason's comeback 61-57 win over No. 9 seed Villanova.

The Ohio State was never really a game past the 15-minute mark, and the whole second half was mostly garbage time. This is to be expected, since Ohio State is the overall No. 1 seed. I'm guessing Jim Larranaga has other game tape he will use to scout the Buckeyes.

The game will take place on Sunday, with a specific time to be determined later Friday night. Here is the complete East Region of the NCAA Bracket.

No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio, 75-46; will face George Mason

No. 8 George Mason def. No. 9 Villanova, 61-57; will face Ohio State

No. 5 WVU defeats No. 12 Clemson, 84-76; will face winner of Kentucky-Princeton

No. 4 Kentucky def. No. 13 Princeton, 59-57; will face West Virginia

No. 2 UNC vs. No. 15 Long Island, March 18 at 7:15 on CBS

No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia, March 18 at 9:45 on CBS

No. 3 Syracuse vs.No. 14 Indiana State, March 18 at 9:57 on TruTV

No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Marquette, March 18 at 7:27 on TruTV

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NCAA Bracket Update: George Mason Advances With 61-57 Comeback Win Over Villanova

No. 8 seed George Mason came back from a six point halftime defecit to beat No. 9 seed Villanova 61-57 in their second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Mason had been fighting back the entire second half, but just wasn't able to get over the hump until there were about 50 seconds left. With the score tied at 54, a layup attempt went begging, but the rebound was slammed home  by Mike Morrison to give the Patriots a two point lead.

Corey Fisher was then fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three free-throws, but Luke Hancock then hit a big three of his own shortly thereafter to restore the two point lead for Mason. Villanova's Maalik Wayns then lost the ball on a play that probably could have been a charge, but went uncalled. Villanova earned possession on the jump ball. A last shot attempt bounced off the side of the backboard, Mason secured the rebound and threw it ahead to Morrison for an exclamation point dunk to slam the door.

Over the final 4:39 of the game, Mason outscored Vilanova 15-5, as the Wildcat offense just seemed to fall apart; much like the latter portion of their season. Mason played like the team that wanted it more when it counted, and they come away with a huge win. they will now play the winner of Ohio St. and UTSA, which I think we can safely assume will be Ohio St.

Make sure to check out or main 2011 NCAA Tournament stream for information on all the games, and check out our updated printable bracket which reflects yesterday's action.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Villanova Leads George Mason 45-42

No. 9 seed Villanova leads No. 8 seed George Mason 45-42 with 9:33 remaining in the second half of their second round game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Villanova had control of the game at the half, but they have been unable keep their foot on the gas pedal in the second half. Villanova has scored just 10 points so far in the second half. If they had come out of the locker room and hit a couple shots like the did in the first half, this game might have been over already. But They have given George Mason a little bit of confidence by letting them stay in the game, and that could come back to bight them in the end.

One of the biggest differences between the first half and the second half is that Mason seems to be getting to all the loose balls. I'm not sure if it is increased effort or if the ball is just bouncing their way, but they are winning that battle so far this half. They are also playing a lot better on the defensive end and have made the shots that were open for 'Nova in the first half much more difficult.

Mason still does not have the lead, but they are closing in on Villanova and they have all the momentum at this point. Even though they are the higher seed, this one just feels like an upset in the making for some reason. If Mason can keep up that underdog mentality that seems to be fueling them, they have a pretty good shot in this one.

Make sure to check out or main 2011 NCAA Tournament stream for information on all the games, and check out our updated printable bracket which reflects yesterday's action.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Villanova Leads George Mason 35-29 At The Half

No. 9 seed Villanova leads No. 8 seed George Mason 35-29 at halftime in their second round game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

The biggest story of the first half is Villanova's three-point shooting. They have taken more field goal attempts from beyond the arc than they have from inside of it, and have made 6 of their 14 three-point attempts. It will be very hard for Mason to hang with Villanova in the second half if they continue to shoot the ball like this. Corey Fisher continues to lead the way for Villanova with

On the other side of the court, Mason has not been shooting the ball well at all. They are shooting just 9-24 from the field and have made just 2 of their 9 three point attempts. Their leading scorer Isiah Tate, and he has just seven points

Frankly, it is kind of surprising that Mason is even this close. They are being out rebounded, out shot and they have more turnovers. Having said that, If they turn some of those things around in the second half, they will have a chance to make a serious run at Villanova.

There was a scary moment about mid-way through the first half when Mason star Cam Long was left writhing on the floor in pain and had to check out of the game. Villanova center Mouphtaou Yarou came down hard on Long's leg while he was on the floor. But shortly thereafter he checked back into the game and appears to be doing fine.

Make sure to check out or main 2011 NCAA Tournament stream for information on all the games, and check out our updated printable bracket which reflects yesterday's action.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Villanova Leads George Mason 21-15 In First Half

No. 9 seed Villanova leads No. 8 seed George Mason 21-15 with 9:00 left in the first half in their second round game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

So far, Villanova ihas used two of their big advantages to build this lead on the Patriots. First, is senior point guard Corey Fisher, who has made 4 of his first six shot attempts and has eleven points early for the Wildcats. The other is size. It is easy to see how much bigger Villanova is than Mason, and that size has produced an 8-6 rebounding advantage. Mason will have to find a way to neutralize 'Nova's size, or they could be in for along afternoon of one-and-done possessions and second chance points for Villanova.

Corey Stokes also hit three three-pointers in a row for the Wildcats.

As for Mason, they are shooting just 5-13 from the field, but they are managing to hang around. If they can do that, they will give themselves an opportunity to steal a win from a more talented Villanova team later in the game.

Mason star Cam Long took a hard spill, but appears to be fine.

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Make sure to check out or main 2011 NCAA Tournament stream for information on all the games, and check out our updated printable bracket which reflects yesterday's action.

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NCAA Tournament Update: Villanova Fully Healthy For Game Vs. George Mason

The Villanova Wildcats enter their 2011 NCAA Tournament matchup vs. the No. 8-seeded George Mason Patriots struggling, having lost five straight games. That includes four straight regular-season losses to Syracuse, Notre Dame, St. John's and Pittsburgh, as well as a shocking loss to lowly South Florida in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

But at least the Wildcats will be healthy as they try to make a surprise March Madness run. The Wildcats had been dealing with nagging injuries to star guards Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes as the losing streak commenced. Fisher had a bout of right knee tendonitis, while Stokes had a hamstring and toe injury. However, coach Jay Wright says both players are feeling much better coming into Friday's game, according to Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wright said the team will also have the services of sophomore big man Mouphtaou Yarou, who suffered a nasy fall in the loss to South Florida. There was some doubt over whether he would play, but Wright says he is OK. This is important, as George Mason is not particularly big up front.

The bottom line for the Patriots is that they will have to beat a full-strength Villanova squad to advance. The Wildcats have not played since March 8, which gave them plenty of time to get healthy. 

For more on the Wildcats, head over to The Nova Blog. Full coverage of every March Madness game can be found at our NCAA Tournament hub. Be sure to check out the full March Madness schedule to get primed for Friday's games.  

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2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament: George Mason Looks To Continue Villanova's Woes

George Mason's run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament begins Friday when the Patriots take on No. 9 seed Villanova in a East Region round of 64 matchup. The Patriots will look to advance past the Round of 64 in the NCAA Bracket for the first time since they defined March Madness and went all the way to the Final Four in 2006.

The game will be broadcasted on TNT at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Gus Johnson and Len Elmore will call the game live from Cleveland. The winner will face either No. 1 seed Ohio State or No. 16 seed Texas-San Antonio in the next round. That game will take place 30 minutes following the end of George Mason vs. Villanova.

The two teams are very clearly heading in opposite directions. George Mason won 16 straight games before suffering a defeat to VCU in the CAA Tournament semifinals. Villanova, meanwhile, enters the NCAA Tournament on a five-game losing streak, the first time any team has done that since 1985. On paper, the Wildcats appear to have the upper hand, with a talented trio of guards Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes combined with big man Mouphtaou Yaroh. George Mason, meanwhile, isn't a big team, but succeeds because it is greater than the sum of its parts. It will be interesting to see which streak holds up in Cleveland.

Prediction: It will be a close one, but we believe George Mason will prevail and move on to face Ohio State.

For more on the Wildcats, head over to The Nova Blog. Full coverage of every March Madness game can be found at our NCAA Tournament hub. Be sure to check out the full March Madness schedule to get primed for Friday's games.    

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2011 NCAA Tournament Schedule And Announcers: George Mason Plays Villanova Friday At 2:10 P.M.

The 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule is now out, and we know when George Mason will get its run underway. The Patriots will play No. 9 seed Villanova Friday at 2:10 p.m. in Cleveland on TNT. Gus Johnson and Len Elmore will be the announcers.

The Patriots earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after having their 16-game winning streak snapped by Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament. They will play a team heading in the complete opposite direction. Villanova has lost five games in a row, and it's a testament to how much the Wildcats did earlier in the year that they still earned a No. 9 seed in the East region.

The winner of the game will play the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Ohio State and the winner of a play-in game between Texas San-Antonio and Alabama State. That game will take place at 4:50 on TNT. 

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2011 NCAA Tournament: George Mason Plays Villanova, Who Has Lost 5-Straight Games

The Big East didn't fare so well in the NCAA Tournament in 2010. Will 2011 be any better? The George Mason Patriots sure hope not.

The Patriots earned a No. 8 seed for the 2011 NCAA Tournament, and will face the Villanova Wildcats in the first round of the East region in the NCAA Tournament bracket.

These two teams have been heading in different directions in the recent months. While George Mason had won 16-straight games prior to falling to the Va. Commonwealth Rams in the Semifinals of the CAA Tournament, Villanova has lost five straight games heading into the NCAA Tournament, and seven of their last nine. They fell by one-point to the South Florida Bulls in the first round of the Big East Tournament, but lost their three prior games by more than 10 points.

The Wildcats have three players whose scoring average is in double-digits. Corey Fisher averages 15.4 points per game, Corey Stokes 15.0, and Maalik Wayns 14.0.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: George Mason Receives 8 Seed, Will Play Villanova In First Round

March Madness has begun. The George Mason Patriots have earned a No. 8 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as just revealed on the CBS Selection Sunday show. The NCAA Tournament bracket has the George Mason basketball team in the East region, where they will face the Villanova Wildcats in the first round on Friday  in Cleveland, OH. The time for the game will be announced tomorrow.

George Mason finished the season with a 26-6 record, going 17-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. They lost to the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the Semifinals of the CAA Tournament, ending a 17-game winning streak.

For all their wins though, the Patriots only have a single victory against teams in the NCAA Tournament field, a big win over the Old Dominion Monarchs on Feb. 5. Key losses to the Wofford Terriers and North Carolina State Wolfpack seem like distant memories.

George Mason ran the table in their region in 2006, reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. To do it again this year, they'll have to go through Ohio State. In Ohio. Not an easy challenge, but Coach Jim Larranaga is sure to have his boys prepared.

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