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Priorities

Game 051: Pennsylvania 70, at Harvard 57 Friday, February 4, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA Two weeks after the Blizzard of 2005, much of the ancient city of Boston was still buried under three feet of frozen white. The temperatures had been too frigid for significant melting to occur, and ...

Less Than Zero

Game 052: at Delaware State 71, Maryland-Eastern Shore 45 Saturday, February 5, 2005 Memorial Hall - Dover, DE To determine where their favorite school stands during the regular season, most college basketball fans are conditioned to use a bizarre and ultimately flawed reference point. With no reli...

Interview With The Chicken

Game 053: at Delaware 76, William & Mary 47 Saturday, February 6, 2005 Bob Carpenter Center - Newark, DE As the second half of a CAA second-division blowout wore sadly on, I pulled out my Sony digital camera and began snapping the traditional round of atmospheric pictures that make up such a la...

Rollout

Game 054: at Pennsylvania 70, Princeton 62 (OT) Tuesday, February 8, 2005 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA It begins simply enough: a messenger delivers a long white tube from floor level, he bounds up the short and wide stairs. The folks in the upper left corner know exactly what to do with it - t...

The National Anthem

Game 055: Virginia Commonwealth 62, at Drexel 59 Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Daskalakis Athletic Center - Philadelphia, PA As a piece of music, it's not lacking for interesting qualities: most arrangements are in the song's original key of B-Dorian, although some bands screw up and flat the last B ...

Never Can Say Goodbye

Game 056: at Pennsylvania 73, Columbia 66 Friday, February 11, 2005 The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA Every game counts, but the sad flipside of the Ivy League season is that it is cruel and short: only fourteen games over six weeks. Each team gets three weekends at home, two midweek contests against...

Passion and Patience

Game 057: at Fordham 63, Massachusetts 56 Saturday, February 12, 2005 Rose Hill Gym - Bronx, NY As alums, Atlantic-10 fanatics and trivia buffs can tell you, Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium is the oldest facility in Division I college basketball. Its beauty is undeniable - upon approach, you wonder i...

The Last Picture Show

Game 058: at Long Island-Brooklyn 76, Quinnipiac 72 Saturday, February 12, 2005 Schwartz Athletic Center - Brooklyn, NY Veterans Stadium was imploded on Second Round Sunday of last year's Tournament. I was in Kansas City at the time. So right before I touched down at Philadelphia International Airp...

How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The NEC

Game 059: Wagner 62, at St. Francis (NY) 61 Saturday, February 12, 2005 Pope Center - Brooklyn, NY The Northeast Conference doesn't try to be something that it's not, and that's refreshing. Their mission statement strives for "athletic achievement, academic integrity and development, community out...

Song Of The SoCon

Game 060: at Chattanooga 82, North Carolina-Greensboro 68 Monday, February 14, 2005 McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, TN No news here, but this red state-blue state thing isn't a new divide by any means. Back in the 1860's, an invisible Mason-Dixon line separated America's two primary philosophical nat...

In The Club

Game 061: at Austin Peay 73, Jacksonville State 65 Tuesday, February 15, 2005 Dunn Center - Clarksville, TN When halftime comes, the "Gov" mascot strides onto the floor accompanied by his attendants, a phalanx of black-dressed cheerleaders. The red-coated, top-hatted old gent with a monocle, a cha...

Diamonds In The Rough

Game 062: at Evansville 76, Bradley 66 Wednesday, February 16, 2005 Roberts Stadium - Evansville, IN The press box at Roberts Municipal Stadium really is a place called vertigo. It's a series of skyboxes high above the floor, attached to the rafters, accessible only by a secret unmarked staircase. ...

Third Party

Game 063: Arkansas-Little Rock 55, at Western Kentucky 53 Thursday, February 17, 2005 E.A. Diddle Arena - Bowling Green, KY With no teams in the major pro leagues and no meaningful college football of any kind, it may be the one state in the union where residents are free to obsess over college bas...

Shooting The Shot

Game 064: at Charleston 85, Virginia Commonwealth 75 Saturday, February 19, 2005 John Kresse Arena - Charleston, SC The tickets said "ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday," but there was no sign of the Worldwide Leader In Sports to be found. No television cameras, no Dick Vitale, no orange-and-gray logo st...

The Horse-Men, Episode 1

Game 065: at Fairleigh Dickinson 63, Central Connecticut State 58 Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Rothman Center - Teaneck, NJ Click image for larger version, apologies to David Rees. Actual Game Recap | ...

Bad Seeds

Game 066: at Boston University 66, Maine 50 Thursday, February 24, 2005 Case Gymnasium - Boston, MA The scoreboard records the points, the newspaper keeps track of the wins and losses, and the banners hanging in the rafters immortalize the championships and dynasties. Lights, paper, cloth - that's ...

Where Are We Running?

Game 067: at Harvard 82, Yale 66 Friday, February 26, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA If each basketball team's season is like a single lifetime, then Ivy League hoops must be a lot like life. There are good days and bad days, zero second chances and absolutely no do-overs. And if you were ...

Senior Day

Game 068: at Holy Cross 66, Army 49 Saturday, February 27, 2005 Hart Center - Worcester, MA Nothing lasts forever, and that certainly includes one's youth. Religions and tribes often mark a young person's passage out of the slow and careful rhythms of the salad days into jangled, unpredictable adul...

Missed Connection

Game 069: at Harvard 80, Brown 68 Saturday, February 26, 2005 Lavietes Pavilion - Cambridge, MA Last Saturday evening, I was scheduled to meet a fellow blogger and college basketball enthusiast for a game. We've been blog-buddies for several years now, but this would have had been my first in-perso...

The 20 Games Project

Game 070: at New Hampshire 76, Stony Brook 66 Sunday, February 28, 2005 Lundholm Gymnasium - Durham, NH On a cold and clear Senior Day just off the New Hampshire seacoast, the 100 Games Project entered the seventies. The 100GP tied Mark McGwire's single-season home run record, an aesthetically plea...

You Don't Boo The Cheerleaders

Game 071: (5) Iona 68, (10) Siena 51 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY It doesn't matter what type of measurement apparatus you use, Siena's season has been a complete disaster. When you finish 4-15 in conference and 6-24 overall, when you've lost 17 of your last 20,...

Bringing The Band

Game 072: (7) Canisius 62, (8) Marist 60 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY In conference tournaments, the sevens and the eights and the nines don't figure they'll be staying long. They usually send a bus with the team, the staff, a couple of cheerleaders and the masc...

Heads Held High

Game 073: (6) Manhattan 76, (9) Loyola (Md.) 67 MAAC First Round Friday, March 4, 2005 HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY The Old Loyola Greyhounds - the 2003-04 ones - were the worst team in the entire nation, so getting a nine-seed in the MAAC tournament this year was an entire world of improvement. Afte...

Home Game

Game 074: (5) Binghamton 76, (4) Albany 70 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Folks who maintain that the regular season doesn't mean anything have had their case bolstered by this year's America East tournament. The Binghamton Bearcats limped to a 2...

Cats, Dogs & Wolves

Game 075: (1) Vermont 76, (9) Maryland-Baltimore County 61 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Back in 2001-02, before anyone knew who they were, the Vermont Catamounts enjoyed a wildly successful regular season (21-8) before suffering a semifinal lo...

Free Wolfie

Game 076: (2) Northeastern 90, (7) Stony Brook 79 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY Jose Juan Barea of Northeastern scored 41 points on 17-for-32 shooting, and his Huskies prevailed over the Stony Brook Seawolves in an America East quarterfinal. Tha...

Foiled Again

Game 077: (6) Maine 47, (3) Boston University 45 America East Quarterfinals Saturday, March 5, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY When you drive east into Boston along the MassPike, you'll pass by the home of the local pro baseball team. Last May, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino asked Tom Brennan to ...

Twin Turbines

Game 078: (1) Vermont 76, (5) Binghamton 65 America East Semifinals Sunday, March 6, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY A tried-and-true method for filling out Tournament brackets is to examine the mid-majors out there, and look at their offensive weaponry. Teams with one dominant scorer are usu...

Point Taken

Game 079: (2) Northeastern 86, (6) Maine 73 America East Semifinals Sunday, March 6, 2005 Events Center - Binghamton, NY The point guard position has enjoyed a long and strange evolution. From Bob Cousy to Jerry "The Logo" West, and later to Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson, players of all sizes, ...

Space Alien Basketball

Game 080: (6) Morgan State 77, (11) Maryland-Eastern Shore 56 MEAC First Round Monday, March 7, 2005 Arthur Ashe Center - Richmond, VA In recent years, the fine city of Richmond, Virginia has hosted two Division I basketball tournaments - that of the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the...

Title Game

Game 081: (1) Old Dominion 73, (2) Virginia Commonwealth 66 (OT) CAA Championship Monday, March 7, 2005 Richmond Coliseum - Richmond, VA I wish that I had the words to describe the marked contrast between February to March, the shock of that annual transition. Games in the shortest month have var...

Family Gathering

Game 082: (8) Bethune-Cookman 76, (9) North Carolina A&T 62 MEAC First Round Tuesday, March 8, 2005 Arthur Ashe Center - Richmond, VA "Games held at home of higher seed." For a mid-major conference, it's the ultimate surrender. Many leagues in the lower third of the scale have gone this way,...

Love It Or Give It Back

Game 083: (W4) Richmond 68, (E5) Rhode Island 60 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH After driving through a snowstorm in the West Virginia mountains to make it to Cincinnati in time for the A-10 first round, I arrived at the riverfront U.S. Bank Aren...

A Sorta Fairytale

Game 084: (W6) LaSalle 70, (E3) Massachusetts 64 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH Once upona time, someone got the bright idea to call upstart teams "Cinderellas." Every possible symbol of that classic bedtime story has been mined for metaphor - g...

The Start Of Something Big

Game 085: (E4) Fordham 65, (W5) Duquesne 53 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH Life is different here on First Round Day. While the quarterfinals and semis match up teams with 20 or 25 wins, the opening games usually feature squads who willed their ...

With The Points

Game 086: (W3) Dayton [-14.5] 78, (E5) St. Bonaventure 48 Atlantic 10 First Round Wednesday, March 9, 2005 U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH It's really difficult to get folks excited about what initially appears to be generic, no-name hoops. Few know that better than I. If I had my way, every mi...

Rags

Game 087: (7) Buffalo 85, (2) Toledo 72 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH October is for pumpkin pie, baseball playoffs, falling leaves. It also brings the first quivers of anticipation for the college basketball fan, as the first signs of winter appro...

Boing

Game 088: (3) Western Michigan 66, (6) Akron 60 (OT) Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH Perhaps the least descriptive and helpful words in the language of basketball is "brick." In hoops, bricks hurt construction of point totals; but in architecture, ...

Radio-Only

Game 089: (1) Miami (Oh.) 85, (8) Bowling Green 65 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Mid-American Conference is a classic high mid-major conference. You can tell that just by attending their annual basketball ch...

Matriculations and Commencements

Game 090: (4) Ohio 62, (5) Kent State 55 Mid-American Quarterfinals Thursday, March 10, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH When the starting five take to the floor, there are all the matematically insignificant digits - 1, 3, 4, 5. There's even a double-zero out there. Low numbers are usually indi...

Nothing Left For Me To Do But Dance

Game 091: (4) Ohio 63, (1) Miami (Oh.) 56 Mid-American Semifinals Friday, March 11, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH The scoreboard flashed 26-24. After a surprisingly thin-blooded display by both teams in the first half of the first MAC semifinal, both the heavily-favored Miami (Oh.) RedHawks an...

Arena

Game 092: (7) Buffalo 75, (3) Western Michigan 68 Mid-American Semifinals Friday, March 11, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH There's only so much humanity a person can take. If your heart bled for every panhandler's tale of woe, each wide-eyed island child in need of financial sponsorship, all vic...

Coming Of Age

Game 093: (4) Ohio 80, (7) Buffalo 79 (OT) Mid-American Championship Saturday, March 12, 2005 Gund Arena - Cleveland, OH The gauntlet was thrown down the night before. During a timeout contest sponsored by a regional chain of grocers, a pale young man named Hans stepped out onto the Gund Arena ...

The First Tournament

Game 094: at St. Joseph's 53, Hofstra 44 Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse - Philadelphia, PA An invitation to the National Invitation Tournament is like... it's like kissing your sister. Naw, that's no good. Already been used. How's this: having to play in the NIT is like eatin...

Behind The Madness

Game 095: (10) North Carolina State 75, (7) Charlotte 63 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Syracuse Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA On television, all NCAA Tournament sites look like the happiest places on earth. The court is shiny, the paint-faced fans scream proudly, the ba...

Cool Like Coach

Game 096: (2) Connecticut 77, (15) Central Florida 71 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Syracuse Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA One popular view of college basketball holds that the players are just a rotating set of chess pieces, created and molded and positioned by masterm...

The Crown Prince Of Burlington

Game 097: (13) Vermont 60, (4) Syracuse 57 (OT) NCAA Tournament, First Round (Austin Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA A crucial element of the tale is the heroine's anonymity - nobody knows who this girl is. She shows up at the ball in a nice chariot, rushes off in the ele...

Out-Of-Town Scoreboard

Game 098: (5) Michigan State 89, (12) Old Dominion 81 NCAA Tournament, First Round (Austin Bracket) Friday, March 18, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Worcester, Oklahoma City, Nashville and Charlotte are locations that have absolutely nothing to do with one another. For a single weekend, though, th...

Julius, I'm Sorry

Game 099: (10) North Carolina State 65, (2) Connecticut 62 NCAA Tournament, Second Round (Syracuse Bracket) Sunday, March 20, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Game 23: N.C. State/St. John's| ...

Here's Where The Story Ends

Game 100: (5) Michigan State 72, (13) Vermont 61 NCAA Tournament, Second Round (Austin Bracket) Sunday, March 20, 2005 DCU Center - Worcester, MA Fitting then, that this is the final chapter: the Vermont Catamounts, the feel-good story of the year, fell to the Michigan State Spartans. It's a happy ...

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