These web site links should help you stay in the information loop for the Elite 8 next week. If Gannon makes it to Saturday's championship, you'll visit these sites often. If Gannon loses to Central Missouri Wednesday, you'll probably smash your computer against the wall, so the links won't matter at that point.
This is allegedly the official Division II men's basketball bracket. I say "allegedly" because it just changed from what we've been following the past week or so. Originally, the only way Gannon could meet #1 Findlay (32-0) or #2 CW Post (30-0) was in the championship game. The NCAA had Findlay and Post opposite GU's bracket in the 2009 championship handbook that was located on the NCAA web site for schools to refer to all year. In addition, that bracket was on ncaa.com during the regionals and was on the T-shirts the NCAA sold at the regionals. But when Gannon received its participant packet Wednesday morning, Findlay and Post were switched to Gannon's side of the bracket. I've been told that after long discussions (and some arguing by several schools) on two separate conference calls, the NCAA announced that everyone was wrong except the person at the NCAA who put the participant packet together. So, the Gannon-Central Missouri winner will now play the Findlay-Post winner in the semifinals.
I'm not going to bark about this too much because it seems that teams who whine about their bracket or their seeding get eliminated because they're not focused on what they can control. But come freaking on! How can the incredibly anal and highly funded NCAA commit such a fundamental blunder? Can you imagine if this happened in the DI Big Dance? Every bracket filled out by the fans (and President Obama) would be null and void. I've participated in hundreds of tournaments from the Boys Club to grade school to high school to AAU to the YMCA to Family First to college, and none of them ever made this big a screw-up. Click on the above link frequently. The bracket could change again for all we know ...
This is the official 2009 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite 8 Web Headquarters. The site includes a complete schedule and information on all eight teams. Information is also available on the site for tickets, hotels, history of the tournament, directions, restaurants, and much more.
Gannon has also developed a Web site with additional NCAA Division II Elite Eight information.
This site has info on a bus trip for Erie fans who would like to travel to the Elite 8. The "Go Knights Package" includes bus travel, hotel rooms, and game tickets for fans and students. The "Go Mercyhurst Lakers" package includes an EMTA bus token, a room at the Flamingo Motel, a City of Erie parking ticket, and an autographed photo of Karl Fogel.
Watch the quarterfinal games via a Webcast here. Both semifinal games on Thursday, March 26 will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports Network. The finals will be aired on CBS ... unless the guy who assembled the participant packet said the finals will be on the Soap Opera Network.
Listen to the Gannon games on the radio here. I understand Jim LeCorchick will not be making the trip. Bummer. Then again, the last time LeCorchick broadcast for Gannon in the Elite 8 in Springfield, the Knights fell behind Morehouse 18-0 at the outset, so maybe it's better he stays away.
The official Gannon site will be updated by Gannon SSID (Super Sports Information Director) Dan Teliski throughout the remainder of Gannon's NCAA run.
This is the Twitter site for Central Missouri sports. Officially, Twitter is "a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers." In reality, it's for people who struggle to put together a coherent paragraph. (Note to self: that would be right up my alley, because sometimes I forget how to properly end a