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32 posts from December 2010

December 07, 2010

FIU Basketball Update

We've been so consumed with Bowlmania here at the GPP that we've overlooked the men's and women's basketball teams.

Sadly, we haven't missed a whole lot.

Since the men's loss at Louisville last Wednesday, things have only gotten worse. The Panthers had their worst loss of the season at Jackson State, a 61-52 setback to a team that entered the game at just 1-6.

The story of the night: Turnovers. Isiah's Bunch had 21 of them.

FIU (4-4) has a week to regroup, returning to the road Sunday to face Bowling Green.

That's the bad news. But there is good: transfer Alex Legion, and possibly even ineligible frosh Domique Ferguson, could be available to play when the Panthers finally return home to face Sam Houston State a week from Saturday.

As for the women, they've taken some lumps, too. The Panthers fell to UCF Sunday to fall to 4-4, as well.

Like the men, the women have the week off for finals, and return to action Monday at Jacksonville.

December 06, 2010

Detroit-bound? Here's what you need to know

Give FIU's small, but loyal fanbase this: They're not afraid of the cold.

The school's external relations department Tweeted Monday that there has been "overwhelming response" for the university's bowl travel packages, and the school is negotiating more group rates.

In the meantime, check out the athletic department's Bowl Central page, which has links for ticket sales and hotels.

Good news: Motels and hotels are relatively cheap, considering it's Christmas weekend.

Bad news: flights are not.

Will have more when I get it, but next on my itinerary: Picking the All-Sun Belt team.

December 05, 2010

It's official: FIU to LC Bowl

AD Pete Garcia just formally accepted FIU's invitation to play in Dec. 26's Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit.

"We’re going to have a great time, and a great experience in Detroit."

More to come ...

Rampant rumors seem true: FIU to Detroit

Had a feeling as soon as the review on T.Y. Hilton's fumble Saturday night went against the Panthers.

Now, according to published reports, and people I trust, it's become a reality: FIU has been passed over by the New Orleans and GoDaddy.com bowls, and will spend Christmas in Detroit.

FIU-Toledo in the Little Caesars Bowl. Dec. 26.

Let the rightful sniping at the bowls -- and more justly, at the Sun Belt for letting this happen to a conference champ -- begin.


December 04, 2010

FIU-MTSU Live blog; TV Info

Live blog starts at 5:45. Check back for live updates and commentary.

Game kick off at 6 p.m. and is on ESPN3.com and 1080AM (Since the Heat game starts at 7:30).

Post your predictions below. I'll give mine before game time.

FIU Men at Jackson State -- TONIGHT!

When: Saturday at 6 p.m.
Where: Lee E. Williams AAC
TV/Radio: None
Of note: FIU (4-3) plays its third of four straight road contests Saturday, the final game of the round-robin Global Sports Shootout. ... The Panthers last played Wednesday, losing at Louisville 92-55. ... The Tigers (1-6) have three common opponents with FIU: Louisville, Marshall and Chattanooga. Like the Panthers, Jackson State lost to the Cardinals and Thundering Herd, but beat the Mocs. ... Jenirro Bush leads Jackson State with 14.4 ppg.

December 03, 2010

Reminder: County workers get in free Saturday

Just as a reminder to all Monroe, Dade and Broward County employees: Come to Saturday's FIU-Middle Tennessee game, and all you'll need to get in is your ID.

The Golden Panthers are giving away up to four free tickets per employee, and they can be picked up at the box office in the fieldhouse -- located on the west end of the stadium.

Also, the party will continue into Sunday, as the al-ready-bowl-assure Panthers will find out where they're headed for the holidays (pleasenodetroit, pleasenodetroit, pleasenodetroit). The announcement party begins at 2 p.m. in the FIU Stadium Club, during which the team will officially accept the invitation.

FIU Women vs. CSU Bakersfield -- TONIGHT!

When/Where: Friday at 6 p.m., U.S. Century Bank Arena
TV/Radio: FIUSports.com
Twitter: @FIUAthletics
Of note: The Golden Panthers (4-2) return to action for the first time since winning their own Thanksgiving Classic last weekend. FIU defeated Indiana State 68-47 in the event's championship game. ... Freshman Jerica Coley leads the Panthers in scoring (13.0 ppg). ... CSU Bakersfield has lost two straight games after opening the season on a six-game winning streak.

December 02, 2010

FIU Football Odds and Ends

Got word from the Sun Belt office that, as expected, no bowl invitations will be handed out before Sunday. Since GoDaddy.com and Little Caesars cannot make a move before New Orleans does, this is really a reflection of the Big Easy’s hesitance to embrace either FIU or Troy. As said before this week, the Panthers would be well suited to beat Middle Tennessee Saturday if they don’t want to spend Christmas in Detroit.

Do have some news to pass along, however. Ash Parker – who has returned from two ACL tears – is up for college football’s Rudy Award. The honor goes to Division I football player who demonstrate exemplary CHARACTER, COURAGE, CONTRIBUTION and COMMITMENT as team members. It is to decided by fan voting, and you can cast yours here until Dec. 13.

UPDATE: Should work now, Point.

About Last Night – FIU vs. Louisville Recap

Not much more that can be said about FIU’s 92-55 loss at Louisville last night that Isiah Thomas didn’t say afterward.

It just merely wasn’t their night in so many different ways – from defensive intensity to offensive continuity. Neither was present at all.

But the most alarming aspect of the night for a team that has hopes at a deep Sun Belt Conference Tournament run and a possible NCAA appearance is this: In the biggest spotlight, the Panthers shrunk.

They blinked. And they allowed the game to get away before the Under-8 timeout. In a one-and-done sport like college basketball, that’s dangerous.

Afterward, DeJuan Wagner Wright (ed: yes, I was sleep-deprived yesterday) said as bad as the loss was, it could be a good loss if FIU learned from it. Showing up to play from the opening tip would be a good first lesson.

December 01, 2010

FIU-Louisville LIVE Blog

Well, this place is impressive.

The KFC Yum! Center might not be full for tonight's Louisville (4-0) v. FIU (4-2) tilt, but if it comes close, it'll easily be the biggest crowd that sees the Panthers all year.

Tip off is 7 p.m. Follow along here or on Twitter @AdamHBeasley


FIU Mens Basketball at Louisville -- TONIGHT!

When: Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Where: KFC Yum! Center
TV/Radio: ESPN3.com
Twitter: @AdamHBeasley, @FIUAthletics
Game advance: Miami Herald
Of note: The Golden Panthers (4-2) return to action two days after losing at Marshall 88-79, a game in which the Thundering Herd shot 43 free throws ... This is game is part of the Global Sports Shootout, a five-team round-robin event ... Louisville (4-0) is in the midst of a 10-game homestand to open the season ... The Cardinals' entire starting five averages double-digits scoring, led by Terrence Jennings' 12.0 ppg.

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