Short Fat Texas

Thanks, Rob
Co-POW: Loren Stokes, Hofstra and Gary Neal, Towson
NOW: Pierre Curtis, JMU (The legend of Senor Crankypants grows…)

VCU is the first CAA team since Old Dominion in 2004-05 to open league action with eight straight wins and no CAA team has started 9-0 since James Madison in 1991-92. VCU is the only Division I team in the nation with an 8-0 conference mark. VCU is at George Mason on Wednesday.

I may have already given you this, but I’m too lazy to look: The Hofstra backcourt duo of Loren Stokes (20.7 ppg) and Antoine Agudio (20.3 ppg) is the highest-scoring backcourt tandem in the country. They are also one of only two sets of teammates in Division I who are averaging better than 20.0 ppg along with VMI forward Reggie Williams and guard Chavis Holmes.

Speaking of George Mason…they extended their winning streak to five after defeating William & Mary (76-63) and Northeastern (78-53) last week. Mason’s average margin of victory during the streak is 21.8 ppg. The Patriots lead the league in FG percentage (46.7%). Mason tops the CAA in scoring defense (56.8 ppg) and has held the opposition to fewer than 70 points in 16 straight games.

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BracketBusters announcement is Monday. Unfortunately, Butler is playing at home, as is VCU and Hofstra. But Drexel is a road team. I’m just saying.

Drexel at Butler
VCU at Missouri State
Hofstra at Northern Iowa

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Coach Speak

Tom Pecora:
On why Loren Stokes doesn’t have a great nickname: “Loren is a funny enough name.”

That’s it. I have a life. Bad day for rooting for the gems within Lalooshisms.

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~ by mglitos on January 23, 2007.

4 Responses to “Short Fat Texas”

  1. Since I can’t imagine a team giving up home court advantage I suppose you meant MS at VCU and Northern Iowa at Hofstra.

    What about:
    Villanova at VCU
    VMI at Hofstra

    Oh, and tell Pecora that the name Loren is very en vogue in France, and it was very nearly Loren Parker for the San Antonio Spurs.

  2. Here’s my *realistic* prediction for the top five CAA schools:

    Northern Iowa @ VCU
    Winthrop @ Hofstra
    Drexel @ Missouri St.
    ODU @ New Mexico St. (although distance may prevent that)
    Appalachian St. (but it’ll be Bradley so ESPN can use the “these two teams made it to the Sweet 16” line) @ Mason

    The first 3 will be televised.

    The field is available at http://www.tribeathletics.com/files/mbb/2007/2007BracketBustersPool.pdf

  3. Missouri State is a home team, thus can’t play VCU.

  4. Watch for the Patriots to cash in on last year’s national introduction and be matched up w/a top tier team after they whoop the Rams tomorrow night.

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