Paul Hewitt begins his third season as the head men's basketball coach at George Mason after previous stops at Georgia Tech and Siena. The matchup against the Bulls will be their second meeting in program history, with USF taking the first decision, 61-57 last year inside the Sun Dome.
After attempting to lockup All-American point guard Marcus Smart a few games ago, Bulls' guard Martino Brock will have another tough assignment on the defensive end against the Patriots. Senior Sherrod Wright scored a season-high 27 points against Princeton and has scored in double figures in all six contests this season. The 6-foot-4 guard has started 45 consecutive games.
Starting in the frontcourt for the Patriots is 6-foot-8 sophomore Marko Gujanicic. Gujanicic is averaging 12 points a game and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting over 50% from the field. Earlier in the year in his first career start against Lamar, Gujanicic recorded first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Patriots return 10 players from last season's squad, including five starters that accounted for over half the team's scoring and the team's top four leading scorers.
Jalen Jenkins, a 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman, had a coming out party off the bench last game with nine points, 11 rebounds and five blocks against Rhode Island.
The Patriots' 4-0 start to the season was their second time in school history to 4-0 with the first time coming in 2007-08. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. inside the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va..