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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
By Brian Bailey

Week of opportunity for Pirate hoops

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It’s a very important week ahead for the East Carolina basketball team.

The Pirates have two winnable games this week, hosting Marshall on Wednesday night and then Central Florida on Saturday.

East Carolina opened Conference USA play with that big loss at second-ranked Memphis. I don’t put a lot of stock in that game. The Tigers of John Calipari look to be primed for a run at a national title. They are almost a lock for a number one seed in the NCAA tournament.

Mack McCarthy and crew have to take care of business at home. Essentially it’s the same for all of college basketball. If you win your home games in the league, the rest will take care of itself.

The Pirates most likely won’t be favored in a road game in Conference USA all season. A struggling Rice team could prove to be the exception, but winning on the road for this team won’t be easy.

For that matter winning at home certainly won’t be a cakewalk either. It’s been that kind of roller coaster ride to date. The highlights were the wins over George Mason and N.C. State, while the obvious low was the loss to NAIA member Lee University.

I stand by my stance on giving this job to Coach McCarthy full time. I believe the Pirates played the game against Lee with an attitude of trying not to lose. That usually spells disaster and it certainly did in this case.

I haven’t talked with Pirate athletics director Terry Holland about the situation. Maybe it is early, but I still say Coach Mack deserves a full shot after the improvement this team has already shown. Word has it that Holland has pretty much been mum on the subject.

Marshall comes to Greenville with a record of 9-5 on the season. The Thundering Herd upset Winthrop in OT at home 67-62, but lost at home to Lipscomb 72-62. Lipscomb is a member of the Atlantic Sun and is currently 11-7 on the season.

Marshall lost at home to No. 2 Memphis 68-45 this weekend, so both the Herd and the Pirates come into this game with a bellyful of Memphis to try to work off.

The Pirates lost 99-58 to the Tigers on Wednesday. East Carolina then took this past weekend off, and should be plenty rested for the Herd tomorrow night.

UCF will have this week off before traveling to Greenville on Saturday night.

The Golden Knights are led by this week’s C-USA player of the week, Jermaine Taylor. Taylor scored 28 points in UCF’s triple overtime win over Tulsa this past weekend.

UCF will come into Saturday night’s game with a 9-7 record and a perfect 2-0 mark in Conference USA. The Knights beat Southern Miss in their league opener.

The Pirates certainly need the home crowd for both games this week. Saturday night should feature a bit of a buzz, with the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Champs being honored at halftime.

Both games are key to a successful season for the Pirates, and for the job status of acting Coach Mack McCarthy.

It’s great to see this team focused again on playing winning basketball. The Pirates won’t make the postseason, but a winning season is not out of the question.

Last season's 6-24 showing already seems light years away…


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