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by bigappleram
9 hours ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1093

Re: Dan and 4 Guard Offense

Rod, agree on KI - in terms of having a solid handle and being a good passer. Moreso his decision making when he puts ball on the floor that I question, and if more touches from him in those situations would be a good thing. Also his perimeter shooting, which is streaky at best. I think we all agree...
by bigappleram
10 hours ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 65
Views: 1128

Re: Week #11 - Games of Interest

Totally agree that Lasalle is undersold right now...talent is there, Giannini has blended transfers well in the past. Umass also will win more games than thought in preseason IMO. Everyone else has their warts, as do we...Davidson is Gibbs/Aldridge and almost nothing else, Richmond is average, VCU a...
by bigappleram
1 day ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1093

Re: Dan and 4 Guard Offense

The issue with Hass and even KI is that though they likely aren't at their natural positions, their ball skills aren't at a level that would make them able to move over to the 3 and 4 (if we had a true 5). Hassan is a below average ball handler, passer and shooter beyond 10-12 feet. KI is a below av...
by bigappleram
2 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 65
Views: 1128

Re: Week #11 - Games of Interest

Is that the rumor (re: Ewing)? That would seem to be a risky move given sticking to their legacy (the Thompson family) is what has them in this heap of a mess. And you would think the interested candidates for that gig would be a great list of coaches. That said, between him and Mullin there would b...
by bigappleram
2 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 65
Views: 1128

Re: Week #11 - Games of Interest

I did mention that for 2 reasons - first, if Gtown failed to make the tourney again it seemed like it could be time for them to pull the rip cord on JT3. And secondly, that seems like the kind of opportunity that would interest Dan - within mid Atlantic region, not a total rebuild but a re-tooling, ...
by bigappleram
2 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 65
Views: 1128

Re: Week #11 - Games of Interest

The 1,000 fans at the game last night should tell you what they think of JT3. Can you imagine that message board? A once storied program playing to a high school crowd in an NBA arena. Any road win is a good win, and Gtown still is a big team with tons of talent so no discredit to PC in the victory....
by bigappleram
2 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 65
Views: 1128

Re: Week #11 - Games of Interest

Couldn't agree more Gio, no one gets less out of his talent than JT3. He is running a storied program into irrelevance. Have watched both of their PC games and they are simply the dumbest team in the land.
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1093

Re: Dan and 4 Guard Offense

Rod, u sure it was Graham and not Juvonte Reddic that he compared Hass to? Reddic was a force inside, comparison seems much more relevant. If Graham, I'm with you, not sure what he saw. I will say this...I saw Hass play in high school, his game isn't all that different now than it was then. In the g...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1093

Re: Dan and 4 Guard Offense

How many schollies do we have left for this year? He just brought in 3 big men (out of a 4 person class), isn't that an indication that he acknowledges the need. Tho Mobley developed his game over the years, he was always an athletic scorer from Day 1. No comparison to Dowtin, two different types of...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 18: @ Duquesne - Saturday Jan 21, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 39
Views: 1005

Re: Game 18: Duquesne, Away, Saturday Jan 21, 2:30pm NBCSN

Moving the goal posts is always an effective way to make a point :)
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1093

Re: Dan and 4 Guard Offense

My beef with our guards, is their savvy-ness...or lack thereof. Time & score, when to try and get fouled to get to the line (to say stop a run), positioning and angles...making the right play at the right time. You know, all the little things. Things someone like Scoochie Smith is a master at, K...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1093

Re: Dan and 4 Guard Offense

From what I can tell he was a 3 star, recruited by the likes of Drexel, Lasalle, Marshall and Temple. So net net, similar to say Tertsea. Outlier is his weight, could have kept bigger schools away even if he had the ball skills/talent. Not sure don't follow recruiting as much as others here but on s...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 253
Views: 4139

Re: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN

Given we return our entire back court, if Fatts is critical to our success next year it won't be good.
Rare for a FR to play major roles on a good Div 1 team, outside of the Top 50-75 types.
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1093

Re: Dan and 4 Guard Offense

Maybe we can table this until we see what the two big Mike's can do. I doubt DH would object to a 6'10" athletic rim protector, say in the mold of Jordan Hare minus the issues.
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 253
Views: 4139

Re: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN

Dowtin was hurt for the first month and a half of the season, twisted ankle in 2nd game. Didnt play for a few games and then was working his way back into shape as well as adjusting to life as a Freshman. This year's version of JG is not miles ahead of anyone, sorry I disagree. It could be the illne...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 253
Views: 4139

Re: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN

I agree that Dowtin isn't the prototypical PG - he is more in the mold of say Parfait Bittee, a converted PG. That said, in his first start yesterday he had 4 assists, and what immediately jumps out is his bball IQ and on-court presence. Something we lack at times. FWIW he has made a 3 pointer in 9 ...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 253
Views: 4139

Re: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN

Thompson played with purpose yesterday. Curious what his +/- looked like, seemed like we were at our best when he was in the game. Besides his on ball defense, offensively he showed more confidence and made smart decisions. Also, and it was said by Ramster, it seems Dowtin is already an on-court lea...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Has anyone ever seen this?
Replies: 31
Views: 976

Re: Has anyone ever seen this?

At the beginning of the season one would have thought Dowtin and Thompson would struggle to see minutes given our depth in the back court.
Now they are more consistent than the upperclassmen they are playing behind. That's all you need to know about the 2016-17 Rams.
by bigappleram
4 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 253
Views: 4139

Re: Game 17: Massachusetts, Sunday Jan 15, 2:30pm NBCSN

at Brown and at Dayton last year. Vs Cincinnati this year.
3 games we faced adversity and WON - 3 games DH had no choice but to adapt due to personnel losses.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 16: LaSalle Thursday Jan 12 @ 7pm CBS Sports Network
Replies: 309
Views: 3578

Re: Game 16: LaSalle Thursday Jan 12 @ 7pm CBS Sports Network

I'm a glass half-full type and even I can't find one shred of good about last night. Embarrassing and just god awful, in all facets. Not many times you see a full team of 10+ guys all decide to be awful on the same night. Not one positive, I guess maybe Dowtin, a short stretch by Cyril and Dan takin...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?
Replies: 139
Views: 2108

Re: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?

An optimist on a Fan Message Board - what!!!!
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?
Replies: 139
Views: 2108

Re: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?

Thanks. I was wondering why that stat wasn't being used anymore, doesn't fit the narrative. Fake news baby!!
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan Hurley Coach's Show
Replies: 777
Views: 33779

Re: Dan Hurley Coach's Show

I am guessing by "stud big" you mean a 4 star player at least....and a PF or C. With that definition can you tell me the last Stud big man to enter the A10?
PG I will give you, there are lots out there.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?
Replies: 139
Views: 2108

Re: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?

GBG, in years 1 and 2 especially you were all over Dan regarding our offensive strategies and play calling. And specifically cited our Adj-Offensive numbers and other metrics. Curious how our metrics look this year and if in fact there is data to support the offense has improved? Dont we have a Top ...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan Hurley Coach's Show
Replies: 777
Views: 33779

Re: Dan Hurley Coach's Show

Someone who knows the league compared him to Yassou N'doye - big Senegali kid who was at Bonnies a few years ago.
FWIW, N'doye freshman year stats - 2ppg, 2 rpg, 8 minutes per game. Senior year 12ppg, 10 rpg, 3 bpg.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?
Replies: 139
Views: 2108

Re: Does URI get selected to NCAA on Sunday March 12?

The last 4+ years? The first 2 years we struggled to field a full 5 guys of A10 talent. So discard those. Year 3 we overachieved by almost all accounts - relying upon a team of FR and SO comprising 80% of our lineup, and falling maybe 2 wins on the wrong side of the bubble. Last year, disappointment...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan Hurley Coach's Show
Replies: 777
Views: 33779

Re: Dan Hurley Coach's Show

Rambone, we have two legit 1st year bigs - Layssard and Tertsea - that are still unknowns. It is not uncommon for bigs to go from obscurity, no playing time to major players in 2-3 years, they develop slower and especially bigs that fall to the A-10 they generally require development time to become ...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan Hurley Coach's Show
Replies: 777
Views: 33779

Re: Dan Hurley Coach's Show

I think EC and JT are the two outliers in recruiting that back up your POV...At this point its way too early to tell if say someone like Dowtin and Cyril may end up as good or even better than say JG and Hassan. Net net I don't see those two, based on their rankings, as batting above our average fro...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

Starters also don't deal well with being pulled from critical games in crunch times either, so maybe by going public he is putting JG on watch that if it happens again he has to pull him and go with SR or Dowtin.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

The play last night that was indicative of this whole season was when Dayton threw a long ill-advised pass...Hassan and JT were both in position to steal it, they collide with each other in mid air and the ball falls right to the Dayton guy for a layup.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

IMO you sag off Scoochie and make him a jump shooter...take your chances.
Playing up in his face plays to his strength, not having a rim protector left us doubly exposed.
Stan or Dowtin are longer (than JG), they can sag back a foot and still be as disruptive.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Jim Baron 2.0
Replies: 775
Views: 13719

Re: Jim Baron 2.0

The last 10 seconds don't fall on the coach...guys have to make plays when the pressure is on, time and score, our veteran back court is not as poised and cool under pressure as they should be after 70-80 Div 1 games. Last second shots largely fall on the player to make a play 95% of the time, vers...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

Have to go back and watch the game again, but I believe when they were at the foul line with 12 seconds left Dan called a play out called "Home Run 2" If my lip synching skills were on point. I have to assume that isn't JG going coast to coast and forcing an off balance and contested shot....
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Jim Baron 2.0
Replies: 775
Views: 13719

Re: Jim Baron 2.0

The last 10 seconds don't fall on the coach...guys have to make plays when the pressure is on, time and score, our veteran back court is not as poised and cool under pressure as they should be after 70-80 Div 1 games. Last second shots largely fall on the player to make a play 95% of the time, versu...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

Agree with all of that Gio.
Dowtin has to have earned someone's minutes. He has looked solid and unafraid.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

19 assists on 22 baskets
48% from three - with 10 makes
You don't normally lose a game with those stats.

10 Turnovers from our veteran back court. FML
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

Not sure how anyone thinks that was some sort of "play" that was called. That was all JG. Our biggest strength, our back court, has let us down on numerous occasions. Jarvis, no offense, was awful in the 2nd half. -12 when he was in the game. A Junior PG has to give us more in a game of th...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

10 assists on 11 baskets
Making the extra pass.
Need EC and JT to win this.
Dowtin playing real well...again.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 2016-17 Bracketology
Replies: 144
Views: 5093

Re: 2016-17 Bracketology

Yes but he's a prognosticator, so he knew we were going to show well against SJU ;)
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7
Replies: 177
Views: 3633

Re: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7

Yes Hassan has come a long way in defending away from the hoop - he too used to pick up a bunch of dumb fouls hedging on the high pick, he has learned to use angles to position himself in a way where avoids the cheap foul on a rub from the PG. Cyril seems to be grasping this as well. In terms of pla...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 2016-17 Bracketology
Replies: 144
Views: 5093

Re: 2016-17 Bracketology

Not surprising he is now including us after witnessing his beloved team get a beat down.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena
Replies: 452
Views: 6877

Re: Game 15: Dayton Friday Jan 6 @ 7pm ESPN2 University of Dayton Arena

Scoochie is the key to their entire team, with or without Cooke. He is saavy and does a little bit of everything, mostly he prevents them from going into long droughts or getting blitzed bc he will force the action and settle them down. To me he is the key, disrupt him and they will struggle to run ...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7
Replies: 177
Views: 3633

Re: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7

Not sure it will settle anything, Dayton is a very saavy and battle tested team, playing at home and they were the preseason #1 team in the league. If we lose it doesn't mean we aren't getting better necessarily. Now if we lose and revert back to one-on-one play, lack of movement, not sharing the ba...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Jim Baron 2.0
Replies: 775
Views: 13719

Re: Jim Baron 2.0

it's key to beat St Joe and Umass away. Also key to beat Dayton twice and VCU. Also key to beat Davidson and Lasalle, as well as GW and the Bonnies. And of course we cant lose to cellar dweller Duquesne or pesky GMU. So yes in the gospel according to Bone simply undefeated will help stem the tide.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: The Dream is dead. Long live the dream.
Replies: 110
Views: 3244

Re: The Dream is dead. Long live the dream.

Couldn't agree more. The key to this team is making the extra pass, not getting sticky with the ball and pounding the floor and movement off the ball. Though this team doesn't have a bunch of traditional perimeter shooters it has a bunch of scorers, and also with Terrell, EC and Garrett 3 guys that ...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7
Replies: 177
Views: 3633

Re: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7

Have to love Cyril Langevine. Kid is going to be a junk yard dog type player for us for 4 years. He's a man.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7
Replies: 177
Views: 3633

Re: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7

On a positive note, Hassan is playing tonight!!!
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7
Replies: 177
Views: 3633

Re: Game 14: vs. St. Joe's Tuesday, January 3rd at 7

I saw that insta post too - would be a bit odd for someone not planning to play. Or maybe he is just gearing anticipation up from his social media fans:)

With or without Hass, this needs to be a comfortable double digit win. If we score in the 60s it hasn't been a good night.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Jim Baron 2.0
Replies: 775
Views: 13719

Re: Jim Baron 2.0

But then why Jim Baron...if the only comparison is that neither reached the NCAA while at URI couldn't the thread have just as easily been titled Brendan Malone 2.0, Jerry Duh 2.0, Claude English 2.0. Apples and oranges are both fruit yet never confused with each other.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Jim Baron 2.0
Replies: 775
Views: 13719

Re: Jim Baron 2.0

Talk about pre-season acclaim from legitimate media personalities and basketball experts = premature Talk about possible replacements for a coach in the middle of what could still be a successful season = justified Only in Keaney Blue land. and hyperbole is its chief export. Only 1 or 2 random post...

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