Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Guru Report: More Than Barely Alive In Lowell, Mass.

By Mel Greenberg

LOWELL, Mass. --
OK. Here's the skinny since the Guru last contacted you because there will be a small delay getting everything up.

At noon, he shot over to Temple to be among the members of the men's National Invitation Tournament champions from 1969 -- he was the manager like you all have learned -- being inducted into the Temple Athletic Hall of Fame, which means you need to update the bio from five to six.

Then it was off to Penn -- they had a later start than Princeton -- and cover Temple's quarterfinal game here -- there's a print story at philly.com -- from down there. Then it was off to break a little bread -- ok jack daniels chicken wings -- with Quakers coach Mike McLaughlin after Penn's win over Dartmouth.

At the stroke of midnight the Guru took off from philly and six hours later here he is -- yes two for one or three for two -- after getting a better deal on his own with his ipad apps along the way.

Quick impression -- Give the North Atlantic, er Atlantic 10 credit for outdoing Conference-USA. They go East to West, this one goes South to North.

This tourney is so far north that the Guru saw two polar bears along the exit ramp from I-495 and an ice cap.

As for the news if it doesn't all go up until the Guru gets to the Tsongas Center, in D2 its Holy Goldey-Beacom -- Yep they did it again beating heavily favored Holy Family at the Tigers' Campus Center in North Philadelphia. The Goldey-Beacom coach is a former Holy Family assistant when McLaughlin coach there.

Penn State is back, playing Ohio State for the Big Ten title. Duke is playing North Carolina in the ACC.

So what's the big deal -- the Buckeyes and Tar Heels were favorites -- ok Tar Heels behind Duke -- back in the preseason.

Yes, but what a strange way to end up where they were supposed to be, but coming through as underdogs.

Temple plays Dayton in the semifinals. Get this, both schools are hosting NCAA region finals but under the rules can't appear in their own bracket because of campus sites.

So Tonya and Jim try this. Everyone switch uniforms and names with each other and you both can be at home disguised as the other team.

OK. The first time will be to update those conference sums. The new ones for this week's tourneys will be updated later Sunday night. The Guru will tweet as posts go up.

Later. Might as well sneak downstairs and get some free breakfast, which is really a late night dinner despite cold, grey dawn light out the window.

Oh, and blogerette Erin from Boston is training over here -- it's the Boston T not to be confused with ... for the games.

-- Mel

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