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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 10, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS q II in in FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS If Indiana is the holy grail of hoops, North Caro- lina can't be far behind. A year after playing and winning at college basket- ball legend Indiana, the East- ern Washington University men's basketball team will make its first-ever trip to play twice in another mecca of basketball -- the state of North Carolina - in the Gotham Classic presented by the Gazelle Group. Eastern will play three games in six nights on its East Coast swingthat started Wednesday (Dec. 9) when Eastern met Davidson at Davidson, N.C. Two nights later the Eagles play at Pitts- burgh on Friday (Dec. 11), then return to Cullowhee, N.C., to face Western Caro- lina, Monday (Dec. 14), "This three-game road trip we are embarking on is our toughest road trip of non-conference play," Eastern head coach Jim Hayford said. "Ifs also in a stretch where we play six of seven away from home. So our team has no alterna- grow through this difficult five but to develop tough- stretch." ness and cohesiveness to The Eagles entered Photo by Paul Delaney Eastern Washington's Bogdan Bliznyuk plays tight defense against Sergio Barkley Sunday afternoon in the Eagles' 104-64 win. Eastern women hit road, the start home stand for holidays FROM NEWS SERVICE season, scoring 16 points loss against Montana. REPORTS on 3-of-6 shooting from Wichita State has started The EasternWashing- three-point range, while their season with a 1-5 ton University women's collecting 14 rebounds, record. basketball team goes on Senior Hayley Hodgins Following that trip the road for two games, led the team in scoring the Eagles are home taking on Cal State Ful- with 18 points on 7-of-13 for a pair of nonleague lerton on Sunday, Dec. shooting, while adding games versus Abilene 13 and Wichita State on on six rebounds. Junior Christian, Friday, Dec. Tuesday, Dec. 15. Tisha Phillips notched a 18 and Boise State, M0n- The Eagles (4-4) arecareer high eight assists day, Dec. 21. They re- coming off a close home to go along with her main at Reese Court to victory against Utah eight points: open Big Sky Confer- Valley, 68-64 on Thurs- Cal State Fullertonence play Dec. 31 versus day, Dec. 3. Junior Ashli currently owns a 2-7 Northern Colorado and Paynerecorded her first record, with their last Jan. 2 against North double-double of the game being a 51-86 Dakota. Wednesday's game 5-3 with15 points. Junior Felix " Earlier the Eagles starting an all-freshman Von Hofe also finishedcompleted a successful lineup in a 104-64 victory with 15 with a trio of 3- road trip in which EWU over Great Falls on Dec. 6. pointers, won two of three games Redshirt freshman Cody S o p h o m o r e B o g- in a four-day stretch in Benzelscoredacareer-high dan Bliznyuk added Northern California. 23 points to lead seven 13 points while three Eastern held off San Eagles in double figures, other Eagles, Bear Hen- Francisco 81-77 on Dec. Sophomore Sir Wash-derson, Will Ferris and 1, beating the Dons on ington made 6-of-8 shots Kyle Reid each Scored the road for the second- from the field and finished 10 points, straight season. continued from page 1 so is the money alumni and fans will spend in the respective host cities. It's economic development, NCAA-style. To give you a sample, here's this little nugget from the Statistic Brain Research Institute's web- site about the "Playoff Revenue Pool." The pool is all five of the "Big 5" power conferences - the Atlantic Coast Confer- ence, the Big-10 (which has 14 teams) Conference, the Big-12 (which has 10 teams) Conference, the Pacific-12 Conference (12 teams, count 'em) and the Southeastern Conference. Teams in these conferenc- es are selected to one of six bowls: Peach, Cotton, Orange, Fiesta, Rose and Sugar, along with the CFP championship game. To quote the Institute: "Each of the Big 5 con- ferences will receive an estimated $50 million, whether or not it qualifies a team for the playoffs. An estimated $6 million bonus will be paid for each team a conference sends to the semifinals, $4 million for participating in one of the 'Big 6 Bowls,' but no additional dollars for reaching the champi- onship game where each school will receive an estimated $2 million for expenses. Each of the 'Group of 5' conferences (Ameri- can, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) will receive an estimated $18 million each. Notre Dame will receive an estimated $3.75 million, and remain- ing independents will bag roughly $1.85 million each. Big 6 Bowls that don't host a semifinal game will split additional revenue with the participating teams/conferences." There's more money paid out by the 36 bowls not included in this mix. And where does the mon- ey come from, you may by Northwestern Mutual. ask? The only bowl that did One look at the names was the Holiday Bowl of the bowls will tell you. - for now. The Raycom Media Camel- For football fanatics, lia Bowl, the R+L Carriers it means two more weeks New Orleans Bowl, the of games, even if it's 5-7 San Diego County -Credit San Jose State against 6-6 Union Poinsettia Bowl, Georgia State. And we'll the GoDaddy Bowl, Pop- watch, regardless of how eyes Bahamas Bowl, the we feel about the necessity HyundaiSun Bowl, Camp- of so many bowls. ing World Independence Becausein a way, that's Bowl, on and on. our juice box. Even the venerable J o h n M c C a I - Rose Bowl didn't escape: lure can be reached at the Rose Bowl Presented jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. 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