What We’ve Learned So Far
So there’s one men’s basketball game and two women’s basketball games in the books. What have we learned so far about the 2010-11 season?
The first thing we learned is that the men’s basketball team defense looks sharp. The Patriots played well in the open-court, trapping and even running some scramble defense. The second half saw Mason score 12 points off turnovers.
The offense also showed some versatility, producing in the halfcourt while also thriving off the opportunities the defense presented. The second half was a fine example of that as Mason got 12 points off turnovers with 10 of those coming off fastbreaks. The Patriots scored an additional 14 points in the paint in the half as Ryan Pearson was 5 of 7 from the field in the final 20 minutes, scoring all of his 13 points in the second half.
GoMason Blog has heard Coach L speak about starting with a group of seven – your five starters, a frontcourt sub and a backcourt sub – and building from there. Well, if the Harvard game is any indication, Ike Tate looks to be the backcourt sub and Jonathan Arledge looks to be the frontcourt sub. At least for now.
What was learned about the women’s basketball team is nothing new. Head coach Jeri Porter said that what was missing from last year’s squad was a big rebounder and a shoot-first guard. Against UMass, Evelyn Lewis had 10 rebounds while Taleia Moton had 19 points. Both those players sat out last season after transferring to Mason. Against Fairfield, Moton was 1 of 8 from the field for four points while Lewis was held to just four rebounds.
The women’s basketball team hits the road again this weekend to play at Wichita State before opening up their home schedule next Tuesday against UMBC. The men’s team, meanwhile, travels to Charleston to play Charlotte on Thursday night (watch the game live on MASN) and either East Carolina or N.C. State on Friday (televised on either MASN or ESPNU).
All this week GoMason Blog will have coverage from Charleston including guest blogs from Bill Rohland, and a live chat with a player (any guesses who?). So watch here and on GoMason.com for your opportunity to read about the team’s trip to the Palmetto State.