2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

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2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball
George Mason Patriots wordmark.svg
CAA regular season champions
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
2005–06 record27–8 (15–3 CAA)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arena Patriot Center
Seasons
  2004–05
2006–07  
2005–06 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
George Mason 153 .833  278 .771
UNC Wilmington153 .833  258 .758
Hofstra 144 .778  267 .788
Old Dominion 135 .722  2410 .706
Northeastern 126 .667  1911 .633
VCU 117 .611  1910 .655
Drexel 810 .444  1516 .484
Towson 810 .444  1216 .429
Delaware 414 .222  921 .300
Georgia State 315 .167  722 .241
William & Mary 315 .167  820 .286
James Madison 216 .111  523 .179
CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University in the 2005–2006 NCAA Basketball season. The team achieved several milestones, including a team-record 23 regular season wins, and earned at at-large bid to that year's NCAA Tournament.

Contents

In the NCAA Tournament, the Patriots reached the Final Four, becoming the first team from the Colonial Athletic Association to accomplish that feat. The number 11 seed in the East region, they advanced to the Final Four by knocking off UConn, the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, 86–84 in overtime in the Elite Eight. George Mason, which had never won an NCAA tournament game up until this tournament, thus tied the 1986 LSU Tigers as the lowest seed to ever reach the Final Four. The Patriots then lost to eventual national champions, Florida.

Season notes

Awards

First Team All-CAA

Second Team All-CAA

CAA All-Defensive Team

CAA Player of the Week

Recap

The Patriots enjoyed their best season in 2005–2006 when they won a school-record 23 games in the regular season, and for one week were even ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the first time in school history. Head coach Jim Larranaga, who began his stint at George Mason in 1997, also became the CAA's all-time leader in coaching victories and was named the winner of the 2006 Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award [7] on March 31, 2006, and the Virginia Coach of the Year on June 26, 2006, the same day he was nominated for an ESPY award. [8] Although the team lost to Hofstra during the CAA tournament, George Mason were still able to grab an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. This marks the first time in which the Patriots earned an at-large bid and the first time in 20 years in which the CAA sent two teams to the tournament (the other being conference tournament winner UNC Wilmington).

The at-large selection of teams from mid-major conferences (which included George Mason) to the tournament was criticized by media personalities, most notably Billy Packer. In the case of George Mason, this was possibly because of the absence of Tony Skinn, who was suspended for one game by the Patriots for punching Hofstra guard Loren Stokes in the groin during the CAA tournament semifinal loss. Moreover, many believed that Hofstra, who didn't get invited to the tournament despite of the fact that they beat the Patriots twice in a span of ten days, deserved to get in instead of them. Nevertheless, the Patriots entered the tournament as an 11th seed and defeated the 6th seeded Michigan State Spartans, who had played in the previous year's Final Four.

In their second round matchup against the defending champion North Carolina Tar Heels, the Patriots were once again underdogs. After falling in a 16–2 hole early in the game, the team was able to bounce back and win the game, 65–60. Their next game was against another mid-major, the Wichita State Shockers. George Mason jumped out to a big early lead, and the Shockers were not able to overcome. The Patriots won, 63–55.

Their Elite Eight matchup found themselves facing the Connecticut Huskies, a team that was tabbed as the favorite to win the national championship the entire season. The Patriots were able to defeat the top-seeded Huskies, 86–84 in overtime, in what is recognized as one of the most memorable games in tournament history. Their tournament run would end in Indianapolis, in a Final Four matchup with the Florida Gators, the eventual national champion in both 2006 and 2007 (with the same starting lineup both years).

The Patriots were the first team out of the CAA to reach the Final Four and also became the second team to reach it as a double-digit (11th) seed (the other being the LSU Tigers in 1986, also an 11th seed).

George Mason's Cinderella story ended in Indianapolis, when the eventual National Champion Florida Gators defeated them 73–58 on April 1, 2006. Despite their loss, many sports analysts considered their performance in the 2006 tourney to be the best run by a mid-major in tournament history. In the final rankings of 2005–2006 season, the USA Today/ESPN poll ranked the Patriots eighth in the nation—their highest rank to date.

Mason was atypical of recent Final Four teams not only in being a true mid-major, but also in their unusual scoring balance. The Patriots had five players average in double figures, making them one of only six Final Four teams in the 10 seasons from 1998–99 through 2007–08 with that distinction. (Two of the other five teams in this club are Florida's back-to-back national champions in 2006 and 2007.) [9]

Roster

2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightWeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
G 22 Lamar Butler 6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)170 lb(77 kg)RS Sr Oxon Hill Fort Washington, Maryland
G 12Tim Burns6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)185 lb(84 kg)Jr Worcester Academy Greenfield, Massachusetts
G 42 Folarin Campbell 6 ft 4 in(1.93 m)205 lb(93 kg)So Springbrook Silver Spring, Maryland
G 2Jordan Carter6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)175 lb(79 kg)So Brebeuf Indianapolis, Indiana
F 40Chris Fleming6 ft 7 in(2.01 m)240 lb(109 kg)Fr Osbourn Park Manassas, Virginia
F 3Makan Konate6 ft 7 in(2.01 m)215 lb(98 kg)Jr Worcester Academy Mali
F 55 Jai Lewis 6 ft 7 in(2.01 m)275 lb(125 kg)Sr Aberdeen Aberdeen, Maryland
G 24Charles Makings6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)210 lb(95 kg)Jr St. John's College Silver Spring, Maryland
F 5 Gabe Norwood 6 ft 5 in(1.96 m)190 lb(86 kg)Jr State College State College, Pennsylvania
G 1 Tony Skinn 6 ft 1 in(1.85 m)175 lb(79 kg)Sr Takoma Academy Takoma Park, Maryland
F 34 Will Thomas 6 ft 7 in(2.01 m)230 lb(104 kg)SoMount Saint Joseph's Baltimore, Maryland
F 13Jesús Urbina  Cruz Roja.svg 6 ft 7 in(2.01 m)235 lb(107 kg)Jr Amelia Academy Barquisimeto, Venezuela
G 23John Vaughn  Cruz Roja.svg 6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)179 lb(81 kg)So Laurel Laurel, Maryland
Head coach

Jim Larrañaga (Providence)

Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-07-27

Stats

PlayerGPGSMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
Jai Lewis 3530.4.523.348.6517.81.81.4.713.7
Tony Skinn 3431.6.396.339.8023.52.81.6.012.6
Lamar Butler 3531.9.454.378.7332.52.2.9.211.9
Will Thomas 3531.9.580.000.5167.21.1.7.711.8
Folarin Campbell 3531.1.491.343.7614.23.4.7.711.0
Gabe Norwood 3521.1.425.375.5882.01.9.9.73.4
Sammy Hernandez3511.1.518.375.2783.1.5.2.32.8
Tim Burns206.0.400.400.000.5.4.3.01.8
Jordan Carter286.5.524.364.333.7.7.5.01.0
Chris Fleming284.7.440.000.500.7.0.1.21.0
Makan Konate112.2.167.000.000.4.0.0.0.2
Charles Makings132.5.250.000.000.7.2.2.0.2

Schedule

Date
time, TV
Rank#Opponent#ResultRecordSite
city, state
November 6*
7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier
Exhibition
W 99–70 
Patriot Center  
Fairfax, Virginia
November 10*
7:00 p.m.
vs.  UC Irvine
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
W 79–56 1–0
Joel Coliseum  
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
November 11*
7:00 p.m.
vs.  Wake Forest
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
L 78–83 OT1–1
Joel Coliseum  
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
November 22*
7:00 p.m.
Creighton L 52–72 1–2
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
November 26*
7:00 p.m.
at  Manhattan W 72–66 2–2
Draddy Gymnasium  
The Bronx, New York
December 2
7:00 p.m.
at  Georgia State W 81–51 3–2
(1–0)
GSU Sports Arena  
Atlanta
December 5*
4:30 p.m.
vs.  American
BB&T Classic
W 75–35 4–2
Verizon Center  
Washington, D.C.
December 7
7:00 p.m.
at  Old Dominion L 53–54 4–3
(1–1)
Ted Constant Convocation Center  
Norfolk, Virginia
December 10*
5:00 p.m.
Radford W 81–69 5–3
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
December 21*
7:00 p.m.
Hampton W 79–66 6–3
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
December 27*
2:00 p.m.
Holy Cross W 71–38 7–3
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
December 30*
7:00 p.m.
at  Mississippi State L 61–63 7–4
Humphrey Coliseum  
Starkville, Mississippi
January 2
5:30 p.m.
at  Northeastern W 71–68 8–4
(2–1)
Matthews Arena  
Boston
January 5
3:00 p.m.
VCU
Rivalry
W 73–60 9–4
(3–1)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 7
4:30 p.m.
Delaware W 70–56 10–4
(4–1)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 12
7:00 p.m.
at  William & Mary W 65–46 11–4
(5–1)
Kaplan Arena  
Williamsburg, Virginia
January 14
2:00 p.m.
at  James Madison W 65–43 12–4
(6–1)
JMU Convocation Center  
Harrisonburg, Virginia
January 19
7:00 p.m.
Northeastern W 74–63 13–4
(7–1)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 21
8:00 p.m.
at  UNC-Wilmington L 63–69 13–5
(7–2)
Trask Coliseum  
Wilmington, North Carolina
January 26
8:00 p.m.
William & Mary W 81–58 14–5
(8–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 28
2:00 p.m.
Old Dominion W 66–47 15–5
(9–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 2
7:00 p.m.
at  Delaware W 57–52 16–5
(10–2)
Bob Carpenter Center  
Newark, Delaware
February 4
7:00 p.m.
UNC-Wilmington W 69–62 17–5
(11–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 9
7:00 p.m.
at  VCU W 73–61 18–5
(12–2)
Stuart C. Siegel Center  
Richmond, Virginia
February 11
4:00 p.m.
Towson
Homecoming
W 65–53 19–5
(13–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 15
7:00 p.m.
Drexel W 67–48 20–5
(14–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 16*
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
at  Wichita State
ESPN Bracket Busters
W 70–67 21–5
Charles Koch Arena  
Wichita, Kansas
February 23
7:00 p.m.
No. 25 at  Hofstra L 66–77 21–6
(14–3)
Hofstra Arena  
Hempstead, New York
February 25
7:00 p.m.
No. 25 James Madison W 61–56 22–6
(15–3)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
March 4
7:00 p.m.
vs. Georgia State
CAA Tournament Quarterfinals
W 61–56 23–6
Richmond Coliseum  
Richmond, Virginia
March 5
5:00 p.m.
vs. Hofstra
CAA Tournament Semifinals
L 49–58 23–7
Richmond Coliseum  
Richmond, Virginia
2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 17*
6:40 p.m., CBS
(11) vs. (6)  Michigan State
First Round
W 75–65 24–7
University of Dayton Arena  
Dayton, Ohio
March 19*
5:20 p.m., CBS
(11) vs. (3) No. 12  North Carolina
Second Round
W 65–60 25–7
University of Dayton Arena  
Dayton, Ohio
March 24*
5:40 p.m., CBS
(11) vs. (7)  Wichita State
Sweet Sixteen
W 63–55 26–7
Verizon Center  
Washington, D.C.
March 26*
6:20 p.m., CBS
(11) vs. (1) No. 2  Connecticut
Elite Eight
W 86–84 OT27–7
Verizon Center  
Washington, D.C.
April 1*
7:10 p.m., CBS
(11) vs. (3) No. 10  Florida
Final Four
L 58–73 27–8
RCA Dome  
Indianapolis
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Recruits

The following is a list of commitments George Mason received for the 2006–07 season:[ citation needed ]

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