Raul is the nickname Alex Galindo (left, photo thanks Alex J. Hernandez) has been given by SR, because as the FIU coach puts it, "teams know who Alex is when we say pass the ball to Alex, so we call him Raul".
Might have to change that alias for Western Kentucky. Maybe similar versions to Raul such as Paul, Saul, Haul or Maul.
Huge game by Michael Dominguez (below right, AJH photo) with 24 points. MD has a great basketball IQ, always knowing where to pass and knowing where to be when the other team has the ball. MD made the pass to Raul for the game-winner.
I thought it was probably the most complete and best game that FIU hoops played this season and against the Sun Belt's top team in Troy. Even a friend of mine, who is a die-hard FIU fan, text me saying: who is this team wearing FIU's uniforms tonight?
Could be the real deal if they play like they did on Thursday.
Like SR said after the game, the next game against Western Kentucky "will let us know if we are for real, because not too many teams go into Western and win."
As the great Vin Scully (right) used to say when he was the play-by-play man for NBC's Saturday Baseball Game of the Week back in the 1980's: "It's a gorgeous day for baseball, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the grass is gleaming". Now let's see what the new and improved version of FIU baseball can do starting less than 2 hours from now.
The pitching should be improved with some solid new starters and 4 lefties, which FIU had only 1 last season in Corey Polizzano and he was a starter.
Saw a lot of the Panthers using more of the whole field at the plate during practices and when you do that good things happen for the team and to your batting average.
Will be getting back to our spring tour of FIU football on the next post. After tonight's home opener, will be on the road for 6 of the next 7 days covering Marlins spring training in Jupiter and then some state high school basketball championships in Lakeland so there will be plenty of down time for FIU blogging after my work for the day is done, because there is not much to do in Jupiter and Lakeland.