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Thursday, November 15, 2007

MU men's hoops/Story highlights for Friday Press (Barbour to start) and poll

By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER

This weekend the Monmouth University men's basketball team hopes it's not a stranger in
paradise.
The youthful Hawks (0-2) begin competition 8:30 p.m. Friday vs. the Universirty of Notre Dame (1-0)
in the 2007 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
""This field is probably the toughest we've played in top to bottom,'' said Dave Calloway,
Monmouth coach.
""Some of the tournaments we've played in over the years may have had a better top team,
but throughout this field there's no weak link, that's for sure.''
The Irish (1-0) blasted Monmouth's Northeast Conference rival Long Island U. Monday
night in South Bend, Ind., 82-50.[PARA]
In Monmouth's next Paradise Jam game 8:30 p.m. Saturday it will play either Baylor (1-0) or
Wichita State (1-0). The event ends Sunday.
The remainder of the field includes Charlotte (2-0), Illinois-Chicago (2-0), Winthrop
(1-0), or Georgia Tech (1-1).[PARA]
Last season Georgia Tech (20-12), Notre Dame (24-8), and Winthrop (29-5) competed in the
NCAA Tournament.
Winthrop advanced to the second round with a win over Notre Dame. Georgia Tech lost to
UNLV in the first round.[PARA]
In the 2003 Jam a Monmouth team that made the 2004 NCAAs defeated Appalachian State and
Hampton while losing to Boston College.


Calloway said freshman power forward George Barbour will make his first start of the
season vs. Notre Dame, a start delayed over the first two games by injury. He said freshman
Nick DelTufo, who had started the first two games, will come off the bench.
Monmouth is 0-2 all time vs. Notre Dame.

Calloway just told me it's been sunny and 75-80 degrees. It is 80-81 degrees currently throughout the Islands. I just looked it up. (No wonder they make these trips!).




8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

TG,

There is a mistake in your article. The Paradise Jam ends on Monday, Nov 19, while the second round games are split between Saturday (Friday losers) and Sunday (Friday winners). Given that MU is playing Notre Dame, it is likely that they, in fact, will be playing on Saturday against the loser of Baylor-Wichita State, but there is always that slight chance that the Hawks could win and get Saturday off.

10:12 AM, November 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Ok....we'll adjust if need be..if they beat UND!....not that I wouldn't mind ....

11:37 AM, November 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHO WON?

10:14 PM, November 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re- who won? You'll be better off if you don't find out...

11:51 PM, November 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so who is next on the list( what was the point on even going to this tourney)?

1:30 PM, November 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Wichita State tonight....Teams use these trips as recruiting tools, I beleive they also get some money for playing, and it gives schools like MU a shot at some big time programs...

6:12 PM, November 17, 2007  
Anonymous Hawk said...

To the idiot who said whats the point of going....

MU has been highly competitive over the past 7 or 8 seasons, and before that in the 90's before the first speed bu,b they hit...If you remember they beat teams like Vanderbilt, Akron, Appalachian St, and Southern Illinois in tournaments such as these...You might also remember such upsets as South Carolina, Boston College, and Oral Roberts to name a few...You are very uninformed my friend..

6:41 PM, November 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To Hawk: Nice points there.
Again, for a school like MU, you can't underline enough the recruiting lure of playing these ""big time teams"' in these ""big time venues.''

6:57 PM, November 17, 2007  

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