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Michael Phelps appears in ASU's Curtain of Distraction

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Michael Phelps appears in ASU's Curtain of Distraction

Michael Phelps made an appearance in Arizona State's infamous Curtain of Distraction on Thursday and it was...something.

The Curtain of Distraction is a gimmick of the Sun Devils' student section where they try to distract opponents who are shooting free throws. Well, they turned things up a notch on Thursday as Phelps joined the fun.

Phelps is currently in Arizona training for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro with ASU swimming coach Bob Bowman. So when in Rome...well, see for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both free throws were reportedly missed and Arizona State cruised for the 86-68 win over Oregon State. Mission accomplished.

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The ultimate 2018-19 Mid-Atlantic college hoops viewing guide

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The ultimate 2018-19 Mid-Atlantic college hoops viewing guide

Not all college basketball games are created equal and sometimes it is hard to keep track of which games should be kept track of.

In terms of all the teams in the Mid-Atlantic area (Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.) we've got you covered.

Below is the ultimate Mid-Atlantic college hoops guide for the 2018-19 season. 

The following games were selected based on:

  1. Significance to the Mid-Atlantic program
  2. No overlapping games
  3. Rivalry games got prioroity
  4. Home games in the Mid-Atlantic are a priority
  5. Being on television had an impact as well

Of course we could have chosen a game each night, but we understand that some people need a break.

The Ultimate 2018-19 Mid-Atlantic College Hoops Viewing Guide

NOVEMBER
Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m.: George Mason vs. Cincinnati (CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m.: American at UMBC
Nov. 25 at 6:00 p.m.: Loyola vs. Towson
Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. Penn State (ESPN2/ ESPNU)
Nov. 28 at 7:15 p.m.: Virginia vs. Maryland (ESPN/ESPN2)
Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m.: Hampton vs. Norfolk State
Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m.: Radford vs. Texas (Longhorn Network)

DECEMBER
Dec. 1 at 1:00 p.m.: Mount St. Mary's vs. Loyola (MASN)
Dec. 1 at 3:00 p.m.: Longwood vs. VMI 
Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.: Wake Forest vs. Richmond (NBCSN)
Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m.: UMBC vs. Coppin State
Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m.: Radford vs. James Madison
Dec. 5 at 8:00 p.m.: VCU vs. Texas (ESPNU)
Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.: James Madison vs. George Mason (MASN)
Dec. 8 at 1:00 p.m.: Morgan State vs. Towson
Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m.: Georgetown vs. Syracuse (ESPN)
Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m.: VCU vs. Virginia (ACC Regional Networks)
Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m.: Loyola vs. Maryland (BTN)
Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m.: Howard vs. George Washington (ESPN+)
Dec. 15 at 12:00 p.m.: Old Dominion vs. Syracuse
Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m.: MD-Eastern Shore vs. Pittsburgh
Dec. 15 at 7:00 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. Washington (ESPN)
Dec. 16 at TBA: Florida Gulf Coast vs. UMBC
Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m.: Mount St. Mary's vs. American 
Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m.: Navy vs. George Mason
Dec. 22 at 12:00 p.m.: MD-Eastern Shore vs. American
Dec. 22 at 2:00 p.m.: Virginia vs. William & Mary (ACC Network)
Dec. 22 at 4:00 p.m.: VCU vs. Wichita State (ESPN2)
Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m.: James Madison vs. William & May
Dec. 29 at TBA: UMBC vs. Penn State
Dec. 29 at 12:00 p.m.: Georgetown vs. Howard (FS1)
Dec. 29 at 2:00 p.m.: American vs. George Washington
Dec. 29 at 6:00 p.m.: Radford vs. Maryland (ESPNU)
Dec. 29 at 8:00 p.m.: George Mason vs. Kansas State (ESPN3)
Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m.: Towson vs. William & Mary

JANUARY
Jan. 5 at 1:00 p.m: St. John's vs. Georgetown (CBS)
Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. Longwood vs. Radford
Jan. 5 at 7:00 p.m.: Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion (Stadium FB Live)
Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.: Georgtown vs. Xavier (FS1)
Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. Virginia (Raycom Sports)
Jan. 19 at TBA: Virginia vs. Duke (ESPN2)
Jan. 21 at 7:00 p.m.: Radford vs. Longwood 
Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m.: George Washington vs. George Mason (ESPN+)

FEBRUARY
Feb. 2 at 4:00 p.m.: Norfolk State vs. Howard
Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.: George Mason vs. VCU (NBCSN)
Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m.: American vs. Navy
Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m.: Duke vs. Virginia (ESPN2)
Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m.: Richmond vs. VCU (ESPN2)
Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m.: Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN)
Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Villanova vs. Georgetown (FS1)
Feb. 21 at TBA: Vermont vs. UMBC
Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m.: George Washington vs. VCU (ESPN+)
Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m./ 9:00 p.m.: Duke vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN)

MARCH
March 2 at 4:00 p.m.: VCU vs. Richmond (CBS Sports Network)
March 5 at 7:30 p.m.: VCU vs. George Mason (Stadium)
March 7 at 8:00 p.m.: Howard vs. Norfolk State
March 8 at 7:00 p.m.: Miami vs. Virginia Tech  (ESPN2)
March 9 at 2:00 p.m.: George Washington vs. George Mason (Stadium)
 

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Gonzaga beats DeMatha on Hail Mary in bonkers WCAC championship game

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Gonzaga beats DeMatha on Hail Mary in bonkers WCAC championship game

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) has a long history of football excellence, and the 2018 championship game was no exception. 

No. 2 Gonzaga College High School defeated No. 1 DeMatha Catholic High School, 46-43, in the title game at Catholic University of America on Sunday night thanks to three lead changes in the final 60 seconds and a game-winning Hail Mary. 

After allowing  DeMatha to race out to a 20-point lead, the Purple Eagles scored in the second quarter on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Dean Engram, son of Baltimore Ravens’ WR coach Bobby Engram, caught a 35-yard pass to score again for Gonzaga, closing the deficit to just six at 20-14. DeMatha rushed in another touchdown and intercepted Gonzaga’s next pass before entering the half at 26-14.

Both powerhouses scored a touchdown in the third, leaving the teams to fight until the very end of the fourth quarter in order determine the 2018 championship. That's when things got extra weird.

With 39 seconds left, Gonzaga's Sam Sweeney caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Williams to give the Eagles a 40-36 lead. 

But on the ensuing kickoff DeMatha senior Dominic Logan-Nealy returned the kick to the end zone, giving DeMatha a 43-40 lead with just 15 seconds left.

Gonzaga would get another crack at the title, and they did not let it go to waste. Williams hurled a desperation pass to the end zone with no time remaining. Eagles' receiver John Marshall got his hands on the pass and snagged the game-winning touchdown catch to give Gonzaga the stunning 46-43 win. 

The winners immediately rushed to celebrate with their student section, but the protective fencing separating the two was ultimately torn down.

The WCAC champions end the year 9-3. Head Coach Randy Trivers emotionally addressed his troops after their battle, reminding them that Gonzaga won their first title on Catholic University of America’s field:

DeMatha ended its season 8-3.

The game made national news, with Good Morning America featuring the final 30-seconds of the game Monday morning.