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- Aug 15, 2011
Meal Monday (also known as Oatmeal Monday) was a traditional holiday observed by the ancient universities of Scotland on the second Monday of February.
During the 17th century, Scottish university students lived in very basic accommodation and were required to bring their own fuel, firewood or peat, to maintain a fire. Their diet was meagre too, largely consisting of oatmeal, which they would make into porridge. This lifestyle would remain typical until the late 19th century. Rev. James Sharp noted that as a student at the University of Edinburgh, "the liberal arts, sciences and theology were cultivated on oatmeal, with an occasional glass of beer on a Saturday night."
As the students' country homes or farms were some distance from the city universities, an occasional long weekend was scheduled to permit them to replenish their supplies. Originally, and until as recently as 1885, these Meal Mondays would occur regularly; the University of Edinburgh had one on the first Monday of every month. However, by 1896 Edinburgh established just one official holiday, on the second Monday in February.
1924: Undermanned Syracuse earns ‘most glorious victory’ over rival Colgate (PS; Croyle)
As his team’s upcoming road game against in-state rival Colgate approached on Feb. 9, 1924, Syracuse University basketball coach Edmund Dollard was feeling the pressure.
The Orange were off to a 5-7 start and one of their wins had been against a team from the Mexico City YMCA.
Dollard, like many coaches of the University’s athletic teams, was also waiting for bad news from the school’s administration which threatened to further derail the season.
The school had instituted an honor points system two years before and as students returned to the Hill after their end of the year exams the effect was being felt.
“Under this system,” the Syracuse Herald reported, “students who ‘just get by’ in their examinations and semester’s work are not eligible for athletic competition.”
The school figured any students “who can only pass by only the narrowest margins acceptable are in a position where they cannot give time to athletics.”
“The University insists upon on a high grade of work from men seeking athletic honors,” the Herald said.
(The system worked this way: Each student had to take at least 12 hours of course work per semester and 30 hours over the course of the year. Honor points were given dependent on the grade the student earned. An “A” earned nine honor points, a “B,” six and a “C,” three. Anything below received nothing. To play varsity sports a student had to have an equal amount of honor points to hours taken in a year. A “C” average was enough to qualify but only if the student had perfect attendance, as one missed class meant a deduction of an honor point.)
Bowman's Brilliance Not Enough as the Eagles Fall to Syracuse | BANG. (bcgavel.com; Birdsall)
It became painfully clear from the start of Boston College’s basketball game against Syracuse that the Eagles would be in for a long afternoon. Star point guard Ky Bowman did not start the game for undisclosed reasons, and his presence was sorely missed in the opening minutes. In fact, the Eagles’ first field goal did not come until six and a half minutes into the opening frame, when Bowman hit a jumper.
Bowman made his presence known immediately, scoring five consecutive points for the Eagles after he entered the game. This would be a sign of things to come for BC, as Bowman was the only consistent contributor for the offense throughout the entirety of the game. No other Eagle had more than three field goals. Bowman shot 7-12 from the field and 5-8 from three-point range.
Scoring was hard to come by for BC in the first half, but the defense played just well enough to keep the margin close. The Eagles trailed 31-24 at the halftime break following a spectacular and-one conversion by Jordan Chatman to halt a scoring run by Syracuse and steal some momentum back entering the break. Boston College had plenty of trouble with Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim, who scored 11 points in the first half thanks to some hot shooting from long range.
Syracuse largely dominated the second half. Guard Tyus Battle caught fire and propelled the Orange to a 60-40 lead with just eight minutes remaining, forcing Boston College head coach Jim Christian to use his fourth and final timeout.
It was clear that the Eagles needed a spark, and hopes of a BC comeback rested squarely on Bowman’s shoulders. Bowman delivered, just as he has done all season long for the Eagles, leading the way on a quick 14-0 run that cut the deficit to 60-54 with four minutes remaining. It seemed as if Boston College would be able to come back and tie the game, but the Eagles went cold again from the field, and Syracuse was able to put the game on ice with seven free throws once the Eagles had to start fouling.
Orange Watch: Syracuse basketball should have ‘Orange Out’ against Duke - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)
Item: Syracuse athletics announced late last month that a new on-campus college basketball attendance record will be set when projected overall No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed Duke (prior to Tuesday’s game at Louisville), heads into the Dome a week from Saturday (Feb. 23). The electric atmosphere on a college campus which will be created by the overflow crowd with obstructed views and the accompanying sea of orange, is unlike any other surrounding a sporting event, not only in central New York, but nationally. This year, Jim Boeheim, please sign off on wearing the current road uniforms on the court named after you. That will make the game a TRUE ‘Orange Out’ in every sense of the words.
When it comes to uniforms, SU’s longtime boss is Old School and has always wanted to keep it simple: White jerseys at home, orange jerseys on the road, higher seed wears white in post-season play.
It’s been that way since 1975-76, Boeheim’s last year as an assistant to Roy Danforth, with some 10 iterations of the Orange game uniform since then (not counting the occasional one-off Nike uniforms, an example of which Syracuse wore in its win over Boston College last Saturday – the alternate ‘CUSE white jersey instead of ORANGE across the front).
Twice in Boeheim’s 43 seasons he has acceded to Nike’s wishes for an alternate blue jersey, (based part on contractual obligations). Ironically, the games occurred 20 years apart – 1988 and 2008 almost to the day. Syracuse wore blue and lost both times, at Kentucky, a Sunday afternoon national CBS-TV game (Feb. 28, 1988), and at Notre Dame also on a Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24, 2008), certainly furthering the coach’s distrust for change.
In Feb. 2014, with a 25-0 record and the No. 1 ranking, SU wore a hideous orange jersey/blue shorts combo replicating the uniform version worn from 1983-84 through 1993-94, the pants replicating the 1988 blue edition, and lost to a 6-19 Boston College team 62-59, also a game Boeheim was coaching with clenched teeth over his team’s sartorial, or lack thereof, appearance.
For the Duke game, the Blue Devils will wear black or blue road uniforms making Syracuse in all-orange an easy contrast on the eyes for those competing and attending, with no worries for the orange-pink disaster to the eyes at Virginia Tech on Jan. 26.
ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Where does SU sit heading down stretch? (PS; Carlson)
Here's how the ACC stacks up in this week's power rankings.
Record: 21-2 (9-1)
Last week's ranking: 1
Last week's results: Win 80-55 vs. Boston College; Win 81-71 at Virginia
This week's schedule: Tuesday at Louisville; Saturday at North Carolina State
What's to like: Duke is clearly the most likely team to win the ACC regular-season, has the most talent in the country and is ranked No. 1 by Ken Pomeroy. The Blue Devils even made 13 of 21 3-pointers against Virginia, showing that, on occasion, shooting might not even be a weakness. R.J. Barrett should be a good candidate for ACC Player of the Week after averaging 22.5 points and six rebounds.
What's not to like: It's hard to find much this week. Zion Williamson committed five turnovers against UVA, helping the Cavaliers stay competitive on a night when Duke shot unusually well.
Record: 20-2 (8-2)
Last week's ranking: 2
Last week's results: Win 56-46 vs. Miami; Loss 81-71 vs. Duke
This week's schedule: Monday at North Carolina; Saturday vs. Notre Dame
What's to like: Virginia rebounded from an early barrage of Duke 3-pointers to play a competitive game against the country's most talented team. The Cavaliers hung tough despite getting only 10 minutes from starting forward Mamadi Diakite, who left the game after a collision.
What's not to like: Duke's edge in athleticism was obvious again, with Virginia sticking close by making ridiculous shots like Kyle Guy's. The Cavaliers are now a game behind Duke in the conference race and also lost the tiebreaker. That will be hard to make up.
3. North Carolina
Record: 19-4 (9-1)
Last week's ranking: 3
Last week's results: Win 113-96 vs. North Carolina State; Win 88-85 in overtime vs. Miami
This week's schedule: Monday vs. Virginia; Saturday at Wake Forest
What's to like: The Tar Heels have won seven straight games, tied with Duke for the longest streak in the ACC, and are tied with the Blue Devils for first place. Both Luke Maye and Colby White should be ACC Player of the Week candidates. Maye averaged 25.5 points, nine rebounds and forced overtime against Miami with a 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left. White averaged 27.5 points and five assists.
What's not to like: The Tar Heels are tied for first in the ACC, but they haven't played Duke or Virginia.
ACC Football Rx: Yahoo on ACC's NCAAT prospects - 2/10/19 (RX; HM)
Here's what Yahoo Sports had to say about ACC men's basketball prior to Saturday's games...
5 takeaways from NCAA tournament early seeding reveal: ACC crushing it while Pac-12 flounders
The Atlantic Coast Conference is poised to continue its big 2018-19 sports season. Fresh off Clemson’s dominant national championship in football, the ACC has two NCAA tournament No. 1 seeds five weeks before Selection Sunday: Duke, the overall No. 1, and Virginia.
The league also has surging North Carolina as a No. 2 seed, and surprise contender Louisville as a No. 4. Selection chair Bernard Muir also mentioned Virginia Tech (18-4 heading into Saturday’s action) as one of the teams lurking close to the top 16. Most early bracket projections put at least eight ACC teams in the field of 68.
The rest of the conference breakdown in the top 16: The Big Ten has four teams; the Big 12 two; the SEC two; and the Big East, Mountain West, West Coast and American Athletic conferences all have one.
“There was considerable discussion about the order of the top seven schools, but certainly those teams separated themselves from the others at this time,” said Muir, the director of athletics at Stanford. “Duke and Tennessee were essentially 1 and 1a; it was that close. A slight edge in some of the metrics was the difference in Duke getting the overall top seed. Virginia was a solid No. 3 team on the top line, and Gonzaga got the fourth No. 1 seed based largely on the teams they’ve beaten and the quality of the opponents they’ve lost to.”
That could provide a revenue boost (although not a huge one, to be clear - think of it as enough to make up the Sugar Bowl/Orange Bowl gap, but not much more than that).
Duke and UNC sit atop the ACC, the Hokies offensive struggles continue, and a look at the new Alliance of American Football - Chowder and Grits (chowderandgrits.com; podcast)
On the latest episode of Chowder & Grits, we breakdown the latest ACC basketball action and deep dive into the newest football league that a number of ACC alums now call home – the Alliance of American Football.
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ACC Roundup - Separation At The Top (DBR; King)
In Saturday’s ACC action, UNC and Florida State survived, with the Tar Heels barely nipping Miami 88-85 and FSU taking down Louisville 80-75, both games in overtime. Clemson beat Virginia Tech 59-51, Syracuse knocked off BC 67-56 and NC State survived Pitt 79-76.
Those were all solid games and tons of good plays all around.
The greatest play of all though was in Tallahassee and not even by a player: an FSU fan apparently had a heart attack right after the game ended. He was given first aid, including chest compressions, revived and as he was being loaded onto a stretcher gave the Tomahawk chop.
That’s just a hell of a way to end a game.
Not a bad way for FSU to end it either as the Seminoles had a solid comeback and tightened up from the line in overtime, hitting 11-12.
Rising star: Mfiondu Kabengele who played 36 minutes off the bench and finished with 22 points and seven rebounds.
Falling star: VJ King. Expected to become a starter under Rick Pitino, King’s minutes have fallen sharply under Chris Mack and he played just one minute against Florida State.
After a slow start, Florida State is now one of the hottest teams in the ACC and has now won five straight.
Miami has had a rough season. After the Notre Dame win one of their players said they were just tired of losing.
They played like that against UNC and nearly pulled off a massive upset in Chapel Hill, but couldn’t put UNC away in regulation after Luke Maye got loose for a three with about 10 seconds left and came up just short of pulling it off overtime.
UNC needs Coby White to stay hot and help set the tempo vs. Virginia (greensboro.com; Wilkerson-New)
Cam Johnson had no plans for a rowdy victory celebration after North Carolina survived an 88-85 overtime victory over Miami on Saturday, instead settling in at home to watch some basketball as the Tar Heels began preparing for a quick turnaround.
He only had one hope for the Duke-Virginia game.
“Eight overtimes, nine, 10, 11,” he said, smiling. “All the way up until they’ve got to leave Virginia on Monday.”
Johnson didn’t get his wish in the Blue Devils’ 81-71 victory, but its he and his teammates got some ideas in advance of Monday night’s date with Virginia at the Smith Center, although they’re keenly aware of just how good the Cavs have been with three straight victories over the Tar Heels.
Over that stretch, Carolina has averaged just 51.6 points while averaging 13 turnovers and shooting 35 percent from the field.
“They really play their style of basketball,” Johnson said. “They really just slow the game down and make you defend for 30 (seconds) and play offense for 30. It kind of changes the whole dynamic of the game, and it makes every possession matter just a little bit more.”
NCAA tournament bracketology: The ACC is good enough for three No. 1 seeds this year (usatoday.com; Mast and Gleeson)
The ACC isn't having its best college basketball season. The perennial powerhouse league ranks fourth among seven power conferences in the overall NET — the NCAA's new metric replacing the RPI. The ACC has been a top-two conference during the last half-decade.
Near the top, however, the ACC has three of the best teams in the country in Duke, Virginia and North Carolina. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers are No. 1 seeds in USA TODAY Sports' latest bracket projection, with Duke's convincing road victory over UVA this past weekend bolstering its résumé, while hardly harming Virginia's.
The NCAA committee's early bracket reveal, which unveiled a snapshot of the top 16 seeds Saturday, also showed another team quietly vying for a No. 1 seed — North Carolina (the Tar Heels are the third No. 2 seed on our bracket). UNC hosts Virginia tonight in an ACC matchup that could determine whether the ACC notches three No. 1 seeds. Only once in the tournament's history have three teams held top seeds — the old Big East in 2009 before it disbanded.
Even if Roy Williams' team beats Virginia, it's still an uphill battle considering that two other contending No. 2 seeds, Kentucky and Michigan, are losses on UNC's profile. But the interesting case for the Tar Heels, who survived a scare in overtime vs. last-place Miami on Saturday, is that they have more key opportunities to boost their credentials than the Wildcats or Wolverines. After Virginia, UNC has two games against Duke. That's three matchups against top overall seeds -- and that's not counting a potential conference tournament championship; win any of those and the committee will look favorably on them.
While UK and Michigan have chances to boost their profiles (with matchups against No. 1 Tennessee and No. 2 Michigan State upcoming), there's room for UNC to catch other No. 1s Gonzaga and Tennessee. There's more of a window for three No. 1s from one league than in years past.
► No. 1 seeds: Duke, Virginia, Tennessee, Gonzaga
► Last four in: UNC-Greensboro, Clemson, Butler, Indiana
► First Four out: North Carolina State, Nebraska, Temple, Central Florida
Dan Bonner, the Tall Virginian, is as respected as they come in the ACC (newsleader.com; Hite)
With some help from his dad, 18-month-old Wilder Bryant, wearing a black and gold Wake Forest shirt, held up a sign that read, "Dan Bonner Makes Great Pies."
He was at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for an Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball game between Wake and Clemson.
A man leaned over to Bryant's mom, Taylor, and said, "That's my favorite announcer right there. Tell me more about those pies."
That was New Year's Eve, 2016.
Now, a little more than two years later, I also want to know more about those pies, but at the moment, the pie maker in question, Verona's Dan Bonner, is a little busy. We are in his Ford F-150 driving along Ivy Road in Charlottesville, heading to his job, and he's on the phone with his producer discussing where to park.
Immediately after answering his cell phone, which is mounted to the dash of his pickup, Bonner starts explaining why he'll park at the baseball stadium. Never mind that it’s at least a 10-minute walk from there to where he'll need to be that night, and the temperature is hovering around freezing. It's just easier.
The producer, Joe Vencius, tells him it will be fine, the security folks will let him right in if he drives through the gates and parks near the Raycom Sports production trailer.
Bonner declines. In his mind, the parking attendants at John Paul Jones Arena make it especially difficult to get where he needs to go.
You won’t find another building anywhere else quite like the Niagara Mohawk Building on Erie Boulevard.