It's a basketball bonanza

College basketball season hits its stride today with 24-hour coverage by ESPN.

It’s a good day when SU sophomore Lynnae Lampkins is the main photo on the local paper; basketball season is speeding up court in the same manner as the fast Orange point guard.

ESPN has put the pedal-to-the-metal with college basketball coverage, broadcasting 24 consecutive hours of action. Its second year of round-the-clock basketball started in Los Angeles last night with Cal-State Fullerton showing the rest of the country how far UCLA has fallen. Read the ESPN release on its 38 hours of total coverage across the various platforms.

Before the ESPN roundball rotunda started, Lampkins and her teammates posted another victory in the Dome on Monday night, zooming past visiting Presbyterian College, 97-56. It was the most points scored by the Orange women in the Carrier Dome.

Lampkins, harnessed by FDU’s extended zone looks last Friday, got her engine running against PC. The silky soph scored 12 points in 15 minutes, hitting all three of her attempts from beyond the arc while collecting a pair of steals with two assists. Full box score. (pdf)

Halftime Snack is guilty of altering Tuesday’s schedule to fit in more basketball. After coffee and Cheerios with Drexel at Niagara this morning (Bruiser, your man was in-bounds on the rebound, despite LaPhonso Ellis’s blind analysis), we got bored with Clemson at Liberty. The action should pick up with Northeastern at Siena at noon (read Tyler Dunne’s pre-season story about the Saints in The Daily Orange). 

The Bird Library beckons Halftime Snack this afternoon—would like to see Greg Monroe from Georgetown show Temple how to run the Princeton offense—leaving plenty of time tonight to get early look at potential Elite Eight teams like Connecticut, Gonzaga, Louisville, Michigan State and Kansas.

Full speed ahead!

(Lampkins photo courtesy of

Elite 8 prediction

Your Elite 8 prediction is dead on Mr. Leach. UConn is looking good this year, real good.

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