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Story contributed by: Josh Marks
Affiliation with GMU: alumni
Contributed on: 31 March 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
When the final buzzer sounded against Connecticut. I knew that single moment changed everything for George Mason University.

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
I live in Los Angeles so I couldn't watch any of the games this season. I knew this team was different when I received an email from the alumni association saying Mason had cracked the top 25 for the first time in school history. I was relieved when the selection committee chose the Patriots for inclusion in the NCAA tourney. Of course no one could have anticipated what would happen next -- beating Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut to go to the Final Four. Being in L.A. over this run has been surreal. I open the L.A. Times and GMU is competing for attention with a UCLA team that is back in the final four after a long dry spell. People at my work are talking about a school they had never heard of before. I turn on the radio and the local sports jockies are talking about Mason on the top of their shows. This in a town with UCLA, the Lakers and the Clippers all grabbing for attention. I am heading to San Diego on Saturday for a watch party to be with my fellow Mason alums. Go Pats!

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
This is the single biggest thing to ever happen to this university in its short history. Before, either people outside of the Washington metro area hadn't heard of George Mason or they got it confused with George Washington. No more. Now people around the country and the world know about George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. They will remember the year that the Patriots pulled off the greatest upset in the history of college basketball.

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Josh Marks, Object #19, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 31 March 2006, <http://hoops.gmu.edu/detail_story.php?id=19>

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