Huge day in local area college basketball! Duke comes to town to play St. Johns at The Garden, Seton Hall faces Louisville, and Rutgers takes on Cincinnati. Just in case anyone outside of Parents care, FDU plays against Central Connecticut State Coll.....I mean University as well. Thats the game I will be following. In fact I have my snacks lined up and the radio and TV ready to be turned on. Wait, they are not on TV and the radio signal for their games does not reach much further than 10 miles. Oh well I guess it will have to be Seton Hall, St. Johns, and Rutgers!
Speaking of FDU, the champagne was flowing in the Teaneck/Hackensack area after the Knights of FDU beat powerful Bryant College a few days ago. People were crying in the stands, doves were released, and a motorcade was organized to take the coaches and team down Hackensack Avenue. OK I am really exaggerating but this was a win. And as I have said often, a win is a win is a win is a win! Just wonder if anyone saw the game or even knew they actually won? Also curious to find out if FDU gave the coaching staff a vote of confidence after the game? Based on the support the school provides maybe they should give that staff an extention. The huge question is will they win again? A bigger question is does anyone at the school or in the local community really care?
Back to the others. Today we could actually see a 0 win day in the tri-state area because none of the games are push over events. We know Madison Square Garden can be like a home court advantage to a team like Duke. We know that Louisville will be a tough game for SHU even though they might be slightly favored. We know that depending on which Cincinnati plays it could be a long day for RU. But than again we should also know by now, such is life in The Big East Conference, where every conference game is a winnable game for any team playing.
Very disappointing to hear the SNY HS Classic was cancelled for this weekend. How could could organizers not know the rule on using a D1 College Gym for the event? How could they not have had this together a long time ago? In fact they could have snuck the game in at FDU and no one would have known because most people do not even know they have a college team. Maybe they should have used the Jersey City Armory, or even the 369th Armory in Harlem? Baruch College? How about CCNY uptown? Could have been like the old Doc Turner event from a few years back where CCNY was packed daily over the Christmas break for HS games. Not sure about the rules but I wonder if the game could have taken place at an area junior college like Monroe in New Rochelle, or even a school like Westchester CC in Valhalla, both with large gyms but outside of NYC, though still in NY State? But the bigger question is why such a stupid rule by the NCAA? There should be a waiver process in place! I doubt this would have been a recruiting advantage for LIU. I doubt Kyle Anderson would have liked LIU so much he would have gotten out of his UCLA commitment and sign with LIU. Conflicting reports have a game today scheduled between St. Anthony's and St. Raymond's, at St. Raymond's. To make this happen after a serious conflict years ago, I am sure St. Anthony's approved the Referee's or even bringing a few who just might be from Jersey City lol.
The HS season is winding down and here is a prediction. Get ready! St. Anthony will win the NJ State HS Tournament of Champions. Seriously! (smile)
OK here is another, Kyle Anderson will be First Team All State. Seriously!
All right here is a prediction that will cause Plainfield fans, if there are any who know about this blog, to be a bit upset. Gil St. Bernard will beat Plainfield in the Almost Prime Time Shootout! Yes, I said it but I still feel Plainfield is the better team if they played the best of 3. Just in this one game Gil St. Bernard is a hard match-up based on solid and decent inside play and very good play on the perimeter. I really hope I am wrong because I really am a fan of Plainfield and Teaneck, two schools in similar type of towns, doing it with actual kids from those towns as opposed to kids from a radius of over 100 miles.
In case you did not see my question and answer with myself a few says ago here it is again.