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  1. Hey all, There will be a "Welcome back students BBQ" on Thursday September 27th at 6 pm at Washington Tavern. Despite the name all are encouraged to attend. There will be a $5 entry fee and a $5 dollar plate fee, all proceeds will benefit the athletic department. There will be raffles (5 tickets included with entry fee and more will be available for purchase), beer and liquor samplings, and of course...food. This is the first time we've done this at WT's, so we're hoping with enough success we can make this a repeat event. Please spread the word and feel free shoot me any questions you might have. Thanks!
  2. Wow. I realize it's a highlight video, but the kid can ball. I'm not calling him a shooter, but his mid range almost reminds me of jimmer with the crazy elevation and mid-air body control on each and every shot. Regardless of the level of competition he's facing, looks like he't got some tools that should translate well against bigger defenses (decent hop-step, natural fade away to every shot for example). Sign 'em up!
  3. woops, I counted wrong, the second NCAA year falls under the current CB contract, but the point I'm trying to make remains the same...
  4. another question begging to be asked...what happens with Will Brown? Realistically I think it would be prudent to wait until the 2010-2011 season is over before making a signing decision, but the school is so enamored with him I wouldn't be surprised to see McElroy "negotiate" another 5+ year deal before the season. Hate him or love him, the program does not need to shackle itself to him for the next 5 years like it did back in 06, nor does it need to can him (unless of course we saw a repeat of 2009-2010). If it were my call I'd make CB coach through next season, and give him a 2-3 year proposal based upon the performance of that season. This is a business and more specifically a "what have you done for me lately" business. He has not been to the NCAA's under his current contract so the school sure as heck shouldn't pay him that way...I'm just praying the school doesn't do anything foolish.
  5. logan aronhalt, please make yourself comfortable on the pine
  6. Tim Ambrose is the man. He is a wrecking ball that goes where he wants, when he wants. He's really a special player and it's a shame he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. I really hope he turns it on for the rest of the season and ends up #3 all-time for points. Billy Allen, Jacob Iati and Blake Metcalf are the three most under rated guys and the kind of players you build a team around. Who doesn't love the kind of effort these guys give every second they are in uniform? If our talent loaded guys (*cough* logan *cough*) played with the heart/intensity that these guys do the team would have scary potential.
  7. our homeland is most definitely safe now. I think we can all rest easier now.
  8. Imo an upgrade from where we were this time last year. Program will have to take the next step next year. A finish around 14/15 would be a great step forward. 14 or 15 next year would he a huge problem. I second this notion. We can gripe about missed opportunities and how exactly we ended where we are (which is dependent upon how optimistic one is feeling at the moment), but none of that is gonna change squat. Although I myself would like to air out some of the personnel, I'm going to try my best to keep positive and revel in the fact that the team is still relevant, which isn't something we could say at this time last year. As long as there are still relevant games to be played I am going to try and keep my own negativity in check. Just my take.
  9. maybe so, but the fact that a division 1 basketball team can shoot 2-15 from three is just upsurd to me. o and not that it matters, but there goes attendance.........again.
  10. just noticed the america east scoreboard...Bingo is WORKING Maine right now, though it is only 10 mins into that game as well
  11. Thursday night was also the first party night of the semester for the students. As whole our students haven't been devoted to basketball for a while now, so I would expect it to come second to partying/going downtown the majority of the time, especially the first party night of the semester. I'm also guessing most students didn't even know there was a game. Aside from the the diehard fans or even those with just some sort of interest in the team, the students have to be told (via email, advertising, etc) when the games are. The school hardly advertises the games at all anymore. It's like they just gave up once the season, and subsequently attendance, went south midway through last year. They used to have posters and flyers all around campus for EACH game, now nothing. I remember them handing out tickets in the LC's and dining halls too, much like football still does. Its almost as if the school just gave up on basketball specifically, since last basketball season I've seen no change in the advertising for any other sport, only the near disappearance for basketball. I think the Siena game was huge, and it may have turned a lot of students back on to UA basketball, but I think the school needs to push the issue to see these results however. I miss the days where I would have to get to the games early or face getting stuck with a bad seat, now I could show up 30 minutes late and still have enough room in the first row to lay down. Sad.
  12. Am I the only one who would like to see a ralph/logan flip-flop, at least temporarily
  13. BU-NY is not as good as their 3-2 conference record might indicate. The team is 6-12 overall...those 6 wins have come by a combined 24 points (including 3 wins by 2 points or less). Conversely, all but 1 of their 12 loses have been by 5 points or more. Wins are wins and loses are loses, but this is not a good team. As forgiving as I have been thus far, I would be pretty disappointed with a home loss to BU-NY.
  14. I hate to sound so hypocritical, but my feelings have completely reversed from the first weeks of the season. Let's face it...this team is meeting preseason expectations. Most people with realistic, legitimate, and accurate knowledge of this team predicted 12-15 wins and a "middle of the pack" conference finish. Might it be fair to say some of our hopes got a wee bit too high during the OOC weeks just based on the fact that we eclipsed our win total last year? I'll use a little negative thought to show why we should keep positive. As previously stated I think a lot of us got carried away with expectations because wins were coming in quantity despite low quality. I mean realistically do we have any bad loses, and by that I am referring to loses to teams which are clearly an inferior team? Personally I'd say no. Along the same thinking, do we have any "great" wins, meaning wins over a clearly superior opponent? Again I'm going to say no. Beating was Siena was a nice FEELING, but let's face it that win essentially means nothing and Siena really isn't good this year. Our conference record probably won't matter because lets face it this league is pretty darn bad. Is it really going to matter if we are the 2 seed or the 7? Honestly? This year especially anyone can beat anyone anytime, see UMBC's W over BU tonight. As long as we don't see the PROGRAM regress this season I'm fine with just "meeting expectations". So far I'd say things are ok. This is the America East, not the Big East. For me it kind of boils down to: who do we have to impress? A flawless W is going to just as valuable (or invaluable) as an ugly one, so all things considered, I'll take all we can get. P.S. we made sportscenter tonight, albeit via the #9 top play happening against us haha, at least they mentioned we won!
  15. finally, a tv game. a win would be...nice.
  16. If fingers are going to be pointed, I think you have to look first at CB and the point guards. Given the nature of these losses (2nd half meltdowns) there is an obvious issue with game management and inter-game adjustments. While I do commend CB for his overall body of work this season, specifically in handling this very young team, his inter-game decisions often puzzle me. As for the point guards, it's clear we need Mike Black the scorer more than we need Mike Black the true pg. I think his ability to create and score by himself is under rated and under utilized, especially given the fact that Logan has vanished. My thoughts: when Black is in the game he and ambrose should be the first priorities on essentially every offensive possession. Let Watts play the role of the "passer" or "true point guard". His play is improving each game, but I don't see him as a legit/consistent scoring threat anytime soon.
  17. attendance was 2260. about a 1000 seats short of a sellout. It must have just been an illusion from that pic MsGDG posted and the crowd description from the radio. Still, it would be nice to get our attendance back up.
  18. The result of this game wasn't far from what I expected, but how it turned out was somewhat surprising. Neither team played well, but the better team did win. What I take from this game is as follows: On Albany: There is a very apparent problem with our 5-9 guys. If things don't change and we can't get at least 2-3 more players that will play with consistency to emerge, the league will take notice and make us pay dearly for it. I saw last night almost as a "warning", the snowball effect was there: no bench > foolish/stupid play by the starters > foul trouble > breakdown of the defense > and so on...With that said Albany was able to linger and play with a better team (albeit after we were down 10), so that's something to take away. Logan reminded us he still exists. A road loss by 12 to UVM isn't terrible. On UVM: They are good. They played poorly and still beat a middle of the pack conference team by 12, thats not bad. I'm still going to call them the top team in the league, but they are very beatable. There's not quite the same mystique or "wow factor" as years past, but they are a tough team that's going to make you play considerably better than they do to get the win. Kudos to their fans too, it looked like they had the place pretty full without essentially any students. Can't wait for the rematch in albany in 3 weeks. Hopefully we can fill the seats as well as UVM did.
  19. what a terrible first half of basketball...for both teams, could've turned out worse for us though
  20. as both a UCONN and Albany fan, part of me dies with each and every missed free throw i'm forced to endure...
  21. Good stuff, it looks like it is going to be a very competitive league this year with the exception of one team (sorry UMBC). I think UVM is vastly underrated and is my pick to win the league.
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