I made myself re-watch the awful game last night. It appeared to me that Mason tried to play with little emotion and totally under control last night. It also appeared that this just doesn’t work with him. When he’s been at his best in a game, he’s extremely passionate, emotional and on the edge of “out of control”.
At the MO game, he definitely crossed that edge. He needed the talk I’m sure he got from CEM. It appeared, either CEM went too hard about him staying in control of his emotions, or Mason went overboard in how he took the instruction.
If we have any hope of making the NCAA Tournament, Mason has to be at his best these next few games until Joe returns. He doesn’t need to be thinking about anything except playing as hard as he can and playing with great confidence. He’s lost some confidence in his shot and you can see it in some hesitation before the shot. That needs to stop. He has a great stroke and he’s got to trust that.
Mason is at his best when he plays with great passion and lots of emotion. Last night he wasn’t having any “fun” on the court. Hopefully, from here on, he will find that magic line again between “great passion” and “out of control”. That great smile he has on the court when he’s having fun needs to return.