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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

Posted on 14 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

True story. Tom Hanks only took the starring role in “Captain Phillips” because he was turned down for a similar role in a movie musical version of the 15-7-0. We parted amicably after negotiations, so truthfully I have not cared for some of the things he’s chosen to say in the media during the blitz for the film. I’ll take the high road…as always.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Tom Brady’s final drive was so good Sunday it might actually HAVE involved unicorns and show ponies.

Yes, Tom Brady threw an amazing game winning touchdown…but…ummm…

Let’s check in with Rob Ryan for his thoughts.

Remember that time Brady played John Harbaugh to Julian Edelman’s James Ihedigbo?

Just a guess, but I’d imagine this didn’t happen after THIS play…

2. So long, Virginia. Will be awfully nice to not have to pretend to have any idea what a Wahoo is in the future.

We won’t miss you.

Boston College toyed with Clemson for awhile elsewhere in the SEC, I assume for this reason.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, Syracuse should probably get their medical experts on this.

3. I don’t know if I feel “good” for Penn State, but watching that game Saturday night made me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

I made a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend to see the Coyotes ground the Flyers and was treated surprisingly well. I imagine Michigan fans probably got the same in their visit to the Keystone State?

In the loss, credit Dennis Norfleet for…survival?

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Tevin Coleman is why Indiana can’t have nice things.

4. The Cincinnati Bengals are in first place by themselves. Reports say Satan got the better end of the deal.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gio Bernard.

5. Joseph Fauria > Christian Fauria > overpaying for EA Sports’ most recent underwhelming effort.

But we’re probably getting dangerously close to Fauria jumping the shark…

Remember when Brandon Weeden suddenly remembered he was Brandon Weeden?

I know the Browns lost the game, but is there really any loser when you attend a game and get to witness this?

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Towson aims to stay perfect Saturday against Villanova

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Seeking their 11th consecutive victory, Coach Rob Ambrose and the undefeated Towson University football team (6-0, 2-0) will face one of its toughest challenges of the season when the Tigers host No. 15 Villanova University (3-2, 2-0) in an important Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Ranked third in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers will be celebrating Homecoming when they host the Wildcats.

The pre-season favorite to win the CAA championship, Villanova brings a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s night game. Last season, Towson and Villanova shared the CAA championship with New Hampshire and Richmond.

Saturday night’s game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network with Mike Corey and Anthony Herron calling the action.

The Towson-Villanova game will also feature the only two players ever to win the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS football, junior Terrance West of Towson and sophomore quarterback John Robertson of Villanova. West was the inaugural Jerry Rice Award winner in 2011 while Robertson earned the award last season.

The Tigers come into Saturday night’s game with one of the top offensive teams and one of the top defensive squads in NCAA FCS. Averaging 40.8 points per game, the Tigers are ranked eighth in NCAA FCS. At the same time, Towson is allowing 16.8 points per contest, sixth in the nation.

Coach Ambrose knows that the Tigers will have their will be facing a serious challenge on Saturday night.

He says, “Villanova is an incredibly talented team and is extremely well-coached. Villanova isn’t just a great team. Villanova is a great program. Their quarterback is one of the best players in the league if not the country. Villanova has the ability to withstand injuries without missing a beat because they have such tremendous depth.”

The Tiger offense is coming off a school-record performance against New Hampshire. In the win over UNH, Towson set a school record with 731 yards of total offense.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens enjoyed the best game of his career in the win over UNH. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns. In six games this season, Athens has completed 98 of 154 passes for 1,332 yards and eight touchdowns. He has only thrown four interceptions and he has only been sacked three times.

The second-leading rusher in Towson history, West is enjoying the best season of his career. In six games, he has rushed for 886 yards on 154 carries, an average of 5.8 yards per attempt. He ranks fourth in NCAA FCS in rushing yards and leads the nation with 15 touchdowns. The leading-rusher in the CAA, he has run for more than 100 yards in five of six games and he has been honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.

Named as the FCS National Co-Player of the Week by The Sports Network after his 238-yard game against New Hampshire, West is a leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award. He has been earned 10 weekly awards from the CAA in his career, a league record.

The Tiger defense, which is ranked 12th in the nation while allowing 301.8 total yards per game, has been led by senior linebacker Telvion Clark. Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week after the win over New Hampshire, Clark leads the Tigers with 55 tackles. He also ranks sixth in the CAA in tackles.

When the Tigers host Villanova, they will be trying to avoid the slow starts that have hurt them in the last two games. In their 35-21 win over Stony Brook, the Tigers rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit. They also trailed by 21-10 at the half. In their 44-28 win over New Hampshire, the Tigers spotted UNH a 20-3 first quarter lead before scoring 41 consecutive points.

Not surprisingly, the Tigers have been a second-half team all season. Towson has outscored its opponents by a 118-30 margin in the second half. In the third quarter, the Tigers own a 72-7 advantage. The only third-quarter touchdown that the Tigers have allowed came against Delaware State when Towson already had a 49-0 lead.

If the Tigers beat Villanova, they will tie the school record for consecutive wins, a mark set by the 1974 and 1975 Tigers.

After hosting Villanova on Saturday night, the Tigers will be back on the road next week when they travel to Albany.

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The 15-7-0 is unseasonably hotter than the Patriots’ offense

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The 15-7-0 is unseasonably hotter than the Patriots’ offense

Posted on 07 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

If there ever is a Fall in the great state of Maryland, don’t worry about having to pay to heat your home. Just read the 15-7-0 and your heart will be warmed for seven whole days*!

(*This is a fact proven by science**.)
(**Even if you don’t think this is a proven fact there’s nothing you can do about it because there is no government so no one can say otherwise. HAHA, jerks.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. Peyton Manning is better at real football than Tony Romo is at fantasy football. There is perhaps no more significant thing that can be said about someone.

Both quarterbacks were awesome Sunday; but one was victorious while the other was picked by Danny Trejo. You probably already know which is which.

I like to think that Peyton Manning threw an interception in this one because he desperately longed to know what the other side felt like.

There was also a moment where he did this.

In a related story, what the sh*t is this man doing?

2. Ohio State has been tested in each of the last two weeks and came up aces. Did anyone check to make sure they didn’t tattoo the answers on the inside of their eyelids?

Something weird happened at the end of the game. I’ll let Brent Musberger explain.

College Gameday was in Evanston before this one, and someone brought a giant Mr. Feeney head, so obviously Gameday should never be anywhere else.

3. At the end of the Navy/Air Force game I had a strong desire to give every Midshipman a hug. And also to punch every Congressman in the nads.

And if it’s a Navy win, that means it’s a Navy motivational video!

Also, I wasn’t able to get one of these at the game Saturday. I would REALLY like it if someone else got me one.

4. If you didn’t have Peyton Manning or Tony Romo on your fantasy team this weekend, I believe the next best bet was Mason Crosby.

And unfortunately if you own Brandon Pettigrew, no points for hurdles.

You DO however get points for James Jones making big plays.

Also Brad Jones did…something.

5. After all of the embarrassment and shame Paris brought upon their family, you have to feel good that young T.Y. has given the Hiltons something to be proud of again.

You think “TY” stands for “Time (to) YOLO”?

Little known fact: the Colts’ Mario Harvey HATES PUNTERS.

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Towson eyes 6-0 start Saturday against New Hampshire

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS HOST No. 19 NEW HAMPSHIRE ON SATURDAY

No. 3 Tigers Seeking 10th Consecutive Win

TOWSON, Md. –  Riding a nine-game winning streak, the undefeated Towson University football team (5-0, 1-0) returns to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5 when the Tigers host No. 19 New Hampshire (1-2, 0-0) in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at 12:00 noon.

The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet-Plus. Scott Graham and Andy Gresh will call the action.

A home game will be a welcome respite for the Tigers from the grind that found Towson playing four of its first five games on the road. After opening the season with a 33-18 win at Connecticut, the Tigers beat Holy Cross on the road, 49-7. On Sept. 14, the Tigers played their home opener and beat Delaware State, 49-7. However, it was back on the road the following week where Towson beat North Carolina Central, 35-17. Last week, the Tigers pulled out a 35-21 victory at Stony Brook.

In the opening weeks of the season, Towson traveled 2,548 miles to pick up four road victories. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have played seven of their last nine games on the road – and they have won all of them. Towson’s seven-game road winning streak is the longest in school history.

“We are road-weary,” admits Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “I feel like we are that Cleveland Indians team in the movie, ‘Major League.’ That team was always on a bus and that’s how we feel.

“However, it will be great to take the field on Saturday afternoon with a large crowd of our fans cheering us on,” he adds. “I know that will energize us.”

New Hampshire comes to Unitas Stadium with a deceptive 1-2 record. The Wildcats, who have qualified for the NCAA FCS playoffs eight years in a row, opened their season with a 24-21 loss at Central Michigan. After beating Colgate in their home opener, the Wildcats dropped a 34-27 decision at undefeated Lehigh last week.

Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between the two teams. UNH owns a 7-2 series lead, but the Tigers have won the last two matchups. Two years ago, Towson edged UNH, 56-42. Last season, the Tigers traveled to New Hampshire for the regular season finale and shocked the No. 7 Wildcats, 64-35. That win earned the Tigers a share of the CAA championship.

When Towson hosts New Hampshire, it will be the first time the teams have played where the Tigers had a higher national ranking. It will also match the top offensive team in the CAA against the top defensive team. New Hampshire comes into the game averaging 459.0 total yards per game as well as 236.7 rushing yards per contest. The Tigers allow 271.6 total yards per contest and only 70.8 rushing yards per game.

Towson ranks fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing defense and sixth in total defense.

Offensively, the Tigers will be counting on junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.). The leading rusher in the CAA with 648 yards on 126 carries, he has scored 12 touchdowns this season, a mark that leads NCAA FCS. West has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in four of five games. The only time he didn’t reach the 100-yard plateau was a 49-7 win over Delaware State when he left the game early in the third quarter. He did score five touchdowns against the Hornets.

The third-leading rusher in school history, West needs only 12 rushing yards to become the third player in program history to rush for 3,000 yards. He has scored 56 career touchdowns in 26 games.

In two games against New Hampshire, West has run for 497 yards on 42 carries and six touchdowns.

Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Windsor, Conn.) leads the Tiger defense with 6.5 sacks. He ranks fourth in the nation in sacks. Led by Delaire, the Tiger defense ranks second in the nation with 21 sacks in five games.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 44 tackles in five games. He made a career high 14 tackles and had one sack at Stony Brook. Junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) is second on the team with 28 tackles.

The Tigers’ game against New Hampshire will be the first of back-to-back home games against the top teams in the CAA. After hosting No. 19 UNH, the Tigers host No. 20 Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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Taking a look at new Ravens LB Arthur Brown and DL Brandon Williams

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Taking a look at new Ravens LB Arthur Brown and DL Brandon Williams

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Ravens selected Kansas State LB Arthur Brown in the 2nd round (56th pick) and Missouri Southern State DL Brandon Williams in the 3rd round (94th pick) of the NFL Draft. Here’s a look at some of the video on Brown and Williams…

Here is an overall highlight package on Brown…

Brown against Oregon in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl…

Brown in Kansas State’s 2012 win over Oklahoma…

Perhaps the quintessential video of Brown, from the Wildcats’ 2011 upset win over Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskins Pro Bowl QB Robert Griffin III…

We decided to make a GIF of the former K-State star running down the Skins’ QB…

Our own Luke Jones and Glenn Clark thought Brown reminded them of someone they had seen before…

Moving to Williams, he didn’t have a ton on film before the Senior Bowl…

Here is an overall highlight package on the former Lions DT…

Ravens coach John Harbaugh referenced this incredible video of Williams walking on his hands during the press conference…

If you want that in GIF form…

Courtesy of Bleacher Report, here’s this look at Williams’ arms…

A few of Williams’ friends shared this video of how the former MSSU D-Lineman was blowing off steam before the Draft Friday. It’s quite athletic.

You can hear from both players, as well as Harbaugh, GM Ozzie Newsome, Assistant GM Eric DeCosta and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net.  

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Navy women open NCAA Tournament against Kentucky Sunday

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy women’s basketball team learned its NCAA Tournament fate Monday night while attending a Selection Show party at Federal House Bar & Grille in Downtown Annapolis. The Midshipmen, winners of their third Patriot League Tournament title in as many years, garnered the No. 15 seed in the Bridgeport, Conn., Regional. Navy will face second-seeded Kentucky Sunday at Carnesecca Arena on the St. John’s campus in Queens, N.Y. The game will tip at 12:05 p.m. EDT and will be aired live on ESPNU.

The Navy Ticket Office will not be selling tickets for the game. Tickets can be purchased through the St. John’s Ticket Office either online at RedStormSports.com or by phone at 1-888-GoStorm. Single session ticket prices are $10 for students/youths, $10 for senior citizens and $15 for adults. An all-session pass that allows entry to both Sunday’s first round and Tuesday’s second round are $15 for students/youths, $15 for senior citizens and adults can purchase a pass for $25.

Kentucky posted a 27-5 record this season. The Wildcats advanced to the championship game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament where they fell to Texas A&M. Kentucky placed second in the SEC during the regular season with a record of 13-3, and was ranked seventh in both national polls that were released Monday by the Associated Press and USA Today.

Kentucky will be making its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 10th trip to the event in all. The Wildcats lost in the Elite Eight in both 2010 and 2012, with a loss in the round of 32 coming in 2011.

Navy, which compiled a 21-11 record this season and shared the Patriot League regular season crown with an 11-3 record, has faced a team out of the current SEC three times in its history. The Mids have lost a pair of games to Florida, most recently during the 2010-11 season, and defeated Mississippi once.

Navy is making its third trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history. The 14th-seeded Mids lost to No. 3 DePaul, 56-43, in a 2011 first-round game played at Penn State in their initial appearance in March Madness. Navy then received a No. 15 seed last season and lost, 59-44, to No. 2 Maryland in College Park.

Sunday’s second game at the site features No. 7 Dayton facing region-host and 10th-seeded St. John’s. The winners of the two games will meet Tuesday for the right to move on to Bridgeport.

“I’ve never seen Kentucky play,” said Alix Membreno (Jr., Loxahatchee, Fla.), who was tabbed as the MVP of the Patriot League Tournament. “They are a No. 2 seed, so obviously they are a great team. It is a great opportunity to go to Queens, my family is from New York, it’s just a great opportunity to play. The higher the seed gets, the less there is for us to lose. We’re going to go up there and give it our all.

“I think a 15 seed is great. We’re just so blessed to be in the same position we have been in the last two years. It is still exciting (with it being our third NCAA Tournament), but in different ways. Each year is different; it is a different team, a different vibe, but it is nice it is not something new. We’ve been in this position before.”

“I’m so happy we got a 15 seed,” said Jade Geif (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.), who received first-team all-league honors this season for a second year in a row. “I don’t know a lot about Kentucky. We’re just excited to get in there, try and get a win.

“Definitely, it is still exciting. You can just feel the nerves when you are watching the TV just waiting for it flip over and show Navy and see who we are playing. It is so exciting every time. Even walking over here, everyone was just so hyped.”

“It is a really, really strong opponent,” said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper of facing Kentucky. “They are going to be challenging the way Maryland was and not the way DePaul was. They are deep, tall, athletic, long and they have one of the best players in the country in A’dia Mathies.”

 

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Carlson, Amato help Maryland top Villanova to remain undefeated

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA. - Sophomore Jay Carlson scored a career-best five goals to lead the No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 10-7 victory over Villanova at Villanova Stadium Saturday night.

The victory ups the Terps’ record to 6-0 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 1-5 overall.

The wet and messy field made for some tentative play at the start of the game, which saw both teams turn the ball over a couple of times apiece.

Once play settled down Villanova got on the board first with an unassisted goal by John Kuhl at the 12:00 mark.

Maryland tied the score with 7:33 to go in the first when junior Brian Cooper forced a turnover and senior Jesse Bernhardt scooped up the groundball and raced down the field. Bernhardt drew a defender before passing the ball to senior Kevin Cooper on the crease and he finished from in close.

The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead into the second quarter when Jack Rice scored off an assist by Kevin O’Neil at the 5:27 mark.

The lead grew to 3-1 for Villanova at the beginning of the second quarter when O’Neil took advantage of a pushing call on Kevin Cooper and scored on the extra-man opportunity less than 30 seconds into the period.

The Terps cut into the lead with 8:23 to play in the second when senior Jake Bernhardt dodged down the right alley and went under his defender and finished from the right side of the crease.

Villanova looked to add to its lead, but junior goalie Niko Amato, who made six saves in the first half, turned back three shots from right on the crease to keep it a one-goal Maryland deficit.

Maryland tied the game at 3-3 at the 6:17 mark when a scramble during a timer-on situation saw Jake Bernhardt find Carlson on the crease and Carson converted on a quick turn-and-shoot from inside eight yards.

The Terrapins took their first lead of the game right before the end of the first half when Carlson scored his second of the game, this time finishing a feed from senior Owen Blye with 1:12 left.

A two-minute illegal body check on sophomore Casey Ikeda gave Villanova a golden opportunity early in the third quarter and Max Hart tied the game with a goal at the 13:48 mark, but Jesse Bernhardt came up with a huge groundball on the ensuing faceoff to help the Terps kill the penalty and limit the damage.

Carlson put the Terps back up by a goal with his third of the game, finishing a feed by Kevin Cooper with 11:51 to play in the third.

Hart scored his second of the game at the 8:49 mark to tie the game at 5-5, but Maryland would go on a 3-0 run to open up an 8-5 lead.

Blye scored the first goal off of a cross-crease pass by Kevin Cooper with 4:31 to play. Senior John Haus then made it a two-goal lead for the Terps when he went around the back of the cage and scored unassisted coming around left goal line extended.

Carlson finished the run by tying his career-high with his fourth goal of the game. Kevin Cooper found him cutting to the crease and Carlson finished the play while falling down to the turf with 1:12 left in the third.

Villanova won the ensuing faceoff off when Christian Kolderup picked up the groundball and scored to make it an 8-6 Maryland lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats scored the first goal of a period for the fourth straight time when O’Neil posted his second of the game at the 8:54 mark to cut the Maryland lead back to one.

But the Terps managed to grind out the victory with Carlson taking on his fifth of the game off another assist from Kevin Cooper with 7:46 left on the clock to make it a 9-7 lead.

Junior Mike Chanenchuk closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 43 seconds remaining when Villanova brought its goalie out of the cage to double-team the ball and Chanenchuk scored into the empty net.

Amato finished with 11 saves in his return to his hometown. Junior Michael Ehrhardt led the Terps’ defenders with five groundballs, while Jesse Berhardt finished with four groundballs and a caused turnover.

Maryland returns to conference play when it hosts No. 8 North Carolina Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, March 23 at noon. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 10-7 win, Maryland is now 6-0 all-time vs. Villanova.
• With three points on three goals, sophomore Jay Carlson now has two hat tricks, eight multi-point and seven multi-goals for his career.
• With three points on a goal and four assists, senior Kevin Cooper now 16 multi-point and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Owen Blye now has 27 multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Jake Bernhardt now has 15 multi-point games for his career.

 

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Maryland to return to Brooklyn in 2013-14 season

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Kentucky AND MARYLAND Become Cornerstones of The BROOKLYN HOOPS™ COLLEGE BASKETBALL platform AT Barclays Center WITH MULTI-YEAR DEALS

Teams Announced for Barclays Center Classic and Barclays Center Women’s Invitational

Tickets on sale March 22 and March 29

BROOKLYN (March 16, 2013) — Major college basketball will continue to flourish in Brooklyn as Barclays Center has signed multi-year agreements to host the Kentucky and Maryland men’s basketball teams.

The 2013-14 college basketball season at Barclays Center will include a dynamic match-up when Kentucky faces Providence on Dec. 1, while Maryland will also be on the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ schedule. Kentucky and Maryland have already experienced Barclays Center when they played each other this season in a nationally televised sold-out game during the venue’s inaugural college basketball event.

“We are excited to return to Barclays Center next year to play Providence,” said Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari. “This season’s game against Maryland was an NCAA Tournament environment in November. It’s a great building and a great city. We’re looking forward to being back in Brooklyn next season and beyond.”

“We’re looking forward to returning to Barclays Center,” Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon said. “We had a great atmosphere up there this year and Barclays Center is a first-class arena. I know our student-athletes and coaches enjoyed the experience in Brooklyn and appreciated the outstanding support our fans provided us in a great opening game. We’ll look to repeat that again.”

“Some of the premier college basketball teams will be calling Barclays Center home for several years and we are delighted to continue to develop into a significant national collegiate sports venue,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “There was exciting basketball and a great atmosphere in the inaugural season of BROOKLYN HOOPS™ at Barclays Center.  Next year will be even better.”

The extensive Barclays Center college basketball lineup continues with St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and Penn State participating in the 2nd annual Barclays Center Classic men’s basketball tournament on Nov. 29 and 30, 2013. Occurring on the same days will be the inaugural Barclays Center Women’s Invitational tournament, featuring Rutgers, Texas Tech, Michigan, and LSU. BROOKLYN HOOPS™ is presented by Ticketmaster.

Tickets for the Barclays Center Classic will go on sale March 22 and the Barclays Center Women’s Invitational will go on sale March 29. Tickets for the Kentucky-Providence game will go on sale April 19. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com<http://www.barclayscenter.com> or www.ticketmaster.com<http://www.ticketmaster.com>, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

For the second consecutive year, Barclays Center will host the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Winter Festival presented by Honda and the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ Holiday Invitational (dates to be determined), along with Coaches vs. Cancer (Nov. 22-23) and Legends Classic. (Nov. 25-26). The teams for all four events will be announced soon.

The always competitive Atlantic 10 Tournament will return to Barclays Center from March 13-16, 2014. Additionally, LIU Brooklyn, this season’s Northeast Conference Tournament champion, will continue to play multiple games at Barclays Center next season.

The Barclays Center college basketball franchise BROOKLYN HOOPS™ presented by Ticketmaster is proud to partner with Applebee’s, GEICO, Honda, High Point Solutions, McDonald’s, Modell’s, and Powerade.

About Barclays Center:
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture<http://www.aecom.com/architecture>) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com<http://www.shoparc.com/>), Barclays Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 14,500 seats for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.

Barclays Center is hosting an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Express, Calvin Klein, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, GEICO, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, and Ticketmaster. Other sponsors include: adidas, Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Gym Source, Haier America, High Point Solutions, JetBlue, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, SONY, and Willis.

Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.

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Maryland, Villanova do battle Saturday night in Philly

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland (5-0) men’s lacrosse team takes to the road again, this time heading to the City of Brotherly Love for a Saturday night showdown at Villanova (1-4). The Terps and the Wildcats are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Villanova Stadium.

• Maryland is coming off of a 13-7 victory over Stony Brook in College Park on Sunday, March 10. Nine different Terps scored in the win with senior Kevin Cooper leading the way with three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore Charlie Raffa won 15-of-18 faceoffs with a career-best 11 groundballs and also had a goal and an assist. Senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt turned in another solid performance with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. On the season Cooper leads the Terps with 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists), three points ahead of senior John Haus (8-7=15). Seniors Owen Blye and Jake Bernhardt rank second on the squad with nine goals apiece. Junior Niko Amato is ranked second in the NCAA with a 6.36 goals-against average and is sixth with a .600 save percentage.

• Villanova enters Saturday’s game with a 1-4 mark, but all four losses have come against ranked foes. Senior midfielder Jack Rice leads the Seawolves in goals (11) and points (11). Thomas Croonquist has wotn .552 percent of his faceoffs and leads the Wildcats with 35 groundballs. Villanova’s goalie situation is up in the air. Freshman Greg Stamatov has started the Wildcats’ first five games, but was lifted in the first half against Penn last Saturday and senior Billy Hurley stepped in an made 12 saves while allowing just five goals.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 98 of the 107 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 114-25 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .820 winning percentage.
8 … The Terps won only eight of 20 faceoffs last season vs. the Wildcats.
7 … Kevin Cooper has seven multi-goal games during his Terrapin career.
6 … Maryland is a perfect 6-0 in six all-time meetings with Villanova.
5 … The Terps have won their first five games for the first time since 2010.
4 … Maryland is ranked first in four NCAA statistical categories (scoring offense, scoring margin, points per game and shooting percentage).
3 … Three Maryland players (Charlie Raffa, Jesse Bernhardt and Michael Ehrhardt) have 20 or more groundballs this season.
2 … Maryland has shot 50 percent or better in three games in 2013.
1 … The Terps’ first midfield line has totaled 26 goals on 63 shots for a .397 shooting percentage.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 50-30 career record for a 62.5 winning percentage. Tillman is 30-11 (.732) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Michael Corrado is in his seventh season season as a head coach, all at Villanova, and is 53-44 (.546).

• Tillman is 1-0 in his only game vs. Villanova.


Series History vs. Villanova
• Maryland is 6-0 in the all-time series with Villanova. This will be just the second meeting between the Terps and the Wildcats since 1998. Maryland and Villanova played each season from 1994-98.

• Last season, Owen Blye set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists to lead the Terps to an 11-5 win over his hometown team. Maryland opened up a 7-0 lead and cruised to the victory. Niko Amato, another Philadelphia-area product, had 12 saves and six groundballs.

• The 1998 meeting was the season-opener and the Terps came away with a 18-5 victory. Four Maryland players finished with three points apiece, led by Kevin Pasqualina’s first career hat trick. Kevin Healy played the first 47 minutes in cage for the Terps and finished with six saves.

Maryland As The No. 1 Team
• The Terps took over the top spot in the USILA Coaches’ Poll on Feb. 18 after two impressive wins to open the 2013 season. The Terps became the outright No. 1 team in the country on Feb. 25 following their 12-10 victory at then-No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23. This marks the ninth time Maryland has earned the No. 1 ranking since 1986.

• Overall, Maryland has played 25 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 17-8 in those games.

• This season, the Terps have played two games as the nation’s outright top team and is 2-0, defeating Duke, 16-7, in Durham on March 2 and topping Stony Brook, 13-7, at home on March 10.• The last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.

• The last time the Terps were the nation’s top team was in April of 2004. Maryland’s two-week run at the top of the polls ended with a 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy in College Park.

• This season’s ranking is also the earliest the Terps have achieved the No. 1 ranking in a season. Previous to this week, the earliest Maryland was ranked No. 1 was March 10, 2006.

• The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 98 of the 107 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.6 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 114-25 in games, for a .820 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 185 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 77.2 percent of the time.


Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 5-0 on the year and has shot 30% or better in its five victories.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%
W- at Duke: 16 goals, 29 shots = 55.2%
W- Stony Brook: 13 goals, 30 shots = 43.3%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 60-4 (.938) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 14 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.

• The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.


Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 44 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 25-19 (.568) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at Duke (W, 16-7), vs. UMBC, at Virginia, vs. Johns Hopkis and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.


Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.


The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 742-249-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).

• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.

• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.

• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.

• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.

• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.


2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.

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Bethune-Cookman next for Morgan in MEAC Tournament

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 31
Game Dates: Friday, March 15, 2013
Opponent: No. 5 Morgan State Bears
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6 p.m.
Television: N/A
Live Steam: www.meachoops.com/tournament/live/
Record:  MSU 16-14; BCU 14-19
Series Record: MSU leads 31-22
Last MSU Win: 61-48 (N) March 11, 2011
Last BCU Win: 52-50 (A) Feb. 28, 2007
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (125-99 – 7th yr)

No. 5 seed Morgan State (16-14) posted a 64-61 overtime win against No. 4 seed Savannah State and will face No. 8 seed Bethune-Cookman on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in Norfolk Scope Arena in the Semifinals. The winner of the Morgan State-Bethune Cookman showdown will face either N.C. A&T or Delaware State at 5 p.m. Saturday in the championship.

The Bears have had unprecedented success in the MEAC Tournament under head coach Todd Bozeman. The Bears have won two titles and appeared in four and have improved its MEAC Tournament record to 13-4 under Bozeman.

The Bears will enter the Friday night’s contest against the Wildcats having won its last seven games, including 10 of its last 11.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home games and most MSU road games by its opponents.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

MEAC TOURNAMENT FACTS
• Morgan State has won three MEAC Tournaments (1977, 2009 & 2010) and made four straight championship appearances from 2008 to 2011 under Coach Bozeman.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 13 of the school’s 29 MEAC Tournament wins

• Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman was the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has had four MVP’s of the MEAC Tournament: Marvin ‘The Human Eraser” Webster (1975); Eric “The Pencil” Evans (1977); Reggie Holmes (2009); and Kevin Thompson (2010).

• Morgan State legendary center Marvin Webster averaged 21.3 rebounds per game during the 1975 MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has advanced to the MEAC semifinals six of the last seven years with Todd Bozeman at the helm.

BEAR BITS:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 105.

•The Bears have not faced Bethune-Cookman since defeating them in the 2011 MEAC Tournament Semifinals.

• Coach Bozeman has directed the Bears to 7 straight victories against Bethune-Cookman since the 2007-08 season … Bozeman’s only loss to the Wildcats was during his first season when the Bears fell 52-50 on Feb. 28, 2007 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

• Morgan State defeated High Point in large part as a result of collecting16 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second chance points.

• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he ranks No. 8 in school history with 550 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 16-14 while averaging 68 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State shot 67.5 percent from the line last season, and so far through the 30 games the Bears are shooting 58 percent (390-663 FT).

• The Bears, who held Delaware State to 3 of 15 from 3-point range on March 4th in Baltimore, have allowed an average of 65 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 59.7 percent against Md.-Eastern Shore, including a season best 63.6 percent from 3-point territory, with 12 steals and nine blocked shots.

• Justin Black has scored 430 points in 30 games and ranked No. 4 among the MEAC’s scoring leaders … he’s currently averaging 14.3 ppg.

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson ranks among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 169 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 2 (finished No. 4 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 18 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranked No. 5 in the MEAC and currently has 57 blocks (2.2 bpg).

• The combination of DeWayne JacksonAnthony Hubbard and Justin Black have provided almost 60 percent of the scoring for the Bears so far this season.

• The Bears’ first 10 games of the 2012-13 season were on the road where they finished 3-7.

• The Bears used nine different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 12 times this season that puts DeWayne Jackson at forward with Justin BlackBlake BozemanAnthony Hubbard and Ian Chiles.

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stands at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, had a career night against Florida A&M by recording18 points (9-13) with six rebounds and two blocks against Florida A&M … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. BETHUNE-COOKMAN
March 11, 2011 – Kevin Thompson came off the bench to put on a dominating performance, scoring a game-high 22 points to help Morgan State defeat Bethune-Cookman, 61-48 in the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s tournament at the Joel Coliseum.  The Wildcats (21-12), the Number 1 seed and regular season champion, were led CJ Reed, the MEAC Player of the Year, with seven points. The Bears (17-13) were the Number 4 seed and advanced to the championship where they fell to No. 2 seed Hampton 60-55.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats welcomed back nine veterans, including a pair of starters, from a squad that posted an 18-17 overall record, finished in 4th place in the MEAC regular season with an 11-5 ledger. All-MEAC forward Adrien Coleman leads the Wildcats averaging 18.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and is shooting 54 percent from the field. Kevin Dukes (10.8 ppg) is also averaging double-figures. Head coach Gravelle Craig (Cleveland State ’94) is in his second season as the Wildcats head coach and he currently holds a 32-36 (.307) record.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON’S FINAL POSTSEASON
MSU senior DeWayne Jackson enters his final MEAC Tournament in the Orange & Blue. The 6-foot-8 swingman has been a major contributor at Morgan State where he has won a MEAC Championship, played in the NCAA Tournament and has received a number of postseason honors, including MEAC Rookie of the Year. Jackson is the only player in school history to have the combination of over 1,500 points (1,560 – No. 5), 500 rebounds (550 – No. 8), 150 steals (169 – No. 2) and 150 assists (181).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that finished the regular season with a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .534 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.6 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranked No. 10 in assists at 3.0 per game and No. 7 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears have rebounded from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
During the Bears opening round victory against S.C. State, DeWayne Jackson (1,560 pts, 550 rebs., 181 asts) surpassed Ernest Garrett (1,540 points – 1952-55) to become the school’s No. 5 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson (2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High, Willis Turnipseed played at City High, and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .560 (126-99) after 224 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 30 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.3 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.5 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranked No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.1 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 23 of 29 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

PAINT PLAY
One area where the Bears have been consistent is under the basket. Morgan State ranked No. 4 in the league in total rebounding at 35.9 per game, No. 2 in offensive rebounds at 37.1, No. 2 in field goal percentage at 44.6 and No. 2 in blocked shots (5.2).

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.5 points (ranked No. 7), 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals (ranked No. 4) per game. Jackson has also registered 26 blocks. He has recorded 25 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

TOPPING 20 
With his 20-point effort on Thursday night, Justin Black has posted 20 or more points in eight games this season. In fact, he’s scored at least 20 points in three of the last 4 contests to help the Bears extend to a seven-game winning streak.

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