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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Big Day for SFU Men's Basketball!


This past Saturday, the Red Flash won a thrilling playoff game. And then they showed up on ESPN. Check out "the shot" if you haven't seen it already (it's at the 2:24 mark).

Now it's on to the NEC championship game against Mount Saint Mary's. I'm traveling to Emmitsburg tonight to watch. If SFU wins, they head to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991. So it's been a while.

But beating Mount Saint Mary's will be no small task. The Flash are 0-2 against the Mount this year. Still, we have some serious momentum headed into this game and a surprisingly good record on the road.

As our local newspaper observed....
 Over a five-year span from the end of the 2007-08 season until midway through the 2012-13 campaign, the Red Flash went 7-73 on the road. 
You read that right—7-73, which sounds impossible in college basketball. 
To understand why this year’s Flash team is so special, why it is on the cusp of just the second NCAA berth in program history, let’s get back to the road record. 
Saint Francis has won seven conference road games this season. A program that won only seven times away from home in five years not that long ago has won seven conference road games in the past 66 days.
Let's hope that the trend toward success on the road continues.

Irrespective of the result, though, I am very proud of this team, players and coaches alike. Our head coach, Rob Krimmel, is a friend from way back in my college days. We had a few classes together and now we both work here. All throughout this time, we have maintained a conversation about athletics, academics, family, and all sorts of other things.

When Rob rose to become our head coach, I knew that he would have success. I was right. Because I'm always right. Humble too.

The game will be on ESPN 2 if you can't make it to Emmitsburg. So tune in and cheer along with me.

GO RED FLASH!!! 

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