Wofford College Beats Appalachian State University 56-51, Earns First NCAA Tournament Berth!

Wofford Beats Appalachian State University 56-51, Earns 1st NCAA Tournament Berth!

Cameron Rundles scored 20 points, and Wofford used a stifling defense to overcome a long second-half scoring drought to beat Appalachian State University 56-51 on Monday night for the Southern Conference Title and its first NCAA tournament berth.  Now, Wofford is hardly a household name, so just who is this Wofford College team?  Well, for starters, let’s put Wofford’s Southern Conference Championship Title in perspective.  Wofford College is one of the smallest schools playing Division I basketball, and it’s known primarily for its rigorous academic standards.

Wofford has fewer than 1500 students, about half of whom are men.  It was an old NAIA college, and Wofford has never been in the NCAA tournament, nor has it ever played in the NIT.  The Wofford Terriers have never even won a conference tournament or a regular-season title.  But looking back over this season, the Terriers should have been much more on everyone’s mind.  Wofford was one possession away from winning at Pittsburgh in the season opener (they lost by only 3 points), defeated both Georgia and South Carolina of the SEC and went 15-3 during the regular season in a respected league.

Currently, Wofford is 26-8, winning its 13th straight game and 19 of its last 20 games.  So there was a very large crowd of very happy supporters at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte (NC) last night, and Wofford’s tournament victory led to a giddy dancing and singing celebration on the floor.

With the win, the Terriers have earned the conference’s automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  The 2010 men’s basketball selection show will be held Sunday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.

You can read more about the Southern Conference Championship game here.

Wofford College Headed To Big Dance, Wins SoCon Tournament

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Wofford Beats Western Carolina University 78-58 in Southern Conference Tournament

Wofford Beats Western Carolina University 78-58 in Southern Conference Tournament

After its decisive 77-58 win over Western Carolina University on Sunday night, the Wofford College basketball team has advanced to the Southern Conference Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history. Wofford made 15-of-16 free throws in the final three minutes of the game to claim the victory at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Wofford has now won twelve in a row (and eighteen of its last nineteen games) and is 25-8 on the season and 15-3 in the Southern Conference.

Wofford will play Appalachian State University in the Championship Finals, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and be played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte at 9:00 pm on Monday night. The winner of that game will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

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Wofford Defeats UNC/Greensboro 59-47 in Southern Conference Tournament Quarterfinals!!

Wofford Defeats UNC/Greensboro 59-47 in Southern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals!

Wofford College defeated the  University of North Carolina/Greensboro 59-47 in the Quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, NC.  Wofford improves to 24-8, while the Spartans fall to 8-23.  Southern Conference Player of the Year Noah Dahlman led a balanced Wofford attack with 13 points.  UNC/Greensboro senior Ben Stywall set a school record with his 15th double-double on the season breaking the mark held by former Spartans star Kyle Hines (2008).  Stywall posted 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Wofford advances to the Southern Conference Tournament Semifinals to face Western Carolina University on Sunday at 6 p.m., at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.  Both of the Semifinal games will be televised by SportSouth.

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George Washington: The Loss of All Things

George Washington: The Loss of All Things

George Washington is David Gordon Green’s acclaimed impressionistic Southern Gothic debut film, which one reviewer described as “within a heart-shot of William Faulkner.”  Green won the Best First Film prize from the New York Film Critics, the Discovery Award at Toronto and the Best Director Prize at The Newport film Festival.

David Gordon Green’s feature debut is a seamless blend of subjectivity, pseudo-documentary, evocation of childhood and mythopoeia.  In an impoverished small town in North Carolina, various misfit and poor children converse.  “Look at this place,” one boy says to another. “It looks like two tornadoes came through here.”  The town is dilapidated; one of the “tornadoes” may have been the Great Depression.  Shots of railroad tracks suggest dreams of getting out.  But during the course of the film, death hovers: a boy dies; as a result, another boy feels that God’s judgment is close; another boy almost dies; a boy’s dog dies.  The underlying theme of George Washington is clearly “the loss of all things.”

The videos presented here include the hypnotic opening sequence of David Gordon Green’s auspicious debut film George Washington, another video from the film described as an influential scene in modern cinema and an interview with Charlie Rose, where Green talks about his film George Washington.

George Washington: The Loss of All Things

George Washington: An Influential Scene in Modern Cinema

Charlie Rose: David Gordon Green Talks About “George Washington”

(Charlie Rose Interview: March 8, 2001)

A detailed review of George Washington can be read in The New York Times here.

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Obama’s Win: A Huge, Decisive Step Toward the Nomination

Senator Barack Obama won a clearly decisive 14-point victory over Hillary Clinton in the North Carolina primary on Tuesday and lost by less than two points to Clinton in the Indiana primary, an outcome that infused a huge boost of momentum to Obama’s candidacy as the Democratic nominating contest entered its final weeks.

The results from those two Democratic presidential primaries, the largest of the remaining Democratic ones, was assured to further widen Obama’s lead in pledged delegates over Hillary, providing him with new ammunition as he seeks to persuade the major Democratic leaders to coalesce around his campaign. He also increased his lead in the popular vote in winning the North Carolina Primary by more than 250,000 votes.

Don’t ever forget that we have a choice in this country,” Mr. Obama said in his address in Raleigh, N.C., that carried the unity themes of a convention speech. “We can choose not to be divided; that we can choose not to be afraid; that we can still choose this moment to finally come together and solve the problems we’ve talked about all those other years in all those other elections.”

Barack Obama’s North Carolina Victory Speech

We now know who the Democratic nominee is going to be,” NBC’s Tim Russert declared on MSNBC last night after Obama had decisively drubbed Clinton in North Carolina, winning there by fourteen points, and ending up within less than two points of her in Indiana. Russert, NBC’s host of Meet the Press, declared that the Democratic presidential nominee is going to be Barack Obama.

The moment came shortly after midnight Eastern time, captured in a devastatingly declarative statement from Tim Russert of NBC News: “We now know who the Democratic nominee’s going to be, and no one’s going to dispute it,” he said on MSNBC. “Those closest to her will give her a hard-headed analysis, and if they lay it all out, they’ll say: ‘What is the rationale? What do we say to the undeclared super delegates tomorrow? Why do we tell them you’re staying in the race?’ And tonight, there’s no good answer for that.”

The impact of Russert’s statements was apparent almost immediately, starting with The Drudge Report, the online news billboard that is the home page to many political reporters in Washington and news producers in New York. It had as its lead story a link to a YouTube clip of Mr. Russert’s comments, accompanied by a photograph of a beaming Mr. Obama with his wife, Michelle, and the headline, “The Nominee.”

NBC’s Tim Russert: “We Now Know: The Democratic Nominee Will be Obama”

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Obama’s Strong N. C. Win May Now Assure Him the Nomination

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Barack Obama: This is My Patriotism, These are My Values

N. C. Jefferson-Jackson Speech: This is My Patriotism, These are My Values

At the North Carolina State Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Raleigh (NC) on Friday evening, the immense room exploded with energy when Barack Obama walked onto the stage after Hillary Clinton, who had received what observers have described as a far more tepid reception.

This election is not about rich versus poor, or young versus old or black versus white,” he said, as supporters waved thousands of blue Obama campaign signs.  “It’s about the past versus the future, and in four days, you can choose to turn the page.”

My story is not possible except in the United States of America.  I would not be here were it not for the fact that somebody, somewhere stood up for me.  And because one person stood up, a few more stood up, and then a thousand stood up, and then a million stood up.  That’s why Hillary Clinton can run for President.  That’s why I can run for President…because somebody stood up.  And the question now is: Will the Democratic Party stand up for the next generation?  That’s my Patriotism.  Those are my Values.  Those are your Values.  That’s what we’re fighting for in this election.”

N. C. Jefferson Jackson Dinner, May 2, 2008

Barack Obama: This is My Patriotism, These are My Values

Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin reported late Saturday that Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks is endorsing Barack Obama for President.  The acclaimed actor and activist, who previously had given money to both the Obama and Clinton presidential campaigns, posted a compelling video on his MySpace page explaining his choice.  The video is presented for you below:

Acclaimed Actor Tom Hanks Endorses Senator Barack Obama

For a second time last week, Obama played basketball in front of the television cameras, but this time it was with the big boys.  Despite having held a late night campaign rally, Obama was up bright and early before 7:00 a.m., arriving at one of the hallowed grounds of college basketball, the home of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.  Obama headed to the court for a quick morning game, a five-on-five warm-up with the University of North Carolina basketball team.

Shooting Hoops: Basketball with the UNC Basketball Team

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