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TAMPA, Fla. - Freshman Nick Calathes scored 21 points to lead the two-time defending national champion Florida Gators to an 86-61 victory over the University of Vermont on Friday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. Junior Mike Trimboli (Norwalk, Conn.) paced the Catamounts, who fall to 2-5 on the season, with a game-high 23 points.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont men's basketball junior Mike Trimboli (Norwalk, Conn.) has been named the America East Men's Basketball Player of the Week. The conference made the announcement today.
Trimboli averaged 22.0 points and shot 67 percent from the field to lead the Catamounts to their first two victories of the season last week. Trimboli, a preseason America East All-Conference selection, scored a game-high 22 points, including the 1,000th of his career as UVM downed New Jersey Tech 91 -71 on Tuesday. He connected on 9-of-10 shots and also dished out six assists.
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According to Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com, Michigan State sophomore guard Maurice Joseph has announced that he will transfer to Vermont. "They are a good program and have been to the NCAA tournament three of the last four years," Joseph said. "My goal was to be somewhere I can be more of a focal point and win." Joseph chose the Catamounts over Rhode Island. He liked the coaches and the proximity of Burlington to his family in Montreal. "That was part of it," Joseph said. "I also like the staff at Vermont. They are young guys who have fire in their eyes. They want to take the program to another level." He averaged 5.9 points per game last season.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Vermont men's basketball team has announced that Joey Accaoui (Lincoln, R.I.) and Pat Bergmann (Burlington, Vt.) will join the program next season as members of the class of 2011. Head coach Mike Lonergan made the announcement today.
"Joey and Pat are very good additions to our recruiting class," said Lonergan. "Joey will be our smallest player and Pat our tallest. We are very happy to have been able to get both of these student- athletes during the late signing period."
According to Dick "Hoops" Weiss of the NY Daily News, forward Joe Trapani will transfer to Boston College, sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. Trapani, who averaged 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his one season at Vermont, chose BC over Michigan, Providence and Northeastern. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
I begin this blog with a quote from my last post:
"Although you normally want to wait until a team plays more than two games to state that they are the clear favorite to win their conference, can anybody truly challenge Penn at the top of the Ivy League? Preseason prognosticators tabbed Princeton to finish second, but they're sitting in last place right now. Maybe Cornell or Yale? Who knows, but I'll take the Quakers over the field." (January 29th)
Whoops. After this weekend's games (a sweep of Princeton and Penn), James Jones' Yale Bulldogs are atop the Ivy League with a 5-1 conference record. Yale is led by the tandem of guard Eric Flato and guard/forward Casey Hughes. This is an experienced ballclub that should hang around for the duration of the season and challenge for the league's automatic bid. They've played two more games than Penn, which explains the two-game lead in the win column (they're tied in the loss category), and they've got the Columbia/Cornell road swing this coming weekend. If they can get through that with at least a split, if not a sweep, the Bulldogs have their next four games at home. The season ends with games at Penn and Princeton, and those games could indeed decide who represents the Ivy in the NCAA Tournament.
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