A Few College Basketball Links
So Dick Vitale has cast his vote for the No. 1 team in the area, and he says Georgetown, calling the Hoyas a legit national title contender. Thanks for that. The Examiner says the Hoyas' loss to Syracuse showed they're human.
In other news, who knew that Anne Arundel County was home to Ice Force One, the No. 1 adult masters-level synchronized figure skating team on the East Coast?
Mike Jones is apparently playing the best ball of his career, and is no longer a one-dimensional scorer. Boom Osby says the Terps have figured out how to win on the road. Speaking of the road, despite playing at home, Duke is staying in a hotel and eating ice cream. Gary pokes at the critics and says "If I see another story on Krzyzewskiville, I might get a little sick." The "Duke Sucks" Facebook group has more than 4,500 members. Yesterday, the Sun talked to expert types who had Maryland in the 4-6 seed range.
Did you see where someone carved "VT" into the court at the John Paul Jones place? Now tomorrow's game between No. 3 Virginia Tech and No. 4 Virginia really means something. Seth Greenberg says the success of the Virginia ACC teams is "great for basketball in the commonwealth," and here's a much longer look at what it all means. J.R. Reynolds refuses to tell a reporter his middle name, and call's tomorrow's game the biggest of his career, while players discuss the amazing campus popularity of fro-wearing Virginia freshman Andy Burns. Also, Jason Cain is glad he didn't transfer and a student columnist looks at ticket prices to NCAA first-round sites. A pro columnist suggests that, numbers aside, the ACC is not the best conference in the land. I like the ticket prices better.
In the Patriot League, Local No. 10 American has a history of tourney heartbreak, as chronicled by the Wash Times, which suggests that the buzz is gone. Likely the school won't appreciate the story much; especially the parts about men's basketball possibly being responsible for cuts in other programs, and about Jeff Jones's $250 k salary, and about former players like Kermit Washington feeling little connection to the school. But it's a lot of ink, anyhow.
Also in the Patriot League, Navy plays at Bucknell tonight.
Entering tonight's game at Bethune-Cookman, Morgan State is tied for second in the MEAC and has already tripled its win total from last year. Norfolk State (which faces Howard tonight) can still avoid a MEAC play-in game.
In the CAA, where new basketballs are afoot, at-large lobbying has taken off, although Richmond's John Markon is pessimistic. The league's four best teams are a combined 42-17 on the road, which is nice, and a Daily Press writer thinks Local No. 5 Old Dominion is looking good. Here's a long look at whether Local No. 11 William & Mary can become among the CAA's elite; W&M is one of five teams (and the only Local) with 50 years of DI experience never to have made the NCAA tourney. And a colleague points out that the authors of that piece both have mustaches. Towson's Pat Kennedy tries to sell his team on this being a new season and all that, Local Poll voter Dustin Dopirak publishes his all-CAA votes, and CAA blogger Michael Litos "feel[s] vomit on my tonsils" over the MSM's treatment of BCS teams.
And how 'bout sixth-seeded VMI upsetting Liberty in the first round of the Big South? And by playing zone and running a half-court offense, no less? Crazy, right? Did you all have that right in your conference pick-em pools? I know Local Voter Littles did. Anyhow, our 27 Local teams is now down to 24; Liberty, which actually tried to play VMI-style ball last night, is done; seventh-seeded Radford lost at High Point, and Longwood has run out of non-conference opponents to lose to.
Here's a women's ACC tourney preview that focuses on the Duke hype, while here's one that focuses on the spiking attendance. Virginia's Monica Wright was named ACC rookie of the year, which was completely expected, and here's a long profile of her in which she discusses basketball movies. You should feel guilty for missing the GW women's unbelievable regular season. The Towson women have set a school record for victories. Who knew? The Bowie State women are on to the CIAA semifinals. And Mary Washington junior center Liz Hickey was named the CAC's player of the year.
Oh, and don't forget, the UDC men are having a big 25th anniversary celebration tomorrow in honor of the 1982 Division II national champions.
February 28, 2007; 10:21 AM ET
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