- Men’s soccer tied Cal State Northridge 0-0 yesterday night, picking up the one point necessary to propel them into first place (5-2-1). The Anteaters outshot the Matadors, but couldn’t find the back of the net. This late in the Big West season (two regular season games left), all games are physical and an absolute dogfight out there, so tying the Matadors isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Now, UCI just has to hang on and not crumble in the stretch run like they did last year, and they will waltz into the NCAA Tournament regardless of whether they can win the Big West Tournament.
- Women’s basketball destroyed Cal State Dominguez Hills 60-35 on Tuesday. The Toros are not a good team, even by DII standards, so the blowout is to be expected. Freshman Methlyn Onogonuho made a solid unofficial debut, with 11 points on 5-8 shooting. New juco transfer Anete Klintsone, the only guard in the starting lineup, had a much rougher time, going 0-8 from the field. I’m going to reserve further comments about women’s basketball and their impending season for a separate post.
According to Andy Katz on ESPN, Boise State is discussing the possibility of moving its other sports besides football to the Big West if they were to move football into the Big East. Besides the glaring geographical paradox involved here, this potential move intrigues me more than most. While they are not very good at their other sports besides football, the Broncos have national name recognition due to the success of their football team, and coupled with another bigger name school, could bring the Big West to a solid 12 members. Its three latest additions (Hawaii, Boise State, and… San Jose State?) ultimately better the league in terms of name recognition in my opinion, even if some of their Olympic sports are inferior. This also protects against the faint possibility of UC Davis and Cal Poly taking off for a football conference. The biggest barrier is probably location, as having one school all the way out in Idaho isn’t feasible for travel scheduling.