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« Reply #195 on: December 01, 2019, 07:21:59 pm »
Our Yale loss looks a little better after they took it to UVM today. With Maine getting killed, Binghamton on its way to defeat and Lowell hanging on to beat a DISMAL CCSU team, not a good day for the conference.

KenPom has the AE ranked 25th out of 32 conferences at this point. While that's not great, I do think it's encouraging that the AE is 39-35 (assuming Bingo loses) at this point in the season. Every team but Maine is one game under .500 or better. Could we finish at .500 or better in non-conference games as a league? Has that ever happened? For comparison, last year, we were 65-83 as a conference.
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« Reply #196 on: December 03, 2019, 12:20:46 pm »
Almonacy averaging 16 points, 5 boards and 3 assists in 33 minutes at Southern New Hampshire. Long is playing a lot as well. I have to think they're happy with their decisions.

I'm curious what Akwasi thinks of his move. He played just 15 minutes in Rutgers' win over UMass this weekend and has been strictly a reserve for them, not unlike Cremo at Villanova. I'd imagine he probably thinks he accomplished all he could here pretty much and wanted a new challenge, and that will only be reinforced when he's playing in front of packed houses in the Big Ten.
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Re: Around the AE/country
« Reply #197 on: December 03, 2019, 12:33:32 pm »
it would be interesting- arent the chances of making the tourney higher at SB?

of course he'll get more visibility at ruTgers but won't be the focus.
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« Reply #198 on: December 03, 2019, 12:39:44 pm »
Almonacy averaging 16 points, 5 boards and 3 assists in 33 minutes at Southern New Hampshire. Long is playing a lot as well. I have to think they're happy with their decisions.

I'm curious what Akwasi thinks of his move. He played just 15 minutes in Rutgers' win over UMass this weekend and has been strictly a reserve for them, not unlike Cremo at Villanova. I'd imagine he probably thinks he accomplished all he could here pretty much and wanted a new challenge, and that will only be reinforced when he's playing in front of packed houses in the Big Ten.

Good for Almonacy and Long - 2 good kids.

Re:Akwasi, I hope he does well, since he's a class act, but can't help but think that as a reserve and on a team that probably won't fair too well in their conference, that he will look back on it as a mistake of sorts. He would have been the leader on our team, and with the additions of Makale and Mo, we probably would have been the favorite to win it all this year.  I guess his desire to find out if he could play at a higher level, outweighed any thoughts of coming back.
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« Reply #199 on: December 03, 2019, 02:00:59 pm »
I'd also chalk much of it up to loyalty to Piekell. Had he not been there at Rutgers I'm not sure he leaves SBU.
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« Reply #200 on: December 03, 2019, 02:56:12 pm »
i always love opening ESPN men's bball standings and seeing us listed first: https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/standings
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« Reply #201 on: December 03, 2019, 04:24:14 pm »
Alonzo Campbell averaging 13 minutes a night at D-I Alcorn State. At least he's getting some decent burn too.
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« Reply #202 on: December 07, 2019, 03:08:38 pm »
At the half:

Fordham 22
Manhattan 14

Further proof that Manhattan is terrible.


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« Reply #203 on: December 08, 2019, 11:38:09 am »
/\ Final score Manhattan 54 - Fordham 53 in OT  (Fordham's not too good either)

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« Reply #204 on: December 08, 2019, 01:58:00 pm »
Hofstra  lost at St Bonniventure lats by 20 . They didnt even hit 50 points and shot in the mod 20% range. How does a team that beat UCLA lose to the Bonnies ?

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« Reply #205 on: December 08, 2019, 09:24:31 pm »
Rutgers loses to Michigan State by a dozen on the road.  Lots of wild, undisciplined shooting by Rutgers, EXCEPT for our man Akwasi, who led the team with 17 points, playing a lot of minutes, and clearly being the best player on the court for Rutgers tonight.  IMO, he is the best shooter on the team. 
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« Reply #206 on: December 21, 2019, 06:34:51 pm »
At one time there was some talk that the AE was over .500 in OOC play.  Well that ship has sailed and the wheels have fallen off for most AE teams right now.  Right now, it looks like only Vermont and SB will end up with winning ooc records.

At this point I am looking forward to league play.  When SBU has had problems with teams so far this year it has been by superior guard play turning us over.  We will not see that type of guard play from any teams in the America East.  Couple that with the fact that our "bigs" are better than everyone else's bigs and it should be a really fun conference season.  Vermont is still a big favorite to win it, but I really like this SBU team.
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« Reply #207 on: December 22, 2019, 08:25:56 am »
At one time there was some talk that the AE was over .500 in OOC play.  Well that ship has sailed and the wheels have fallen off for most AE teams right now.  Right now, it looks like only Vermont and SB will end up with winning ooc records.

At this point I am looking forward to league play.  When SBU has had problems with teams so far this year it has been by superior guard play turning us over.  We will not see that type of guard play from any teams in the America East.  Couple that with the fact that our "bigs" are better than everyone else's bigs and it should be a really fun conference season.  Vermont is still a big favorite to win it, but I really like this SBU team.

Salty, while I generally agree with what you say, I don't think Vermont is a big favorite over us, possibly a small one.  Clearly, they have the best player in the league - Lamb, but their loss of Ernie to graduation is a huge loss, and really takes a lot out of their inside/outside game, IMO.  Akwasi a big loss for us, but the additions of Makale and Mo, make us a deeper team, I believe, and surely a force in the paint defensively.  The stat mentioned during the American game is very telling - coming into the game we were 6th in the nation defensively with 2-point FG% allowed.  Also, very impressed with Geno at this point; really like the way he manages the roster during games.

I think if we can stay healthy, stay out of foul trouble in games, and keep the unforced TO's to a minimum, I think we're a better overall team on paper than Vermont.  As a league, we played a lot of strong teams in OOC play, and I think our league continues to get stronger overall.  I expect some upset wins in the AE during the course of the season.

I think it will take 12 (or possibly 13) wins to take the league this year, and I think we have a shot at this.
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« Reply #208 on: February 01, 2020, 12:25:18 am »
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Re: Around the AE/country
« Reply #209 on: February 01, 2020, 09:53:55 am »
i was there a few weeks ago.  lively campus atmosphere.  history.  tradition.  nice buildings.  a vibrant community.  places to live, places to eat, places to drink and hang out.  and, strong academic programs (better than most think).

of course, it's no comparison to the UNCs and UVAs of the world.  but they've parlayed a few good football seasons into a money machine (and now, schiano is back).  i was there for the MSU upset in 2005 (the FG contest).

outsiders hear rutgers and they think, armpit of america, highest STD rate, jersey shore, etc.  But it really has a lot of positives.  if it didnt, the B1G would NOT have come calling for a perennial athletics doormat.

then again, rutgers was founded in the late 1700s.  we are 1957.
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