The Very Thought of You

Tonight’s Slate
1. Coll of Charleston at UNC Wilmington: The “New Hope” should roll.
2. Northeastern at Wright State: This is the kind of game the CAA never wins but should. If it helps, I’ll consider Northeastern an AE school for tonight only.
3. Holy Cross at George Mason: Holy Cross and the Patriot League get the love. Mason gets the win. There is no reason, and I mean no reason Mason shouldn’t run away with this one.
4. Towson vs. Syracuse: Isn’t the ultimate indignity being scheduled for another team’s homecoming game? Well, this is a player’s homecoming game. Bless you, Pat Kennedy.
5. William & Mary at Virginia Tech: Hokies warm up for Friday date with the Monarchs.

***

The three weeks prior to the end of the year is, for lack of a better word, odd in college basketball circles.

The players finish up final exams for the semester. It is the time of year when it’s easy for them to get homesick. They’ve been away from home for an extended period of time, and the “holiday cheer” doesn’t translate very well to the practice floor. When all other students head for home, the players often head back to vacant dorms and campus housing. The monotony of practice and time in the weight room takes its toll.

In recent years conference games, sometime very important ones, are on the docket.

Coaches often stage a tirade so that they can throw all of the players out of practice, if only to break the monotony and attempt to refocus the players. (And on more than one occasion to get some late Christmas shopping done.)

All of those factors contribute to the sometimes illogical results and unbalanced play during this time in college basketball. (Georgia State both won and lost by more than 30 points in back-to-back CAA games.)

But as odd as it could be, it was also the crucial and critical two weeks for the conference. Stay tuned, perhaps tonight, to find out what we know and don’t know.

Okay, let’s just say we’ll play the game tomorrow…

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~ by mglitos on December 27, 2005.

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