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Hewitt vs. Hurley in GMU at Rhode Island

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Hewitt vs. Hurley in GMU at Rhode Island

If you're a college basketball fan of a certain age and didn't grow up rooting for the Dukies, odds are you're not a fan of the Hurley's. Depending on how George Mason's matchup at Rhode Island winds up on Wednesday night, Patriot fans might feel the same.

True, it's former Seton Hall point guard Danny and not his better-known brother in the head coaching chair for the Rams (1-5) - and the one leading the Atlantic 10 program in the right direction, but it's a guilt by association thing. Besides, Bobby Hurley, the floor general (and for some, constant irritant) on Duke's consecutive back-to-back national championship winning teams from the early 90's, will be sitting right next to his younger brother as one of the Rams' assistants for the 8:00 p.m. tip-off.

Then again, green and gold nation should simply be rooting for their side to come up with an aesthetically pleasing outing after Saturday's ugly 48-45 win over Boston University. With only one player scoring in double figures and George Mason (4-2) collectively missing 14 of 16 attempts from beyond the arc, the Patriots needed Bryon Allen's 3-point play with 0.2 seconds to avoid a homecourt disaster against the Terriers. Johnny Williams, George Mason's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer behind Sherrod Wright on the season, paced the Patriots with 10 points.

Speaking of associations, don't assume the Rams' losing record means the Patriots will have it easy in Kingston. For starters, recall last season's 92-90 overtime win in Paul Hewitt's George Mason coaching debut. The current Rhode Island roster hung tough with No. 4 Ohio State and lost in overtime against Loyola (Md.) before finally claiming victory Sunday in double-overtime at Auburn.

Guard Xavier Munford tallied 33 points in the Rams' 78-72 win as the 6-foot-2 junior forced the second extra session with a desperation 3-point field goal. Munford leads the Rams in scoring with 17 per game while senior forward Nikola Malesevic does a little bit of everything, averaging 15.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and knocks down 42 percent of 3-point attempts. Malesevic scored 12 points in last season's matchup in Fairfax while Wright and Vertrail Vaughns each had 17 for the Patriots.

2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.

Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally. 

The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday. 

Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."

"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds. 

"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."

Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

ESPN ranks Marial as the No. 2 center in Arizona and the No. 14 center nationally, while 247Sports says he's No. 6 and No. 26 in those two respective categories.

He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.

"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."

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