UNC-Greensboro 79, Southern Mississippi 78 (story)
- At Iowa's Hawkeye Challenge, the C-USA's Golden Eagles were up by eight at the break against a second-division SoCon school... but blew the lead and let the Spartans spurt after a Larry Eustachy technical. UNCG's Ricky Hickman led all scorers with 29, and was fouled on a last-second trey attempt with the score knotted at 78. He missed the third foul shot intentionally to deny USM an inbound, and that was that. Eustachy's Iowa State
"reunion" with former player Adam Haluska (who transfered across the state to Iowa
) has been called off
Beloved former New Mexico
coach Bob King has been upgraded to serious condition
. What looks like a tough upcoming season for the Lobos in the Mountain West could soon become a very sad one too.
The San Francisco Chronicle
reminds football-crazy Cal
fans that there's a basketball game tonight, too
. Given the Golden Bear hoopsters' recent struggles (including a loss at home to an atrociously-attired UNLV
squad the other night) and a Rose Bowl berth on the line, a cross-country guarantee gimmee against Fairleigh Dickinson
is going to be a very tough sell.
Keep an eye on the Kansas
game today, which might end up being a very interesting one
. The Tigers are returning almost all their scoring and look like the team to beat in the Big West again. They also played the Jayhawks basket-for-basket for thirty minutes in the NCAA second round, and would have silenced any "Rock Chalk" chants if they had been able to withstand Kansas' two-minute burst.
Big weekend for local clashes. Aside from the aforementioned Philly Big Five
tripleheader, there's also Pittsburgh's 73rd annual City Game
In the heartland, Tulsa
and Oral Roberts
have shared Aerospace City for years, but each has generally known its respective place in the college hoops world. The Golden Hurricane was always good for a NCAA early-round upset or two, and ORU... well, you can get a good, solid faith-based education there. But this year, things are the other way around.
In our nation's capital, the four-team BB&T Classic kicks off today, with local schools Maryland
, George Washington
and George Mason
in attendance. Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post
takes the opportunity to drop the age-old "what is a mid-major?"
query on a bunch of coaches, and broaches the always-thorny Gonzaga
question as well.
In many people's eyes, though, you are what your conference says you are, which means Gonzaga is generally perceived as a mid-major program.
"I think they are in a mid-major conference," said Coach Randy Bennett, whose Saint Mary's team competes with Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference. "They are a high-major caliber team. But they are not doing it like the big boys budget-wise. That's the good thing about college basketball; you don't have to be one to compete against the big boys."
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