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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Cards Live by the Three; Tennessee WR Commits


Pitino Set For Minges Debut

It may not mean a lot to Rick Pitino, but it is another watershed night for East Carolina’s basketball program. Another 'big-time' program will play on the Williams Arena floor, and a near- sellout crowd is expected.

The Cardinals are set to work out at home before flying out to Greenville. The team isn’t expected in town until late Tuesday night, and Coach Pitino is not expected to do any game-day interviews.

Pitino will meet with his local media, though, just before leaving town on Tuesday evening.

Louisville will limp to town, having lost freshman Carlos Hurt. Hurt is just that, suffering with a bulging disc in his back. The freshman was coming on strong at the point for Coach Pitino.

Both Louisville and East Carolina look to fire up the threes on Wednesday night. Louisville broke its own league mark with 40 three-point attempts against Texas Christian on Saturday. The Cards first set the mark last week with 37 attempts against Marquette.

For the Cards, tomorrow night’s game is the start of a stretch that will include four road games in five contests.

If the Pirates are to win, they need to hold Louisville under 80 points. The Cards have won 32 straight games when they have scored 80 points or more.

Emotions Run High in Hoops

Emotion is a key element in any sport. Over the last four days, I’ve had the chance to see three area games from press row. It was a great tripleheader, and emotion was at the center of each game.

Thursday night I was at Duke, watching a very emotional Blue Devils team playing with a purpose.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was as emotional as I have ever seen him. He picked up a technical foul early in the game that really got Cameron Indoor Stadium rocking.

Coach “K” had told his players that others were calling them soft, that this team wasn’t as good as other Duke squads.

The team bought it, and dominated Georgia Tech in a physical battle.

Bill Herrion is always emotional. His sweat and blood will someday turn this East Carolina program around. Herrion had his team battling Charlotte early Saturday afternoon.

Granted, the Pirates didn’t rebound well enough to win. Emotionally, though, Bill Herrion has this team believing that they can play in this league.

Herrion has only an 0-3 Conference USA record to show for a whole lot of work. Nobody's team plays harder. Louisville will find that out first hand tomorrow night.

On Sunday, I had a chance to go to Raleigh. North Carolina State rode an emotional wave to the halfway mark of the first half against Duke.

OK, so emotion can only go so far. Mike Dunleavy took the fire out of the Pack with a sizzling first half of his own.

Still, the emotional crowd for State was the loudest crowd that I have ever been around when their team trailed by more than 25 points. They were vocal to the very end.

It was interesting to see the various degrees of emotion in the three games. As Bill Herrion has said, in order to be competitive in C-USA, his team has to have the same type of effort for every game that it put forth in a respectable loss to Cincinnati game on January 5.

It will be difficult, but the fans need to keep coming out. Williams Arena can be a tough place to play — WITH an emotional crowd on hand.

Football Team Picks Up Recruit from Spurrier’s Old School

East Carolina has picked up another commitment for football. Bryson Bowling, a wide receiver-defensive back from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN, has verbally cast his lot with the Pirates.

New Washington Redskins' Coach Steve Spurrier is a graduate of Science Hill High School. Bowling picked ECU over Clemson, Georgia Southern, East Tennessee State and Western Carolina. Click here for more details on Bowling.

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