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by bigappleram
16 hours ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

Jeff when he is playing right is a better facilitator of offense for others, and protects the ball (enabling good possessions) at an impeccable rate. That said, Jarvis is the better scorer and far better perimeter shooter. And right now is playing better. The advantage of inserting JG is that you br...
by bigappleram
16 hours ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Attendance- Perspective
Replies: 19
Views: 392

Re: Attendance- Perspective

Also for perspective, Rhody fans greatly outnumbered Seton Hall fans in Brooklyn even though 1 of those schools is based 4 hours away vs 30 minutes.
by bigappleram
1 day ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #5 - Games of Interest
Replies: 167
Views: 2981

Re: Week #5 - Games of Interest

Right now Maryland is nowhere near the quality of win as Seton Hall...it's not even good as our Cincy win last year. Bonnies need to beat Syracuse and Vermont to feel good heading into A10.
by bigappleram
1 day ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #5 - Games of Interest
Replies: 167
Views: 2981

Re: Week #5 - Games of Interest

It looks much better than Cincy last year - they were a fringe Top 25 team. Seton Hall is looking like a legit Top 10-15 team with their only loss to us.
by bigappleram
1 day ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #5 - Games of Interest
Replies: 167
Views: 2981

Re: Week #5 - Games of Interest

Seton Hall win will trump any wins we had last season
PC on top of that
Beat up Bonnies and we will be fine for at-large

Meanwhile on the PC board look for a Welsh 2.0 thead in 3,2,1.... :)
by bigappleram
1 day ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #5 - Games of Interest
Replies: 167
Views: 2981

Re: Week #5 - Games of Interest

It has everything to do with road games and little to do with exams week. The other team has exams too, unless you think exams are harder on basketball players at Top 10 schools than at other schools...I'd say its actually the opposite, the Top 10 schools have all the benefits and accouturements set...
by bigappleram
1 day ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?
Replies: 26
Views: 957

Re: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?

Rivas fight was season of 86-87. Temple and Mark Macon ranked #1 and coming to Keaney was 87-88, later that day Doug Williams became the first black QB to win a Super Bowl (beating Denver).
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?
Replies: 26
Views: 957

Re: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?

Mark Macon
Howard Evans
Tim Perry
Mike Vreeswyk

And wait for it....

Ramon Rivas!

They beat us 3 times that year and finished 32-2 including 18-0 in a very tough A10.
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?
Replies: 26
Views: 957

Re: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?

That 88 game against #1 Temple in Keaney Gym is still the most hyped URI game experience ever. The #1 team in the country, playing in a glorified high school gym. The noise was deafening. Section 8.
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?
Replies: 26
Views: 957

Re: Anybody else in Bama for tonight?

A crazy happenstance of that game last night was the SEC+ sideline reporter, Ms Oppenheimer. Only the older fans will remember Josh Oppenheimer, who played on Tom Penders Runnin Rams team of the late 80s. Always loved him and Steve Lane though neither saw much time behind Silk and Tommy. Josh was ac...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

Despite how poorly we played Jarvis Garrett (who played great) had a wide open 3 pointer to tie it in the last 30 seconds. When we play those few teams like Bama where our interior deficiencies get exposed it will be critical to get superlative play from our back court. We got that against Seton Hal...
by bigappleram
3 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

Flat out their length completely bothered us. It took our guys 15-20 minutes of game action to get mildly comfortable. Similar thing happened in VCU v Texas game night before. A10 guys simply aren’t used to playing teams with length like that on perimeter and wings. Hands and arms in passing lanes t...
by bigappleram
4 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #5 - Games of Interest
Replies: 167
Views: 2981

Re: Week #5 - Games of Interest

4 National Championships
Resources that dwarf URI
And an existing relationship with Jim Calhoun all are cause for concern
by bigappleram
4 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #5 - Games of Interest
Replies: 167
Views: 2981

Re: Week #5 - Games of Interest

UConn really in a down period, looked pretty lost vs Syracuse zone last night and though they have some high level talent (Adams, Vital) they don't have it in the quantity nor quality that they once did. That potential job opening is a threat to our future...would be dam near impossible to turn down...
by bigappleram
5 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

Further to the above comment, wouldn't expect a very hostile environment at Bama. From the SEC games I have seen on TV they don't draw well at all for OOC games...can't imagine URI, without a number next to us, will be a big draw. Better for us.
by bigappleram
5 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Fatts Named A10 Rookie of the Week
Replies: 46
Views: 1114

Re: Fatts A10 ROW

ATPTourFan wrote:That should be the last straw, Ace. No more ESPN. They fired all their college basketball writing talent. I support CBS Sports and The Athletic these days.


The Athletic is excellent.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

I was shocked when PC went small, virtually playing right into our hands. They made little attempt to post up Bullock, who could have had a field day taking uncontested 8 footers. Watson scored easily on us but only got 3 shots and 19 minutes. Not a good game for big Ed. The flip side of that is tha...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Sounds about right Blue. Your ambition was stonewalled, it's a RI thing.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

Can you stop saying that though...we don't have a tendency to do that. In an earlier thread I posted how we have played from the lead in 100 of the 120 minutes against our last 3 Big East opponents (creighton, seton hall, pc). We led 75-80% of the game against Oregon. There is no data that backs up ...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Agreed. I blame him for no succession plan :)
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Fatts Named A10 Rookie of the Week
Replies: 46
Views: 1114

Re: Fatts A10 ROW

Since some think winning games (especially PC) and selling beer are the only things that drive interest and attendance can we find out how many mini plans have been purchased since Saturday? We do sell beer.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Another great branding asset that has all but disappeared from the game experience, Rhody the Ram.
Old Rhody was 1 of our most marketable assets and was put out to pasture. Dumb.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

Wake up call.... Look, it Cooley had been less worried about officiating, he'd have noticed Watson continually beating Berry and Langevine, down the floor, at will. Watson has a few bunnies doing that. Could have been a much different game, if they concentrated on that. Maybe our defense disrupted ...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

You do yeomans work EZ and I can't imagine how dull the environment would be in there without you providing the leadership and spirit you champion every game. Keep doing you!
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Fatts Named A10 Rookie of the Week
Replies: 46
Views: 1114

Re: Fatts A10 ROW

The time to promote our current players has almost come and gone. We should have branding the program in the late summer and fall...and i would have created a campaign using Dan, EC and Jared as the face of the program. But we have been over this ad nauseum...a golden opportunity was missed between ...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

The noise during the anthem unacceptable. Profanities, within reason, from rowdy and potentially liquored up college kids has to be expected and accepted. I think older folks could understand the occasional profanities more if they were also accompanied by more witty chants and expressions. For exam...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Fatts Named A10 Rookie of the Week
Replies: 46
Views: 1114

Re: Fatts A10 ROW

Fatts is another asset we could be using to "brand" the program. He is the epitome of our brand of basketball - tough, scrappy, challenger, fearless. On top of that he is already a fan favorite - the name "Fatts", the dimunitive size, the Philly swag, so much there to work with. ...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Rhody and A10 in the Top 25 Polls: 2017-18
Replies: 85
Views: 3941

Re: Rhody and A10 in the Top 25 Polls: 2017-18

Also of note, those are 3 of the Top 5 BE programs for last season and this one. Creighton team this year is the exact team we played, minus their NBA prospect Center (Patten) who is now gone to the pros.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Rhody and A10 in the Top 25 Polls: 2017-18
Replies: 85
Views: 3941

Re: Rhody and A10 in the Top 25 Polls: 2017-18

In 120 minutes of action vs Creighton (NCAAs), Seton Hall and Providence we have been in the lead for approximately 100 minutes.
Or roughly 85% of the game time.

Basically, we own the Big East. :)
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM
Replies: 584
Views: 7938

Re: 12/6 | Alabama Crimson Tide | 8:00PM

If we win out the rest of OOC we won't have to even win the regular season to dance. We will be in, barring unforeseen collapse. We will be playing for a seed line.
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Watson is a beast, and he will be a problem for teams for the next 4 years. I think PC has an interesting chemistry test at play for Cooley this season - their underclassmen are more talented and have higher ceilings than their more experienced upperclassmen. How he balances playing time and provide...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Agree on RJ. Like his contributions, though I thought it was the kiss of death when he predicted a URI double digit victory. Fitting in EC is more difficult on the defensive end than the offensive side. It's no mystery that EC is not a defensive stopper, and his minutes have been re-distributed to S...
by bigappleram
6 days ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

PC has talent, for sure. Diallo and Young are, good, too, which makes the win that much more satisfying. When/if they learn to play defense, they will be tough to beat. I gotta say...really loving Friar fans saying they own this in the future like Fatts, Jeff, and langevine are going anywhere...and...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 11/28 | Brown Bears | 7:00PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4277

Re: 11/28 | Brown Bears | 7:00PM

Your chosen screen name is a complaint. You are an internet cliche.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

A big guy to guard the in-bound pass (which he eventually stole) and then someone to foul.
It was an odd series of events that the kid ended up on the line.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Week #4 - Games of Interest
Replies: 77
Views: 2534

Re: Week #4 - Games of Interest

Rhody74 wrote:Nevada may turn out to be a good loss. We may meet again in March. Schmidt will have the Bonnies ready.


May? It was, is, and will be a good loss. They are a Bona fide Top 40ish team.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Lack of marketing (lazy old regime wasting DH's time?)
Replies: 96
Views: 2714

Re: Lack of marketing (lazy old regime wasting DH's time?)

On Monday a giant billboard should go up in Providence with the headline

Changing of the Guard
Pic of Dan, EC and Jared
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

For most part their fans are taking it well. Except for little water boy who loves to read here and then post there what scum we are...so glad we drained the swamp of that little bitch boy.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 11/28 | Brown Bears | 7:00PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4277

Re: 11/28 | Brown Bears | 7:00PM

We beat PC and you’re over here posting in the Brown thread about Michael Johnson. I can’t.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Whatever happened between Stan and PC players at that concert was certainly part of the on court banter. He seemed to enjoy this win as much as us fans. Clearly he was playing with a chip.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Contain Kyron Cartwright and you beat PC. Worse game I have seen him play in years. Didn’t even know he was out there
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Now Koch can foresee 2 decades into the future. He really picked the wrong career with those skills. Agree with Rod, with friends like that...contrast that with how KMac or Rooke cover the Friars. And then he has the gall to say the state doesn’t support the program, if their source of information w...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 11/28 | Brown Bears | 7:00PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4277

Re: 11/28 | Brown Bears | 7:00PM

I would expect that opinion from you PMM. The next time you express a positive sentiment would be the first, you must be a big hit at parties. The cliched internet contarian. Dan’s job was to make this program relevant again, get back to the tourney, and build something sustainable. Check, check, ch...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: Recruitment Corner
Topic: Coach Cox insight into recruiting
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: Coach Cox insight into recruiting

That's a great listen everyone should be sure to check it out. Goes through every recruit and their overall process for talent evaluation.
Sounds like they think Tyrese is a major steal, and that Jermaine, Brandon and Tate are ready to go from Day 1.
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

It's not game attendance in a vacuum. It's everything. First, he wants his colleagues to be as ambitious as he is. Then he wants to see people put their money where there mouth is. He wants to be great, every year, does the rest of the administration?
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

Listen to our coach. "Branding the program"...hmm we have some talking about that in the marketing thread. Branding the program isn't via banner ads to sell tickets. Some people get it, some don't. Unfortunately the people responsible for that are part of the group that doesn't get it. If ...
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: Dan Hurley Coach's Show - 6pm Wed Nov 29 @ Mews Tavern
Replies: 186
Views: 5109

Re: Dan Hurley Coach's Show - 6pm Wed Nov 29 @ Mews Tavern

Hmm so Dan inferred they thought it was a hernia....was he drunk? :)
by bigappleram
1 week ago
Forum: NCAAs or Bust!
Topic: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)
Replies: 548
Views: 11223

Re: 12/2 | Providence Friars | 5:00PM (CBSSN)

For me Kyron Cartwright, and containing him, is the key to beating PC. He absolutely destroyed us last year. He has a penchant for hitting big shots, and making big plays...end of shot clock, end of games, stopping runs, etc. Moreso than his scoring, we cannot let him penetrate and facilitate easy s...

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