How They Got In:
Big Wins: Dayton, Kansas State, Virginia Commonwealth
Notable Loss: The loss to Georgia State in the second CAA game gave notice to the erratic season ahead for GMU.
Player You Should Know: You may remember Will Thomas from such NCAA tournaments as 2006 but he's an even better player now than he was during that Final Four run. He averages a double-double (and had another one in tonight's CAA final), shoots 63% from the floor and is always the best option for a Mason team that is scattershot from three.
Outlook: You shouldn't underestimate the experience that Thomas and Folarin Campbell bring to the table after their Final Four trip in 2006. But don't overestimate it either. Their experience didn't help them battle VCU for the league title nor did it help them handle the lesser lights of the CAA. Don't expect another magical run from the Patriots but, then, you didn't expect it the last time either.