Last night’s NCAA tournament announcements had a few regional college teams heading to the dance. The America East Conference Champions, UAlbany, will go against Mount Saint Mary’s, a Maryland team, in the first round on Tuesday at 6:40 PM in Dayton Ohio, on truTV. The winner will face No. 1 Florida on Thursday. No. 3 Syracuse will go head to head with No. 14 Western Michigan on Thursday at 2:45 PM in Buffalo on CBS. No. 6 UMass will face the winner of the Iowa/Tennessee game on Friday. No. 7 UConn vs No. 10 Saint Joseph’s on Thursday at 6:55 PM in Buffalo, on tbs. On March 20th, No. 13 Manhattan will face off with No. 4 Louisville at 9:50PM in Orlando on TNT.
In top 25 men’s college basketball: It's one and done for the top seed in the Big East tournament. Regular season champ Villanova saw its hopes for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament field damaged when it lost to Seton Hall 64-63.
Union College has suspended hockey coach Rick Bennett two games for his role in Saturday's brawl that followed a 2-1 loss to RPI at Times Union Center. The fight started after the final horn sounded on RPI's victory, which snapped a 10-game losing streak Union.
The fight also resulted in suspensions for Union center Eli Lichtenwald, Union defenseman Mat Bodie, RPI center Mike Zalewski and RPI defenseman Luke Curadi, all of whom received game disqualifications for fighting.
In the NBA, head coach Doc Rivers was a winner in his return to Boston. Jamal Crawford hit a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart over the final three minutes as the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in a 96-88 win over the Celtics. Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points as Rivers gained a victory in his first game at TD Bank Garden since the Celtics traded him to Los Angeles last summer for a first-round draft pick.
The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is an 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. They generally perform large sacred works and present their concerts almost exclusively in big urban churches and synagogues.
This Sunday, December 15th at 3pm, The Octavo Singers will present Handel’s Messiah at the Union College Memorial Chapel. The Octavo Singers’ Artistic Director and Conductor, Curtis Funk, joins us.
Solomon Northup was a free man who was lured from his home in Saratoga and kidnapped into slavery in 1841. His life is the subject of the upcoming film, 12 Years A Slave which opens at The Spectrum Theatre in Albany this Friday.
The new biography, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery.
The biography was written by Clifford Brown, a political science professor at Union College in Schenectady, Rachel Seligman, former head of Union’s gallery (she now works at the Tang at Skidmore College); and David Friske, former librarian for the state.