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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

BU Basketball Already 0-1

You probably didn't notice, but BU men's basketball suffered its first loss of the season last night.

I didn't either, at first. But this loss didn't happen in a sports arena, it happened in the political arena. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat running for Senator of Illinois, used to play basketball for Boston University!

National Journal says:

"Giannoulias was a star point guard—he was known for a killer 3-point shot—on the basketball team. When he graduated, he hoped to go to an Ivy League school, but decided to stay close to home when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, attending the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, where he led the basketball team in scoring. After his mother’s recovery, he transferred to Boston University, which had a better basketball program. In his junior year, the team won their conference championship and played in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament. When at home for breaks, he continued to play pickup games in Hyde Park, near his old campus. There, he befriended local politicians, including Obama, then a state senator, as well as current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan."

A quick look into Giannoulias' stats here at Case Gym show that he was no Tunji Awojobi during his days on Comm Ave:

1997-98 13 3.5 1.2 41.7 40.0 100.0 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.2
1996-97 7 1. 7 0.3 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0

Career 20 2.9 0.9 35.2 40.0 100.0 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.1

Yes, he was basically a deep bench player, maybe even a walk-on. But he's the only Terrier to almost be in charge of 13 million people and one of only two who are pals with President Obama.

As Illinois State Treasurer, he had a great chance to take the Senate seat in the Land of Lincoln. But with the Republican wave washing over the nation, the former Terrier lost to Republican Mark Kirk by 48% to 46% -- still a pretty good showing!

So here's the major question:



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