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I was watching on an IPOD at Physical Therapy....and I screamed NOOOOOOOO when Tim put that shot up. I really like this team's makeup...and we will take our lumps early...but we will surprise people come conference time.

 

Detroit will be a tough test....really tough...but if we can get a win out there I would be happy. Really like the physical look of Puk.

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Black did have the TOs but he was still in control out there. We certainly weren't the same team without him.

 

It'll be interesting to see how the back-up PG goes. You could tell Cornell smelled blood when Watts came out to run the point. Tough spot for a freshman who hasn't played the point before. Hopefully with time to prepare he'll improve. Iati did a nice job holding down the fort but defensively playing him, Tim and Aronhalt at the same time is less than ideal.

 

Luke Devlin a rebound away from a double-double in his first game. Goes without saying but really impressed with him.

 

I thought Puk played well also. He didn't have any blocks but I thought he altered a bunch of shots.

 

With Black out for a couple games Moore has to be more aggressive or I don't see him play much. He is a nice defender.

 

If Aronhalt can give us what he did offensively every game I'll take it. I understand Tim A. wanted to shoulder the load the last few minutes but I thought he got tunnel vision and took everyone else out of the offense.

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Black did have the TOs but he was still in control out there. We certainly weren't the same team without him.

 

It'll be interesting to see how the back-up PG goes. You could tell Cornell smelled blood when Watts came out to run the point. Tough spot for a freshman who hasn't played the point before. Hopefully with time to prepare he'll improve. Iati did a nice job holding down the fort but defensively playing him, Tim and Aronhalt at the same time is less than ideal.

 

Luke Devlin a rebound away from a double-double in his first game. Goes without saying but really impressed with him.

 

I thought Puk played well also. He didn't have any blocks but I thought he altered a bunch of shots.

 

With Black out for a couple games Moore has to be more aggressive or I don't see him play much. He is a nice defender.

 

If Aronhalt can give us what he did offensively every game I'll take it. I understand Tim A. wanted to shoulder the load the last few minutes but I thought he got tunnel vision and took everyone else out of the offense.

 

Couldn't say it better myself. My thoughts exactly.

 

Crowd was disappointing behind me. I was BEGGING people to make some noise and they just sat there. Overall, definitely an improved team as long as this wasn't an aberration.

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What I saw...

 

- Defense, much better defensive switching then last year. Closeout on shooter especially on drives was nice to see, people swarmed to the ball.

 

- Offense, team shot over 50% from the field. That's nice to see, hopefully they can keep it up. Need more penetration and kick, not bad though. There is a decent foundation to work with here. Spacing was also good.

 

- Black - was in control of the game, blew by the Big Red defenders at will, then he got hurt.

- Ambrose - played an efficient game, must cut down on the TO's, some silly play down the stretch but we needed someone who could break the D down.

- Devlin - I was most impressed with him. Smart and tough, battles on the boards with vigor and passion. Contrast that to last year, big difference. Will be a very good player for us, looking forward to seeing more from him. That 3 at the end of the game was

- Puk, very mobile, especially compared to Giff. Cornell couldn't get anything inside today, every time they went inside especially in the first half, there was Puk and Devlin waiting on them. Those two together could be our starting 4 and 5 for the next 4 years, both are active especially Luke.

- Metcalf, lunch pail, didn't get much time but still pulled down 5 boards

- Concerned about backup PG, both Watts and Iati are backups there, not starters. Not at this point at least. I can see both playing well there in limited minutes, Black is just much much better at this point.

 

Again, there is talent here, we starter four underclassmen today and played well. Cornell bombed us to death from 3, putting up 28 three pointers.

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I was fairly disappointed in Ralph Watts, he couldn't get anything going at PG. What happened to Tartt? I would much rather have him in than Watts and Iati.

 

I think that Watts was thrown in a little above his head. If Black didn't go down, I'm sure we would have seen a lot less of Watts and maybe he would have performed a bit better by not feeling so much unexpected pressure. I'd like to see how he adjusts on Monday when he knows going into the game that he's expecting a lot more minutes. We will see...

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That's a tough spot for Watts - a converted PG to try and run the offense for an extended time. I thought it might be better to have Tim bring the ball up the floor if they're going to pressure. Which I think just about everyone is.

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That's what I see. We were overmatched by a BAD cornell team. I know I'm going to be bashed to no-end for saying this but I see little to happy about after last night. I see nothing different from last year. I mean really guys come on, how many tough losses are we going to write off because "the team is young and loaded with talent"? At some point winning needs to start happening and improvement needs to be made. The offense was inefficient, the defense was putrid, and coach looked clueless.

 

First off-mike black. I like him running the O, I do, and losing him is going to hurt. 10 points, great. 0 assists and 4 turnovers, not so great. Those that want to claim he was stopping the perimete attack, Cornell shot only 1.1% better from 3 in the second half (made/took less overall too). Putting the loss on the injury is not acceptable or logical, he may be our future, but he is not our present.

 

Second-Coach Brown. I thought he completely mis-managed the game, especially given the loss of black mid way. Clearly this is a different, slower offense without black, so why were we trying to play as if he was not missing?? I also thought he didn't use his timeouts well in the second half, letting Cornell build by not calling them at certain points, and killing ours by calling one at other times. I really hope he cuts down on the size of the rotation once Black comes back, more on that later.

 

Third- Tim Ambrose. Everyone here pretty much hates him for anything he does, so again I'll probably get bashed for saying this as well, but he will be any/all success this team has this year. Lead the team with 20 points (next closest was logan with 13 in 3 more minutes than tim). Lead the team in assists (Black played on 13 minutes true, but I'd expect him to have at least something). Turnovers, yes he lead the team with 6, but that's only 2 more than Black had and Tim played more than double the minutes. Maybe instead of portraying him as the anti-christ, we should in fact praise him since once again he demonstrated he's the only one who can legitamately score (and maybe the only one with a fiber of talent on the roster).

 

Fourth- Everyone else. Puk, Moore, Lati, Metcalf, Watts, Lindfors- 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists. THAT'S TERRIBLE. You can't rely on Tim and Mike to do it all. Logan and Luke had acceptable games in my opinion. But a rotation this big that puts up numbers that bad, is just a waste of minutes to those who actually have a chance to get it done.

 

Our defense was awful. Zero blocks? Really? Thank goodness Cornell had 10 unforced turnovers, or this game would have been out of hand. You guys can continue to sugarcoat this team all you'd like, but I won't, not after last year. What happened last year? Tough loss after tough loss and after everyone we wrote it off because the team "is young and loaded with talent". At some point that's gotta start translating into win's and tangible evidence for optimism. By no means am I declaring the season done after 0-1, but I refuse to show any optimism until we start seeing actual victories, not just moral ones.

 

Let the bashing begin...

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