DAYTON, Ohio - Michigan State? Gone. Defending national champion North Carolina? Gone, too.
Any more questions about whether George Mason belongs in the NCAA tournament?
Didn't think so.
The upstart Patriots turned Carolina a whole different shade of blue Sunday, knocking the third-seeded Tar Heels out with a 65-60 victory that set up a mid-major matchup in the round of 16.
George Mason (25-7) will play Wichita State on Friday in the Washington Regional semifinals, pitting the Colonial Athletic Association against the Missouri Valley's regular-season champion. The Patriots won 70-67 at Wichita State last month.
This one has everything it takes to play with the big boys. That was coach Jim Larranaga's message to his green-uniformed team before the opening tip.
"The last comment I made to them was, 'What color is kryptonite?"' Larranaga said. "They said, 'Green.' I said, 'Look at your jerseys. You have everything you need to win this game."'
Today is the first day back to classes after Spring Break, and I can tell you that no one is learning anything. They might as well declare it some kind of holiday.
The only thing that's bad about this, and maybe all this press with straighten this out, is that our Mascot Gunston is creepy:
He's some kind of green reject Muppet creation. I have no idea.