The George Mason band played "All I Need Is a Miracle" before its national semifinal game against Florida on Saturday, a plea to make the Patriots' charmed run through the N.C.A.A. tournament last two more days. But it turned out that the Patriots had exhausted their miracles, and will have to settle for the most improbable postseason run ever in college basketball.See the game flow at ESPN.
George Mason, the 11th-seeded team in the Washington Regional, advanced to the Final Four on guile, execution and smarts. But those traits rarely showed up in their 73-58 loss to Florida, which was seeded third in the Minneapolis Regional. Smaller, less athletic and lacking depth, George Mason hung with the Gators in the first half before getting buried by a flurry of Florida offense early in the second half.
For three weeks, George Mason had redefined the role of Cinderella. The likable Patriots, with their lifer coach and under-recruited players, became the toast of the sporting world. And after victories over blue-blood programs like North Carolina, Connecticut and Michigan State, the Patriots had everyone beliving they could contend for the national title.
Well, at least Mason received some recognition for something other than academics and Nobel faculty members. I mean, afterall, we know what's important... ;-)