Patriots Headed to NCAA Championships

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

The George Mason men’s basketball team earned the school’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday when the 23-7 Patriots were selected as the 11th seed in the Washington, D.C., Regional. The Patriots will face the 6th seed, Michigan State University, in the opening round on Friday, March 17, in Dayton, Ohio. The time has not yet been determined.

The Patriots will be making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history. It is also the sixth time in the past eight years that Mason will make a postseason appearance.

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champions University of North Carolina Wilmington earned a nine seed and will face George Washington University in the opening round. That makes this the first time in 20 years that two CAA teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots are only the second school in CAA history to receive an at-large bid.

The George Mason Athletics Department will receive a limited allotment of tickets for its games in the NCAA Tournament. Priority for all postseason tickets is given to Patriot Club annual scholarship donors and season ticket holders. An allotment of tickets will also be allocated to students.

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