Futon Report: BGSU may sweep the hardwoodWritten by Matt Sussman | | email@example.com
The BGSU womens team, as if it needed to be said, is sort of dominant right now. But the men? The team that began 1-3 in the conference? Holy heck, it looks like they just might win the regular season championship too.
Sunday’s 50-46 win over Akron gives the BGSU men first place in the Mid-American Conference (although mathematically tied with Buffalo at four losses, BG swept the season series against them). Meanwhile, the women clinched at least a share of the regular season title with their nail-biting win over Kent State. (Well, I guess this proves the theory that the Falcons didn’t take my advice and lose a game on purpose.)
Sometimes the men can be firing on all cylinders, and other times the women, but rarely does the success flow simultaneously in Mars and Venus. To find the last time a university completed the men’s and women’s regular season sweep, you have to go all the way back to 2002, when Kent State was simultaneously king and queen of the MAC.
While we’re on the subject of Falcon-esque droughts, to find the last time the BGSU men made the postseason, you have to flip your calendar back two more years. The Falcons played in the 2000 NIT, and a regular season championship guarantees, if nothing else, at that least that much. Not to jinx anything, but one would have to stretch their memory all the way back to 1968 to see the last time the Falcons even made the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Louis Orr was nine years old then. And bread probably cost a nickel, or something.
The Falcons’ final two games are at Miami on March 5, which will be a difficult test, and Senior Day against the very mediocre Ohio Bobcats on March 8. In all likelihood, the regular season title will come down to that final day. Also, the women play their last home game of the year the day before the men’s finale.
It looks like Anderson Arena will be quite happenin’ this weekend, whether you have an Adam’s apple or a ponytail. (Or if you’re just in the Wood County area and happen to be bored, which of course, never happens.)