Monday, October 13, 2008

American game on MASN

The Mount St. Mary's game versus American scheduled for the 1st day of December will be broadcast on MASN. The contest, originally scheduled to begin at 7:30, will tip off at 9:00 pm.

Both the Mountaineers and the Eagles participated in the NCAA tournament a year ago. MSM dropped Coppin State in the opening round game, before falling to North Carolina in the 1st round. Meanwhile, American lost to Tennessee in the first round.

The NEC TV schedule should be announced soon. The Mount which has only gotten token appearances in the past is expected to be featured much more prominently this season. The NEC made its first regular season appearances on ESPNU last season, and there are some rumblings that the Mountaineers and Sacred Heart, who met for the NEC championship last season, might draw an ESPNU appearance this year. However, it seems that those chances might not be as high as originally thought, but we're still holding out hope.

Either way, the preseason reports are still very positive. This is the most excitement that has surrounded the start of a Mountaineer season since the last time they entered the season following an NCAA tournament appearance. We know what happened that year. Melvin Whitaker broke his ankle in preseason practice, and everything spiraled downhill from there.

The schedule this year is tough. But as I've said before it features winnable games. The trouble is all those road games. But for this veteran group they should be up to the challenge. Practice starts this week, its time to get to work.

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