An inside and detailed look at the other side of the Final Four bracket; breaking down the Gators and Patriots.

George Mason's Jai Lewis


Scouting George Mason


George Mason Patriots

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association

Overall record: 27-7

Conference record: 15-3

Seed: 11

Coach: Jim Larranaga


Record vs. NCAA teams: 7-1

Results vs. NCAA teams:

Beat: Hampton 79-66, UNC-Wilmington 69-62, Wichita State 70-67, Michigan State 75-65 (NCAA 1st), North Carolina (NCAA 2nd), Wichita State 63-55 (NCAA 3rd), UConn 86-84 (NCAA 4th).

Lost: UNC-Wilmington 69-63.


Points per game: 69

Points allowed: 59.7

Scoring margin: +9.3


FG percentage: .484

FG allowed: .387


3PT percentage: .352

3PT allowed: .310

3PT-to-FG attempts: .317


FT percentage: .668

FT totals: 360/539


Starting Five:

G         Sr.        Tony Skinn                               6-1       175      12.8

G         Sr.        Lamar Butler                             6-2       170      11.4

F          So.       Folarin Campbell                        6-4       200      10.2

F          So.       Will Thomas                             6-7       220      11.6

F          Sr.        Jai Lewis                                 6-7       275      14.0


First off the bench:

G/F       Jr.        Gabe Norwood                          6-5       185      3.5

F          Fr..       Sammy Hernandez                    6-5       230      2.8


The skinny:

George Mason is one of those unique mid-major teams that is deep with experience and chemistry. All five starters hail from within 90 minutes of the George Mason campus and three senior starters all have scored 1,000 or more points in their career. The Patriots have no problems sharing the basketball as all five starters average in double digits in scoring. George Mason's most effective defense is called "Scramble," but it is effective as the Patriots ranked sixth in field goal defense in the nation. GMU's best player is senior guard Tony Skinn, who missed the Patriots first round game against Michigan State after punching a Hofstra player in the privates during a loss in the CAA Tournament. The Patriots still won the game. George Mason isn't terribly deep playing only seven players. They also lack height playing no player taller than 6-7.







Florida's Corey Brewer



Scouting Florida


Florida Gators

Conference: Southeastern

Overall record: 31-6

Conference record: 10-6

Seed: 3

Coach: Billy Donovan


Record vs. NCAA teams: 11-4

Results vs. NCAA teams:

Beat: Albany 83-64, Syracuse 75-70, Kentucky 95-80, LSU 71-62, Kentucky 79-64, Arkansas 74-71, LSU 81-65, South Alabama 76-50 (NCAA 1st), Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82-60 (NCAA 2nd), Georgetown 57-53 (NCAA 3rd), Villanova 75-62 (NCAA 4th).

Lost: Tennessee 80-76, Arkansas 85-81, Tennessee 76-72, Alabama 82-72.


Points per game: 79

Points allowed: 63.9

Scoring margin: +15.1


FG percentage: .508

FG allowed: .399


3PT percentage: .394

3PT allowed: .323

3PT-to-FG attempts: .345


FT percentage: .735

FT totals: 548/746


Starting Five:

G         So.       Taurean Green                          6-1       177      13.9

G         Jr.         Lee Humphrey                          6-2       192      10.8

F          So.       Corey Brewer                           6-8       185      12.3

F          So.       Al Horford                                6-9       242      11.4

C         So.        Joakim Noah                            6-11     227      14.0


First off the bench:

G         Fr.        Walter Hodge                           6-0       175      4.5

F          Jr.        Chris Richard                           6-8       255      6.4

G         Fr.        David Huertas                          6-5       185      2.7


The skinny:

No team is any hotter than the Florida Gators right now. Winners of nine in a row, including the SEC Tournament championship, coach Billy Donovan has the gators back in the Final Four for the first time since 2000. Florida's Joakim Noah is the guy that makes the Gators tick. His dominating presence standing 6-11 and his ability to slash in and out of the paint makes Noah doubly dangerous. Teamed with Al Horford and Corey Brewer, the gators sports of the nation's best frontcourts. But do not look past Taurean Green and Lee Humphrey, a pair of guards that can fill it full from outside. Florida is considerably young and the youth has cost them in close games. Several of the Gators losses came when Florida was unable to close out games.

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