Junkie's Journal: SJS Vs The Blue Hose?

There are many theories on the origin of their name—the Blue Hose. Some say that it is related to their mascot (Scotch warriors—remember Mel Gibson's in "Braveheart"?), some say that Presbyterians coming to American in the 1700s wore blue stockings. SJS might be eyeing the 1-13 Blue Hose like Michigan St eyed SJSU, but this team is not afraid and are dangerous because they have nothing to lose.

Presbyterian College Blue Hose come to the event center Saturday night.

This is the first season for the Blue Hose in D1, and they sure did not take the easiest road: they have only four home games all season, they play one of the toughest schedules in D1, and are far from home—Clinton, South Carolina.

How do they go to school?

There are many theories on the origin of their name—the Blue Hose. Some say that it is related to their mascot (Scotch warriors—remember Mel Gibson's in "Braveheart"?), some say that Presbyterians coming to American in the 1700s wore blue stockings.

However, the name is probably more closely related to the Red Sox or White Sox. That is, their teams wore blue stockings, so newspaper writers called them the Blue Stocking (so, why not the Blue Sox?).

The Spartans might be eyeing the 1-13 Blue Hose like Michigan State eyed SJSU, but this team is not afraid and are dangerous because they have nothing to lose.

Despite coming off a blowout loss in Fresno, Presbyterian has been on the road since December 1st and have played in tougher places. They will shoot the 3 at will and they won't back down.

The Spartans must come out fighting and not let them hang around in the game. They are not a good team, but we simply cannot take this team lightly. Starting lineup of the Blue Hose:

• C Al'Lonzo Coleman (6-7, 230, 10.2 pts, 5 rbs): true freshman plays bigger than his size and one player who has not given up. In addition, he is really earning his chops playing and holding his own against some of the best power players in the country. He is really the only player on PC with both size and skills. He'll be a good player for PC for years to come; he'll be better once they get him some help.

• PF Travis Sligh (6-4, 210, 6.2 pts, 3.6 rbs): this versatile junior is more of a wing, but really has had to play the power position. He doesn't post up, but he can take a player of the dribble—and is a pretty decent shooter, including from the beyond the arc. He is automatic at the charity stripe.

• SF Bryan Bostic (6-3, 200, 10.6 pts, 4.6 rbs): another versatile junior, and probably the one player that the team looks to when the shot clock is winding down. Nice shooter and can create (had a rough night in Fresno, however). Can play point forward and will have the ball in his hand a lot.

• SG Josh Johnson (6-3, 190, 5.2 pts, 2.5 asts.): another true freshman who has been in and out of the starting lineup from day one. High-energy guy, who is deceptively quick. Works well off screens and provides good on the ball defense.

• PG Ryan Lamb (5-8,160, 3.8 pts, 2.3 asts): senior transfer from Marshall is one of the few guys on the team with D1 experience. Doesn't always call his own number, but when he does –he usually makes it.

Off the bench

• SG/SF/PF Pat Kiscaden (6-3, 190, 11.1 pts): team leading scorer really plays starter minutes. Had a team high 27 against Loyola Marymount. This is one guy you can't afford to let go free—he has the green light and the will to launch the ball whenever it is in his hand. He can play three positions, and can be a match up problem with some of the bigs.

• C/PF Martynas Versinskas (6-9, 240): one of PC's bigger players. The senior from Lithuania sets a mean pick and takes up space in the lane. He gets most of his points on put backs and dunks. I expect to see him a lot against the bigger Spartans.

• PG Pierre Miller (5-10, 160): another true freshman who is getting a lot of minutes. Might start ahead of Lamb by season's end. A lot quicker than Lamb, Miller is still learning to play the position at this level. He and Johnson will make a nice backcourt in the future.

• SF/PFWalt Allen (6-4, 220): this sophomore is one of the few players returning from last season. He might start—one of the more physical players—Allen is not afraid to mix it up in the post.

• PG Rhett Bonner (6-0, 175): returning sophomore for last year, Bonner's minutes are being taken by Lamb and Miller. Still, a steady hand that can shot a little.

• Odist Harmon (6-6, 220): redshirt player from a year ago has been in and out of the lineup all year. I think we might see him a lot against the Spartans.

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