Maryland impressed in their last game, a 77-57 victory over Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The ball moving north and south with a quickened pace, the players creating an up-tempo scenario by taking fast break opportunities when obviously presented and sometimes when they are not.
The logic is obvious yet frequently ignored or at the very least dismissed by postseason seeking coaches in leagues big or mid-sized.
With frontcourt stalwarts Ryan Pearson and Mike Morrison having graduated, George Mason men's basketball program has a sizable interior hole.
Like most schools, George Mason's Midnight Madness event is not simply about ginning up excitement for the upcoming season.