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Dane Pound

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  1. 2 hours ago, UA1882 said:

    You wonder if Brown has convinced most if not all of the rotation players to return . (Taylor, Doles, Champion). They would have the rest of this year and all summer to gel. 

     

    Doles doesn't need the free year. He's a grad transfer but has two years of eligibility. He graduated in three years and redshirted one of them so he retained a year.

    Really, the transfer market is a fickle beast but if Horton, Rizzuto, Kelley, Doles, Lulka and Healy stick together it's a really nice core to bring back.

  2. Weird game. Poor shooting and inpatient offense. A lot of missed rotations of defense. We didn't look like we had our heads in the game until the last few minutes and really had no business even being it in at the end. Felt like we dribbed the ball off our feet or just lost the ball numerous times.

    Guadarrama has been impressive this year. Kind of like a store-brand version of Anthony Lamb. Big guys lose him on the permieter and he makes you pay with threes. Smaller guys he bullied in the paint.

    Curious what happend with Lulka. He seemed like our best option to defend down low but was MIA for most of the game. If Hutch is going to get minutes at the PF spot I hope we start getting him shots to stretch the defense. 

  3. 10 hours ago, UA1882 said:

    Hutch needs to shoot 1000 3's this week . 

     

    I was thinking something similar yesterday. He's struggled shooting so far this year. He did contribute with some steals and rebounds in the second game. I see him getting more minutes at the 4 spot when Taylor is off the floor. If he can knock down shots from outside it'll really create some space for guys to drive.

    NJIT isn't great so I don't want to make too much of this weekend but we looked like we had more of an identity that we did through the first six games.

    It's been a while since we had a guy who can catch it in the post and create his own offense the way Taylor can. The fact that Doles can hit outside shots opens space up for that also.

    I agree with you guys about Jojo Anderson. Early on in the season when Chuck Champion wasn't fully in the swing of things that was the time for Jojo to stake a claim on minutes. The way Horton, Rizzuto, Kelly along with Champion played, it's going to be tough to grab minutes back. If Healy can get back into form, he and Champion will be a nice scoring punch from the bench.

     

  4. One of the changes I noticed in Saturday's game was the lineup in the closing minutes of the game.

    With 4 or 5 minute left and a couple of point lead, CJ Kelly took an early ill-advised three and then I think turned it over a possession or two later. After that, the lineup of Champion, Horton and Rizzuto closed out the game in the backcourt with Kelly on the bench. Some of that was how well Champion was playing, I'm sure but it'll be interesting to see Kelly adjusts as the season goes on because those kinds of plays are difference makers. He's a super talented player and seems like a really smart guy who will figure it out sooner or later.

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  5. On 1/4/2021 at 9:42 AM, dslyank said:

     

    I understand Healy and Luka are injured and may be for a while. But what the heck is the matter with Hutch. Showed a lot  of promise last year {a little inconsistent @ times, but for a freshman, I really thought we had something may be even a star in the making??} Shafer reported as the "BEST" player in practice. Is it nerves, he like Hutch seems totally lost when on the floor. And JoJo played only 8 minutes yesterday. Counting Healy & Luka that is what many predicted could be UA's starting five this year???????  Also, for a team that has only played 4 games, WHY are we SO beat up. Brown must be killing (just kidding) these guys in practice.

     

    I think it's more of a numbers game with Hutch. The way CJ Kelly is playing there aren't many minutes at the SF spot. To me, Shafer is a more natural at the backup SF spot since he's a little quicker. I honestly like Hutch off the bench at the PF spot since he can hit some shots and open up the floor.

    I thought Chuck Champion played better this weekend and took minutes away from Jojo Anderson. Between those two and Horton, that's a lot of competition for PG minutes.

    Lulka has been a big loss because it's the spot we can least afford to lose a guy. I'm really puzzled why we went really small against Vermont instead of playing Hank for at least a few minutes. 

    I will welcome Healy back when he's healthy. I know he's a great shooter but honestly Rizzzuto is looking like the better player.

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  6. We looked like we had more of an identity as the game went on. Roles became clearer, etc.

    I thought Doles was really a difference maker as well. He hit some nice midrange shots and is a nice combo with Taylor.

    Kellon Taylor is just straight-up alpha. There's no other way to say it. I'd like to see hit catch it in the post a little more.

    Hoping Jojo Anderson comes around. He's a good player but in trying to be aggressive he's taking some bad shots and launching threes way too early in the shot clock. He's too smart of a player for that.

    Chuck Champion looked a little more like the guy I'd hoped for.

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  7. On 12/29/2020 at 4:15 AM, godanesgo99 said:

    There seems to be a lot more parity in the league this year.

    UVM is 2-2 with losses to UML and NJIT

    SBU is 4-0

    UNH is 2-0

    UMBC is 3-1 (lost to Bing)

    Hartford (2-2) looks strong, but lost twice to NH

    UA is 0-2 but only lost both games by a combined total of 6 points. 

    Pretty surprising league start.

     

    Probably the most surprised by UNH sweeping Hartford. I thought the Hawks were playing pretty well this year.

    No offense to SBU but I still think UMBC is the best team in the conference. They were missing Horvath for that Bing loss.

     

    I was about to advocate for a Anderson - Horton - Kelly backcourt but the Gazette is saying Horton might not play because of a back issue.

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