EMU at Colgate open thread
EMU’s men’s basketball team continues their east coast road trip tonight at Colgate. The Eagles are 2-0 against the Raiders, though both prior games were at neutral sites. EMU won 74-64, December 28, 1979, at the University of Detroit as part of the Motor City Classic (hosted by Detroit), and again on November 23, 2002, in Poughkeepsie, NY, in a 66-65 nail-biter in the Pepsi-Marist Classic (hosted by — duh — Marist).
At 7-23 last year, Colgate was about as bad as EMU, and with a 2-4 start, this season looks to be rough again. EMU and Colgate have a common opponent in Syracuse, to whom they both lost, though the Raiders lost by even more (92-47) than the Eagles. They do have three players (freshman guard Pat Moore, sophomore guard Mitch Rolls, and junior guard Mike Venezia) averaging in double-figures, while junior forward Sterling Melville is not far behind. Moore, Rolls, and Venezia are all long-range threats who have the potential to really test EMU’s new zone defense, while Nick Pascale and John Brandenburg appear to be their inside threats. Don’t be fooled by Colgate’s record; I see a possibility that the Raiders could run away with the game if their guards have a hot shooting night.
As far as I can find, this game will not be on television (anywhere) or on the radio (here). It looks like there is streaming video available from Colgate All-Access ($), free streaming audio from Eagle All-Access, Colgate’s radio broadcast streamed free at Teamline, and live stats from Colgate. And, as always, you can talk about it here!