35-year-old Northern Virginia school has been working hard to win
the reputation that their playing deserves since they began playing
basketball in 1966 against opponents such as Episcopal Seminary.
are no national top scorers, no big name superstars in the roster.
They play as a team and every member works hard. Most of the teams
players come from neighboring Maryland.
Up until 2006, no team from the conference had ever won any NCAA championship round. The Patriots ended that when their 2005 - 2006 Cinderella season ended with an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. There were quite a few experts who questioned whether this team belonged in the tournament at all. Seeded number 11 in the Washington DC Region, they faced higher ranked schools...and pulled out the stops in every game. They answered all of the questions by winning a place in the Final Four.
When a reporter asked coach, Jim Larranaga, about their outstanding performance he explained, "We've been playing this way all year. You just haven't seen us."
Continue to keep your eye on GMU...
More about George Mason men's basketball around the Web:
George Mason University Patriots - Sports Illustrated
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game-by-game, conference page and conference scores.