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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BOZICH: Jurich Sees A Different Game Than Louisville's Competiti - WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community


-Same state, different venue

-Jurich Vision: 20/20

The "American", or AAC, even American Athletic Conference has decided on a 2014 women's basketball site.

Three guesses on the state. Or, as THE WHO said in their classic song "Won't Get Fooled Again"...'Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.'

The Mohegan Sun Arena, part of Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, will host the event March 7-10. The deal is for one year with a conference option for the 2015 Tournament. It holds 9,518 fans, down from the 16,000 that the Hartford XL could pack in.

I guess losing Notre Dame, DePaul and Syracuse...along with the others remaining in the BIG EAST will do that to you. I wonder how well SMU and UCF travel for women's basketball? It probably won't matter...9,000 of the fans will be wearing Husky gear.

The Cards will play one season in "The Amercan" and in the AAC Women's Basketball Tournament before splitting to the ACC. One year of Mogehan, gambling and Memphis, Temple and Central Florida hoops powerhouses. Pinch me.  

One coach we know won't complain. Geno's Fast Break Restaurant is located in the Mohegan Sun facility. Mr. Auriemma approves. I guess Coach Walz will be pulling double duty up there that weekend...coaching the Lady Cards and waiting on tables.

Coach Walz did comment on the location:

"I'm very excited about playing the conference tournament at the Mohegan Sun. It will provide an exciting environment for both the student-athlete and the fans."

Yes, indeed. And, if you're...let's say, visiting from Texas and down 40 to UConn in the can always go roll them laughing bones or try a few one-armed bandits. Or get a plate of pasta.

The format...with just 10 teams this year...for tournament play, will be just four days next March and will begin with a first round double-header on March 7th. with the #10 seed playing the #7 seed and the #8 seed against the #9 seed. Winners advance for quarter-final games against the top six seeds on March 8th. The semifinals will take place March 9th. and final game the 10th.

Louisville, UConn, USF, UCF, Cincinnati, SMU, Houston, Memphis, Rutgers and Temple for a year. Who ya got for a semi-final foursome? I'll go with Louisville, Rutgers, UConn and USF. I'm bold and daring like that...

And could I get a little garlic bread over here at the roulette table?


Click the link below for a great read from Rick Bozich on Tom Jurich and his visionary decisions:

BOZICH: Jurich Sees A Different Game Than Louisville's Competiti - WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community Tom we trust.



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