After a dominating first 16 minutes of the game which saw Iona go up by as much as 25 points, BYU came all the way back to defeat the Gaels by 6, 78-72. It was a heartbreaking loss by the time that could no wrong in the first half and could do little right in the second. What follow is my liveblogging of my trip to Dayton (and back) to cover the Gaels first ever at-large appearance in the NCAA Tournament. I was posting photos and notes throughout and linked to other articles that contain flickr photo slideshows so click the links as you read along.
A big thanks to Brian Beyrer at Iona and the folks at the NCAA for credentialing Talk of the Sound to cover the tournament.
Liveblogging my journey to Dayton to cover the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, OH and the opening game between the Iona Gaels and the BYU Cougars.
4:30 a.m. - alarm went off as scheduled. Ugh! Why am I doing this again?
4:51 a.m. - getting in the car, driving to LaGuardia. Dark. Cold. Anxious to get on the plane. Excited to be going.
5:23 a.m. - at LaGuardia, huge line at security. Flight at 6:00 a.m. Line moving slowly.
5:50 a.m. - boarded plane, got my seat and hoping to sleep the entire way to my next stop, Chicago.
8:15 a.m. - slept most of the way, just touched down at Midway Airport in Chicago where it is actually 7:15 a.m. The sun is up and I need coffee!
8:38 a.m - found coffee at the terminal, about a 90 minute layover here in the windy city where it is sunny and 50 already.Read more
For the third consecutive year, both Monroe Mustang basketball teams will be playing in their respective national tournaments simultaneously. The #15-ranked defending national champion Monroe women's team will tip off in the NJCAA Division II Women's National Tournament on Tuesday, March 20 in Peioria, IL. On that same day, 600 miles to the south, the #3-ranked men's team will begin play in the NJCAA Division I Men's basketball tournament in Hutchinson, KS. Both teams won District Championships on their home court at the MAC (Monroe Athletic Complex) this past weekend.Read more
President Barack Obama is taking British Prime Minister David Cameron to watch Iona play BYU in an NCAA Tournament game on Tuesday night. The trip to Dayton, Ohio is part of the official visit to the United States by Cameron and his wife, Samantha.
Asked how he felt about the President attending the game Tuesday, Iona sophomore guard Lamont "Momo" Jones who had not been told about Obama's trip to Dayton, said "the President of Who?"
Told "President of the United States" Jones smiled.
"I'll be looking forward to meeting him," said Jones adding "Obama's my man."Read more
Talk of the Sound will be traveling to Dayton to cover Iona College's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. Iona makes its ninth appearance in the NCAA Championship and first since the 2006 campaign. The team is officially 0-7 in the the NCAA Tournament after its 1980 appearance was vacated due to violations. The Gaels lost to Ole Miss in 2001 and Syracuse in 1998 by two points and had back-to-back one point defeats to Virginia and Loyola (Ill.) in 1984 and 1985.
This is Iona's first ever at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament and will take on the West Coast Conference’s Brigham Young University (25-8).Read more