In the Morning…

The Slate, 2X

Two days’ worth, because there are no guarantees for tomorrow, as I’m on my way to Norfolk for the ODU/Va Tech game. Stick around for that one.

TONIGHT
James Madison vs. Yale (Come on, it’s an Ivy League team. And a bad one at that.)

Central Conn at Delaware (These guys took LaSalle to four overtimes last week. Not Delaware, you ninny. Hens are at home and had better win this one.)

TOMORROW
Towson at Lehigh (Whew, these two teams hate each other. You can throw out the record books when…uh…aw, heck, I tried.)

Holy Cross at Northeastern (Methinks HC scores more than 38, but not more than Northeastern.)

Virginia Tech at Old Dominion (Another possible in-game report, assuming wireless is more reliable at the Constant Center than the Robins Center.)

Hofstra at La Salle (HU is rested. LaSalle is not. Pride.)

VCU at Hampton (If you’re headed that way, skip this one and go down a few more exits on I64 and catch the ODU game with me.)

George Mason at Mississippi State (Mason is really playing well. This would be a tremendous road win, but I really don’t see it.)

Georgia State at Alabama State and James Madison finishing up in Texas. So there.

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Is It Really That Bad?
Okay, so ODU is tanking. The darlings are now the shunned, sitting at 7-4 and a toughie tomorrow with Virginia Tech. So let’s say ODU wins that one. Are things really that bad? Consider:

1. Five CAA teams are ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll released by CollegeInsider.com. on Dec. 26. Northeastern and George Mason garnered the prestigious “Others Receiving Votes” award.

2. Despite a brutal two weeks with seemingly destructive losses, the CAA has still combined for a non-conference record of 51-33, which is a 61% winning percentage.

3. Six CAA teams are ranked among the top 85 in the nation according to the RPI ratings compiled by Collegiate Basketball News through games of Dec. 26.

4. If any of the top four or five go 15-3 in the conference, that puts one team in the 25-6 neighborhood. And we still have quality wins. I’m just saying…

All I’m saying is that for all the bluster, all the hand wringing, all the cursing and gnashing of the teeth, the CAA has not taken a step backwards this season. I’ll grant you, and everyone else, that this was supposed to be the season where the conference took a leap forward, but it’s turned into a baby step.

Why do I feel like a Brooklyn Dodgers fan?

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Today’s Interesting Yet Useless Nugget
Hofstra plays LaSalle in another important game, but then again, aren’t they ALL important at this point? Anyway, if the Pride begins bombing from all over Philly, they could have three players make their 100th career three-pointer in
the same game. Antoine Agudio has 99; Aurimas Kieza has 97; and Carlos Rivera has 96. Only 11 other players in school history have reached that milestone.

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~ by mglitos on December 29, 2005.

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