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EMU v Marygrove Mustangs preview & open thread

November 7, 2011

Marygrove's Liberal Arts Building, constructed in 1927.

Marygrove College is a small, Catholic, liberal arts school near the northwest corner of Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhood, at the corner of West McNichols and Wyoming Streets. An outgrowth of St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe, it was originally known as St. Mary’s College. In 1927, the school moved to the current location in Detroit, and assumed the current name. The two primary buildings, the Liberal Arts Building and Madame Cadillac Hall, were both built at that time by the D.A. Bohlen and Son architectural firm, in a Tudor Gothic style with stained glass windows, wrought iron gates, carved wood decorations, high ceilings, arched doorways, and carved stonework out of Bedford stone. The tree-lined drives and antique stained glass may hide a dark secret, however, as the Washington Monthly deemed Marygrove a “college dropout factory” with a 17% graduation rate, among the worst in the nation.

Athletically, Marygrove has dual membership in both the NAIA and the USCAA. The basketball team has posted losing seasons for at least the past three years — I’m not digging much deeper for an exhibition game — and finished 9-23 last season. Last year they lost to Central Michigan (77-38) and EMU (100-56) in exhibition, and also lost twice to regular EMU opponent Rochester College (82-69 and 71-66). So far this year they lost an exhibition game last Wednesday at Central Michigan, 93-36. Their head coach, Dave Sichterman, is in his seventh year, and all the coaches have been there at least five years, so there’s little reason to expect anything more from the Mustangs this year.

Although their basketball roster lists 17 varsity players (two of whom are redshirting), their rotation in against the Chippewas went eight deep, with four more players picking up seven or fewer minutes and not scoring. Players to watch are senior guard Marcus Hopkins (an honorable-mention USCAA All-American last year and the #2 scorer in school history), sophomore guard Darryll Dixon, senior forward Vaughn Bobbitt, senior guard Chris Sinagoga, senior guard Michael Jackson, and junior guard Cameron Coburn.

Today’s game will not be broadcast on television, radio, or online. The only way to catch it is to be at the Convo at 7 PM; admission is free. I’ll be at the game, and try to toss out a few tweets from @eagletotemblog, but the wireless signal in the Convo is usually somewhere between terrible and non-existant. You can also talk about the game, or anything else on your mind, in the comments here.

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