Monday, February 15, 2010

This Week in Wrenball

Players play, coaches coach, fans get ulcers. Such is the fate of the interested spectator. Ten days ago, with the Wrens in the midst of a seemingly season-unraveling skid, we were guilty of letting our hopes flag. Today, after an improbable three-game winning streak, W&M’s 18-7, 10-5 record has them controlling their own destiny for a first-round CAA Tournament bye. Ah, we of little faith.

Saturday’s home win over CAA-leading Northeastern was the season in microcosm. The Tribe dominated a good team in the early going, building a 12-point halftime edge that became a 40-24 lead with 7 minutes to play. (Holy Crap! We’ve got the #2 RPI in the nation! We beat Wake Forest! We beat Maryland! Holy Crap!) And then Northeastern showed the resilience and talent that made then 12-2 in the league going into the weekend, scoring 9 straight points and wearing W&M down until Chase Allen’s old-fashioned three-point play gave the Huskies a 52-51 lead. (What the fuck? We lost to UNCW? Why can’t David Schneider shoot anymore? We lost to JMU? What the fuck?)

Schneider’s jumper from the top of the key bounced off the back of the iron, but Kendrix Brown corralled the board and hit a fade-away 6-footer off the square to give the Tribe the win. (Holy Crap! We beat Northeastern! We’re a game out of third place! Kendrix Brown! Holy Crap!) W&M is now 8-4 in games decided by three or fewer points – just shy of half of the Tribe’s 25 games have defined nail-biter. This may be, indeed, mean that Tony Shaver’s boys will be a battle-tested, poised bunch come March. However, it also means that W&M fans are more than a little bit gun shy.

JMU’s unlikely win over VCU on Saturday gives the Tribe a leg up on a coveted first-round vacation. And if W&M can snap George Mason’s 18-game home winning streak tomorrow evening, the Wrens would move into a third-place tie (and own the tiebreaker over both Mason and Drexel). W&M closes the season with games against CAA also-rans Towson and UNCW.

And we don’t have the foggiest notion about how they’ll finish. This Tribe team is arguably the most successful in College history, and inarguably the second-most exasperating (how, again, did the 97-98 team lose to American in the first round of the CAA Tourney?). They’re more than capable of beating Mason. And completely susceptible to losses against either Towson or UNCW.

Players play, coaches coach, and we’ll dig our nails into the edge of our seats.

19 comments:

TJ said...

There's a new "Let's Make a Deal"? And it's hosted by Wayne Brady?

Is the Teej gonna have to choke a bitch?

Dan said...

easy on the dukes brah. they're young (kind of) and re-building?

question - when's the last time the tribe went 2-1 against the almighty dukes in football & basketball in the same season(s)?
(men's)

if you guys make it to the ncaa's, i will sincerely root for you. however, i am predicting a pre-finals loss in the caa tourney to a lesser equipped opponent.

TJ said...

It's only fitting given rob's picture choice that I mention here my cat is mesmerized this program and is attacking each and every contestant on my tv. Especially Wayne Brady.

TJ said...

Sweet...Plinko time.

Marls said...

The fact that I am at work today means that the terrorists have won.

The most frustrating thing about the 97-98 team is that they tied for first in the conference, but had lost to lowly American twice in the regular season. The #1 seed was established by coin flip and the Tribe lost thereby getting the #2 seed and drawing American.

rob said...

the tribe went 2-1 vs jmu in hoops/pigskin in 2007-08, danimal. swept the dukes on the court, lost on the field.

Dan said...

exactly.

rob said...

darrell green turned 50 today. he celebrated by running a 40-yard dash to see how fast he could still run. clocked at 4.43. i love that dude.

rob said...

also, now i feel old as shit.

rob said...

it's fucking snowing here. again.

Dan said...

to that i say, "Snow fucking way!"

mayhugh said...

I think Swint should have to run a clocked 40 every year on his birthday.

zoltan said...

This is a real ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnOyMSEWNTs

rob said...

smack dab in the middle of olympic coverage we get a mary carillo puff piece on polar bears. really, nbc? i am not very plussed.

TJ said...

Tiny, UConn 67, Villanova 58...ESPN...

And I just caught the end of that. "The bear siren"?

rob said...

yeah, been checking the nova game. wtf is going on there?

TJ said...

It's opposite week in the Big East.

TJ said...

UConn's shooting 77 percent in the 2nd half.

rob said...

more snowboardcross, please. concentrated awesome.