“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 champion, Florida. The Patriots’ appearance in the Final Four unquestionably affected the way Mason students, faculty and staff, as well as the nation, regarded the university. A seminal event in Mason history, the 2006 NCAA Tournament put George Mason University “on the map” and riveted the country throughout the tournament.
We were “This Year’s George Mason” exhibit features archival materials and artifacts pertaining to the George Mason University Men’s Basketball Team’s 2006 Final Four appearance. It 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