Well now, they’re going to be smiling broadly in Nacogdoches, Texas this Thanksgiving.
Why? Because the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks scored the university’s biggest upset victory in its history Tuesday night with an at-the-buzzer, game-ending layup to defeat No. 1-ranked Duke University … in the Blue Devils’ building in Durham, N.C.!
I want to dispel something that Sports Illustrated reported incorrectly on its online edition about the game.
SI.com referred to SFA as a “small school” in East Texas that had the nerve to take on a giant powerhouse such as Duke. Indeed, SI.com reported that big-time basketball powers routinely schedule less-regarded teams to fatten up their won-lost record; that part is true.
But “small school”? Compared to Duke? I looked it and here’s what I found in my World Almanac and Book of Facts: Duke’s enrollment totals a little more than 15,900 students; that compares with SFA’s full-time enrollment of 12,600 students. So, you see? The schools’ sizes are, um, comparable.
OK, I get that SFA is not in the same league — normally! — with Duke University on the basketball court.
Except that on one night, in Durham, the Lumberjacks chopped down the biggest “tree” in the school’s history.
Happy Thanksgiving, Stephen F. Austin. Enjoy your turkey!