George Mason (17-12) at Delaware (17-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: NBC Sports Network. Home Record: George Mason 7-6, Delaware 8-4. Away Record: George Mason 7-4, Delaware 8-7. Neutral Record: George Mason 3-2, Delaware 1-2. Conference Record: George Mason 10-7, Delaware 12-5. Series Record: George Mason leads, 20-9.
GAME NOTES: The George Mason Patriots hit the road for their regular season finale as they visit the Bob Carpenter Center for a Colonial Athletic Association tilt against the Delaware Blue Hens.
The Blue Hens completed a wire-to-wire, 79-72, victory over George Mason on Feb. 9 in the first segment of the season series. A win in this one would give Delaware its first-ever sweep of the Patriots. George Mason now holds a 20-9 all-time series lead.
George Mason had its two-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday as it suffered a heartbreaking, 85-81, overtime loss to Towson in its home closer. The loss dropped the Patriots to a 10-7 CAA record, which pins them into a tie with James Madison for fourth place entering the final weekend of the regular season. George Mason shot just 39.7 percent from the field against the Tigers, but it managed to stay close by draining 8-of-18 from beyond the arc.
The Patriots employed a balanced attack in their loss to Towson as Jonathan Arledge scored 17 points to lead four players in double-figures. Erik Copes registered his second double-double in three games with 13 points and 15 boards while Byron Allen tallied 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Corey Edwards added 10 points and Sherrod Wright, who leads the squad with 16.3 ppg on 46.7 percent shooting from the floor, went 4-of-9 from the field en route to nine points.
Delaware reeled off its third win in a row on Wednesday by outlasting Hofstra to collect a 57-56 road victory. The Blue Hens' win over the Pride put them in position to set a new school record for CAA victories in a season as it rose them to a 12-5 league standing. Delaware's recent hot streak tied it with Towson for second place in the CAA race, but it would need a Tigers' loss to earn the No. 2 seed in the tourney after being swept by Towson.
During their current winning streak, the Blue Hens have won three games by a combined four points with the first coming in a double-overtime thriller versus Drexel. Each of the past six games has been decided by two points or fewer, which is the longest such streak in the program's history.
Devon Saddler pumped in 19 points to help the team to its ninth win in 11 games at Hofstra as Delaware overcame a 30.9 percent showing from the floor by outscoring the Price, 18-11, at the charity stripe. Saddler, who was just named the CAA Player of the Week for the third time this season, leads the league and ranks 14th in the country in averaging 20.2 ppg. He has reached double figures in 36 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the nation, and with 1,619 career points he is the third leading scorer in program history. Jarvis Threatt is a solid second option with 12.9 ppg, while Jamelle Hagins does blue collar work inside to produce 11.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per tilt.
The Blue Hens have not been able to convincingly win during their winning streak, which is something they will most likely need to do if they hope of making a run in the upcoming conference tourney. George Mason is decent away from home and could end Delaware's good fortune if its plays smarter on the defensive end this time around.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Mason 68, Delaware 64
03/02 10:46:18 ET