The Time Has Come

Syracuse has drilled its first pitiful “nonconference opponent” and the season is underway. (Which makes me think: does Jim Boeheim have some sort of agreement with Myles Brand that he gets to obliterate creampuffs like the Massachusetts Culinary Institute to tip off the hoops season each year?)

Anyway, the CAA season gets rolling tomorrow when George Mason meets UC Irvine in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at Wake Forest. Tipoff is 5:00. The Pats disappointed last year, finishing sixth in the conference and were only 16-13. Still, they have a ton of talent: Tony Skinn is an above average point guard, Lamar Butler can flat out shoot, and Jai Lewis is a load in the middle. (And by “load,” I’m of course referring to “overweight.” Lewis is listed at 275 pounds, but he’s clearly a few Happy Meals north of that number.)

GMU also has three members of last year’s All Freshman team back. The Patriots shot 63 percent from the field in a 99-70 romp over Division II St. Francis Xavier on Sunday.

Of note for Cal-Irvine: they have a great nickname (Anteaters). They were also 16-13 (how is the scheduling committee SO DARN GOOD!?!) and the number five team in the Big West. Its RPI hovered around 200. Strengths, according to

“UC Irvine’s backcourt is the backbone of the team: Guard Ross Schraeder is among the best shooters in the college game, and fellow guard Aaron Fitzgerald sees the floor exquisitely (a conference-best 5.2 apg in 2004-05).”

The reward for a victory? Host Wake Forest.

In other CAA news…

VCU news, courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

“Capel said guard B.A. Walker had an outstanding game (no official statistics were kept) against the Mount “and he’s been playing well since school started. He has a sense of calm out there. He seems like he’s always in control. He’s just playing with a quiet confidence about him right now.”

Capel also mentioned guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa, wing Nick George and post man Calvin Roland as standouts in the scrimmage, along with freshman guard T.J. Gwynn.

Forward Eric Davis, who sat out last season after transferring from Seton Hall, looked good until straining a calf muscle. Capel said Davis is expected to play in tomorrow’s (7:30) exhibition against Virginia Union at the Siegel Center, but Roland is having back problems and is questionable. Roland, who missed most of the summer workouts with a bulging disk in his back, was scheduled to be examined yesterday.”

And finally…who else can work Jimmy Buffett, ’til tuesday, and Midnight Oil into post titles? (Surely there’s an old Sugar Hill Gang song titled The Project, right?)


~ by mglitos on November 9, 2005.

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