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No. 3 Seed At Best; 2 More Hoopsters?

Turtle The opportunity to finish second in the Sun Belt regular season baseball standings is no longer a goal for FIU after losing the first game of the 3-game series with Florida Atlantic last night.

And to finish 3rd in the SBC became a much longer shot with the Thursday loss. Troy lost as well on Thursday to South Alabama keeping the Panthers faint hopes of the No. 3 seed alive.

But now Troy must lose the final 2 games and FIU must win the final 2 games for an FIU third place finish. Not impossible, but it's looking more and more likely that the Panthers will be the No. 4 seed in the Sun Belt tourney and will open up play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against the No. 5 seed -- which right now could be any 1 of 5 teams. We'll have LIVE BLOGS for all of FIU's Sun Belt tourney games from Troy starting next Wednesday.

Here you go Gooch7: With 2 games left in the regular season: South Alabama, Louisiana (both with 15 losses), New Orleans, Florida Atlantic (both with 16 losses) and Arkansas State (17 losses) all still have a chance to finish 5th and anyone of these 5 teams could be FIU's first opponent in the tournament.

The only 2 teams that cannot finish 5th in the Sun Belt are: ULM (17 losses but done with conference schedule) and Arkansas-Little Rock (19 losses).

Of course, FIU can eliminate the Hooters by beating them once in the final 2 games in Boca Raton.

BACK ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL

FIU Fanatic and FIUPantherFan, FIU is in the running for 6-6 guard Lance Stephenson, but been hearing that the Panthers are looking into some character issues. One of them is not LS's father. There have been reports through cyberspace that the father could be a handful, but from what I'm hearing that is not a concern for FIU.

Another recruit that could be headed toward the Bank at FIU is 6-6, 240-pound power forward KavonKavon%2008%20mug  Lytch, who also has Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Seton Hall, Kent State, St. John’s, St. Bonaventure, Texas Tech and Alabama-Birmingham after him.

At Midland JUCO, Lytch scored 17.7 points per game and pulled down 9.2 rebounds per game. One possible connection with Lytch and IT is that two years ago, Lytch scored 45 points at a New York Knicks sponsored basketball tournament at Rucker Park in New York. Will try and get Lytch on the phone to see what he's thinking.

LogoPANTHER PAWSE

nothingxs: Hey Pete, any news on what happened to Delmonico after he finished coaching the Netherlands?

PP: The Netherlands coaching job is a year-round job so RD is not working anywhere else.

Baltimore Panther: Pete, You should do a blog about the lingerie football team and league and have lots Miacal of pictures.

PP: Good idea, but there is a long waiting list of people at the MH wanting to be the writer that covers the  Miami Caliente. Here are 2 Caliente tryout photos shot by the Calien MH.

blkpanther: We have signed 4 already, how many scholarships we have to hand out? Is not 5 max 6? Pete can you help here?

PP: FIU should have 2, possibly 3 scholies left for this season. Tough to tell right now, because it all depends on who is going and who is staying.

FIUJM: Pete, Great article on Tyler. Who else do you think in this year's team has chance to get drafted and play in the pros?

PP: Thanks. Tom Ebert, Scott Rembisz and Ryan Mollica all have a chance to get drafted. Catcher Steven Stropp could sign a free agent deal somewhere.


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Our pitching is way too beat up right now. They need as much rest as possible before the conference tourney. We just need to try to bang out these next 2 games and put up like 15 runs each game.

WWWWWWWOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!! we're playing great. These kids arent even playing this weekend. They have their heads up their @ $$es and are already looking to the conf. tournament.

I want to play USA in the tourney due to the fact that we swept them at their house. UNO I would like to avoid, especially after they embarassed us at home. But I actually wouldn't mind playing FAU in the tourney while the stakes are higher, but hey, I wouldn't mind keeping them out of tournament play either!

I cant believe these last two games. Pathetic.

Pathetic doesn't even begin to describe the last two games... When you are one out away from sealing the deal, you better seal it. The bullpen, for the most part, did a great job holding them scoreless for the last few innings. Berkowitz blew it... but then again, with the way our bullpen is, are we really surprised?

It's official now. Win the tournament or FIU's not going to a regional. Any chance of an at-large just died. I don't think even getting to the final would be enough now. 3 SBC teams getting in isn't impossible, but I just cannot see it being 4. FIU better bring their A game when the tourney starts.

Agreed....

Last two games...wow really dissappointing!

*disappointing

Pete,

Although it is HIGHLY unlikely...

Could you imagine the buzz FIU would create if Zeke could land TWO 5 star recruits in L. Stephenson AND L. Williams??

Two of the top 20 Basketball players in the country???

http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1642

wow. to see how far we have come with Zeke, even without a minute played on the hardwood...

zags blog is reporting FIU to be no longer a player for Lance according to Latavious Williams. Issues are that he is accused of sexually assaulting a 17 yr old girl with two other people but there is no evidence of this apparently. check zagsblog.net for more

I am not sure IT would tell Latavious that we aren't in the running for a fellow five-star, it seems like it would hurt.

Hey Pete: out of curiosity, what IS there to do now for the rest of the season for Delmonico, then? Do you think there's any chance of him coming back to FIU for, say, next season?

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