Tuesday, March 18, 2008

the dust settles

2 important games tonight!
Basketball: 1st round NIT game   ----   #1 Baseball plays #2 UofA
After taking a step back and a deep breath, I can still honestly say our men's basketball program has taken HUGE steps in becoming a solid team for the long run. Like our football program, we have a coach proving to be the difference maker. In college sports, the coach is SO important and we are lucky enough to have three of the best in their prospective sports. With young talent on our basketball team, our first appearance in tournament play since 2005 will prove invaluable. James Harden will be back next year as will many of his freshman team-mates. I have gotten over the hump of disappointment and moved to the next step. We have a reputation to uphold as a #1 seed in the NIT. We need a solid performance in what used to be THE tournament back in the day. Hopefully our players learn many things from this experience and it snowballs into next year. Plus, we can still cheer on our WVU brothers in the NCAA tournament by burning couches outside our dorms after they beat UofA. Get the word out.
articles saying the same thing you already knew...
ASU vs. UofA
An already sold out game as of last night might take away a lot of the NIT hype because of our heated rivalry. ASU UofA baseball games are simply put, GREAT. I have traveled to Tucson for the game and watched it here in Tempe. You will not be disappointed. The crowds are loud for each team, the talent is unlike anywhere else, and the overall atmosphere makes for a great day at the ballpark. Few baseball games throughout the year mean this much. With allegations plaguing Pat Murphy by ex-asst. manager Moreno of NCAA infractions, Our coach has taken a surprising high road on the situation as well as led his team to a 17-0 start. Remember to study before you go as you will undoubtedly have many opportunities to speak on ASU's behalf.
Cal State Fullerton jumped on starter Ryan Perry for five runs and six hits in the first inning and held on for a 10-7 victory over Arizona (12-2) on Sunday at Jerry Kindall Field. 
(so that guy sucks)
Collegiate Baseball announced Monday that ASU first baseman/pitcher Ike Davis was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after helping the Sun Devils go 5-0 with a pair of two-homer games against Arkansas and Troy. He scored seven runs, drove in eight and went 9 for 17 (.529) with a 1.412 slugging percentage during the week. He also pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out four and not allowing a hit.

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