Random Thoughts: They Just Won't Go Away

As Parts of the Basketball Schedule leak out, Coach Roy notices that some of our past nemesis' keep coming back...

OK, We did beat DePaul last year...
and Virginia, who beat us at home 48-44, is back as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. What's even more "interesting" is that after last season, Virginia hired DePaul's Dave Lietao as head coach.

So we're still playing Lietao.

And of course, I've already mentioned the possible revenge factor, with Virginia still smarting over the Wildcat's Lacrosse win in the NCAA finals.

Then there's the Flames of the University of Illinois - Chicago.

We last played them at their house, the UIC Pavilion downtown in 2003, and lost 90-71. We also lost at our house in 2002 - 70-53.

Key to the Flames in the past were the scoring duo of Cedrick Banks and Armond Williams. Both averaged double figures - Banks an amazing 18+ points per game.

But now that their big guns are gone, they might not be as potent, but they'll still play the same style of ball, as their coach, Jimmy Colins, still patrols the sidelines for the Flames.

He's started rebuilding his team with a hot, but short, Junior College Point Guard - D.J. Smedley. If NU's T.J. Parker had stayed, we'd get T.J. vs D.J., but it just won't happen now.

And, they do return 5 Juniors from last year's team including their top rebounder, Elliott Poole. They finished 15-14 and finished the year in an overtime lose in the Horizon League tournament. I suspect they will be better in 2005.


What will be new is the BCA tounament in Laramie, Wyoming, that has been announced in the local paper, but still isn't on anyone's web site just yet.

According to the Casper, Wyoming newspaper, NU will be joining U of Wyoming, Charlotte, and UNC-Wilmington in the tournament.

To put the tournament in persepective, Wyoming was 15-13 overall last year, but 11-3 at home, where the tournament is planned.

All told, we really won't be able to try to project how this year's team will do until the final schedule comes out, but so far, it looks like NU coach Bill Carmody isn't getting any byes in the preseason yet.

You wonder how the Big 10 Schedule will look. I guess it can't be any worse than some of the screwey  conference schedules we've had in the past.
-- da Coach

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