Doin’ the Charleston: Friday with Bill Rohland
Radio voice Bill Rohland gives the GoMason Blog this dispatch from Charleston, taking a look at tonight’s game and more.
A solid win on Thursday night over Charlotte has Mason in position to advance to Sunday’s final here in Charleston, but a bigger and tougher opponent awaits them on Friday night. The Patriots will take on NC State out of the ACC with a 6pm tip off (watch on ESPNU or listen on gomason.com).
NC State is a solid team, but young. Their leading scorers on the season are all freshman and sophomores, so while they are talented, they don’t have the same experience the Patriots. And I’m not sure they go as deep on their bench as Mason has in the early part of the season.
While the first day of the tournament didn’t provide many close games, I am expecting day 2 to be much closer in terms of the games and scores. I don’t expect to see four games decided by double digits today as we did on day 1.
Part of the experience of being at a weekend tournament is having a bit of down time to explore the host city and also hang out with the players and staff on the trip. One of the favorite activities of some of the staff involves very heated, but friendly, card games of spades. It’s been a good week for me so far, my partner, Mike Ouellette (academic coordinator) and I are undefeated, taking down Dan Reisig from communications and his partners Jeff O’Bier (director of Patriot Productions) and James Meyer from the ticket office. Let’s hope Mason can continue their undefeated streak, just as Mike and I have.
The weather continues to be amazing here and the players were in great spirits at breakfast after the win Thursday night. No further issues with Ryan Pearson’s toe and we are expecting everyone to be in uniform and ready to go when Mason tips off at 6pm Friday against NC State.