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VMI vs. Bucknell

I have received some feedback questioning a line in my game story that stated a Bucknell win over Maryland would have been more shocking of an upset than VMI beating Kentucky. My rationale was two-fold:

1) Kentucky did this last year, too. On Nov. 7, 2007, Kentucky fell at home to Garner-Webb. That lost was embarrassing, as was last night's defeat at the hands of VMI. Should the Wildcats drop an early-season home game to another inferior opponent next season, the school might consider marketing the event as an annual occurence in years to come.

2) Bucknell played horribly last night. Maryland didn't play all that well either, specifically in the first half, but the Bison were difficult to watch. The Terps played adequate defense and their full-court press generated a good number of turnovers, but to say that Maryland held Bucknell to 31.7 percent shooting from the field would be inaccurate. The Bison took bad shots, missed open looks and often looked absolutely helpless on offense.

So, between Kentucky's recent penchant for embarrassing losses and Bucknell's horrid performance last night, I stand by my claim that a Bucknell win would have been more shocking of an upset than was VMI's.

Feel free to disagree, but give me some reasons why. What do you all think?

By Steve Yanda  |  November 15, 2008; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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