Thursday, February 28, 2008

Rollin' on, but some bad, bad news...

Marist aced the test tonight in New Jersey, beating St. Peter's, 70-57. However, the Red Foxes learned on Monday night that they would be without guard Julianne Viani for the rest of the season.

They have the depth to continue at the pace they're at, but it's hard to compensate for the defensive intensity and shooting touch that Viani has. They have one last home game on Saturday, then it's off to the MAAC Tournament. Having won their last 17 games and being in both national polls now (#21 ESPN/USA Today, #25 AP), they could have the resume to earn an at-large big into the NCAA Tournament, but it would be nice if they win out, just to insure a single-digit seeding.

This puts them in a difficult place though, as there's no chance they get better than a seven seed. That means if they win their first round game they probably draw the #1 or #2 seed in the bracket in the second round. It's almost as if they're better off with an 11 or 12.

They'll probably win the National Championship anyway. No pressure from over here though.

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