Little East Coming Up BigFebruary 28th, 2012 at 7:46 pm by Eric Murphy under From the Cheap Seats
As pointed out by the Projo’s Jim Donaldson and picked up by Deadspin, this has been a season to forget forRhode Island’s Big Four basketball programs. Friars fans still seem pumped about the future. Rams fans are a bit more restless. Bryant and Brown student bodies… well they’d like to have great teams but at least they’ll be sure to land a few all Academic All-Americans when all is said and done.
While it’s been a write off season for coach Cooley in the Big East local college hoops fans can find pleasure inRhode Island’s Little East domination. In fact RIC can boast not one but two of the best teams in D3. Bob Walsh has built the men into a small school dynasty. The Anchormen will be making a sixth straight trip to the Big Dance. Talk of winning a national title is no longer just the normal rhetoric from young athletes that have no real connection to how they’re viewed outside of their own gym. It’s a real life goal for any of the local players that suit up each night in the Murray Center.
Meanwhile the Anchorwomen have quietly put together the best season in program history. Marcus Reilly, recently named LEC coach of the year, has seen his team grow into a dominating force. RIC won a school record 24 games and will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Throw in the Salve Regina women continuing to play their way into the tournament and you have a large dose ofRhode Island flavor in the upcoming NCAA bracket.
So take pride hoops fans. You may have to wait to get your one shining moment but don’t be afraid to throw your support behind the kids shining bright on D3 stage.