Wednesday, March 07, 2007

NCAA Hoops Round Up: New Teams In

Northeast Conference (no really--that's a conference--Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, etc)

Something called Central Connecticut State beat something called Sacred Heart, 74-70. Congratulations, Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. This team has led their league most of the year, and have by far the best overall record in the Northeast Conference. They are coached by a former Jimmy Calhoun assistant, and they boast the NEC player of the year in Javier Mojica. They were last in the tourney in 2001. They will be one of the bottom 8 seeds, and unless someone doesn't guard Mojica, they'll play their game, have fun and go home.

Big Sky Conference

I love the Big Sky Conference. It feels like their conference champion is usually at least somewhat dangerous. I have a particular soft spot in my heart for the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona, all due to a huge scare they put on somebody a few years back. So I'm a little sad to announce that they lost to Weber State 88-80 in the Finals of the Big Sky tournament. Weber State shot the goddamned lights out in the first half--well over 70, and had a lead well over 20 points. But Lumberjacks don't quit! They also like to put on ladies clothing and hang out in bars, but that's another story. Northern Arizona cut to two points, before being forced to foul. I know nothing about Weber State, but Big Sky teams are always, always dangerous. Keep an eye out on match-ups.

Just two teams in tonight, but the first round of the Big East and PAC-10 tournies started today. I'll get to those next.

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