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by bigappleram
4 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Who is the starting PG for the A10 tourney?
Replies: 22
Views: 511

Re: Who is the starting PG for the A10 tourney?

I agree with that, but the word in CAPS is the biggest IF. If he's not 100% then it's a no brainer to me, Dowtin doesn't lose his job if we keep winning and JG IS NOT healthy. If he is healthy that changes this conversation. Not discounting any of those accomplishments, but all those you list were f...
by bigappleram
4 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Who is the starting PG for the A10 tourney?
Replies: 22
Views: 511

Re: Who is the starting PG for the A10 tourney?

It's tough to say because we simply don't know how close to 100% JG is, or has been, this season. But for my money Jeff is giving us more of what this team needs from the PG position - bball IQ, on-floor leadership and opportunistic plays when we need them. Two of the better passes we have seen this...
by bigappleram
5 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Jim Baron 2.0
Replies: 1106
Views: 20249

Re: Jim Baron 2.0

Patsos, Ferry, Skerry...those were some of the names being tossed around when Baron was let go.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Are we a good team or just well sold?
Replies: 43
Views: 1022

Re: Are we a good team or just well sold?

Hass, KI, Terrell, Robinson, Thompson can all get up. CT specifically has posted some athletic dunks (in practice) on social. Heck, Langevine should only be allowed to shoot if its a dunk. It's less about dunking, and more about us being a team that plays uptempo, creates turnovers and creates easy ...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Are we a good team or just well sold?
Replies: 43
Views: 1022

Re: Are we a good team or just well sold?

This team... Lacks a true leader Plays with no identity Is wildly inconsistent This coach... Does not embrace the nuances and strategy adjustments required from game to game Is not coaching up his talent, not getting the most out of each player's individual skills game-to-game or year-to-year What w...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 2016-2017 RPI watch
Replies: 229
Views: 8210

Re: 2016-2017 RPI watch

beat Dayton and VCU and we could absorb 1 bad loss IMO.
We need Top 100 wins. We need wins to put in that box on Selection Sunday that says "Good Wins"
Maybe we get 1 more in the A10 tourney but would prefer to not be so reliant upon it.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 23: @ UMASS Tuesday Feb 7, 7:00PM CBSSN
Replies: 232
Views: 3731

Re: Game 23: @ UMASS Tuesday Feb 7, 7:00PM CBSSN

They had EC and Hass scouted well and schemed to contain them. Other role guys stepped up - we have quality depth. Something Dan preached at beginning of year and many dispelled. Besides the FT shooting you have to love what Dowtin is giving you, he may not be a PG but he is a basketball player. He ...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 23: @ UMASS Tuesday Feb 7, 7:00PM CBSSN
Replies: 232
Views: 3731

Re: Game 23: @ UMASS Tuesday Feb 7, 7:00PM CBSSN

Classic trap game for us tonight. Coming off our biggest road win in years, and just before our biggest home game in years. Young team, on a 4-game losing streak, at home and talented at a few positions with nothing to lose. Better teams have flopped in this scenario, I hope not us, not tonight, not...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

"I didn't bother watching half the game and expected to lose"...with friends like these...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: Recruitment Corner
Topic: General Recruiting Discussion/Comments
Replies: 2121
Views: 128870

Re: General Recruiting Discussion/Comments

Intriguing prospect given his suitors. I like walking double doubles.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 24: Dayton Friday Feb 10, 7:00PM ESPN2 Ryan Center
Replies: 506
Views: 7508

Re: Game 24: Dayton Friday Feb 10, 7:00PM ESPN2 Ryan Center

Keep winning and we will have big crowds for all 4 of our remaining home games. Dayton, VCU, Davidson and Fordham.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #13 - Games of Interest
Replies: 148
Views: 2555

Re: Week #13 - Games of Interest

Ohhhhhhh snap. Has that ever happened before? What a heartbreaker. Time to start rooting against VCU (and Richmond). The A10 is only getting 2 teams, have to think Dayton will play themselves into being 1 of them, we have to be the other.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

But we are exhibiting depth - Thomson, Robinson, Akele all get meaningful minutes every night. That's 8 guys, plus a 9th bench player who is now our starting PG out of necessity. So we are going 8 or 9 deep not sure there is an indication Dan is shortening the bench. I want Hassan and KI out there a...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #13 - Games of Interest
Replies: 148
Views: 2555

Re: Week #13 - Games of Interest

What happened in Olean? Saw them up 1 with 1 sec left.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Where Are They Now? Former Player Results and News
Replies: 1253
Views: 82644

Re: Where Are They Now? Former Player Results and News

Gotta love the Euros, those seats look like toilets
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #13 - Games of Interest
Replies: 148
Views: 2555

Re: Week #13 - Games of Interest

Agree Nickel, that also assumes at least 1 quality win in A10 tourney in order for Selection Sunday to not be a total crap shoot. A10 is down that much. I also am of the opinion good wins matter more than bad losses at this point of season, get those both and I can see us able to absorb at least 1 m...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 23: @ UMASS Tuesday Feb 7, 7:00PM CBSSN
Replies: 232
Views: 3731

Re: Game 23: @ UMASS Tuesday Feb 7, 7:00PM CBSSN

Chris Lowe...he generally KILLED us during his time there. This UMass team is still dangerous IMO. Talented but young, with no pressure and no real acknowledgement of a rivalry by their young guys they can get hot and pose a problem. Throw in Holloway who is a matchup nightmare for us and I don't ex...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

I love Kuran - he's been playing great and will be missed next year. But if he consistently played intelligent basketball, he'd be on NBA draft boards for sure I'd have to agree, many thought he was an X factor type player for us this year given his skill set. And despite the occasional mind-numbin...
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #13 - Games of Interest
Replies: 148
Views: 2555

Re: Week #13 - Games of Interest

There is no arguing that the A10 is down this year. IMO things have to break right for the league to get 3 bids. 2 seems more likely. The feather in our cap, that will never leave our cap, we have BY FAR the best win in the league (Cincy). Take care of VCU and Dayton at home and I like our chances.
by bigappleram
2 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

A lot has been said about Dan's stubbornness and lack of in game adjustments. I do believe we have seen a change in his approach over the last month, and specifically 1 play stood out yesterday. Gibbs went out with his 2nd foul, they put in their backup PG...we immediately went to a full court press...
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

It really doesn't have to be one or the other. They are different players. What I do like about Dowtin is his length and his basketball IQ. He's a heady player and I can't say that about a lot of our guys. Time and score.
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

Huge Huge Huge There is no doubtin Jeff Dowtin. Forget the career night on offensive end, the entire key to this game was to hold their two stars below their average. He did that and then some. He forced a few turnovers from him, a few deep bad threes, and in general bothered an All A10 guard for 35...
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

I don't think it matters much who starts, and Dowtin hasn't done anything to lose the starting job. But for us to win we will have to hold down Gibbs, for us to do that will require our two best on-ball defenders Stan and CT logging major minutes on him. But those minutes don't only come from Dowtin...
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2
Replies: 352
Views: 4362

Re: Game 22: @ Davidson Friday Feb 3, 7:00pm ESPN2

Yeah not sure what that EC comment is all about...we need to hide EC on their worst offensive player, not one of their best. EC is probably one of our worst defensive players. You have to throw KI at Aldridge and hope he can stay out of foul trouble and contain him. Gibbs is difficult as well - IMO ...
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 21: George Washington Tuesday Jan 31, 7pm CBSSN
Replies: 200
Views: 3055

Re: Game 21: George Washington Tuesday Jan 31, 7pm CBSSN

A lot of what has been said...Sleepwalked through the first 30+ minutes. Then blitzed them in the last 5. Defensive intensity was clearly turned up down the stretch, which made the difference. As did our ability to get good shots in crunch time, not always our strongest suit. Christian Thompson has ...
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: Recruitment Corner
Topic: '17 PA PG - Daron Russell (URI Signed NLI)
Replies: 239
Views: 16628

Re: '17 PA PG - Daron Russell (URI Signed NLI)

That move at 2:55 was sweeeeet
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #12 - Games of Interest
Replies: 96
Views: 1822

Re: Week #12 - Games of Interest

You would think Cincy will be Top 15 in tomorrow's poll.
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: Recruitment Corner
Topic: '17 PA PG - Daron Russell (URI Signed NLI)
Replies: 239
Views: 16628

Re: '17 PA PG - Daron Russell (URI Signed NLI)

This kid seems under ranked in terms of recruiting grades. He has performed very well on the big stage.
by bigappleram
3 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 20: St Bonaventure, Saturday Jan 28, 2:00pm NBCSN
Replies: 120
Views: 2293

Re: Game 20: St Bonaventure, Saturday Jan 28, 2:00pm NBCSN

As TP alluded to the middle isn't how you attack the extended 1-3-1 they were playing against us. You attack it over the top and the baseline is wide open. Hassan was calling for a lob and wide open countless times. It seemed only Dowtin or Iverson had the cajones to attempt the pass. The back of th...
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #12 - Games of Interest
Replies: 96
Views: 1822

Re: Week #12 - Games of Interest

And therein lies the "hard" part...our margin of error is much slimmer, than a low/ mid-tier P5 school. We have less shots, we have to be more near perfect than them, that is what makes it hard(er) at URI. I'm with the crowd that thinks we probably have to beat both VCU and Dayton to have ...
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #12 - Games of Interest
Replies: 96
Views: 1822

Re: Week #12 - Games of Interest

Pitt lost to Duquesne. Nuff said there.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #12 - Games of Interest
Replies: 96
Views: 1822

Re: Week #12 - Games of Interest

Really really really could use UC winning the city battle and beating Xavier.
That would be very good for us, they are lacking a recent signature win and that would likely catapult them into the Top 15.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: THE EARLY LINE URI vs Richmond
Replies: 24
Views: 573

Re: THE EARLY LINE URI vs Richmond

dominate the paint, play physical (without fouling), shoot at our average from perimeter....we win
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Rhody Mentions in National Podcasts
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: Rhody Mentions in National Podcasts

In fairness, when our games are on the announcers are pumping how underrated the league is, how its one of the best non P5 leagues, etc.
It cuts both ways, you just listen more closely when they mention the team/league up north.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN
Replies: 416
Views: 4933

Re: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN

That's awesome. Laprey having fun
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 2016-17 Bracketology
Replies: 606
Views: 15286

Re: 2016-17 Bracketology

Agree we need to back up the Cincy win with 2-3 other signature wins in conference - Dayton, VCU, @Lasalle, @Davidson. Win all 4 and we can afford 1-2 losses to mediocre teams.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 2016-17 Bracketology
Replies: 606
Views: 15286

Re: 2016-17 Bracketology

Unlike Bonnies we beat a Top 25 team in the Non Con, their best OOC win was Siena I think. Massive difference.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN
Replies: 416
Views: 4933

Re: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN

Shocking we have the 34th ranked offense given that we still don't run the picket fence.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN
Replies: 416
Views: 4933

Re: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN

The recipe for beating Richmond is as follows: -Out tough them, out rebound them, out muscle them: they are a finesse team and don't excel in a physical environment. -Shoot decently well: given the above they will have to protect the lane and the hoop and give up perimeter shooting. If we do both of...
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 2016-17 Bracketology
Replies: 606
Views: 15286

Re: 2016-17 Bracketology

bottom line is this, the A10 is super down this year and we have by far the best OOC win in the league (Cincinnati). It's not even close. And that win will continue to look better and better as UC dominates the AAC (which is also down this year with UConn sucking).
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN
Replies: 416
Views: 4933

Re: Game 19: @ Richmond, Wednesday Jan 25, 8pm CBSSN

They will zone us to death IMO, mainly because they really don't have anyone that can match up with Hass or KI on defensive end.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Where is Ace
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Where is Ace

I'd guess she was turned off by the vitriol of a minority of posters. Just a guess
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 18: @ Duquesne - Saturday Jan 21, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 154
Views: 2937

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

Richmond will zone us to death, they can't match up with us in man to man. If we hit our outside shots we should handle them.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Game 18: @ Duquesne - Saturday Jan 21, 2:30pm NBCSN
Replies: 154
Views: 2937

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

Great back to back games for EC. Closest he has looked to 100% all season. That spin move to his right hand is pretty much the same move he tore his ACL on.
by bigappleram
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1172

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
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 108
Views: 2393

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 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan and 4 Guard Offense
Replies: 73
Views: 1172

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
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 108
Views: 2393

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
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 108
Views: 2393

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
1 month ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #11 - Games of Interest
Replies: 108
Views: 2393

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....

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