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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

UMBC Has A Nice "RAC"

Tomorrow I fight the Beltway traffic up toward Catonsville, MD, to the Retrievers Athletic Center (RAC) to catch the Boston University Terriers versus the University of Maryland at Baltimore County Retrievers. UMBC is one of the dwindling number of America East schools that I haven't visited for a basketball game (Stony Brook, Maine, and UNH are the others).

The BU-UMBC series has not exactly been one for the highlight reels - BU has won all 4 match-ups since UMBC joined the conference in 2003, and UMBC has never scored 60 points against BU. But this year could be different: UMBC has been one of the most surprising teams so far this season, and BU is not the dominant team of past years. UMBC is tied for the conference lead in wins with 5 (along with BU, Albany, Vermont, and Hartford), but the wins are over lowly Maryland-Eastern Shore, Stony Brook, Navy, William & Mary, and Delaware. So this will be a good test for both teams - both have shown promise, but neither has really asserted how good they can be.

OK, so all that stuff I just talked about, that's not really why I'm excited to go see BU play UMBC. If you were at the America East tournament last year, you undoubtedly noticed that UMBC leads the league in smokin' hot dance teams (I'm allowed to say that since BU's dance team didn't attend). I'm sure the Retriever-ettes (bitches?) haven't lost a step since last year.


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