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Remember James Bowman's question about whether there could be a Division II or Division III program which is just as great as the Division I programs are? Division II Gannon University made their case this week by knocking off two Division I teams.
Usually when Division I teams schedule exhibition games, it’s more so to give their players a tune-up -- these games are usually blowouts and non competitive to say the least. Here are some recent examples: Colorado destroyed Western State 87-38, Michigan annihilated Slippery Rock 106-35 and Stanford obliterated 117-33
But the Gannon Lady Knights -- a private university located in Erie, PA with an enrollment of just over 4000 students -- seemed to not get the memo as they not only beat Kent State 70-61 earlier in the week, they repeated the same feat and upset Buffalo last night 63-53 -- that’s two Division 1 universities in one week.
What makes these accomplishments that much more impressive is that the Knights defeated both teams on their home floor; they also were without two starters in the Kent State game and one starter against Buffalo. Now Gannon was ranked #21 in the final Division II USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, so this is a program used to success; but to beat two division programs in one week is quite notable.
Kudos to Coach Cleve Wright, his staff and the Lady Knights.
Other notable Division II upsets this week:
- Anderson College defeated Clemson 72-65
- Ashland upset Dayton 77-75 (former Dayton player Kari Daugherty now plays for Ashland)