Monday, December 2, 2019

I'll Be Quirky: Canisius

Golden Griffins are a vital part of any good breakfast. Wait. That's not right. 

The epic road trip for the Flying Dutchmen won’t be an unbeaten one after a loss Wednesday night to San Diego, but they’ll have a chance to collect a trophy this afternoon following a rout yesterday of Holy Cross. The Dutchmen will look to win the first preseason tournament of the Joe Mihalich era when they face Canisius in one of the finals of the Boca Raton Classic. Can’t say enough how confusing these things are. Here are looks back at the game against San Diego and Holy Cross and a look ahead to the Golden Griffins.

THE GAME BEFORE THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Eli Pemberton tied a career-high with 28 points and also collected a team-high eight rebounds for the Dutchmen, who otherwise looked gassed in falling to San Diego, 79-69. The Dutchmen led for most of the first half but fell behind for good a little more than four minutes into the second half. Desure Buie had 11 points, four assists and two steals but also committed three turnovers and was just 3-of-14 from the field. Isaac Kante and Tareq Coburn each had 10 points and six rebounds.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. San Diego 11/27)
3: Eli Pemberton
2: Isaac Kante
1: Desure Buie

SEASON STANDINGS
Eli Pemberton 11
Desure Buie 10
Tareq Coburn 10
Jalen Ray 6
Isaac Kante 5

COACHSPEAK: “Obviously disappointed. If we would have pulled this off, it would have been something incredible. Didn’t want to talk about it with the team, but three games and on the road for eight days. It’s the first time in my life I ever did that. We did seem to be a day late and a dollar short in every way today.”

THIS IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRIENDS’ FIRST SEASON, WHAT WOULD THIS GAME BE TITLED IF IT WAS AN EPISODE OF FRIENDS?
The One Where We Lost And Didn’t Even Get To See An Episode Of Simon & Simon

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Desure Buie scored a game-high 21 points for the Dutchmen, who never trailed and saw all five starters score in double figures. The Dutchmen took their first double-digit lead with 9:51 left in the first half, led by fewer than 10 points just once the rest of the way and led by at least 20 points for the final 16:17. Isaac Kante stuffed the boxscore with 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in just 24 minutes. Eli Pemberton and Jalen Ray each had 16 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes. Weird. Tareq Coburn had 12 points and four rebounds and Omar Silverio (eight points) just missed making it six guys in double figures for the Dutchmen.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Holy Cross 12/1)
3: Desure Buie
2: Isaac Kante
1: Jalen Ray

SEASON STANDINGS
Desure Buie 13
Eli Pemberton 11
Tareq Coburn 10
Isaac Kante 7
Jalen Ray 7

COACHSPEAK: “We did all the things we had to (to) win.”

THIS IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRIENDS’ FIRST SEASON, WHAT WOULD THIS GAME BE TITLED IF IT WAS AN EPISODE OF FRIENDS?
The One Where We Finally Beat A Sub-300 KenPom Team

WAS THIS A UNICORN SCORE?
Yes! The Dutchmen beat Iona 90-69 on Dec, 18, 1999 in the final game at the Physical Fitness Center, beat Bucknell 91-71 on Feb. 9, 1985 and earned a 89-69 win over Boston University on Dec. 29, 1966 but had never before recorded a 91-69 win. This is the Dutchmen’s fourth unicorn score of the season. They recorded 10 unicorn scores last season. The term unicorn score was coined by Mets superfan, historian and blogger Greg Prince to describe a score by which the Mets had never previously won. 

11/9/19: 94-74 over Monmouth
11/15/19: 111-69 over New York Tech
11/21/19: 88-78 over UCLA
12/1/19: 91-69 over Holy Cross

WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN
The win over Holy Cross marked the third game this season in which the Dutchmen never trailed. The Dutchmen also led the entire way in a 111-69 win over New York Tech on Nov. 15 and a 79-57 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24. The Dutchmen enjoyed five wire-to-wire wins last season.

THE FLYING DUTCHMEN AFTER EIGHT GAMES
With the win over Holy Cross, the Dutchmen improved to 5-3. This ties the 2019-20 team for the 22rd-best record through eight games. Fourteen other teams began 5-3, including each of the previous three teams. Here is how some other notable Hofstra teams have fared through eight games.

NCAA DIVISION I TOURNAMENT TEAMS
1975-76: 4-4
1976-77: 6-2
1999-2000: 4-4 (most recent 4-4 start)
2000-01: 6-2

NIT TEAMS
1998-99: 4-4
2004-05: 8-0 (most recent 8-0 start)
2005-06: 6-2
2006-07: 5-3
2015-16: 6-2 (most recent 6-2 start)
2018-19: 5-3 (marked second win in the 16-game winning streak)

NCAA DIVISION II TOURNAMENT TEAMS
1958-59: 4-4
1961-62: 7-1
1962-63: 6-2
1963-64: 7-1

Some other notable eight-game starts:

2013-14: 2-6 (most recent 2-6 start, Joe Mihalich’s first team)
2012-13: 3-5 (most recent 3-5 start)
2008-09: 7-1 (most recent 7-1 start)
2002-03: 1-7 (most recent 1-7 start)
1994-95: 2-5 (Jay Wright’s first team)
1993-94: 1-6 (VBK’s last team)
1959-60: 8-0 (Hofstra’s winningest team, percentage-wise)

This feature is also inspired by Greg Prince, who measures how the current Mets compare, record-wise, to previous teams through the same point in the season.

SEEKING THE CHIP
The Dutchmen take the court this afternoon seeking their first preseason tournament title since November 2012, when they won three games in as many days at Hofstra to win their bracket of the 2K Sports Classic, or, as it is better known, The Cost Of Playing In Two CBIs Which Is Why We Don’t Do That Anymore. As it turned out, the Dutchmen won one fewer game in three days than they did the rest of the damn season. Let us never speak of it again. Today also marks the Dutchmen’s first appearance in a preseason tournament final since 2012-13. Crap, I spoke of it again.

SO WHO HAS A DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK NOW?
Justin Wright-Foreman, as you may or may not recall, ended his Hofstra career by scoring in double figures in each of his last 88 games. Jalen Ray entered the season with the longest streak of double-digit scoring efforts among active players (one) but his streak ended at seven games Wednesday, when he scored eight points against San Diego (after initially being credited with 10 points, that seems like getting over 1,000 yards rushing and then losing three yards on the next carry and never playing again). The longest streak of double-digit scoring efforts now belongs to Desure Buie, who has four in a row.

1010101010 WINS
The Dutchmen put five players in double figures for the fourth time this season Sunday. Earlier, they had six players score in double figures against Monmouth on Nov. 9 and five players in double figures against New York Tech on Nov. 15 and then again against Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24. The Dutchmen had six games last season in which five players scored in double figures.

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE, PART 1
The Dutchmen were 31-of-35 from the free throw line Sunday, when they had three players shoot perfect from the line while making five or more attempts. Desure Buie remained red-hot from the charity stripe by going 9-for-9 while Jalen Ray was 7-for-7 and Tareq Coburn was 5-for-5. And Isaac Kante hit his first five attempts before finishing 6-for-8. According to the Play Index at CollegeBasketballReference.com, this is the first time in the Play Index era (dating back to 2010-11) that the Dutchmen have had three players shoot perfect from the line (minimum five attempts) in the same game. Two players did it seven times, most recently when Buie (8-for-8) and Ray (5-for-5) achieved the feat against Delaware on March 2.

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE, PART 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
Desure Buie is doing it again. The senior has drained each of his last 26 free throw attempts following Sundays perfect effort. It marks the third time in the last two seasons he’s hit at least 25 straight free throws and leaves him five free throws shy of matching his career-best streak and six from tying Brian Bernardi for the most consecutive free throws made during the Joe Mihalich Era (2013-present).

Brian Bernardi, 32-for-32 (12/11/16-2/25/17)
DESURE BUIE, 31-for-31 (11/11/18-12/28/18)
Justin Wright-Foreman, 31-for-31 (2/11/17-11/10/17)***
DESURE BUIE, 29-for-29 (2/21/19-3/12/19)
DESURE BUIE, 26-for-26 (11/21/19-present)

A NEAR BENCH BLANKING
Omar Silverio’s two points against San Diego accounted for the only bench points for the Dutchmen in the loss to the Toreros. The two points by reserves marked the third time this season the Dutchmen have received exactly two bench points. Kevin Schutte had a dunk in a 79-71 loss to San Jose State on Nov. 6 and Stafford Trueheart drained a basket in the 88-78 win over UCLA on Nov. 21.

UPDATING THE CAA-ERA SCORING LIST
The all-time list is still a work a progress, but here’s the movement in the CAA-era scoring list that took place over the last two games. 

25.) Jalen Ray 610
26.) Cornelius Vines 594

Ray scored eight points Wednesday to move into a tie with Vines before breaking the tie with 16 points on Sunday.

34.) Tareq Coburn 389
35.) Denton Koon 388
36.) Taran Buie 371
37.) Shemiye McLendon 370

Coburn scored 10 points Wednesday to move past McLendon and Buie before scoring 12 on Sunday to surpass Koon.

69t.) Isaac Kante 84
69t.) Anthony Noble 84
69t.) Chris McRae 84
72.) Dan Dwyer 74
73.) ********* Stokes 70
74.) Matija Radovic 69

Kante scored 10 points Wednesday to move past Radovic and (name redacted) before collecting 12 points Sunday to surpass Dwyer and move into a tie with Noble and McRae.

77.) Omar Silverio 45
78.) Kevin Schutte 39
79.) Jorge Lebron 38

Tough Sunday for Jorge LeBron, who got passed out twice when Silverio scored eight points and Schutte added two points. Perhaps Lebron can commiserate with Schutte, who managed to move past someone yet not gain a spot.

Eli Pemberton (fifth with 1,519 points), Desure Buie (16th with 820 points), Stafford Trueheart (53rd with 199 points) all scored in the last two games without moving up the charts.

THE WRIGHT STUFF
Big stuff happened 25 years ago today, when Jay Wright earned his first win as a head coach when the Flying Dutchmen beat Cornell, 82-56, in the opener of the Mile High Classic at the University of Colorado. James Parisi scored a team-high 19 points for the running-and-gunning Dutchmen, who put five players into double figures for the second straight game. (This proved to be unsustainable) Rob Ogden scored 17 points, James Shaffer added 15 points and Jamil Greene and Chris Parsons finished with 12 points each. Chris Johnke, playing near his California home for the first time, pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.

The Dutchmen would lose to host Colorado in the title game the next night and never got back to .500 in Wright’s first season. I wonder how he turned out? I chatted with Wright last week about his first game and win with the Dutchmen, check it out at Flo Hoops. I’ll also provide regular looks back at Wright’s first season throughout this, uhh, season.

CANISIUS AND THE MAAC
Canisius, under fourth-year head coach Reggie Witherspoon, is 4-2 after earning its fourth straight win Sunday with a 76-66 victory over Mercer in the other Boca Raton Classic semifinal. The Golden Griffins were picked to finish seventh in the MAAC’s preseason poll. Senior guard Malik Johnson, a preseason all-MAAC second team pick, leads Canisius with 14.8 points per game and shares the team lead in rebounding at 5.8 rebounds per game with freshman forward Jacco Fritz 

The Dutchmen and Golden Griffins have a whopping five common foes this season. The Dutchmen fell to Bucknell 86-71 on Nov. 13, three days before Canisius edged the Bison, 83-81. The Golden Griffins also beat St. Bonaventure, 61-57, and will host Holy Cross on Dec. 14. Neither of those games are part of the Boca Raton Classic, though both of the Dutchmen’s game against those foes are. So confusing. Hofstra also beat Monmouth 94-74 on Nov. 9 and is scheduled to host Manhattan Dec. 22. Canisius is scheduled to face both teams twice apiece in MAAC play.

The Dutchmen are 4-0 all-time against Canisius. The two teams last met Nov. 13, 2015, when Hofstra came back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Golden Griffins, 96-85, in the season opener. That is tied for the biggest comeback mounted by Hofstra in the Joe Mihalich Era.

Speaking of Mihalich, the longtime former coach at Niagara is 25-9 all-time against Canisius. His teams have beaten the Golden Griffins more than any other opponent.

Hofstra is 100-118 all-time against current MAAC schools. This marks the 13th time in the last 14 seasons the Dutchmen are scheduled to play at least two MAAC schools (the 2014-15 schedule had no MAAC teams).

At KenPom.com this morning, Hofstra is ranked 126th while Canisius is ranked 230th. KenPom.com predicts an 80-74 win for the Dutchmen. There was no line yet overnight but I’ll check before opening tip to see what the wise guys in Vegas have to say. The Dutchmen are 4-3 against the spread this season.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
John Beilein bias! (The legendary college coach and current Cleveland Cavaliers coach got his first Division I head coaching gig at Canisius from 1992-97)
Your nickname sounds like Golden Grahams bias! (That’s good cereal)
You dropped football long before we did it 10 years ago tomorrow bias! (Canisius did it 2002)
Baron Bias! (Dad Jim coached son Billy at Canisius from 2012 through 2014)

Sunday, December 1, 2019

I'll Be Quirky: Holy Cross

Has never played against Hofstra.

A hellish trip back from New Jersey zonked me yesterday, so with two games in as many days, this afternoon I’ll Be Quirky will be a truncated one and I’ll have a more thorough one recapping the San Diego and Holy Cross games tomorrow before the Dutchmen’s second Boca Raton Classic game. Which is actually their third. It’s complicated. Happy It Looks Like Winter Day, everyone!

THE FLYING DUTCHMEN AFTER SEVEN GAMES
With the loss to San Diego on Wednesday night, the Dutchmen fell to 4-3. This ties the 2019-20 team for the 28th-best record through five games. Twenty other teams began 4-3, including each of the previous three teams. Here is how some other notable Hofstra teams have fared through two games.

NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS
1975-76: 3-4
1976-77: 6-1
1999-2000: 3-4
2000-01: 5-2

NIT TEAMS
1998-99: 3-4
2004-05: 7-0 (most recent 7-0 start)
2005-06: 5-2
2006-07: 4-3
2015-16: 5-2
2018-19: 4-3 (marked first win in the 16-game winning streak)

Some other notable seven-game starts:

2013-14: 2-5 (most recent 2-5 start)
2012-13: 3-4 (under .500 for good because…well, you know)
2008-09: 6-1 (most recent 5-1 start)
1994-95: 2-5 (Jay Wright’s first team)
1993-94: 1-6 (VBK’s last team)
1973-74: 1-6 (won snapped the most recent season-opening six-game losing streak)

This feature is also inspired by Greg Prince, who measures how the current Mets compare, record-wise, to previous teams through the same point in the season.

HOLY CROSS AND THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Holy Cross, under first-year head coach Brett Nelson, is 0-6 after an 87-69 loss to Florida Atlantic on Friday. The Crusaders were picked last in the Patriot League’s preseason poll. Freshman guard Drew Lowder leads Holy Cross with 16.0 points per game while freshman forward Joe Pridgen is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game.

This is the second game of the Boca Raton Classic for both teams, even though the Boca Raton Classic officially begins today. These preseason tournaments are weird.

The Dutchmen and Crusaders have at least three and possibly four common foes this season. As part of the Boca Raton Classic, the Dutchmen lost to San Diego, who will host Holy Cross on Saturday. The Crusaders also play in the same league as Bucknell, which beat Hofstra 86-71 on Nov. 13 and will face Holy Cross on Jan. 11 and Feb. 17. Depending on today’s results, the Dutchmen may also face Canisius tomorrow. Canisius is scheduled to host Holy Cross on Dec. 14.

The Dutchmen are 2-5 all-time against Holy Cross. The two teams last met Dec. 22, 2010, when Hofstra earned a 71-56 win at the Arena. The Dutchmen are 90-82 all-time against current Patriot League schools, which include five former conference foes (American, Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh in the East Coast Conference and Boston University in the NAC/America East).

At KenPom.com this morning, Hofstra is ranked 130th while Bucknell is ranked 332nd. KenPom.com predicts an 83-70 win for the Dutchmen. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 14.5-point favorites. The Dutchmen are 3-3 against the spread this season.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Bob Cousy bias! (The Boston Celtics great went to Holy Cross)
Funny accent bias! (People from Worcester say Woo-stah funny)
Whiny Sports Guy bias! (Bill Simmons went to Holy Cross before never getting a single break in the sports journalism business)
We used to play you in football but now we can’t bias! (duh)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I'll Be Quirky: San Diego


Totally my answering machine GOOGLE IT CRAIN theme during Jay Wright's first year!

The Flying Dutchmen continued their dominance of California Sunday night, when they never trailed in a 79-57 win over Cal State Fullerton. The Dutchmen will look to make it a perfect trek through the golden state tonight, when they visit San Diego — the school, not the Padres — in aThanksgiving Eve clash. Here’s a look back at the win over the Titans and a look ahead to…what are Toreros? (They are bullfighters)

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Eli Pemberton scored eight of his game-high 19 points during a game-opening 15-2 run by the Dutchmen, who never led by fewer than eight points the rest of the way. Pemberton, who added eight rebounds led five players in double-figure scoring for the Dutchmen, who also received 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals from Jalen Ray. Desure Buie had 14 points, five assists and four steals while Isaac Kante had 10 points and eight rebounds and Omar Silverio added 10 points off the bench. Tareq Coburn had eight rebounds.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Cal State Fullerton 11/24)
3: Eli Pemberton
2: Jalen Ray
1: Desure Buie

SEASON STANDINGS
Tareq Coburn 10
Desure Buie 9
Eli Pemberton 8
Jalen Ray 6
Isaac Kante 3

THIS IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRIENDS’ FIRST SEASON, WHAT WOULD THIS GAME BE TITLED IF IT WAS AN EPISODE OF FRIENDS?
The One Without A Letdown

WAS THIS A UNICORN SCORE?
No! Booo. But the dream of a unicorn season perished in noble fashion, as this was the Dutchmen’s first 79-57 win since the season opener over Roanoke way back in 1952-53, when the Flying Dutchmen really were the Flying Dutchmen and my parents were barely or not even in preschool yet. The Dutchmen have three unicorn scores this season after recording 10 unicorn scores last season. The term unicorn score was coined by Mets superfan, historian and blogger Greg Prince to describe a score by which the Mets had never previously won. 

WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN
The win over Cal State Fullerton marked the second game this season in which the Dutchmen never trailed and their first since a 111-69 win over New York Tech on Nov. 15. The Dutchmen enjoyed five wire-to-wire wins last season.

THE FLYING DUTCHMEN AFTER SIX GAMES
With the win Sunday, the Dutchmen improved to 4-2. This ties the 2019-20 team for the 18th-best record through five games. Eighteen other teams began 4-2, most recently the 2015-16 team. Here is how some other notable Hofstra teams have fared through two games.

NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS
1975-76: 3-3
1976-77: 5-1
1999-2000: 3-3
2000-01: 5-1

NIT TEAMS
1998-99: 2-4
2004-05: 6-0 (most recent 6-0 start)
2005-06: 4-2
2006-07: 3-3
2015-16: 4-2
2018-19: 3-3

Some other notable six-game starts:

2013-14: 2-4 (most recent 2-4 start)
2012-13: 3-3 (last time at .500 that season because…well, you know)
2008-09: 5-1 (most recent 5-1 start)
1994-95: 1-5 (Jay Wright’s first team)
1993-94: 1-5 (VBK’s last team)
1973-74: 0-6 (most recent 0-6 start, Hofstra won game no. 7 and has never started 0-7)

This feature is also inspired by Greg Prince, who measures how the current Mets compare, record-wise, to previous teams through the same point in the season.

HARDWARE FOR BUIE
Desure Buie earned CAA Player of the Week honors for the week ending Sunday. Buie, of course, scored a career-high 29 points in the upset of UCLA. He finished the week with 43 points, 12 assists and seven steals in two games.

Buie is the first Hofstra player to earn CAA Player of the Week honors since some guy named Justin Wright-Foreman did so Feb. 11. Wright-Foreman earned six solo honors and shared the honor one other time last season. Buie is the first Hofstra player other than Wright-Foreman to earn at least a share of Player of the Week honors since Eli Pemberton shared the award with Northeastern’s Vasa Pusica for the week ending Jan. 21.

SO WHO HAS A DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK NOW?
Justin Wright-Foreman, as you may or may not recall, ended his Hofstra career by scoring in double figures in each of his last 88 games. With his graduation, the longest streak of double-digit scoring efforts now belongs to Jalen Ray, who scored in double digits for the seventh straight time Sunday.

1010101010 WINS
The Dutchmen put five players in double figures for the third time this season Sunday. Earlier, they had six players score in double figures against Monmouth on Nov. 9 and five players in double figures against New York Tech on Nov. 15. The Dutchmen had six games last season in which five players scored in double figures.

THE DEFENSE DIDN’T REST
The Dutchmen won a game in which they held the opponent under 60 points for the 23rd straight time Sunday. Under Joe Mihalich, the Dutchmen are 25-1 when holding opponent to fewer than 60 points. The only loss was absorbed Feb. 10, 2014, when the Dutchmen fell to James Madison, 59-53.

OH NO A DANIEL DIXON REFERENCE
Desure Buie had five assists, five steals and four turnovers against Cal State Fullerton. Loyal reader Evan Jones (@EvanJ3535) notes Buie is the first player with at least five assists, four steals and five turnovers since Juan’ya Green had seven assists, four steals and six turnovers against William & Mary in the CAA semifinals Mar. 8, 2015. Some of you may remember that more as the Daniel Dixon Game. *spasms*

UPDATING THE CAA-ERA SCORING LIST
The all-time last is still a work n progress, but here’s the movement in the CAA-era scoring list that took place Sunday night, when Desure Buie (14 points), Jalen Ray (18 points), Isaac Kante (10 points) and Omar Silverio (10 points) all moved up a spot.

16.) Desure Buie 788
17.) Dion Nesmith 776

26.) Jalen Ray 586
27.) Stephen Nwaukoni 576

74.) Isaac Kante 62
75.) Daquan Brown 56

79.) Omar Silverio 35
80.) Adam Savion 25

25 YEARS AGO TODAY
One of the biggest moments in New York sports history happened 25 years ago today, when Jay Wright made his head coaching debut for the Flying Dutchmen in a 104-97 (!!!!) loss to new North Atlantic Conference foe New Hampshire. I’m not sure which is weirder, the season not beginning until Nov. 27 — which was the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1994 — or the season beginning with a league game. Or scoring 97 points in a loss, which is something the Dutchmen didn’t do again until a 104-99 loss to James Madison on Feb. 26. That’s a span of 495 games.

Or maybe the weirdest/most remarkable thing was the Dutchmen’s biggest offensive output under Wright was…the 97 points his first and leanest team put up in his very first game. True story! A Wright-coached team didn’t exceed 97 points until Villanova beat VMI, 104-91, on Dec. 22, 2001.

A crowd of 1,247 turned out to the Physical Fitness Center for Wright’s debut. The new head coach and his assistant, Tom Pecora, tossed T-shirts to fans. I somehow did not catch one. You guys owe me. Three Dutchmen — Darius Burton (21 points), James Parisi (20 points) and Rob Ogden (19 points) set career highs for Hofstra, which led deep into the second half before New Hampshire went on a 15-4 run to turn a six-point deficit into a five-point lead. Scott Drapeau scored 33 points and Matt Alosa scored 31 points for New Hampshire, which went on to have its best season ever (a second-place finish in the NAC). I talked to Wright this morning and will have a story about his debut up on FloHoops by Friday.

Oh and I guess something else happened in the New York area while we were all at the PFC. Dan, give the Jets back their soul, I have work in the morning!


SAN DIEGO AND THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
San Diego, under second-year head coach Sam Scholl, is 2-5 this season after suffering its third straight defeat, an 88-69 loss to no. 25 Washington on Sunday. The Toreros were tied for eighth in the West Coast Conference preseason poll. Sophomore guard Joey Calcaterra leads San Diego with 14.0 ppg while freshman forward James Jean-Marie is averaging a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.

This is the start of the Boca Raton Classic for both teams, even though Boca Raton is not in California. In other words, this is one of those weird on-campus games in an exempt tournament,

The Dutchmen and Toreros have three common foes this season. As part of the Boca Raton Classic, the Dutchmen will face Holy Cross in Florida on Monday and visit St. Bonaventure Dec. 7. San Diego will play St. Bonaventure in Florida Sunday and host Holy Cross San Diego on Dec. 7. San Diego will also visit Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 11.

This is the second all-time meeting between Hofstra and San Diego, The Toreros earned a 78-49 win on Dec. 31, 1990. I was more concerned with trying to stay up at an all-night drug and alcohol free party. I was one of the few that partied within the spirit of the rule. Anyway. This marks the 12th all-time meeting in all sports between Hofstra and San Diego. Hofstra is 1-1 against San Diego in men’s and women’s soccer and 1-5 in volleyball.

The Dutchmen are 1-6 all-time against current West Coast Conference schools. The lone win was an 80-67 win over Santa Clara in the Cougar Classic at Brigham Young on Dec. 14, 1984, back when Brigham Young was not in the WCC. Robbie Bosco bias! Tonight marks Hofstra’s first game against a WCC school since a 69-61 loss to Gonzaga on Nov. 22, 2002.

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 122nd while San Diego is ranked 179th. KenPom.com predicts a 73-72 win for the Dutchmen. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 1-point favorites. The Dutchmen are 3-2 against the spread this season.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Simon & Simon bias! (My all-time favorite detective show with the all-time best theme song took place in San Diego)
A.J. Simon played baseball at San Diego bias! (Well, it’s true, he did)

Dan Fouts bias! (Duh)
At least you still play I-AA football bias! (Duh)