Men’s Basketball Gets Primetime for BracketBuster Contest on ESPN2

Posted: February 9, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason men’s basketball team found out last week that its game on Feb. 18 against Wichita State University would be televised. On Tuesday, the Patriots found out that game time is 8 p.m. EST, one of the most in-demand slots available to the BracketBuster participants on ESPN2.

The game is one of five being broadcast on “The Deuce” that day. Fellow Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) school Old Dominion University plays at 4 p.m.

The Patriots have received the high-profile time slot at a time when their national exposure could hardly be brighter. Mason is receiving votes in both the AP Top 25 (seven votes) and the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 (eight votes). In the coaches’ poll, Mason’s standing is commensurate with 30th in the nation, while in the AP poll, Mason would stand at 40th. Wichita State received six votes in the coaches’ poll, good for 32nd, and 30 votes in the writer’s poll, good for 31st.

Mason is currently fifth in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, ninth in scoring defense and 13th in field-goal percentage offense. The Patriots (17-5, 11-2) have won 10 of 11 and their ratings percentage index (RPI) has risen into the 30s. Wichita State (19-6, 10-4) has an RPI in the 20s.

Mason will play at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) tonight at 7:30 p.m. VCU is currently in a three-way tie for fourth in the conference standings, but the Rams have not lost at home to Mason since Jan. 22, 2000.

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