“Who will be this year’s George Mason?” is now a standard question asked during NCAA March Madness. Ten years ago, the George Mason University Men’s Basketball team received what was seen by many as a generous at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots turned it into an historic Final Four run, defeating Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State, and Connecticut, with their only loss to the eventual national champ, Florida. Mason’s Final Four unquestionably affected the way Mason students, faculty and staff, as well as the nation, regarded the university. A seminal event in Mason’s history, the Patriots’ riveting road to the Final Four kept the country spellbound, and put George Mason University “on the map”.
We were “This Year’s George Mason!” features archival materials and artifacts celebrating the remarkable Final Four run of the George Mason University Men’s Basketball team in March 2006. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, March 2, with a reception at 2:00 P.M. in the Exhibition space, Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick Library.
For more information, please contact Bob Vay, rvay at gmu.edu