Editor's Note: UNC Asheville Athletics Communications Director Mike Gore will be blogging as the men's basketball is on the road for the next eight days as the Bulldogs play Ohio State, Northeastern and St. John's. Here is the third blog after Asheville arrived in Boston.
We arrived in Boston late Saturday night and have spent the past two days getting ready for our game with Northeastern. The reason we're playing the Huskies is that we hosted Northeastern two years ago in the Sears Bracketbuster series at Justice Center. It's a game I'll never forget as we blow a 19-point lead in the second half and fall to the Huskies, 83-82. I wonder after the game if we'll ever win another close game. Of course after that tough loss, we won our next seven games, the Big South Conference championship and a "First Four" win over Arkansas-Little Rock.
The hotel we stay at is not too far from the Northeastern campus. Right across the street from the hotel is the Boston Medical Center, so we hear a lot of sirens but our hotel is very nice.
The team spends part of Sunday at the Quincy Market in North Boston. It's an impressive place with a lot of different places to eat. Our guys pick Dick's Last Resort to eat.
We go to practice at 5 p.m. and enjoy a good practice. As I mentioned in the last blog, we're not going to be able to practice at Matthews Arena where we're going to play on Tuesday. Hockey has the arena both days.
I'm anxious to see Matthews Arena. It's the oldest multi-purpose arena in the country and has been in use for more than 100 years. It was the original home for both the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.
We get some good news on Monday when we hear Keith Hornsby is named Big South Player of the Week. Keith had two great games last week against Lenoir-Rhyne and Ohio State. He has 26 points against Ohio State. Keith gets a tweet shout-out from Indiana head coach Tom Crean who congratulates him for his big game against Ohio State.
For me, Monday is a bit of nostalgia day. I have lunch with Matt McDonald, my colleague at Northeastern. Matt once worked at UNC Asheville as an assistant women's basketball coach and helped me out with baseball plus did color on some of our basketball games on radio. He became the head SID at Northeastern almost two years ago. Matt's done a great job here and we have a great time remembering his times at UNC Asheville. We have lunch right near Fenway Park which is pretty neat to see in December.
Later in the day when I'm back in my room at the hotel, I get a phone call from our former head coach Don Doucette. Don coached our program from 1988-93. He's a Boston native and is now an Athletic Director at Andover HS, one of the biggest high schools in Massachusetts. Don can't come to the game tomorrow but goes to see Northeastern play several times a year. He tells me they're a good team and are very athletic. I remember when Don coached at UNC Asheville, one of his closest coaching friends was Karl Fogel was the head coach at Northeastern. Don said he and Karl often joked about who would win if their teams ever squared off. Twenty years later it's happening. Don is doing well and it's great to catch up with him.
Tuesday will be a busy day. I'll be doing play-by-play for the radio and won't have a color person. Matt's assured me that I'll have an Ethernet connection for our radio and won't face the panic that I had at Ohio State. After the game, we'll head back to the hotel and pack, get back on the bus and head to New York for our game with St. John's on Friday. It's about a four-hour drive from Boston to New York City.
I'll post another blog either Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Go Bulldogs.