Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quick Thoughts

Great game Tuesday night between VCU and Northeastern on the U, won by the Huskies 68-63. The Huskies did a lot of damage from beyond the arc, especially Eugene Spates and Matt Janning. Plus the Huskies limited Larry Sanders and the rest of VCU besides Eric Maynor. Maynor, well, he is another league. The Stephen Curry/Blake Griffin league. Seriously, if you watched that game, you saw how he almost singlehandedly kept the Rams in the game. One of these days, I will have to go to a game in the Siegel Center. What a raucous place to play.

Meanwhile George Mason and Drexel keep winning in the CAA. Leon Spencer is becoming one of the best young players in the CAA and one of its best kept secrets. Another double figure night. Now mind you the Dragons roasted the hapless Georgia State Panthers but considering they were picked last in the CAA preseason poll, being 7-3 is a pretty mean feat. Mason, well, they drubbed Delaware in the second half en route to a 78-55 win. Five Patriots' players scored in double figures, led by Dre Smith and Michael Morrison each with 14.

Though still early, the Northeastern win could have serious implications as far as seedings in the CAA tournament. The Huskies have a one game lead now on VCU and have the tiebreaker, due to the fact they play VCU that one single time. Gotta love that uneven schedule in the CAA! But also, this has implications for the four/five seeds, which are occupied by Drexel and Hofstra respectively (by the way Charles Jenkins is back to being Charles Jenkins after dropping 33 last night in the Pride's win over UNCW). Whoever wins the four/five bracket quarterfinal could most likely avoid George Mason and especially VCU until the final - two teams that bring the most fans to the tournament. Thus you will have most of the Richmond Coliseum rooting for you against Northeastern in the semifinals. It's a big plus for an underdog.

Tonight features two big time mid major games. Games that decide first place in their respective conferences. At 9:00 pm eastern, it's Nevada at Utah State and Gonzaga hosting St Mary's. Simply put, wins by the Aggies and the Gaels will probably setup a Bracket Buster showdown between the two teams the weekend of February 21st. Let's face it, we are going to see Butler vs. Davidson as the feature Bracket Buster Matchup but this would be a good second banana.. A win by the Gaels could also put Gonzaga in bubble territory. Samhan, Simpson and Mills vs. Heytvelt, Daye and Pargo. I know I will be up late tonight. So should you!

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