Friday, February 26, 2010

Surprise! Gustavus hosting MIAC championship game

The Gustavus Adolphus men's basketball team was seeded second for the MIAC tournament so it's not surprising that the Gusties are playing in the championship game Saturday. But the opponent and site is a big shocker as fourth-seeded Carleton upset No. 1 St. Thomas in the semifinals and will be the visitor at Gus Young Court at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The winner gets an automatic berth into the national tournament, which is probably the only way either team advances. St. Thomas is likely to get an at-large berth despite the loss to Carleton.
The Gusties have had an interesting season in that every time it seems like they may get on a roll, they take a loss. When it seems as though things might be falling apart, they win again. They have trouble finishing games, though they've won a few at the buzzer.
Carleton was playing poorly early in the season but have won 11 of the last 12 games.
The playoff atmosphere is generally outstanding at Gus Young Court, and both teams will have vocal support. It should be fun, even if you're not concerned with who wins.

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