Let the games begin ... again

Two games on tap tonight as teams get back in action following a brief break for unwrapping presents.

In Miami, Colgate takes part in the Florida International Holiday Classic.

No, this is not a tournament with foreign teams. Florida International is a four-year school, founded in 1972 on the runways of the old Tamiami Airport.

In 1987 FIU moved its 16 athletics programs up to Division I from D-II (they started a I-AA football program in 2002).

FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference a Colgate's opponent in the first round of the tournament. Ohio U. and Binghamton meet in the opener of the four-team tournament. Which probably means, as far as FIU is concerned, the 'Gate came all the way to Florida for a little sun, a check and a chance to meet their neighbors from Binghamton. I say that because rule number one of hosting a four-team tournament is to give yourself the easiest opponent in the first round (though it is hard to imagine 2-6 Binghamton is any better than Colgate).

If that happens, it will mean Colgate traveled 1,419 miles to play a school an hour from its campus in Hamilton that for some reason is not on their schedule every year. The two have not met since the 2001-02 season, when Colgate won by 4 on the road. The previous year, Binghamton's first in Division I, the 'Gate won by 2 at home.

Here's a good preview of tonight's game from the FIU Web site. For live audio, take your pick. The Colgate feed is available free or you can try this link for the FIU network's call of the game (if that link does not work, check for a link on the game preview page).

Elsewhere tonight, Northeastern is at Holy Cross.

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