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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech/Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa (Saturday 3pm from London live on UFC Fight Pass); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Thursday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel)

10. Jim Breuer (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Amy Schumer (Thursday 8pm Stephens Hall Towson University); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park); 300: Rise of an Empire“, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out in theaters (Friday); 12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Matthew McConaughey won an Academy Award. Which means we can’t be far from Jim Breuer getting his.

Also Amy Schumer returns to her alma mater. She’s a really polite gal-you should introduce her to your mom.

9. Juicy J (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Stir Fried feat. John Popper/Cara Kelly & The Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Stephen Kellogg (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Schoolboy Q (Friday 8pm & 11pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); Bob Mould (Wednesday 7:30pm 9:30 Club); Bear Hands (Tuesday 8:30pm DC9); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Tuesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Lorde (Friday 8pm Echostage), David Guetta (Saturday & Sunday 9pm Echostage); Moody Blues (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Pharrell Williams “G I R L”, Drive-By Truckers “English Oceans” and Rick Ross “Mastermind” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Have you thought about the fact that John Popper has been in your life for two decades now?

Yes, I still smile when I hear a Vertical Horizon tune. So sue me.

I’ve been playing the Bear Hands tune a lot as a rejoiner on the show recently. You know it from the times you’ve emailed to say “what’s the name of that song?”

J. Roddy is amazing. You should probably already know that.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-ATP Tour U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Friday 8pm Saturday 6pm Sunday 4pm from Memphis live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Duke (Monday 7pm from Durham, NC live on ESPN2); Soccer: Russia @ Team USA Women (Wednesday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on USSoccer.com)

10. Top Shelf Comedy Tour feat. Bruce Bruce/Earthquake/Gary Owen (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Ralphie May (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Katt Williams (Saturday & Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Sex At The Zoo (Friday 6pm Maryland Zoo); Cecily Strong/Mike O’Brien (Sunday 8pm Stevenson University); Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Charm City); RoboCop (Wednesday) and “About Last Night (Friday) out in theaters

I apparently made a mistake and included Cecily Strong last week instead of this week. “Oh no, more Cecily Strong in T10BD? That’s terrible” said no one in response.

O’Brien has actually had some nice highlights in his first year as a player as well.

9. Kanye West (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); JJ Grey & Mofro (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Johnny Winter Band (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm Rams Head on Stage); Rebelution (Thursday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Umprhey’s McGee (Saturday & Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Dru Hill (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Delta Rae (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Eddie From Ohio (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theatre), Jennifer Nettles (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre), Bob Weir & Ratdog (Monday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Lake Street Drive (Wednesday 7pm The Hamilton); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 7:30pm Carroll Arts Center); Eric Church “The Outsiders” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Dru Hill was so much more important to my childhood than I should ever admit.

Delta Rae is freaking wonderful. Here’s a night I saw them at Rams Head Live and FELL IN STINKING LOVE.

You might not be familiar with Lake Street Dive. But perhaps you’ve seen this wonderful video.

I saw Sister Sparrow in Brooklyn during Super Bowl week. They played Led Zeppelin IV in its’ entirety. I’m certainly glad they did.

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UMBC welcomes Stony Brook for MLK Day matinee Monday

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE - On Monday, Stony Brook will try to accomplish something it’s never done – win its first five America East games. The Seawolves are 4-0 for the third straight season and now they’ll go for five Monday afternoon against UMBC at RAC Arena. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Eric Frede and Frank Sullivan.

The Seawolves have won 10 straight games in conference.

Stony Brook Seawolves (12-6, 4-0 America East)
Head Coach: Steve Pikiell, ninth season
Overall Record: 137-150
Record at SBU: 132-132

UMBC Retrievers (5-13, 1-4 America East)
Head Coach: Aki Thomas, second season
Overall Record
13-36
Record at UMBC:
 same

About the Game

  • Stony Brook returns to the court less than 48 hours after its last game as its plays at UMBC.
  • This is the 24th all-time meeting, and the Seawolves lead the all-time series 15-8. They are 6-4 at the RAC and have won their last four appearances here. Stony Brook has won 10 straight meetings.
  • This is a matchup of the top two offensive rebounding teams in the conference (UMBC – 12.7/game, SB – 11.8/game).
  • Stony Brook is in a tie with Vermont for first place (4-0) through the first quarter of the conference schedule.
  • Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker is coming off his best performance of the year, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing three assists vs. UMass Lowell.

Scouting UMBC

  • Picked to finish sixth in America East, the Retrievers are currently tied for eighth with Maine at 1-4 and were a basket away from a second victory.
  • UMBC’s offense has been strong all season, but has dipped in the last two games, scoring just 42 at New Hampshire and 47 at home vs. Vermont. Prior to those two games, UMBC was averaging 69.8 points a game.
  • UMBC has played five overtime games this season, including four straight games back in November. The team is 2-3 when going to OT this season.
  • Freshman Rodney Elliott has carried UMBC by averaging 13.8 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 45.7% from the field.
  • Former All-America East forward Chase Plummer is averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds off the bench.

If Stony Brook Wins…

  • Stony Brook will improve to 5-0 in America East for the first time ever.
  • The Seawolves will extend their conference winning streak to 11 straight games, dating back to Feb. 2013.
  • Stony Brook will extend their winning streak over UMBC to 11 games.

 

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Hopkins, Maryland to make many ESPN appearances in 2014 lacrosse season

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The 2014 college lacrosse coverage across ESPNU and ESPN3 features a schedule of nationally-ranked programs and top-caliber games including 29 men’s and two women’s regular-season games, as well as the crowning of the ACC, America East and Ivy League tournament champions.

With the addition of Notre Dame and Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the league currently boasts the top four teams in the nation – No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Syracuse, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Notre Dame – providing the potential for many key matchups.

The regular-season starts Sunday, Feb. 9, with No. 7 Ohio State playing at No. 14 Johns Hopkins at 11:30 a.m. on ESPNU. The lead announcing team of Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra will have the call of the game.

  • The men’s schedule includes 12 teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Top 20 and nine-of-16 teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championship.
  • The schedule features four doubleheader Saturdays on ESPNU:
    • On March 15, No. 2 Syracuse at No. 14 Johns Hopkins at noon, followed by No. 3 North Carolina at No. 1 Duke at 2 p.m.
    • No. 4 Notre Dame at No. 2 Syracuse at noon and No. 3 North Carolina at No. 14 Johns Hopkins at 2 p.m. on March 29.
    • On April 5, No. 1 Duke at No. 4 Notre Dame at noon and No. 9 Virginia playing at No. 3 North Carolina at 3 p.m.
    • No. 6 Maryland at No. 14 Johns Hopkins at 2 p.m., followed by No. 3 North Carolina at No. 2 Syracuse on April 12.
  • A rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship title game and the current top two teams in the nation – No. 2 Syracuse at No. 1 Duke – are set to square off on Sunday, March 23, at 12:30 p.m.
  • ESPNU will have the entire ACC Lacrosse Championship from PPL Park in Chester, Pa., airing the semifinals on Friday, April 25, at 5 & 7:30 p.m. and the title game on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m.
  • In addition, ESPNU is the home to the America East and Ivy League title games on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, respectively.
  • The women’s slate of games includes two Johns Hopkins matchups on ESPNU: vs. Loyola on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. and vs. Ohio State on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m.

This season, the network’s telecasts will include a deep roster of experienced and knowledgeable lacrosse analysts: Ryan Boyle (Four-time All-American at Princeton), Carcaterra (All-American at Syracuse and a member of 1995 National Championship team), Mark Dixon (former Johns Hopkins midfielder), Ryan Flanagan (All-American defenseman at UNC), Kessenich (Four-time All-American at Johns Hopkins) and Matt Ward (former Virginia attackman and 2006 Tewaaraton winner). Play-by-play announcers include: ESPNU’s Anish Shroff, Joe Beninati (Bowdoin College goalie), Mike Corey, Booker Corrigan and McAnaney (Notre Dame defenseman). Courtney Martinez-Connor (Four-time NCAA Championship at Maryland) will handle analysis of the women’s games.

All games will be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

2014 ESPN Network’s Men’s College Lacrosse Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sun, Jan 26 1:30 p.m. *2014 Champion Challenge (Orlando, Fla.): US National Team Exhibition Game ESPN3#
Sun, Feb. 9 11:30 a.m. No. 7 Ohio State at No. 14 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Feb 15 4 p.m. No. 20 Towson at No. 14 Johns Hopkins ESPN3^
Sat, Feb 22 11 a.m. Hofstra at No. 13 Princeton ESPNU
Sat, Mar 1 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Syracuse at No. 9 Virginia ESPN3@
Fri, Mar 7 5:30 p.m. No. 3 North Carolina at No. 13 Princeton ESPNU
Sat, Mar 15 Noon No. 2 Syracuse at No. 14 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 3 North Carolina at No. 1 Duke ESPNU
Sun, Mar 16 5 p.m. No. 9 Virginia at No. 4 Notre Dame ESPNU
Sat, Mar 22 2 p.m. No. 6 Maryland at No. 3 North Carolina ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. No. 14 Johns Hopkins at No. 9 Virginia ESPNU
Sun, Mar 23 12:30 p.m. No. 2 Syracuse at No. 1 Duke ESPNU
Sat, Mar 29 Noon No. 4 Notre Dame at No. 2 Syracuse ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 3 North Carolina at No. 14 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, Mar 30 Noon No. 9 Virginia at No. 6 Maryland ESPNU
Fri, Apr 4 7 p.m. No. 12 Albany at No. 14 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Apr 5 Noon No. 1 Duke at No. 4 Notre Dame ESPNU
  3 p.m. No. 9 Virginia at No. 3 North Carolina ESPNU
Tue, Apr 8 7:30 p.m. Lehigh at No. 13 Princeton ESPNU
Fri, Apr 11 6 p.m. No. 1 Duke at No. 9 Virginia ESPNU
Sat, Apr 12 2 p.m. No. 6 Maryland at No. 14 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 3 North Carolina at No. 2 Syracuse ESPNU
Sat, Apr 19 Noon No. 6 Maryland at No. 4 Notre Dame ESPNU
Wed, Apr 23 7 p.m. No. 18 Villanova at No. 14 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Apr 25 5 p.m. ACC Lacrosse Championship (Chester, Pa.): Semifinals ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. ACC Lacrosse Championship (Chester, Pa.): Semifinals ESPNU
Sun, Apr 27 1 p.m. ACC Lacrosse Championship (Chester, Pa.): Finals ESPNU
Sat, May 3 10 a.m. America East Lacrosse Championship (Stony Brook, N.Y.): Final ESPNU
  Noon Army at No. 4 Notre Dame ESPNU
Sun, May 4 Noon Ivy League Lacrosse Championship ESPNU

* – exhibition game; # – same-day delayed at 10 p.m. on ESPNU
^ – tape delayed to Sunday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. on ESPNU
@ – tape delayed to Sunday, March 2, at 9 a.m. on ESPNU

2014 ESPN Network’s Women’s College Lacrosse Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sun, Jan 26 1:30 p.m. *2014 Champion Challenge (Orlando, Fla.): US National Team vs. North Carolina ESPN3#
Wed, Feb 26 5 p.m. Loyola at Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Apr 26 2 p.m. Ohio State at Johns Hopkins ESPNU

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)

10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)

People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.

Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.

Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.

Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.

9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I mean…I’m so more than ready.

Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Terrapin Classic: Wofford @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm Comcast Center), Howard/College of Charleston @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm Comcast Center)

10. SOJA (Friday & Saturday Rams Head Live); Papadosio (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Deadcember with Cris Jacobs Band (Thursday 9pm 8×10 Club), Colouring Lesson (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); O’Malley’s March (Thursday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Corey Smith (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Common (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Sunday & Monday 8pm 9:30 Club)

Strict “no marijuana” policy with the SOJA boys.

I’m not into Corey Smith as much as others, but once I post this video I’ll be that much closer to wrapping up T10BD!

I loved Common in Wild Aces.

Trombone Shorty is pleasing to my earhole.

9. Jeff Dunham (Monday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom“, “Grudge Match” and “47 Ronin” out in theaters (Friday); Insidious Chapter 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s Christmas plans (Wednesday, parts unknown)

As I reminder, Christmas dinner in the Glenn Clark household is stuffed shells. More recently, my fiancee’s absolutely SUBLIME Buffalo Shells.

Happy Holidays, gang.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm Reitz Arena)

10. Beyonce (Wednesday 8pm Verizon Center); Switchfoot/New Politics (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Kix (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); The English Beat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Saves The Day (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Michael Bolton (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Carbon Leaf (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Chatham County Line (Wednesday 8pm Jammin’ Java)

Switchfoot: you have no idea how much you enjoy them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_5oE0ijhKg

New Politics does the song you’ve heard a ton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOUTkFkMNU

Carbon Leaf should stop spending any more than a day or two out of the area every month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOo7ZzwOI9I

Chatham County Line is worth finding out more about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaZEWxy3S8

9. A John Waters Christmas (Thursday & Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Kick-Ass 2” and “The Lone Ranger” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Wednesday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” out in theaters (Friday)

I will be seeing ALL of these movies this week. I enjoy this.

And this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQyPVBtLXk0

AND this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awR-XUHCMd8

AND this.

I will see all of these.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Ohio State @ Maryland (Wednesday 7pm Comcast Center), Siena @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Comcast Center); NBA: Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Boxing: Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi (Saturday 8pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime); Auto Racing: NASCAR Awards Banquet (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Fox Sports 2)

10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Halestorm (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Panic! at the Disco (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Spacehog & Sponge (Friday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage), Monster Magnet (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Carbon Leaf (Friday 8pm Saturday 3pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Megadeth (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), NOFX (Friday 7:25pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Muse “Live at Rome Olympic Stadium” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I don’t care what face you’re making, it doesn’t change how much I secretly love TSO.

I don’t know if I’ll make it to Soundstage Sunday night, but you should sing along with this tune for me.

I believe by law Carbon Leaf is not allowed to go more than a month without playing around here.

I’ll be the Muse record doesn’t suck.

9. Jeff Dunham (Thursday 7pm Patriot Center); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); The Wolverine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Parade of Lighted Boats (Saturday 6pm Fells Point/Inner Harbor); “A Monumental Occasion” (Thursday 5pm Mount Vernon Place)

I don’t really have a lot to say about any of this. Sorry. I didn’t really have time to study if we’re being fair.

Instead, courtesy of The Robb Report, for Christmas this year I’d like you to buy me a backyard stadium for $30 million. For reals.

I would also settle for this $83 million sky yacht.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-The Dream Cup Barbados (Friday & Saturday 6pm from Bridgetown, Barbados live on ESPN3.com); Running: Baltimore City Turkey Trot 5K (Thursday 8:30am Druid Hill Park)

10. The Bridge (Wednesday 9pm Rams Head Live); Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Charm City Devils/The Brian Jack Memorial Concert (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Herman’s Hermits (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Alice Smith (Friday 7:30pm Howard Theatre), Kelly Rowland (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Rob Zombie (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Friday -Sunday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); MGMT (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Brian Setzer Orchestra (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Michael McDonald (Saturday 8pm Strathmore); Foxes (Saturday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Billie Joe & Norah “Foreverly” and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Baltimore is better when The Bridge is together.

I saw CCD do a tribute to Brian Jack at the Recher Theatre a year or so ago. Baltimore rock and roll isn’t as great without him.

I’m going to try to get to the Sunday Preservation Hall show. I could listen to them play Christmas tunes all month.

You know what? Same thing with Michael McDonald. Judge away.

9. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday 9am from New York live on NBC); Bobcat Goldthwait (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Donnell Rawlings (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Despicable Me 2“, “Red 2” and “Jobs” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Frozen” and “Homefront” out in theaters (Friday)

I’d be more excited about flicks coming out, but none of them are ‘The Wolf of Wall Street”. There isn’t a movie I want to see more than “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

Other than maybe this.

Also because Kate Bosworth is in “Homefront”, this photo of Kate Bosworth’s legs is relevant.

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Undefeated Loyola faces major test at UConn Tuesday night

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Connecticut Huskies

Tuesday, November 26, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.  |  SNY

Hartford, Conn.  |  XL Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds continue their current three-game swing away from Reitz Arena with a visit to The Nutmeg State for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Nov. 26, against the University of Connecticut.

Loyola’s 4-0 start is its best since it opened the 2005-2006 season with six-consecutive victories.

With two overtime contests in its first four games, Loyola has marked the earliest in program history its needed extra time to settle games. Previously, the Greyhounds played their second overtime of the year in their fifth game of the 1991-1992 season.

Dylon Cormier has four 20-point games in as many contests, and three 30-plus efforts.

 

Last Time Out

UMBC led Loyola by as many as 17 points, taking a 58-41 lead on two Joey Getz free throws with 9:44 left in regulation, but the Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 89-83, in overtime last Wednesday night.

R.J. Williams’ layup at 8:37 started a 10-0 run that cut the deficit to seven in just over two minutes, but UMBC built its advantage back to 10, 73-63, with 90 ticks left on the clock.

Eric Laster, however, hit four threes in a 41-second span, and a Dylon Cormier free throw with 11 seconds left tied the game, forcing overtime.

Cormier matched his career-best with 34 points, and Laster had 16 in the win.

 

Turn On The Television

Tuesday’s game is the second of three-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. SNY will air the broadcast in the New York and Connecticut area. ESPN3 will show it online, as well. Gary Apple will call the play-by-play, while Tim Welsh will handle color analysis duties. Kerith Burke will provide reports from the sideline.

 

New Addition To The Family

Less than 24 hours after Loyola’s come-from-behind victory at UMBC, the Greyhounds had a new addition to their family. Head Coach G.G. Smith’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son, Ross Patrick Smith, on Thursday, November 21.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation last Wednesday night, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Recent Comebacks

In each of the last two seasons, Loyola’s largest deficits overcome in wins were those of 15 points. Last year, Loyola trailed Boston University by 15 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament only to rally for a victory.

During the 2011-2012 season, the Greyhounds were down by 15 at Fairfield but came back to win.

Both times, the Greyhounds’ largest deficit came with more than 15 minutes left in the game.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 29.8 points per game through four. As of games of Thursday, November 21, Cormier is third in the nation in scoring, trailing Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson (30.3) and Niagara’s Antoine Mason (30.0).

Cormier has scored 20 or more points in all four of the Greyhounds’ games, and he already has three 30-plus point efforts.

On Wednesday at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) has started the season with four-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

 

20-Plus, Four In A Row

The last Loyola player to score 20 or more points in four-straight games was Jamal Barney who accomplished the feat by tallying 21, 40, 21 and 22 in games from January 11-18, 2009.

Gerald Brown is the most recent Greyhound to score 20 or more in five or more games. He did so in six outings, from December 30-January 15, 2006-2007.

 

Laster From Deep

Eric Laster’s 3-point shooting made the Greyhounds’ comeback attempt a reality last week at UMBC. The sophomore guard hit four threes in a 41-second span with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

His first three came on a pull-up in transition at the 1:23 mark, and the second was off an R.J. Williams assist at 1:14. Laster knocked down his third from the top left side with 47 ticks left on the clock, and he took a Dylon Cormier pass five seconds later – after Cormier stole the ball in the backcourt – to knock down his final shot that pulled Loyola within a point, 76-75.

Laster finished the game with five threes – he hit one in the first half – a career-high. Entering the game, Laster had hit just six 3-pointers, five this season and one limited action last year.

Through four games this year, Laster is shooting 71.4 percent from 3-point range, knocking down 10-of-14. His 16 points at UMBC were a career-high, raising his season scoring average to 9.3.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first four games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

 

Making A Point

R.J. Williams has continued his solid play at point guard for the Greyhounds, scoring a season-high 10 points in the win at UMBC. He also dished out six assists, tying his season-best from the Cornell game, and had three steals.

Williams made 5-of-7 free throws in the game and is 18-of-23 from the line this season (78.3 percent).

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 32.3 times per game this season while converting 23.3 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 72.1 percent from the charity stripe, making 93-of-129.

The 23.3 free-throws made per game are tied for 26th in the nation, while the 32.3 attempts per game are tied for 32nd.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation). The Greyhounds thus far have raised their free-throw percentage by almost four percent from 68.3 last year.

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 53 free throws through four games, making 37 (69.8 percent). Through games of November 21, Cormier’s 53 attempts are tied for fourth in the nation.

He is averaging 13.25 free-throw attempts per game this season. The Greyhounds are guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season and at least one in the Patriot League Championships); at this pace, Cormier 397 free throws.

The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 523 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 370 made are also seventh on the Loyola career charts.

Last year, he was 172-of-232 (74.1 percent) from the line, taking an average of 6.8 free throws per game.

 

Down The Stretch

Loyola has trailed at the 10-minute mark in regulation during three of its four win to start the season, but the Greyhounds have excelled down the stretch.

The Greyhounds have outscored their opponents 30.3-20.8 (121-83) in the final 10 minutes of games (final 10 minutes of regulation or final five of regulation and five overtime minutes). During that span, Loyola is shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds’ defense has held opponents to 35.7 percent from the field and just 28.6 percent from behind the arc. Loyola has forced 19 opponent turnovers, 11 by way of Greyhounds steals.

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 53 points, just 30 points less than Loyola’s opponents have scored in that stretch.

Cormier has shot 57.1 percent from the field, knocking down 4-of-7 threes in the final 10. R.J. Williams has be the distributor on offense for Loyola, dishing out seven assists.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the four games.

The Greyhounds’ 80.0 points per game  in their first four is more than 13 points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 74.5, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots at UMBC  brought his Loyola career total to 62, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time at the school. He is now tied with former teammate Julius Brooks (2009-2013). With 13 more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Series History Versus UConn

Loyola and Connecticut will meet for the first time in series history on Tuesday.

The Greyhounds are 2-11 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference. Most recently, Loyola played Memphis on December 30, 2013, falling 78-64 at the FedEx Fourm.

 

Quick Start

Loyola’s 4-0 record through the first week of the year marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the season with a pair of wins.

It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds started 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.

G. G. Smith is the first Loyola head coach to start his tenure on the Greyhounds’ bench with four-straight wins since Walter   did so in 1928-1929 when Loyola opened 6-0.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field against Fairfield, but the Greyhounds squeezed out the win, 59-52, thanks to a 24-of-34 night from the free-throw line.

The game was reminiscent in many ways of the another recent game against Fairfield. The last time Loyola won a game when shooting 34.1 percent or lower was when it went 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent) to beat Stags, 48-44, on March 5, 2012, in the MAAC Championship Game. The win advanced Loyola to its first NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons.

 

Making It A Tradition

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the four-plus minutes of Saturday’s games, but then a Loyola-Fairfield broke out.

The 59-52 final score was indicative of recent games played between the former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents. No team has scored more than 70 points in a game between the two since Fairfield edged the Greyhounds, 73-69, on January 28, 2010, a span of nine meetings.

In fact, it has been since a March 3, 2007, contest that both teams scored 70 or more (Loyola won, 76-72), a span of 16 games.

 

Cormier Earns League Acclaim

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.

Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon Cormier is the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He is the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Dog Debuts

Three players made their Greyhound debuts at Binghamton with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.

Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate game.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
13th 1,332 points
Next Joel Hittelman 1,360
Field Goals Made
18th 439 field goals made
Next Erik Etherly, 450
3-Pointers Made
16th 84 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 370 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
23rd 176 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 148 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola will wrap up its three-game swing away from Reitz Arena on Monday, December 2, at the University of West Virginia.

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