Coaches vs Cancer, Maryland Advances to Semis

Coaches vs Cancer, Maryland Advances to Semis
Nov 09, 2006, 03:06 am
-WHERE’S THE CROWD?? Maryland beat Vermont convincingly in front of a half empty house on their home floor. I know it’s early in the year, but Maryland usually gets excellent support. It wasn’t as if this was a meaningless game either. A loss would have denied the Terps a chance to go to Madison Square Garden and face off against the likes of Texas, Michigan State and Saint John’s. Vermont looked good in their first game and should be a much improved team this year. They stayed with Maryland for most of the first half, but then just completely fell apart. Much of that collapse was due to Maryland’s defense. The Terps ended up winning 81-63, much to the delight of the hundreds of people in attendance.

Michigan State packed their gym, and actually had a little bit of trouble with Brown. The Bears cut the lead to 37-32 late in the second half, but couldn’t get any closer. It was a defensive struggle, which is typical whenever a good Ivy League team is on the floor. Michigan State will face Youngstown State tonight in the quarterfinals, who walloped Chicago State 74-50.

The Texas Region gets underway today as well. Texas will face off against Alcorn State, and Chicago State will take on Saint Bonaventure. Texas blast their way through the region. Alcorn State isn’t good, and Saint Bonaventure and Chicago State were among the 40 worst teams in div1 last year. Chicago State is an Independent this year, after having previously been a member of the MidCon.

The most exciting game of the day, and for that matter the season so far, was Hampton’s 74-73 win over New Orleans in the consolation game of the Maryland Regional.

-The conference tournament information, which is linked at the top of the Bracket Express page, has been updated.

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