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We all saw it but I’m not sure it jumps out: 10 points in the last 11:44, from 6:33 left to 1:46 zero points.  You can’t win games this way.  And yes it looks way too familiar.

To be fair I don’t think people are coming to that conclusion based on 3 games.

People know I love KenPom...he has an uncanny ability to predict games. Right now he predicts Albany will open season at 0-13...now I don't think that will happen as there is some talent here but oh b

UAlbany Losses																																			
** Albany stats are the left side in each grouping **																																			
Opponent	Type	LOC	ATN	PTS		FGM		FGA		FG%		3PTM		3PTA		3PT%		FTM		FTA		FT%		REB		AST		STL		BLK		TO		FOUL	
UMBC		AE	Home	-	64	65	24	23	62	53	38.7%	43.4%	6	8	19	21	31.6%	38.1%	10	11	13	20	76.9%	55.0%	28	39	14	13	4	6	2	1	9	15	18	18
UMBC		AE	Home	-	60	65	20	20	62	47	32.3%	42.6%	6	7	22	18	27.3%	38.9%	14	18	19	29	73.7%	62.1%	29	36	9	10	6	2	2	7	11	17	23	18
																																
Tot. L		AE		0	124	130	44	43	124	100	35.5%	43.0%	12	15	41	39	29.3%	38.5%	24	29	32	49	75.0%	59.2%	57	75	23	23	10	8	4	8	20	32	41	36
																																			
Avg. L		AE		0.0	62.0	65.0	22.0	21.5	62.0	50.0	35.5%	43.0%	6.0	7.5	20.5	19.5	29.3%	38.5%	12.0	14.5	16.0	24.5	75.0%	59.2%	28.5	37.5	11.5	11.5	5.0	4.0	2.0	4.0	10.0	16.0	20.5	18.0
																																			
Tot. L			0	124	130	44	43	124	100	35.5%	43.0%	12	15	41	39	29.3%	38.5%	24	29	32	49	75.0%	59.2%	57	75	23	23	10	8	4	8	20	32	41	36
Avg. L			0.0	62.0	65.0	22.0	21.5	62.0	50.0	35.5%	43.0%	6.0	7.5	20.5	19.5	29.4%	38.5%	12.0	14.5	16.0	24.5	75.3%	58.5%	28.5	37.5	11.5	11.5	5.0	4.0	2.0	4.0	10.0	16.0	20.5	18.0
																																			
Tot. (all)			0	124	130	44	43	124	100	35.5%	43.0%	12	15	41	39	29.3%	38.5%	24	29	32	49	75.0%	59.2%	57	75	23	23	10	8	4	8	20	32	41	36
Avg. (all)			0.0	62.0	65.0	22.0	21.5	62.0	50.0	35.5%	43.0%	6.0	7.5	20.5	19.5	29.4%	38.5%	12.0	14.5	16.0	24.5	75.3%	58.5%	28.5	37.5	11.5	11.5	5.0	4.0	2.0	4.0	10.0	16.0	20.5	18.0
			LOC	ATN	PTS		FGM		FGA		FG%		3PTM		3PTA		3PT%		FTM		FTA		FT%		REB		AST		STL		BLK		TO		FOUL	

 

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Is Hank hurt? What do the coaches see in Champion? He seems lost and out of control. I’m willing to cut the team and coaches a whole lot of slack during the covid crazies. If they can avoid any pauses and injuries, then this group may do ok. UVM so early won’t be fun. So they get #1 and #2 out of the way early. Let’s hope to see some progress as they get their game legs using conference as preseason. 

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20 hours ago, Clickclack said:

Unfortunately many of the same struggles still exist ...I hope I'm wrong but pretty discouraged after the first two. In short spurts they look ok but start to look at the entire game and it's mediocre. Can't shoot ...can't score.

AGREE 100%  A lot to like about this team; but like Click I see the same old same old. Just CANNOT score enough!! You can say what you want about good hard nose D and rebounding; but the bottom line you have to outscore the other team. And it seems the last few years we simply cannot find enough guys who can CONSISTENTLY put the ball in the hoop.

ps shot 27% from 3 yesterday, 32% overall. Not much better Saturday. There it iS!

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It's FAR too early to make any comments on what this team will do. UA is basically a team that is playing at the level they would normally be playing at around purple and gold scrimmage time (early November form) playing against a team that has played together enough to be in "Mid-OOC" form. (Early/Mid December).

The team hasn't scrimmaged anyone, and the coaches have had 0 chance to see what the players would do with actual refs, much less the lights and a TV crew.

That said, from the little we have seen, I see the following:

* Defense actually looks pretty good. They held UMBC to well below their season average. UMBC is a good team this year.

* Shooting is still extremely rusty. We won't win many games at those percentages.

* Team seems way faster, deeper, and more athletic than in recent years

* Still way too many three point attempts. Winning Albany basketball has always been about making more free throws than the opponent attempts. After attacking the rim non stop the outside shot opens up. 

* With Hank not playing much, the team is small and doesn't have much inside presence. I'm guessing he didn't play much because he isn't very fast, and might still be out of game shape with so few practices. I think we will need to see more of him to win the rebounding battles, and also to free up some of the outside shots. Without a big body down low the defense can spread out a bit, contesting the guards more.

I am betting this team will be playing well by the AE tournament, and will have a real shot at dancing, but it's gonna look bad when they start 0-4 in league after the UVM weekend, relegating them to PIG status. The only shot they would have to be a 15 or 16 seed would be a split at UVM, and the chances of that happening are pretty slim this early in the year.

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13 minutes ago, UA'08 said:

Is there still going to be an NCAA tournament for this season? Haven’t kept up at all on what they plan on doing.

As of now yes. I believe the current plan is to get rid of regional sites and have a massive single location bubble event. We will see as time goes on...

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1 hour ago, UA'08 said:

Is there still going to be an NCAA tournament for this season? Haven’t kept up at all on what they plan on doing.

On 11-16-2020, I shared this link for an article from the NCAA: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball/article/2020-11-11/2020-college-basketball-calendar-schedule-first-games-ncaa-tournament-dates?utm_campaign=inline-article

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16 hours ago, godanesgo99 said:

t's FAR too early to make any comments on what this team will do. UA is basically a team that is playing at the level they would normally be playing at around purple and gold scrimmage time (early November form) playing against a team that has played together enough to be in "Mid-OOC" form. (Early/Mid December).

 

AGREE it is too early to say much definitively and basically agree with your overall assessment. My "very early" pessimism comes from seeing the offense {or lack thereof} this weekend; but more from looking at who the staff brought in. I LOVE Brown and I'd give him a life time contract; but if you look at the player profiles of the transfers, every single one {except Horton who was a Juco} was basically a ROLL player at best and not single one ever averaged double figure scoring in their entire D1 careers. In fact, each averaged less than five points per game last year. I am NOT saying they are bad players and you can definitely build a TEAM around a solid group of roll players. But UA IMHO needs offense, and so far I do not see where they are going to get it.

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5 hours ago, dslyank said:

if you look at the player profiles of the transfers, every single one {except Horton who was a Juco} was basically a ROLL player at best and not single one ever averaged double figure scoring in their entire D1 careers. 

I hate to disagree with you but I'm going to. I think that's a little misleading. Both Champion and Jojo Anderson had double-digit scoring season at Loyola and NAU. Champion had two double-digit scoring seasons before getting injured last year.

One of the encouraging thing I saw from the UMBC games is that we have a least a glimmer of inside scoring. Taylor is a tough match-up for a lot of bigs and Lulka looked more like his freshman year.

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19 hours ago, Dane Pound said:

I hate to disagree with you but I'm going to. I think that's a little misleading. Both Champion and Jojo Anderson had double-digit scoring season at Loyola and NAU. Champion had two double-digit scoring seasons before getting injured last year.

One of the encouraging thing I saw from the UMBC games is that we have a least a glimmer of inside scoring. Taylor is a tough match-up for a lot of bigs and Lulka looked more like his freshman year.

Thanks for the corrections. I did not go back far enough. We shot better yesterday %age wise. Seems we do have some pieces once we get our game legs on and "hopefully" full strength. I am more encouraged today. THANKs

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