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Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« on: January 01, 2018, 02:37:39 pm »
MAINE
Record:
3-12
Last Game: L, 83-71, at Columbia 12/30
Last 10: 3-7
Last Meeting: Stony Brook 67-66 on 2/12/17; Nyama career-high 26 points, including tie-breaking FT with 0.5 seconds left
KenPom RPI: Stony Brook 193, Maine 335
KenPom Prediction: Stony Brook 77, Maine 62
Listen/Watch:
TV: http://www.espn.com/watch/?gameId=400991534&league=NCAAB
Maine radio: https://tunein.com/radio/WGUY-1230-s132177/
Stony Brook radio: http://www.943theshark.com/listenlive.aspx
Notables:
5-11/185 sr G Aaron Calixte 14.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, .391 3-pt FG%
6-6/210 sr F Ilker Er 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
6-7/220 so F Andrew Fleming 8.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg
6-6/180 fr G Isaiah White 8.3 ppg, .391 3-pt FG%
6-5/180 fr G Vernon Lowndes Jr. 7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .525 FG%

Square one. Let's start building some momentum right here and now.

Maine's just what we needed an ideal matchup to start conference play on a positive note. I know, Norfolk State was supposed to be a pushover, but it should be crystal clear to our guys that we can beat and lose to just about anybody.

Maine is perpetually a mess, and little looks different at this point. Two of their three wins came against local Division III opponents, and KenPom projects them to go 0-16 in conference. Wes Myers, their best player a year ago who had 22 against us in our last meeting, transferred to South Carolina in the offseason. He was one of six players, including THREE STARTERS, to leave the program point guard Ryan Bernstein (Kent State) and Austin Howard (Charleston) being the others.

More on the transfer trend that has plagued Maine: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/05/14/sports/college/this-is-the-reality-now-umaine-basketball-teams-at-epicenter-of-transfer-trend/

So it's not surprising that the Black Bears have been pretty hopeless this winter. In their last three, they were down 19 at the half against Columbia only to crawl back within 12, down 34 at one point at UMass before losing by 11, and a 27-point loss at Central Connecticut State.

But who here is ready to take anybody lightly???

There are still some familiar faces from years past. Calixte and Er are going to fire away from three, and Fleming is a solid post option who was named to the AE All-Rookie team last year. They're likely to be without transfer guard Trae Bryant, who started the first seven games but has missed the last eight with an undisclosed injury.

Let's just cut the crap and take care of business.

Happy new year, all!
« Last Edit: January 01, 2018, 02:41:57 pm by Checkmate »
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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 10:50:43 am »
in other news... cant argue with albany so far, look how well they are doing at this point: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/399/albany-great-danes
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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 11:20:09 am »
in other news... cant argue with albany so far, look how well they are doing at this point: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/399/albany-great-danes

Coach Brown is an amazing coach. He is a great recruiter and can find athletes who can control the paint and rebound.. If coach Boals cant find players like that in the near future, his time at SB will be short lived.. Shawn Heilbron will not tolerate a mediocre basketball team in this university.. Same for all the other sports!!

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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 11:53:33 am »
in other news... cant argue with albany so far, look how well they are doing at this point: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/399/albany-great-danes

Certainly one of the better AE teams, but their schedule hasn't exactly been a murderer's row. Three RPI top 200 wins, with the most quality win being a two-point home win over Iona (129) in their opener.

I like the trio of Cremo, Nichols and Charles though; they could give Vermont some trouble atop the conference.
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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 11:56:49 am »
in other news... cant argue with albany so far, look how well they are doing at this point: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/399/albany-great-danes

Certainly one of the better AE teams, but their schedule hasn't exactly been a murderer's row. Three RPI top 200 wins, with the most quality win being a two-point home win over Iona (129) in their opener.

I like the trio of Cremo, Nichols and Charles though; they could give Vermont some trouble atop the conference.

Vermonts Lamb is out for the season with a fracture in his foot.. This could be a game changer for V..

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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 02:14:49 pm »
in other news... cant argue with albany so far, look how well they are doing at this point: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/399/albany-great-danes

Certainly one of the better AE teams, but their schedule hasn't exactly been a murderer's row. Three RPI top 200 wins, with the most quality win being a two-point home win over Iona (129) in their opener.

I like the trio of Cremo, Nichols and Charles though; they could give Vermont some trouble atop the conference.

Vermonts Lamb is out for the season with a fracture in his foot.. This could be a game changer for V..

Wow. Thats a devastating blow for UVM. Im curious how they divvy up his minutes.

I dont care what we all saw on Saturday. The conference is back up for grabs.


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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 08:30:20 am »
Here's hoping "Good SBU" comes out tonight.

As tough as that Lamb injury is for UVM, they are really solid all around and will no doubt adjust. My gut says only thing that changes for them (if Lamb doesn't come back late) is a real chance at something like a 12 seed and shot at a legit first-round NCAA win. I'd still keep them as AE favorite with UA right there and the rest of us chasing.

But, spring training is over and we all have hope starting tonight. I'm anxious to see how Garcia plays against Maine as he has the look of being a potential significant added weapon for SBU at just the right time.

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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2018, 09:54:35 am »
Garcia c an be a difference maker  for us . Hopefully he gains more confidence with each game now.

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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2018, 10:19:17 am »
i keep going back to the earlier stated point- do we need more presence in the paint these days?  no, we dont have warney.  but we do have some size and can attempt to do this by committee.  get petras in there, maybe saintel, ochefu, sturdy, yeboah.  let's start grabbing offensive boards, controlling the clock, and taking higher percentage shots. 

the alternative is losing to a 2-12 team.
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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2018, 04:13:30 pm »
Unofficial Checkmate line: Stony Brook -6.5
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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2018, 04:23:46 pm »
i keep going back to the earlier stated point- do we need more presence in the paint these days?  no, we dont have warney.  but we do have some size and can attempt to do this by committee.  get petras in there, maybe saintel, ochefu, sturdy, yeboah.  let's start grabbing offensive boards, controlling the clock, and taking higher percentage shots. 

the alternative is losing to a 2-12 team.

I've always been a fan of that general notion of establishing your down-low muscle presence first in a game to set up your 3-pt shots, which was surprisingly not done the last game. I agree that those players mentioned above, plus those wide shoulders of Garcia, can do a better job of establishing an inside game, and I hope we see that tonight. I know none of us has any idea what goes on during the week, but I'm really surprised that Ochefu's limited minutes have dwindled to nothing. Have to assume the intent was for him to not sit this year, and I hope he has whatever it takes to get minutes back and have some impact in AE play.

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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2018, 04:33:47 pm »
yes, yes, and yes.
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 04:45:39 pm »
yes, yes, and yes.

I recall, too, how my brain exploded for three years over the Coley/Jackson bombs instead of feeding the ball to Warney down low, but I guess that's water under the bridge. The 3-ball is a vile temptress, for sure....

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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2018, 04:57:47 pm »
The extent of change I want to see in this regard is to have Ty back on the block. I'm not terribly confident in him there either, but at least he poses a threat and it beats him firing away from three. Sekunda's a spot-up guy, UC more or less is too, and I'm fine with the 2s/3s split with everybody else. Mac's threes are painfully off.

I think Akwasi and Garcia doing work inside and mid-range could be devastating for the AE. Such a promising duo for at least the next year and a half.
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Re: Game 15: vs. Maine 1/3
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2018, 07:44:01 pm »
Were up double digits.

And so is Hartford in Albany.


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