In college basketball, tournaments are what it’s all about. Teams play in off-season summer tournaments, engage in preseason competitions, appear in early season and Christmas events and, of course, the annual March Madness.
This year, 10 of the 11 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball teams participated in an early season tournament. Recently, the George Mason Patriots embarked on a journey to the US Virgin Islands to partake in the Paradise Jam tournament. The Patriots went 2-1 in the event, beating Mercer and Quinnipiac and losing to New Mexico.
And now, after some relative success on and off the court, there have been rumblings that Mason is looking to appear in a Christmas tournament in 2013. Specifically, Washington Post George Mason beat writer, Steven Goff, tweeted that the program is interested in competing in the Diamond Classic.
The Classic, which has traditionally been hosted in the Hawaiian Islands, is currently set up in an 8-team format. This years participants are Arizona, East Tennessee, Indiana State, Hawaii, Miami (FL), Ole Miss, San Diego State and San Francisco.
Apparently, coach Paul Hewitt and company really enjoying playing basketball in tournaments that occur on tropical islands. With the grind of a college basketball team’s schedule, can you blame them?
The Patriots are currently 4-2 on the young 2012-2013 season after defeating Boston University 48-45 on Saturday. Now, the team is set for road matchup up north against Rhode Island on Wednesday.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.