College basketball has traditionally been played on hardwood ever since an early experiment with a trampoline floor sent James Naismith's son into orbit. Watch some just-barely earthbound action with this GrouponLive deal to see the George Mason University Patriots men's basketball team play at the Patriot Center.
Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for one general-admission ticket to the game against the Hofstra Pride on Saturday, January 19, at 5 p.m. (up to a $25.50 value, including all fees)
- $10 for one general-admission ticket to the game against the Towson Tigers on Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. (up to a $23.45 value, including all fees)
Doors open one hour before tipoff.
The Scouting Report
With the departure of three seniors—including Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year Ryan Pearson—from last year's 24-win squad, the success of the Patriots' men’s basketball team hinged on the emergence of new stars. Enter junior guard Sherrod Wright. An effective role player last year, the 6’4” sharpshooter has truly become the team's centerpiece, pouring in 18.2 points per game while shooting a sizzling 53.6% from the field through 14 games. Second-year head coach Paul Hewitt has led his revamped roster to an 8–6 record—including victories over Virginia and Richmond—despite the absence of any true seniors to provide leadership and build camaraderie by stealing underclassmen's sweatbands.
George Mason Patriots
Every year, the NCAA men's basketball tournament is a three-week saga of single-elimination suspense, where athletic juggernauts must fight for their records and overlooked programs have the chance to shine. In 2006, the George Mason Patriots penned their own March Madness Cinderella story by unseating powerhouses Michigan State, North Carolina, and Connecticut to become the lowest seed ever to advance to the Final Four. The Patriots' historic run left fans gasping for air and basketballs everywhere reaching for the nearest pump before the team finally bowed out to the eventual champions, Florida, in the national semifinal.
Though the Patriots' Final Four berth garnered tremendous national attention, George Mason's athletic prowess extends beyond the basketball court. In their proud history, the Patriots have won NCAA championships in multiple sports, including men's indoor track and field and women's soccer.