According to The Skeptic's Dictionary, recency bias is the tendency to think that trends and patterns we observe in the recent past will continue in the future.
In unrelated news, we're feeling really good about the Tribe's chances against George Mason in Fairfax this afternoon. W&M's run off three wins in a row, shooting 54.2% in the process, and received contributions from up and down the roster.
Brandon Britt's averaged 19.5 points and 3.3 assists, shooting 60.9 percent from deep over the past four games. Reigning CAA Player of the Week Marcus Thornton went for a career-high 32 points in the Tribe's 74-62 win over ODU. Kyle Gaillard led the team in rebounding in wins over UNCW and Georgia State. Julian Boatner, who's been quiet for much of the season as he tries to bounce back from injury, was perfect from the floor and the line in scoring 8 points against UNCW. Matt Rum broke a campaign-long slump, making four of six triples and scoring a season-high 16 points as the Wrens throttled a talented Georgia State team on Wednesday.
In all, five Wrens tallied double digits in the win over Ron Hunter's Panthers. Two days earlier, that same Georgia State squad traveled to Fairfax and laid the wood to an enigmatic Mason squad, winning by a 78-60 score that wasn't nearly that close. GSU led by 27 with 10:02 left in the game before downshifting and coasting to one of the easiest wins you'll ever see by a Patriot Center visitor.
We're not much for science or anything, but the trends here are pretty self-evident. And in another positive development, numerous members of the G:TB family will be in the house this afternoon. Despite the fact that Mason handled the Tribe, 73-66, in Williamsburg earlier this season, the futile/faithful head to the suburbs (really, just to different parts of the suburbs than our usual haunts) with high hopes.
After today, the Tribe wraps up the season with a road trip to Wilmington and the home finale against a JMU team that's fighting for the second seed in the conference tournament. The dream of mediocrity still isn't dead for W&M - if they run the table, they'll finish the CAA season with a .500 record.
The other dream, the one we talk about all the goddamn time at cocktail parties, tailgates, real estate seminars, corporate training events, bars, weddings, and the occasional bar mitzvah - that one's still alive, too. And frankly, it's a lot more plausible than a 9-9 conference record.
No sleep 'til Dayton, bitches.