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Eastern Michigan Scores a Date for the Postseason

March 17, 2014

To no one’s surprise, Eastern Michigan will be playing postseason basketball in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, or CIT. (It’s a good thing they didn’t use one of the l’s in “college” in their acronym.)

The rumor that Eastern was to play in the, uh, CIT had been gently and rythmically moving all around the internet over the past two days. By the time the rumor was confirmed Sunday night, Eagle Nation was properly warmed up and ready for the climactic news — EMU is not only in the CIT, but they also get to end their post-season dry spell right here at home.

The question is, does Eastern have the stamina for a long run, or will their post season dalliance end prematurely? If such a thing were to happen, I think that EMU fans would tell the team that it’s no big deal. It happens to all basketball programs at some point.

But with a home opener against Norfolk State, one could say that the post-season is pregnant with possibilities, if one were disposed to use bad sexual puns.

The NCAA Tournament has sixty-eight teams. The NIT has thirty-two. My TI-83 graphing calculator tells me if you add those two numbers together it equals one hundred.

Does college basketball really need to have over one hundred teams playing in the post-season?

Apparently yes.

That being the case, Rob Murphy and his EMU crew might as well be one of the teams remaining, and they might as well get out there and win the whole thing. EMU has devoured non-conference mid-major competition this year. If they can keep the MAC Tourney intensity, they can beat anyone on this list.

But let’s be realistic, the CIT is not the lingerie model, or the girl next door. The CIT is the drunk, disheveled girl alone at the bar at 2:15 AM. But hey, she’s willing, and after fifteen years, we’re desperate.

Unnecessary End Comments

  • The final score for the MAC is Western Michigan gets the lingerie model, Toledo gets the girl next door, and EMU, Ohio, and Akron get the drunk girl at the bar.
  • Somehow, Buffalo goes home dateless. Not sure how that makes sense.
  • On a personal note, I am originally from St. Louis and grew up a Missouri Tiger fan. I spent my freshman year at Mizzou before I transferred to EMU. Norfolk State knocked off #2 seeded Missouri in the NCAA Tournament a couple of years ago. I’d love nothing more than a platter of sweet, cold revenge against NSU.
8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    March 17, 2014 8:40 am

    Dear Jeremy,
    These tournaments scare me. The reason being, as you pointed out, you’re really playing for nothing. Is it harder to get up for a game that means nothing? To play with intensity?
    If memory serves me correctly, Eastern has not done well in these “other” tourneys.
    I sincerely hope they go a long way in this thing, but our history in these tournaments is not good.

  2. Ken permalink
    March 17, 2014 8:56 am

    On one hand, I’m glad I get at least one more chance to take basketball pictures but on the other hand, I’m tired of the grade inflation that creeped into football. I mean how many bowl games are there now? This just seems like the same vein.

    Still Go Eagles!

  3. Block E permalink
    March 17, 2014 12:36 pm

    I saw Norfolk State beat Mizzou in the 2012 NCAA’s. I hope they bring their cheerleaders to the Convo.

  4. Grady permalink
    March 17, 2014 2:38 pm

    Raining on the parade …

    This tournament is a joke and 24 hours ago most EMU fans had never even heard of it. No one cares. It’s programming for CBS Sports and nothing more. If we win – so what? If we lose – so what?

    The NIT would have been a nice, soft landing for EMU but it did not happen. Honestly, I would rather the season be over than have to pretend to have interest in this joke of a tournament.

    • Block E permalink
      March 17, 2014 4:03 pm

      I realize this is not the NIT. it’s still all upside, once we accept that.

      Riley gets to play another game, the underclassmen get some more time on the floor, we get to see what happens, and i can stop wondering how the team would do in a postseason against Norfolk State.

    • Ken permalink
      March 17, 2014 4:42 pm

      But regardless of its stature, you get one more chance to see some pictures….

  5. March 17, 2014 4:57 pm

    Buffalo said no to the CIT and CBI apparently. So they gave the girls the finger and decided to go play with themselves

    I’m bad at these jokes. Finish it for me

    • Block E permalink
      March 18, 2014 11:36 am

      They’re taking their Bulls and going home?

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