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#106571 [MBB] Game #28: 2/15/18 - 7PM - @ UMass-Lowell

Posted by Dane96 on 12 February 2018 - 02:06 PM

Indeed. As David goes, it makes us so dangerous. It opens the floor for Joe...and makes space for Travis to operate from 15 feet in. Thats an almost unstoppable triple headed monster, and allows guys like Foster and Stire to clean up the offensive glass and get easy 4-8 foot looks.

While his play was frustrating to all of us...Im sure it was more frustrating to David. As I said during his slump, he didnt lose his talent and he didnt forget how to play. He forgot to have fun and just react. Hes doing both now. His body language is so different. Good for him!!!

#106018 [MBB] Game #23: 1/24/18 - 7:00pm - @ Vermont

Posted by Dane96 on 25 January 2018 - 07:39 PM

Totally agree.  16 years later...and we are bellyaching at a .666 winning percentage.


Who would have thunk it...

#106009 [MBB] Game #23: 1/24/18 - 7:00pm - @ Vermont

Posted by Dane96 on 25 January 2018 - 02:23 PM



Somehow David and Joe have to get back on track and both have to mature a little , this is their JR year.


Foster and Clark need to buy in and be productive within the scope of the team concept.


It would be great if Conway ( has been sick and in a boot recently) and Anderson (?????) could become serviceable.


I don't get why Cohrain doesn't get any burn, the few times he's gotten in as of late, he's look OK or at least a warm/active body. Andersoon looks like he's put on about 15lb. 



That's the thing.

Joe - regressed compared to last year IMO...maybe not in the averages but in general efficiency

David - regressed^2 compared to last year...in every facet of the game

Devonte - was at least serviceable on the offensive side last year, regressed massively, can't hit the ocean

Anderson - I thought he was VERY even keeled and serviceable last year as backup PG...added weight and can't even get in most games

Cochran - Was supposed to be a nice role player...can't even get into games like Anderson

The only people who I'd say 'improved' from last year are Stire and Charles. Those two have been doing great work in the post.


Rest of these guys haven't made any progress, or worse, took a step back.

As Click said, absolutely maddening. Forget game to game, half to half...you get various levels of effort minute to minute.

We're 23 games into the season...we are what we are. Over the last few days I've kind of gotten over it and no longer have any expectations. If we win, great...if we lose, what else is new.



Beg to disagree...Joe has gotten MUCH better.  

People fail to remember he wasn't a known three point shooter in H.S.


That part of his game is night and day from the past.

He's tough as nails, makes some unreal moves...kid is a player, pure and simple.


As for Anderson...he is basically a spot up shooter...wasn't a guy known to be a penetrator...and he looks to have put on some weight.  Simply put, not good when he's been out on the court.


Not sure what's going on with Devonte...but I think his lack of good shooting this year has affected his overall confidence.  


Nichols...is just not playing good basketball right now.  Pure and simple.  Not sure if his wrist is much worse off than he's letting on and that is affecting his game. 


However, It's telling that at the end of the game last night, it was Devonte and Clark bringing the ball up.  David needs to get out of his own head...just play basketball...but frankly, he seems like a great person and human being...but currently has a bad basketball attitude.  It's evident in the body language...both on court and on the bench. 


My two cents of advice if he reads this board: stop complaining to the refs...get more supportive during the game...and just do your thing.   You haven't forgotten how to play the game...and you are talented.  You're a great person. Just relax and let the game come to you.


That said, my opinion, like all fans, is meaningless to the players...and understandably so.


As for Cochran...I am giving him the benefit of the doubt...not that it means anything, again, because I am a mere fan.  But I will say this...I had the same surgery he had and it took me a solid TWO years to feel like I was back to my old self.  And that was on only on one hip...not two like he had.  It's both physical and mental with that part of the body.  I was rocking my snowboard 6 months after surgery...but not without pain, lack of conditioning, and the mental aspect of "I hope I don't re-injure myself". I rehabbed with one of the best trainers in Boston for a solid year and half...3-4 days a week.  Hips aren't easy to work back into shape.  It affects the back, the quads, the hamstrings, the calves, etc. 


Add in that he was a JUCO...and we know it always takes JUCO's some time to adjust to the D-1 game...and he's basically been out of hoops for two years...so 'm giving him a pass.  Next year is his year to show what he can bring to the program.

#105840 Track and Field New HQ

Posted by Dane96 on 23 January 2018 - 09:58 PM

Great stuff. Team and coach deserve this. One flaw, the trophy case is too small.


LOL...i was thinking the same thing.  Almost as if they should have built a "TROPHY ROOM".  That would have been amazing...kind of like a museum room where you can bring in recruits with video playing and the trophy's on display...

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#105741 Track and Field New HQ

Posted by Dane96 on 19 January 2018 - 10:04 PM

As discussed elsewhere, the Track and Field (M/W) teams have received new digs for the offices.  It was actually more impressive than I expected, and looks to still be outfitted with TV's and other amenities. 


Pretty nice...and WELL deserved!



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#105349 [MBB] Game #18: 1/10/18 - 7:00pm - vs Stony Brook

Posted by Dane96 on 10 January 2018 - 08:52 PM

Because they are classless.

#105147 [MBB] Game #17: 1/6/18 - 1:00pm - @ New Hampshire

Posted by Dane96 on 06 January 2018 - 02:47 PM

Win or lose...the players need to lock themselves in a room and figure it out. They shouldnt need a dressing down from the coaches to want to play harder. Simply put...this group needs to challenge themselves

#105136 [MBB] Game #17: 1/6/18 - 1:00pm - @ New Hampshire

Posted by Dane96 on 06 January 2018 - 02:34 PM

And Im sorry, Im a big defender of David...but he hasnt been playing good basketball. Period. Hes got to either just go full bore or needs to play off the ball.

His problems are solely mental. Hes in his own head. At least thats my opinion. You can see it in his body language. Hes playing in between

#105132 [MBB] Game #17: 1/6/18 - 1:00pm - @ New Hampshire

Posted by Dane96 on 06 January 2018 - 02:31 PM

I remember Doc being so pissed off at a string of defensive efforts that he banned shooting in practice, focusing on rotations and rebounding. If you even thought about mimicking a shot, he made you run.

This team needs that...right after this game. Enough of this shyte. The collective effort is abysmal

#105100 [MBB] Game #17: 1/6/18 - 1:00pm - @ New Hampshire

Posted by Dane96 on 06 January 2018 - 01:28 PM

He may be...but he’s gun shy right now. I’m anti some on this board. DAVID...just shoot when you are open and you’ve run some plays. He just pulled up and passed when he should have shot. There is a lid on the rim for him right now...but that lid will disappear. It happens to ALL shooters.

He hasn’t forgotten how to play or shoot...

#105040 [MBB] Game #16: 1/3/18 - 7:00pm - vs Hartford

Posted by Dane96 on 04 January 2018 - 03:41 PM

Completely agree with your statement.  It was a team loss.


I guess I am just frustrated with a problem (perimeter defense) that has plagued us all year long, which is what I highlighted...possibly unfairly.

#105028 [MBB] Game #16: 1/3/18 - 7:00pm - vs Hartford

Posted by Dane96 on 04 January 2018 - 12:44 PM

Some of you guys have had blinders on. This team has been avoiding disaster for a month. They very easily could be 8-8 or worse.

They rarely show any urgency and believe push comes to shove their offense will bail them out. They will be a solid Mid Pac team until their guards decide to defend and value the ball.


Fact...and why I waited until today to post.  There is NOTHING more to say than this post.  


Hopefully, this particular game...coming early in conference play...is enough to get our guards to defend.   I love Joe and David...pure competitors, leaders, students, athletes...but their perimeter defense (including all of our guards, and frankly Devante as well) is beyond suspect.  No ball denial, slow rotations...etc.  The passing was not even crisp from Hartford...but we lacked any desire to make it difficult.  It was like watching a clinic from Hartford.

Hats off to Hartford...they've been playing phenomenal ball of late.  I don't think it will last...but right now, they were the better team.


Our guards need to have some defensive pride...

#104844 Title IX violations

Posted by Dane96 on 29 December 2017 - 08:17 AM

Im not going to go through lawsuit procedures with you because you think you know something. Benson is covered by the State and its insurance. By your logic, Benson has control over the case more so than the State. Come on, you cant believe that as a fact.

Benson is named in his capacity as a NYS employee. Lets move on and let the actual lawyers in the court room do their job instead of you speculating, especially when your speculation is simply wrong...legally speaking.

#104833 Title IX violations

Posted by Dane96 on 28 December 2017 - 10:07 PM

The article states it is the AAG Mark Mitchell who is defending UA.


The AG's office sole purpose (other than clerical items listed in the State Constitution) is to defend both the State and the people of the State.  As such, the AG's office has the sole discretion to choose when they would like to intervene on a particular case that lists the State as a defendant.  As an arm of a State Agency (SUNY), a claim against UA as a defendant is actually a claim against the State.  


You are correct, in most instances (NY and MA follow similar laws and I was an Associate General Counsel for a major MA agency)  in-house agency lawyers will often times go to court.  However, in cases involving high stakes (whether it be media coverage, politics, monetary claims, or new precedent) you will often see the AG's office step in.


Under NY law, generally the DA's (District Attorneys) deal with the local cases.  However, this case fits the high-profile concept on many levels, including the fact that the State needs to defend itself in a claim that the State violated Federal Law.


So, if the TU reported this improperly (about Mark Mitchell being an AAG) then I stand corrected.  But the above is factually correct from a procedural standpoint.

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#104805 Title IX violations

Posted by Dane96 on 28 December 2017 - 08:04 PM

I think I said this earlier but maybe I kept it to myself...sounds like that Graham guy had an axe to grind from the beginning and wanted the program to be re-instated. He's using the violations as a guise for his primary purpose; to reinstate his beloved program cause he has nothing better to do. Loser with a capital L.
EDIT: Yep, I/we did:

We don't want the dejected little whiner back at the university anyhow.
Add crew, add anything, but don't bring back Graham.
The school year was over.  The students weren't thrown out on the street.
Graham was canned and his beloved tennis program was tossed in the trash.  He's throwing a hissy fit,
and throwing the athletic department and university under the bus.

I'm of the same thought. Soon as I heard it was a coach of an axe'd program, I said, "figures". Disgruntled former employee with an axe to grind. Had his lovely program been kept, guy would have continued on without batting an eye at the so called Title IX violations. Guy is so old he can't find a tennis gig anywhere else (even the local rec center) so he's forcing UA's hand to try to weasel his way back in. Shmuck.
I still think we need to remedy the situation and it should have never gotten to that point...but this Graham dude is a shmuck.
Even if there were an injunction, there wouldn't be a requirement for them to bring back Graham, right?  Although maybe with an injunction they would be required to go back to the way it was right before tennis was cut.  
Setting that aside, I'm not sure why Graham or anyone else wanting to have the program reinstated is problematic. It certainly doesn't make them whiners. The real problem is that Benson half-ass'd it and cut tennis without having a plan to add another sport to replace it. He or someone else knew or should have known that it was going to be a problem in terms of Title IX.  
To be clear, I'm not advocating for tennis. But I'm ripped $iena that the UA people screwed the pooch on this one.
I can't help but just laugh if this is true at the amateur hour being run over there...between last second facility policies, lack of communication and now this...what, did NO ONE think this wasn't going to go over well and have a plan?
We spent weeks kicking around crew...just bring back tennis and the 6 scholarships or so...and the coaches if it resolves title IX issues and call it a day. How much could that program cost?
I'm with you. Bring it back or do whatever needs to be done to settle the damn lawsuit. Get it out of the spotlight and start repairing the damage to the school's image that has been done.
Not sure how much it would cost to bring back tennis but it only gets more expensive the longer Benson waits. And I'm not even talking about running the program.  If an injunction is issued the room to negotiate gets way smaller and the potential for punitive damages goes through the roof in order to act as a deterrent. Seriously, we're talking the potential of 7-figures given the size of the University. 
Injunctions mean the judge/court thinks there's a high probability of success in the suit.  If the judge said he would issue his ruling at the same time that jurisdiction was settled, it means he probably knows how he's going to rule based on arguments made.  Based on what we already know, that ruling is unlikely to favor Benson and UAlbany.
Please someone talk some sense into Benson.

Completely inaccurate on so many levels.

1. An injunction issued is not for the reasons stated...whatsoever.
2. Benson doesn’t have control over the case...the STATE does...and that is run by the A.G.’s office.

Everyone take a damn breath.

And no, I’m not defending our school or the decisions that were made. However, until the facts play out...let’s not claim to know what occurred...and what decisions go on in a court room.
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