Just one consonant separates these 2 teams. George Mason is the school that made an improbable run to the final four in March 2006. JMU is well coached and has made a 180 degree turnaround from the previous season. Both schools are about two hours from Richmond but GMU has more fans here.
The arena was emptied during the intermission between the first doubleheader and the beginning of this one. Again the place is yellow, because GMU and JMU are both teams with yellow or gold in their uniforms. A bunch of folks who will give me a headache by the end of the evening are behind me wearing shirts that say Mason Nation. A few rows next to them are other likeminded rooters for GMU sporting yellow shirts that read Gold Rush.Gold Rush or Mason Nation they sound the same screeching for their players.