HOFSTRA VS. THE PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF FIELD
DAVIDSON: Coached by Hofstra alum and former Flying Dutchman player Bob McKillop, who gave ex-Hofstra coach Tom Pecora his first job in coaching at Long Island Lutheran in 1984. Hofstra is 1-3 all-time against Davidson, including a 61-52 loss in last year’s Holiday Festival consolation game.
MINNESOTA: Hofstra assistant coach Wayne Morgan was the coach of Iowa State when the Cyclones beat Minnesota, 64-53, in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
NEBRASKA: Hofstra beat Nebraska, 73-62, in the first round of the 2006 NIT at Hofstra Arena.
NORTH CAROLINA: No kidding: Morgan was the coach of Iowa State when North Carolina beat the Cyclones, 92-65, in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. In addition, a Boston College team with Mo Cassara as an assistant coach handed the Tar Heels their first loss of their national championship season in 2008-09. Also, not inconsequentially, I was a huge, rabid UNC fan before switching allegiances to Hofstra upon my enrollment in 1993.
VANDERBILT: Ex-Vanderbilt coach Jan van Breda Kolff is the son of legendary ex-Hofstra coach Butch van Breda Kolff. Hofstra is 0-1 against Vanderbilt, falling to the Commodores 74-46 during the 1999-00 season.
WESTERN KENTUCKY: This is the second straight season in which Hofstra and Western Kentucky are in the same pre-season tournament. Like Hofstra, Western Kentucky won its opening game in the Preseason NIT last year (a 69-65 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee) before dropping its second game to the host of its pod (a 71-60 loss to LSU) and hosting a consolation round Nov. 23-24.
WEST VIRGINIA: Assistant coach Larry Harrison was on the staff of DePaul when it recruited future Hofstra star Kenny Adeleke and ended up coaching Adeleke at Hartford in 2005-06, one season after Adeleke was dismissed from the Flying Dutchman squad just before his senior season.