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Dane Pound

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#105814 [MBB] Game #22: 1/21/18 - 2:00pm - vs UMBC

Posted by Dane Pound on Yesterday, 09:17 PM

This was a more extreme version of our games against them last year. We've been a tough matchup for them and Devonte does a nice job on Lyles.


It seems like Foster gets hacked and shoved without it being called more than anyone. Maybe I just notice it more with him.


When Clark plays well he really makes us tough.


Nice drive by Fruscio but he should have gone for the dunk.  :D

#105752 [MBB] Game #21: 1/18/18 - 7:00pm - vs UMass-Lowell (5th Annual Coaches Cure CF)

Posted by Dane Pound on 20 January 2018 - 05:54 PM

I find it hard to agree with that sentiment personally...

If we aspire for bigger and better things...6, 7, 8, 15 AE titles ain't gonna mean jack if we can't also get 12 seeds in the process and win some tournaments games.


We all aspire for bigger and better things. AE titles and tournament appearances are one of the things that help you build. How did any of the Albany programs become better? They won "meaningless" AE titles which helped get them better recuits, etc.

#105716 [MBB] Game #21: 1/18/18 - 7:00pm - vs UMass-Lowell (5th Annual Coaches Cure CF)

Posted by Dane Pound on 18 January 2018 - 10:27 PM

Conway might have been in a boot it appeared. 


Actually thought Clark and Costa brought some intensity of D. Clark had a couple of steals but got out of control with the ball.


We missed a bunch of layups at the rim. We had a big size advantage that got us some easy buckets. Wouldn't have been pretty without those and Cremo doing his thing.

#105683 2017-18 Season

Posted by Dane Pound on 18 January 2018 - 02:40 PM

The home game against Vermont on Feb 8th will be televised on ESPNU.

#105606 [MBB] Game #20: 1/15/18 - 7:00pm - @ Binghamton

Posted by Dane Pound on 15 January 2018 - 09:36 PM

Cochran played 3 minutes in the Maine blowout. If we didn't see more of him in that game, it's hard to imagine seeing more of him now.


Speaking of the Maine game, I'm not sure why Stire, Campbell and Cremo all played over 30 minutes in that game with the Bing game right around the corner. There is something weird going on with the bench.


As a group, this team should ask itself how Greig Stire played 35 minutes against Maine on Saturday and then did everything short of lighting himself on fire tonight to help win this basketball game without much help from anyone else.

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#105279 Should college athletes get paid for playing?

Posted by Dane Pound on 09 January 2018 - 08:39 PM

No, I don't think they should be paid.


This seems like a ploy to benefit the power conferences. They have more resources and could afford to pay their athletes and probably pay them more. This would widen the gap between the college haves and the have nots. 

#105199 [MBB] Game #17: 1/6/18 - 1:00pm - @ New Hampshire

Posted by Dane Pound on 06 January 2018 - 06:40 PM

Nichols had the wrist injury around the Monmouth game and I don't think his offense and shooting have been the same since. Teams are playing him to drive now without respecting his outside shot.

The puzzling thing is he used to be really aggressive in transition and isn't anymore. We walk the ball up the court even when we could run. Both Hartford anf Unh looked to slow us down and we helped do it to ourselves.

#105159 [MBB] Game #17: 1/6/18 - 1:00pm - @ New Hampshire

Posted by Dane Pound on 06 January 2018 - 03:01 PM

For a veteran team that last possession was awful. There is something weird going on...Nichols doesn't look at all like the same guy...Cremo missing free throws.


I'm guessing Eli had a much better time at the wedding.

#104916 2017-18 Season

Posted by Dane Pound on 03 January 2018 - 12:11 PM

Not to take anything away from Lamb but I'm not sure he's UVM's best player. TBH is terrific and really makes them go. You could take four guys playing hackey sack on Church Street in Burlington, add TBH and you'd have a contender.

#104872 [MBB] Game #15: 12/28/17 - 7:00pm - vs Kent State

Posted by Dane Pound on 29 December 2017 - 10:00 PM

A couple of things about last night:


-Kent State might not be great, but look like a solid MAC team. I also doubt the attendance numbers but in any event, it was a nice crowd. If the students were around that would have been a terrific atmosphere for college basketball.


-Loved when Ahmad Clark was open in the corner and he slowly took that one dribble to make sure he was behind the line and then knocked down the three. 


-Foster! I worry sometimes when a guy was a big time recruit like he was that he won't buy in to what we're doing but that hasn't seemed to be the case with him at all. He plays hard, seems coachable and is fiery. His career seemed to have a bunch of strange turns with coaches being fired and not really getting a chance to play at his previous schools. He seems to really be making the most of his time here.


-Joe Cremo is going to do something ridiculous in just about every game but it's not going to be the same thing every game. Sometimes it's rebounding, sometimes it's scoring, last night it was assists.


-The out of town scores on the scoreboard are nice. It would be even better if they could be localized to a preference to schools in our conference or our region.

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#104510 [MBB] Game #13: 12/16/17 - 7:00pm - vs Canisius

Posted by Dane Pound on 17 December 2017 - 12:53 PM

Statefan pointed out last night that we were 9-9 after three conference games last year when Devonte Campbell entered the starting lineup. Since then we've gone 22-7.

#104509 [MBB] Game #13: 12/16/17 - 7:00pm - vs Canisius

Posted by Dane Pound on 17 December 2017 - 12:50 PM

Griffins shot 10-12 to start, we held them to 37% over the last 30 minutes or so.

Attendance 2500 was late-arriving but better than expected


I liked that they it was a noisy 2500. Sometimes we get higher numbers and people sit on their hands. Last night the crowd shook off the holiday spirit of goodwill after a few close/bad calls and got into it.

#104506 [MBB] Game #13: 12/16/17 - 7:00pm - vs Canisius

Posted by Dane Pound on 17 December 2017 - 09:54 AM

Clark looks like he has the skills to help us but he's been up and down. I thought he was great in the Siena game and hoped he had turned the corner. Last night, I thought Canisius did what smart teams do when the backup PG comes in and trapped him as soon as he came in the game. I think had we been up 5 or 7 the staff might have been able to live with mistakes a little more.


I could be way off but I've developed a theory about this team this year.


My first premise is that great players don't want to come out of the game.


Exhibit A. I was at a road game during Jamar's junior year when we were at Harvard. I sat behind our bench as CB sent Iati into the game and told him to get Jamar. The substitution horn sounded, Jamar heard it, turned to Brian Lillis and told him coach was taking him out. Lillis went to the bench. CB sent Lillis back into the game to get Jamar. Jamar heard the horn, and then turned to Iati to tell him to come out. CB yelled at Jamar to come out of the game. Jamar did the put his hand to his ear as if he couldn't hear him. In the end, CB got his way but it took a while.


I said that to say this.


CB has said many times he wants to play his bench more. I've thought many times our games have been a game within a game.


The starters know that if they come out blazing the first 6-8 minutes and build a lead, they're going to come out and the bench will play for extended stretches. I'm not saying they're playing bad on purpose, just that there isn't a sense of urgency in games they think they will win.

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#104494 [MBB] Game #13: 12/16/17 - 7:00pm - vs Canisius

Posted by Dane Pound on 16 December 2017 - 10:44 PM

Unhappiest 11-2 coach and fan board.

Were 11-2. Tough schedule? No. But weve had similar schedules and not been 11-2.


Don't count me in the unhappy part. I'm enjoying this season. 


Actually I liked that David Nichols had a rough offensive game and we pulled out the win. We would have lost that game for sure last year.


Canisius was better than I thought. They ran their offense well and again, the Crumpton kid ate our lunch.


Funny the way these end of semester games work out. Our guys are in the middle of their finals, while Canisius players are done with theirs.

#104442 [MBB] Game #13: 12/16/17 - 7:00pm - vs Canisius

Posted by Dane Pound on 14 December 2017 - 09:03 PM

Judging from their message board, Canisius has been watching us - http://www.voy.com/30982/

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