The Days of Wine and Roses

The Slate
Permit me to be guilty of grouping, stereotyping, and, well, profiling…tonight’s games feature five of the “Big Seven” against the “Little Five” and a wonderfully compelling matchup in Philly. (Surely there is a savvy editor-type out there reading, saying to himself “this guy was able to string together three words with double l’s…I’ve got to get him!”)

The ye olde conventional wisdom says that there will be an upset somewhere as four of the big five play road games. However, I’m not conventionally intelligent. Here goes:

Delaware at Northeastern: Way too much JJB and Shawn James in this one. Bobby Kelly hits five of six three point attempts on Delaware’s sieve of a defense, with James blocking four Harding Nana shots. The Red Sox win 88-74, and someone writes a book. Foreword by Peter Gammons. Endorsement by Bill Simmons.

George Mason at William & Mary: Playing in Williamsburg is always a little funky. It’s an odd-shaped gym, and there isn’t much noise. It usually takes awhile for road teams to adjust. Scouts from the NBA, NFL, and Dancing with the Stars are on hand to watch the Human Second Helping. Expect this one to be close at the half, but GMU runs out in the second half and wins, 73-63.

Old Dominion at Georgia St.: ODU goes south to play a team going south. Abdi Lidonde and Sam Harris each get 12 minutes as ODU rolls, 85-67.

VCU at James Madison: Jeff Capel made an interesting comment on Tuesday. He said that he hoped his Rams had enough respect in themselves to not have to look back at last year’s JMU upset over VCU for motivation. They don’t need the motivation, and win on the road, 65-59.

Hofstra at Towson: This is the fashionable pick for an upset, so I’m driving to Towson this afternoon to catch tonight’s game. Plus, I want to see Gary Neal in person. Folks are pointing to Neal, to the Pride looking ahead, to the fact that it’s a road game. I choose to point to the talent level. Hofstra wins convincingly, 75-66.

UNC Wilmington at Drexel: You know, there are 45 reasons why UNCW will steal this one on the road. There are also 45 reasons why Drexel wins this home test going away. Part of me wants to skip the Towson exit off of I-95 and keep going north to Philly for this one. (Memo to CAA Hoops Overlord Ron Bertovich: how about some 2:00/7:00 doubleheaders?) Enough of the attempts to weenie out of this one. If you’re serious about winning the CAA this year, you must win at home. It’s difficult to pick against Bruiser in the Daskaskaslasiaslkasiaskisisisisasklis Center. Drexel 58, UNCW 55.

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The CAA Basketball Report Debuts tonight. Hosted by Richmond radio voice Mike Maniscalco, the weekly one-hour radio show is deisgned to get you up to date on the happenings around the conference. Of course you will have read it here first, but I digress…

The show can be heard on 910 AM in Richmond and 740 AM in Williamsburg, and computer geeks like me and you can listen via the Internet using the link pasted above. There will be a graphic to click through.

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As I prepare for the Towson trip, I realize that the Tigers (2-2 and 6-7) have already equaled their conference victory total from last year (2) and supassed their total victories (5). And it’s not all Gary Neal, either. Lawrence Hamm ranks third in the CAA in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg) and leads the conference in FG percentage (63%).

“We knew Pat was going to get it going down there, he’s a helluva coach,” Tom Pecora said. “It’s no surprise at all.”

Yeah, that’s what this conference needs…another very tough team. (I know what you’re thinking, and I implore you to think big picture.)

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Some Late Morning Editing

One of Boston’s finest posted this comment, and I think it deserves mention here, in case you are lazy or blind:

Northeastern just launched this morning. Interesting in the ‘Vote Barea’ section when it compares his numbers to the top guards around the country.”

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~ by mglitos on January 12, 2006.

2 Responses to “The Days of Wine and Roses”

  1. Another great article! Where can I pre order my book?????

    Your last comment, think big picture”….this conference must have 2-3 teams start separating themselves from the rest of the conference if we want 2 bids.

    We can’t add Towson to the mix and have the top 8 teams cut each other up….

  2. Northeastern just launched GoBarea.com this morning. Interesting in the ‘Vote Barea’ section when it compares his numbers to the top guards around the country.

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