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  • I agree we should get our first W tomorrow. Kind of frustrated that I will be on a plane from Charlotte to Sarasota during most if not all of the game. Oh well.
    SS&G, I just started the Grant biography by Chernow and looking for that to take my...
    I agree we should get our first W tomorrow. Kind of frustrated that I will be on a plane from Charlotte to Sarasota during most if not all of the game. Oh well.
    SS&G, I just started the Grant biography by Chernow and looking for that to take my mind off missing the game while in flight. If I'm lucky, I'll deboard in time to catch the end on my phone. Go Johnnies!
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  • NCJohnnie replied to a discussion, Positive Outlook
    Still have BE transfer rules so if Ponds was so inclined to transfer it would not be to PC or the Hall.

    Thanks for setting me straight - I'd forgotten that rule.
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  • NCJohnnie replied to a discussion, Lovett
    Chicago Days I agree that, assuming Marcus and his team have decided playing overseas is his pro future, it is a tough choice on whether to pack it in and heal or try to come back and play. I also agree that it is a decision that was his to make... Chicago Days I agree that, assuming Marcus and his team have decided playing overseas is his pro future, it is a tough choice on whether to pack it in and heal or try to come back and play. I also agree that it is a decision that was his to make and I am not in a position to question that decision. It's the way he and his team implemented the decision as reported by the Post & others I have a problem with. Ready to move on from this one. More
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  • NCJohnnie replied to a discussion, Positive Outlook
    Thanks for the input on the recruits/redshirts Paultzman - very helpful. After watching last night's game (as with the Nova & Seton Hall games), it is pretty clear that our top 4 or 5 guys can compete with the best of the Big East, but we do not... Thanks for the input on the recruits/redshirts Paultzman - very helpful. After watching last night's game (as with the Nova & Seton Hall games), it is pretty clear that our top 4 or 5 guys can compete with the best of the Big East, but we do not have the depth to beat them as we wear down in the last minutes. Xavier has a deep bench and that showed during the last 5-6 minutes. Once again (as with the DePaul game) a strong big man killed us. Lack of a big man is the one glaring personnel deficiency that can't be blamed on Lovett injury or late Wilson transfer - no excuse for staff not doing what Xavier, DePaul and others did.

    Regarding next year, we hopefully return 4 core guys plus Trimble who will be a key contributor as well. Discounting Diakite (due to uncertainty as to health), we bring in 5 other guys who should all be improvements over our current 7th and 8th men and only lose Ahmed who has not progressed from last year. I posted earlier this year that Simon may be our most valuable, if not our best player, and he will continue to improve in his decision making and leadership as the season progresses. I would expect that next year, he and Ponds will be the kind of dynamite duo we looked for Ponds & Lovett to be this year. Clark & Owens are both solid BE starts. All of this is cause for optimism that we should at least compete for a tournament bid.

    I do worry a bit about the fact that (Nova game aside) Shamorie continues to struggle to find his offensive rhythm. Staff needs to focus on doing whatever it can to help him get good shots in the flow of the game; too much of the time he either is resorting to threes at the beginning of the shot clock or drives down the lane tying to score over two or three defenders. If the immediate eligibility rule for transfers were to take effect before next year, needless to say the PC & Hall staffs among others will be in his ear. If he is unhappy at the way this season ends, who knows?
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  • I think most on the board would agree that the onus is on the coaching staff to produce next year and I agree that if and when the school decides a change is needed, it should think nationally in any candidate search. Having said that, I was... I think most on the board would agree that the onus is on the coaching staff to produce next year and I agree that if and when the school decides a change is needed, it should think nationally in any candidate search. Having said that, I was delighted with the Mullin hire ( also agree that Lavin did a good job of bringing SJU back to prominence from depths of despair). I am still optimistic that this staff can get it done; rooting very hard for Chris & team and, while there are clearly growing pains, prefer to focus on the positive, including constructive criticism where merited. More
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  • NCJohnnie replied to a discussion, Moral Victories
    "Trying to step up too much" and actually stepping up are two very different things.

    Agree. And the player(s) who excel in crunch time are not always the best player(s) on the team although it helps immeasurably when they are. Dennis Johnson...
    "Trying to step up too much" and actually stepping up are two very different things.

    Agree. And the player(s) who excel in crunch time are not always the best player(s) on the team although it helps immeasurably when they are. Dennis Johnson of the old Celtics teams is a great example of a guy who wasn't the best player on any of his Celtic teams, but boy did he play his best when it mattered. Good news is no reason our guys can't grow into that role with a little more experience.
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  • Patrick's been enjoying the good life. I think the extra weight and the three point line would be his undoing.
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