The Road Ahead
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 12/03/2012

TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers men’s basketball had a tough week on the road this week with losses to Loyola and UMBC. Before everyone starts going crazy about this past week’s performances, let's remember that only three players remain from last year’s squad, and only two of those played. I know that after the loss  to UMBC Saturday night in Catonsville, head coach Pat Skerry said that the fact this is basically a new team is not an excuse, but the Tigers did play the Retrievers Saturday without starter Marcus Damas. Had Damas played, the Tigers may have been able to overcome the 66-62 deficit. But he did not, and let's give the Retrievers credit in getting their first Division I win of the season.

Playing two road games within 20 minutes of campus is not as rough as what the Tigers face this week. On Wednesday night, the Tigers will travel to Burlington, Vt.,  to take on the Catamounts of the University of Vermont. Last year, the Tigers and Catamounts played for the first time in four years, and Vermont got the best of Towson winning  65-49 at the Towson Center.

One Catamount who played last year that Towson doesn’t have to worry about is the 2011-12 America East Rookie of the Year. The  reason Towson doesn’t have to worry about him? He is now a Towson Tiger. Four McGlynn transferred to the Tigers after last year’s standout freshman year. He  was the only player in all of Division I basketball to lead his team in scoring without starting a single game. Of course, Four will not play for the Tigers on Wednesday night as he is sitting out the year after transferring. One has to wonder, though, if young Mr. McGlynn will be helping with the scouting report.

The Tigers trail the all-time series 9-8, but there have been some memorable games between the two schools. One that stands out was back in 1997. The Tigers were in the America East then, so they would see the Catamounts twice a year. They came to Towson back on January 10th that season. Vermont was coached by the colorful Tom Brennan. Brennan was a pretty popular guy in Vermont. Not only was he the basketball coach, he was also a co-host of the most popular morning radio show in the state. 

Anyway, it was late in the ballgame and the two teams had been going back and forth.  With less than a minute to go, a call went against Vermont that led to the Tigers getting the tying score. Brennan went ballistic on the sidelines. To say the officials showed a lot of patience in not giving him a technical foul would be an understatement. The Tigers went on to win the game in overtime 92-82. That’s when the fun started. After shaking hands with Tiger head coach Terry Truax, Brennan chased the officials off the floor. They beat him to the locker rooms. Brennan then came back out to the Towson Center floor where his team was still in the post game hand-shake line. He ordered his team off the floor and straight to the bus. There would be no post game shower. No cooling off period. Straight to the bus and off to Burlington. My guess is that the odor on that bus as it made its way through New England didn’t remind anyone of Red Clover, the state flower of Vermont.

On Saturday, the Tigers will travel down to Washington, D.C., to take on the Hoyas of Georgetown. The two schools have met three times and the Tigers have never been able to be competitive with them. Georgetown this year, as always, will play tenacious defense.  But can they score? On Friday night of last week, they beat Tennessee by a score of 37-36. 

So, two very tough games for the Tigers on the road again this week. But we have to remember that this team is a work in progress.

Join me and Damon Lewis this Thursday night for Tiger Talk at Bill Bateman’s Bistro on the Towson Campus. Damon and I will be joined by Skerry and other Tiger athletic department guests. Tiger Talk goes from 6-7 p.m. If you can't come out to Bateman’s, you can hear Tiger Talk right here on TowsonTigers.com or on your Towson Tiger app on iPhone or Android.

Also, tune in Wednesday night at  7 p.m. when Damon and I bring you the Tigers taking on the Univeristy of Vermont from Burlington. Damon will be pinch hitting for Vince Angotti.

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