Hate the NBA? Love HORSE but hate the idea of GEICO? Me too! That’s why I’ll be tuned to ESPN2 at 9:00 to watch the Niagara men’s basketball team take on Fairfield.
I may be the only one, but I always get genuinely excited when a Big 4 team plays on national TV. There is something cool about watching our community teams in the national spotlight, even if it’s at a strange timeslot with annoying announcers that may or may not have seen your team play before.
Tonight’s game is a pretty big one for Niagara. A win puts them within two games of MAAC leader Siena with three conference games to play; A loss puts a regular season MAAC title out of reach.
I hate writing about college basketball on this blog– the Buffalo blogosphere seems to turn a blind eye toward college hoops. But if you have ever looked for a chance to get into local college hoops, tonight is as good as ever to start. If Niagara wins, I would suggest heading over to Ticketmaster and grab a pair of tickets to the Feb. 27 Niagara/Siena game immediately. The game is almost guaranteed to sell out, and you won’t find a better playoff-like atmosphere in the area (at least until those NHL playoffs roll around again.)
Oh yeah, and UB ain’t too bad, either. They have won nine straight and sit at the top of the MAC at 9-1, two games ahead of second-place Akron. They play the Zips on Feb. 26 at Alumni Arena.
It’s a very good possibility that WNY may see two teams in the NCAA Tournament (though Niagara will have a tough time getting aroun Siena in the MAAC Tourney, which will be held on the Saints’ home court.) Is that what it’s going to take for WNY to become more of a college hoops town?