Vandal Nation today announces the Vandal Hoops Road Trip 2009-10.
This site was born of hoops season last year, and while we strive to cover every sport that Idaho competes in, our first love remains the hardwood.
The 2009-10 Idaho Vandals men’s basketball team is poised to be the best Idaho hoops squad since the Don Monson years. With four starters and all five leading scorers returning, led by First Team All-WAC point guard Mac Hopson, combined with a jolt of new talent that includes Steffan Johnson, Corey Stern and more, this is a squad that can legitimately contend for the WAC Tournament championship and a ticket to the Big Dance. We believe this team deserves the best possible coverage we can muster.
So we’re going on the road to report at eight away games — more than half of Idaho’s 15 scheduled road contests — and we’ll be courtside at the WAC Tournament in Reno for the second year in a row. All this, in addition to our complete home coverage of every game in Moscow, excepting the Lewis-Clark State exhibition game.
- Nov. 13: Utah at Salt Lake City
- Nov. 21: North Dakota State at Fargo, N.D.
- Dec. 9: Washington State at Pullman, Wash.
- Jan. 4: San Jose State at San Jose, Calif.
- Jan. 30: Seattle U. at Seattle
- Feb. 3: Utah State at Logan, Utah
- Feb. 6: Boise State at Boise
- Feb. 13: Fresno State at Fresno, Calif.
- March 10-13: WAC Tournament at Reno, Nev.
The Vandals’ toughest non-conference opponents, Bison Fever on the Dakota tundra, a midseason duel in KeyArena, the WAC’s juggernaut Aggies and a rivalry brawl in Boise. It’s a cross-section of the Vandals’ road season, and winning consistently on the road is a must if Idaho hopes to contend for a conference championship.
Long nights, impossible odds
In the spirit of one of this site’s true inspirations, The Mid-Majority, we’ll also strive to give you a taste of the road. Not the first-class charter jet, luxury-hotel road that’s enjoyed by power-conference teams — but the Southwest, Greyhound and Motel 6 road that’s traveled by mid-major squads like Idaho.
To pull this off on a college student’s budget, we’ll be traveling all night by bus, living on pressroom pizza and bumming rides to the Spokane airport. When we fly, it’s on dirt-cheap fares or leftover frequent-flyer miles from paying gigs long ago. Sleep will be found in Pricelined motels, on friends’ couches and in lonely airport concourses. Coverage first, comfort last. That’s how Vandal Nation rolls.
So along with the courtside news, you’ll find a travelogue documenting the places and people of mid-major college basketball in the West. We’ll visit with the geniuses behind The Refraction, Utah State’s “cold-blooded wrecking machine” gameday newsletter, dodge Thundar the Bison, try to find out what a “Redhawk” is, laugh at the Jiffy Lube Rocket Cheetah and join Boise State’s “Student Rowdy Section.”
There will also be Bally pictures.
The journey is long. Our opponents are hungry. The hardwood is waiting. Vandal Nation will be there. We hope you enjoy the trip.