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Everything posted by godanesgo99

  1. Another real tough opponent, another opportunity for growth and improvement. The Harvard loss was hard as I felt this team should have won that game with how they played. A win here would be great for the team. They can do it if they find a way to put the ball in the basket. I'm also hoping to see the team play a little faster. We were told they were gonna play fast, yet the pace has been Will Brownesque.
  2. New only goes so far. UMBC lost their coach and their best players, and just beat an ACC team. I still have plenty of patience, and I like the team, but I'm not sure there is anything this team needs to practice other than shooting, layups, and more shooting.
  3. Well the naysayers may be right, the shooting continues to be horrendous. The thing that gets me is that when the team moves the ball the shot selection has been pretty good, they just can't hit the broadside of a barn. After they miss good shots the ball movement stops and they force it. My original point is that these are all fairly highly recruited athletes that have all shown the ability to shoot and score in the past. How they can brick so many open looks is crazy. The ball has to roll a different way at some point doesn't it?
  4. And for clarity, they are still showing an extreme ability to avoid putting the ball in the hoop tonight. That said, the defense has been really really good tonight. Forcing turnovers, keeping KState off balance. My original point was that they can't possibly be this bad offensively all season. Some shots will start to fall. Keep the defensive intensity up and they will break out of the shooting slump.
  5. You can say that all you want, and so far this season you are right, but I still don't believe that is who they are.
  6. Almost gametime. Little chatter. Not expecting a win tonight, but I'd love to see some more shots fall. I've seen all the games this year except the first win as it wasn't televised, but they've shown improvement on shot selection each game. Sooner or later they will start falling. Why not tonight?
  7. https://twitter.com/just_menard/status/1457391561071906825?t=RcgL6K44qziGisN5KZ0Bjw&s=19
  8. Kansas St is really an average/slightly below average offensive team, but really strong defensively. Doesn't bode well for a team that can't seem to get the ball to fall, but it would be a great game to break out of any slumps players are having. I know it's early in the season, but they really play hard year round now. People have been on Horton, but he was pretty good last year. He didn't start with the role last season, but ended with it, and earned it. He will shake out of it and be closer to what we saw last season.
  9. Too bad we couldn't watch to give it the eye test, but analytically, this was their second worst defensive effort (Townson being the worst) and their 3rd best offensive performance (worst of the last 3). It looks like they are showing improvement over the beginning of the year, but I have to imagine that this road trip took a toll on their legs, and obviously coming off the Kentucky game it was probably hard to stay focused. While this game wasn't good, a win is a win, and a buzzer beater always helps get the adrenaline going. Kansas State is going to be another tough one on Wednesday, but hopefully the momentum has switched and we see another improved performance. Don't care if they lose the next two games: Kansas St. and Yale, but I hope to see growth in confidence and more team play. Come home and impress with a win over Columbia for the Big Purple Growl. The "mentality" needs to be improve as a team every day.
  10. Gotta make the players feel good to stick with it and end on a game winner. Will do wonders for the confidence moving forward.
  11. I haven't given up on them at all. We knew the start of the year would be rough. Doesn't mean we can't look at the stats and talk about what they have done so far. I still think they will be fine come conference. This has been a great stretch for the team to know what needs to be worked on and for the coaches to help the players with. Adjust the offense. The defense looks much better than the metrics show the last few games. Translates real well to conference play. Energy on defense typically fuels the offense. The good shots will fall eventually if the defense gives them opportunities. Will definitely evaluate again after 10. Then 15. Then 20.... Looking at the stats is part of being a fan.
  12. Need to figure the offense out and figure out how to put the ball in the hoop. It's pretty simple. Based on the stats below, it will be a long season. That said, team is young, new coach, and has played a very difficult schedule. We can all see the athletic ability, and the pedigree is there. Just need to put it all together and make some baskets. Through 5 games, according to the Bart Torvik analytics site: Worst team in the conference offensively - 311 in all D1. Third best team in the conference defensively - 213 in all D1 Ranked behind UVM, SBU, NH, UML, and NJIT for overall ranking in the league statistically. Currently sitting at 273 Only 6 players on the team have a positive PRPG, while all players with minutes should be in the blue. Hutch is our best at 2.1, followed by Cerutti at 1.9 and Perry at 1.8. Neely, Drumgool, and Reddish are positive, but below 1.0. everyone else is in negative with Champion and Little both being below -1. The league has 52 players in the positive that play at least 40% of the teams minutes, only 4 are on Albany, and Hutch (our best) is 19th. We were supposed to be playing a fast paced game this year, but the team is #200 in tempo. Last year the team was #161 under Brown. (263 in 2019, 268 in 2018, 311 in 2017) So we are playing faster than under WB, but I wouldn't call the pace "fast".
  13. I like Horton a lot. He hustles and plays hard, but I like him in the 2 role more than at the point. He handles the ball well and can get to the rim around most defenders. The problem is that he hasn't been facilitating others with penetrate and dish, opting to force up shots and they aren't falling. As a team that shooting has been horrendous so far this season especially from deep. If they get hot as a team there isn't a team we've seen yet that they wouldn't beat, and if they even shot at a half way decent clip they probably would have won 3 of the 4. Maybe the hot hand comes Monday and we can keep that game close. Still feel they will be fine come conference, and the 0-4 doesn't bother me, but I'd definitely like to see Amica on the floor and see what he can bring. Horton need to be the backup or the second option.
  14. Definitely a poor start, but we've seen improvement each game. The defense these last two games has been very good. While I don't see nearly enough ball movement, it has improved. The shot selection isn't as good as it could be, but there have been plenty of good shots that just didn't fall. It's has the potential to be a real rough couple of days with these next few games, but I'm betting they are fine come conference time. UVM had a solid win against Yale. UML looks pretty damn good. A few surprises early but it's a relatively long season.
  15. The refs didn't make the team lose, being 3-15 from 3 and 10-16 from the line did, but without some terrible officiating it would have been much closer. I missed being able to yell at refs with covid. With a certain someone in Florida and not able to be the loudest in the gym we all need to pick up our ref bashing game.
  16. Harvard is not good, but they have had great ball movement and have taken mostly good shots.
  17. Need to rewatch some of these second half calls when I get home. Not sure what they look like on TV but from my seats the officiating has been terrible. Like terrible. From almost no calls in the first half to blind calls in the second half. It's probably just my purple glasses blocking the views but damn.
  18. Do these refs know that cheating for Harvard won't get their kids accepted?
  19. Think they still only had 4 points at the 10 minute mark. With that in mind, it was a great end to the half.
  20. Defense has been really good this half. Can't buy a bucket though
  21. I was at the same game, but I was not in the UA section. I was in the front row of the upper section near the 50 yard line using my corporate tickets. Maybe they extra selected the UA faithful. In my area everyone was drinking their beers and eating their food as slow as possible. It was hard to find a mask. No one said a thing.
  22. Umm I was at the carrier dome. Masks were extremely rare. Hold a beer in your hand and slowly take sips. I know it's unsafe to not wear a mask indoors without the magic of a restaurant table to protect you. Without that table you are at risk. I know you are concerned about protecting the students, but as I looked around, 75% or more of the people not wearing masks were students. SUNY employees and students have had a vaccine requirement for a while now. They are all vaccinated. This times 100. At the end of the day, if you don't feel that your vaccine works, and you don't feel that your mask works, then stay home and watch it on the internet/TV. If you can't afford an ESPN3/+ subscription to watch from home, PM me with your sob story. If you are truly poor enough to not be able to afford the couple bucks a month it costs I'll buy a subscription for you. Anything I can do to keep you safe as part of the purplefam. I can even provide you tech support so you can learn to watch it on a TV instead of a phone or laptop. Full disclosure: my wife is currently positive for COVID even though she had the vaccine and the booster shot. I'm negative and so are my kids. Multiple tests over the last 10 days. I bring that up to show that I understand the vaccine isn't 100% and I'm not coming from a place of ignorance. The vaccine worked for my family as only 1 out of 4 of us got it. If you can't take the risk of infection don't show up. The only real way to end this is for all the unvaccinated people to actually catch it anyway to build their natural immunity anyway.
  23. Healy played 24 minutes in Monday night. 14 points while 4-6 from beyond the arc. 4 rebounds, a steal, and 3 assists. While he started slow, not sure if maybe he was injured or just slowly working his way into the rotation. I hope he comes back and has a huge season. I also noticed that his team plays at Kentucky this season. So you can add that to the fun weird items in CBB this season: Rizzuto opening the year at Albany, Bucknell coming to town (Newman's previous team) and Healy playing at Rupp this year if he had stayed at UA or where he transferred.
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