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Terps Join Purdue, Temple in 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Field

Posted on 27 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the event…

Strong Tournament Field Headed to 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Temple, Purdue and 2011 NIT Semifinalists headline field

The annual destination event of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off has secured all eight teams for the 2011 field to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17, 18 & 20, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan.

The field for the fifth annual Puerto Rico Tip-Off includes Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Purdue, Temple, Western Michigan and Wichita State. Both Purdue and Temple reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. Wichita State topped Alabama in the NIT championship game, while Colorado was a semifinalist. Iona earned a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, advancing to a title game, while Western Michigan reached the second round.

The 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 20.

For the fifth straight year, the BIG EAST will serve as the event’s sponsoring conference.

Minnesota topped West Virginia 74-70 for the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. Other former winners were Villanova in 2009, Xavier in 2008 and Miami (Fla.) in 2007.

The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Puerto Rico host the teams to three days of play, practices and immersion into the Puerto Rican culture and landscape. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.puertoricotipoff.com.

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Thursday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 26 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Thursday Night, Must See TV!  NBC’s old ‘Must See TV’ lineup of Seinfeld, Just Shoot Me, Friends and Frazier has nothing on what CBS will be rolling out the next two nights.  Action gets underway with UConn, controversy and all, and Purdue, then  a half hour later Pitt-Xavier.  Personally, the night cap double-header of Memphis-Missouri and especially Duke-‘Nova has a little more intrigue to me.  So it will definitely be a late night for me in Federal Hill… and unfortunately I don’t mean at Magerks, Mother’s, or The Stalking Horse.  The Blue Devils and Wildcats have an approximate tip time slated for 9:57pm, and keep in mind, that’s if Pitt-Xavier ends in a tidy and timely fashion.  While I shamefully admit I fell asleep well before even the first overtime between Syracuse-Uconn in the Big East Tournament, I guarantee I will see every second of basketball shown tonight.  My picks… Pittsburgh and Villanova in close ones giving us an All Big East-East Regional Final…  Memphis going away, and UConn in a very verrry close game.  I’m really high on the Boilers and there’s a lot of distractions surrounding that Huskie program.

The O’s will be shown nationwide!  Yesterday the Major League Baseball Network released their schedule and announcing teams for the first eight games in their Thursday Night Baseball series.  The set includes great inter-division games with a lot of national appeal, like Red Sox-Rays April 30, Phillies-Mets May 7 and Cubs-Cardinals May 21.  I know what you’re thinking… “Chris, what about the May 14th game?  It seems as though you’ve skipped a week.”  Well, let’s just say the May 14th game doesn’t quite have the cache of the others.  That night the network will show the enthralling game between the Orioles and Royals in Kansas City at Kaufman Stadium.  Certainly leaves something to be desired there… sheesh!

Scanning the Blogosphere

Awful Announcing has all the latest statistics from ESPN’s Bracket Challenge.  Amazingly there are 6 entries that have a Final Four of Arizona, Purdue, Xavier, and Gonzaga still alive.

College Hoops Journal has an interesting read about how Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Dick Vitale, and etc… watch NCAA Tournament games at ESPN Headquarters.

Dempsey’s Army has a pretty cool read on how to construct the optimal Oriole lineup for this season using a formula based almost solely based on On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage.

Camden Chat has a link to a story telling us there are 8 new plaques on Eutaw Street for homer balls landing out there from last season (Luke Scott 2, Nick Markakis… Jason Giambi 2, Lance Berkman, Alex Gordon, and Robinson Cano).

The Loss Column; while the O’s minor league pitchers have gotten most of the pub, TLC looks at some of the bats in the O’s system.

Baltimore Sports and Life offers 20 Questions and Opinions on the upcmoning Oriole season.

Big League Stew has 10 suggestions on how the World Baseball Classic can be improved the next next time.

The Hoover Street Rag, a University of Michigan Sports Blog, has a fantastic preview of the upcoming D-1 College Hockey NCAA Tournament.  For the record, I got the Bemidji State Beavers going to the ‘Frozen Four.’

The Morning’s Final Thought

Sal Fasano, by far one of my favorite players of all-time, is back in the majors… and so is his world class mustache!

The career .221 hitter and backup catcher is will be sporting the purple and black this season… and no not for the Ravens… but rather for the Colorado Rockies for the second stint of his career.

The former Royal, A, Rocky, Angel, Oriole, Phillie, Yankee, Blue Jay, and Indian has as much as a cult following as anyone in baseball and it’s all because of his legendary upper lip hair.

I’d love to go out and get a plate of linguine with ‘Big Sal’ at Sabatino’s anytime!  Though you have to wonder… how much food do you think gets stuck in that mustache after a nice big meal?

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