Monday, March 05, 2007

NCAA Hoops Round Up: 3 More Teams Enter

Colonial Athletic Association

First in the CAA, last year's George Mason Sweethearts were defeated by Virginia Commonwealth University, 65-59. The final two minutes were crazy, as George Mason lost a lead due to the work of almost exclusively one player for VCU--Eric Maynor. Maynor had two steals, which he converted into 5 points. He then scored the next 4. Mason went with playing with the lead to having to foul to get back in the game in the span of a few seconds.

The good news, we will be spared George Mason's mascot from a fevered child's nightmare, Gunston.
photo: Scott K. Brown/SI
West Coast Conference
This should feel familiar. Gonzaga won again. They beat Santa Clara 77-68. Gonzaga is reaching the NCAA's the way they used to. Fairly under the radar, with some serious questions about whether they can hang with big time programs. Losing Josh Heyveldt to "psychodelic" mushrooms hasn't helped them any, but they looked good here, and they have some big men who are knocking down shots, even if they aren't the intimidating presence in the middle that Heyveldt was. Santa Clara has one of the goofier intimidating big men I've seen in a while in John Bryant. Friend of IDYFT Ed Cone mentioned him in passing a little more than a year ago. It's possible he's actually slimmed down since then. But he's added a very interesting head of hair.
Some of you cynics out there might think I've mentioned John Bryant's interesting head of hair just so I can link to my comparison of Gonzaga Guard Derek Raivio to V for Vendetta Natalie Portman. You are right to be cynical.
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
In a Battle of completely Fictitious Creatures, The Purple Eagles of Niagara defeat the Siena Saints! 83-79! Their families are very proud for them. In mythology, the Saints are mortal enemies of the Purple Eagles, whose fine plumage makes beautiful Saintly Robish Attire. And Saints love their purple robes, I tell you what.

1 comment:

lbutler36 said...

thank god the giant furry green dudes were on our side during the revolutionary war