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Old 12-10-2004, 03:39 AM   #1
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Question Has College Basketball "Gone NHL?"

For the third or fourth time this season I saw two college basketball teams - both players and coaches - lining up and shaking hands after a game the other night on ESPN (most recently in the Jimmy V Classic).

Are they trying to soothe the souls of fans who are getting their MTV, but not their NHL, as the result of the latter's continuing lockout?

At any rate, this trend is interesting.
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Old 12-10-2004, 07:27 AM   #2
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Perhaps they are trying to avoid the "thug" image the NBA is dealing with right now. Despite that fact that Penn State hasn't been to the Final Four in 50 years and probably won't even make the NIT, I enjoy college hoops more than the NBA. It's not only the image the NBA seems to have cast on itself but letting the players run the league and the overall product or lack there of.
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Old 12-10-2004, 04:40 PM   #3
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Ummm... Alex? UMass was in the final four eight years ago. Long time ago, yes. But every Tournament game that year was bigger than knocking off a weakened national champ.
Marcus Camby was the Minutemen's superstar. Maybe you've heard of him?

Their coach was a name, too. Turned out to be a bust in the NBA, but I can't remember his name right now. Wait! The current Memphis Tigers coach--uh, hang on-- Calipari!

Gosh, this doing research thing sucks. I've gotta start writing again.

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Ummm... Alex? UMass was in the final four eight years ago. Long time ago, yes. But every Tournament game that year was bigger than knocking off a weakened national champ.
Marcus Camby was the Minutemen's superstar. Maybe you've heard of him?
Yes, Dave, I am awhere of that. Perhaps I over-embelished with the "biggest win in school history" part but you can't deny that this was a huge win for a program struggling to regain respectability. Steve Lappas may save his job with this win.

Calipari is doing pretty well for himself now at Memphis despite some early struggles. They should be a contender in C-USA this season.
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Old 12-10-2004, 05:00 PM   #5
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Alright. I'm just trying to...
I don't know.
Waste time at work, really.

Carry on.



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It was the biggest win in Lappas' career. I've met Steve and hes been a counsler at my basketball camp for years so that is some consolation in an otherwise very tough loss from last night. UConn always has a game like this in December (St. Bonnies, G-Tech, and now UMass). The one thing that I was happy with was the free throw shooting that UConn displayed last night. Problem is now Josh Boone cant hit a 5 foot hook shot.
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Old 12-10-2004, 10:21 PM   #7
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Hehe....Dave, that's the exact thought I had when read Alex's post.

Edgar, how can you possibly compare when UConn lost to Georgia Tech last year to last night? Georgia Tech was actually expected to go to the NCAA Tournament before last year, but UMass is predicted to be in the middle of the A10 this year.

Nonetheless, this game really didn't mean a whole lot for UConn.

BTW, did anyone see UMass' Rashaun Freeman hop on top of a chair before the game was over??? LOL
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Actually, Georgia Tech was considered a borderline Tourney team at the beginning of last season. They were coming off a 14-14 season that saw their best player, Chris Bosh, leave for the NBA after his Freshman season and Ed Nelson a former ACC Freshman of the Year transfer. The Jackets were a huge question mark going into last season.
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I still consider GT better at the beginning of last year than UMass is now after UMass had a 10-18 (i think?) season last year.
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Actually Umass is predicted to win thier A-10 division, not finish in the middle of the pack. As for G-Tech, almost no one had them going to the tourney, and everyone had them 7th or lower in the 9 team ACC.
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Old 12-11-2004, 03:40 PM   #11
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It was the biggest win in Lappas' career.
It probably wasn't. The first time Lappas beat Temple was definitely a bigger win.

Now, the only reason there is even question that this might be the biggest win in Lappas' career is because of his dreadful ability to prepare a team for Tournament play.

**** Lappas though.
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Old 12-13-2004, 04:05 PM   #12
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The only reason I said it was because of his contract situation this year and how a win over UConn almost garuntees him another year as long as win 13 or 14 games.
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