BB&T - Not dead yet?
Created: 7/30/2014 9:25:12 AMReplies: 10
7/30/2014 9:25:12 AM - Buff and Blue Bandit - 39 posts (#208)
Had an interesting conversation with GW ticket sales the other day when I was renewing my season tickets. According to my ticket rep, the sales office is planning on selling BB&T tickets this year but is currently waiting on who GWs opponent will be.
I am really hoping this is true as there is something special about riding the metro with your team to a basketball game.
Anyone else hear similarly?
7/30/2014 9:32:04 AM - herve - 8,448 posts (#1)
7/30/2014 10:48:20 AM - cagwu - 613 posts (#38)
7/30/2014 11:04:13 AM - Thomas - 819 posts (#32)
A Georgetown site made it seem as if the BB&T would no longer exist since the GW/Georgetown double-header is scheduled to be played on the same weekend that the BB&T was always played. Mark Turgeon said Maryland will no longer play in the BB&T, did John Feinstein change his mind about that? The only way it could survive at this point(without Maryland and Georgetown) is if it goes back to a 2-day tournament with some 2 or 3 national teams. J.Feinstein seems to know every D-1 coach personally, so he shouldn't have a problem getting teams to come in every year for a tournament.
7/30/2014 12:55:01 PM - The MV - 4,343 posts (#4)
Thomas, the "tournament" format no longer works for the out-of-area schools. Two potential games against Georgetown (formerly Maryland) and GW at Verizon has been construed as the rough equivalent of scheduling two difficult road games. This isn't a neutral site event where nobody truly has a home court advantage (excluding the Chaminades and Alaska-Anchoridges of this world).. Major programs MAY schedule one difficult OOC road game per year, certainly not two in two days. GW can say all it would like that this isn't their home court but nobody on the outside is buying that.
7/30/2014 2:13:34 PM - Mentzinger - 3,359 posts (#7)
It still would exist just fine if we hadn't beaten Michigan State and Maryland on consecutive days in '05.
7/30/2014 2:33:07 PM - The MV - 4,343 posts (#4)
Mentzinger, don't forget Michigan State's close call against George Mason. Although they won, Izzo publicly questioned his own wisdom and publicly wondered why any school would subject itself to this format. And, this was without even playing Maryland.
7/30/2014 3:23:19 PM - Thomas - 819 posts (#32)
The MV I understand your point, but John Feinstein seemed to think that tournament format would work if the BB&T became an exempt tournament. Exempt tournaments only count as one game despite multiple games being played so a lot of coaches will like the idea of their team spending a few days in Washington D.C. Also the coaches may not ask for a return home game under a tournament format. But I'm not discounting what you and Mentziger are saying about Tom Izzo being a crybaby, I still remember the stunned look on Tom Izzo's face at the post game press conference after GW had just put on a DUNKFEST on his tough, hard-nosed defensive team, and they indeed looked flat against Michigan State the next day. Tom Izzo's sore loser/crybaby antics could have contributed to the format change
Does anyone know if national teams were asking for a home return game with GW or Maryland when the BB&T was still a tournament?? I don't recall GW or Maryland playing road games against teams they played in the BB&T the previous year.
7/30/2014 3:47:41 PM - L.A. Colonial - 39 posts (#208)
Thomas, in 2002, Texas played GW at the BB&T. In 2003, GW traveled to Texas to return that game. There are probably other examples.
7/30/2014 3:49:59 PM - The MV - 4,343 posts (#4)
It has happened a bit though not every year. Maryland played a return game at Villanova (though this was in Philly but I don't think on Nova's home court) and has also played at Temple. GW has played return games at Texas, at Virginia Tech, at Auburn, to name a few. And most notably, two seasons ago, GW played a return game FOR MARYLAND at Notre Dame.
7/30/2014 5:13:32 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,502 posts (#6)
I believe that GW played a return game at UConn also.