EIU Panthers

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Streaking - EIU Style

The Ohio Valley Conference recently did a blog on streaks in the OVC, so with the EIU women's basketball team on a pretty good streak of its own we thought it would be fair to give a look at some other streaks in EIU sports history.

Streaks By The Numbers

3 - straight FCS playoff appearances by football (on two occasions)

4 - straight NCAA College Cup appearances by the women's soccer (2001-04)

7 - straight OVC men's indoor track championships (2001-07)

7 - straight OVC men's outdoor track championships (1998-2004)

13 - consecutive wins by the women's basketball team (current) - read more below

13 - straight wins by baseball - last season en route to school's first national ranking and in 1976 when team finished 36-11 and placed third in NCAA Division II Regional

20 - consecutive home wins by women's basketball (2008-09)

22 - consecutive wins by men's basketball to open the 1952 season as team posted an undefeated regular season

26 - straight wins by women's rugby - streak is active with last loss coming in 2007

52 - straight home wins by men's basketball in the old Lantz Gym (now McAfee) from 1948-53

Now back to the current streak by the EIU women's basketball team. The Panthers enter their game against UT Martin on Feb. 18 with a 13 game win streak. That number ranks them seventh in the nation behind such names as UConn, Nebraska and Stanford. Speaking of Nebraska that is the team ESPN.com's latest Bracketology has the Panthers lined up to play in the NCAA Tournament.

EIU needs just two wins in its final four games to win the OVC regular-season title. A regular-season championship would assure the Panthers of a post-season game (catch- the NIT would take the Panthers as the OVC champion should they not win the OVC tourney). A post-season appearance would be the first for the Panthers since the 1988 season when they made their only NCAA Tournament appearance hosting Colorado in the first round in Lantz Arena.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Who DAT? Saints Have EIU Connection

When Super Bowl XLIV (44 for those who do not use Roman Numerals) rolls around on Sunday, look for Eastern Illinois fans to have a decidely soft spot for the New Orleans Saints.

Not only do the Saints have several Panther connections in head coach Sean Payton, special teams coach Greg McMahon and director of pro scouting Ryan Pace, but you have to love the story of the underdog.
New Orleans has been ravaged in ways that only those who have lived in the city can understand and this team, the heart and soul of the Big Easy, have breathed new life into the city.

Not only could the Saints have the story of the underdog on their side, but EIU has a pretty good track record in the Super Bowl. Former Denver Broncos head coach and EIU alumnus Mike Shanahan posted a 2-0 record in the big game winning numbers XXIII and XXXII over the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.

Prior to Shanahan winning as the head man in Denver, offensive lineman Ted Petersen was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers championship teams in the late 1970's winning Super Bowl Rings in Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV over the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams. So all told EIU connections are 4-0 in the Big Game.
So this Sunday when you are sitting down at about 5 p.m. (Central) time to watch the game on CBS. Remember between bites of your cheesy nachos and Hurricane drinks to have a little soft spot for the Saints and their EIU connection as most of the Panther Nation will be saying - Who DAT?