His dad’s son: Billy Baron started at Virginia, transferred to Rhode Island to play for his father who got fired. Jim Baron quickly was hired at Canisius. Billy followed him, got a waiver to play immediately. The Griffins (or should it be the Barons?) beat BU 83-75 Monday night and Billy had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Maybe he’s finally found a home.
Meanwhile, back in the states: Rhody is having a tough time, falling to 0-2 after losing to Virginia Tech. Could be a tough first season for Danny Hurley in Kingston.
Different time zone: Hawaii is already 3-0 after winning their own tournament, beating Maryland Eastern Shore, Arkansas Pine Bluff and Houston Baptist.
Amazing margins, surprising results:
Gonzaga 84, West Virginia 50: Bob Huggins said “We don’t play the game the right way.’’ He’s going to have to fix that. Seriously, the Zags may have been at home but they might be a team to be reckoned with. The Great Charlie Pierce will be sorry to hear that.
UNLV 92, Northern Arizona 54: Vegas thinking Final Four. This is a bigger defeat than I had at the blackjack table the last time I was in Vegas.
New Mexico 86, Davidson 81: The game was at The Pit but still an impressive opener for the Lobos. Davidson’s going to be a tournament team.
Lehigh 89, Robert Morris 60: Engineers proving a point after losing to Baylor.
Pitt 86, Fordham 51: Panthers have to be better this season.
Alabama Huntsville 78, North Texas 75: Yikes. Maybe in hockey North Texas should lose this, but the Mean Green were picked to win the Sun Belt. If Huntsville upsets Kansas State Tuesday night, they’ll be heading to Madison Square Garden to play in the NIT semifinals. Wouldn’t that be great?
Lafayette 98, LIU 94: Blackbirds are 0-2 following off-court problems. Doesn’t bode well.
Saint Peter’s 64. Central; Connecticut 61: After winning five games last season, the Peacocks are 2-0.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell