Team preview: George Mason

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 5, 2003, 1:57 PM ET
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The dreaded injury bug took a serious chunk out of George Mason last season. But despite frequent visits from that unwanted creature, the Patriots were still able to finish a respectable 16-12 in 2002-03.

With an entire spring and summer to heal their bumps and bruises, the Patriots are healthy again and look like the team to beat in Colonial Athletic this year, although they will be pushed by UNC Wilmington and Virginia Commonwealth.