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I was at the game, Yawkwe was more aggressive and banged a little underneath. Mullin tried to get him in the offensive flow, but stone hands and short PT did not allow.
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Many here said the D was better-I would say marginally at best.


The improvement that I saw was the guards pressuring their man and a lot of hands without fouling. For Lovett this goes into two games. The interior is still a marshmallow but that is less of a factor when the guards are pressuring their guys and getting hands on the ball for steals and deflections. This directly corresponds to our guys - Owens, Yakwe, Clark and Amar getting into foul trouble which they didn't.

CC also had some real speed and quickness from several players. We handled that well and turned them over and didn't get into foul trouble.

And my favorite moment was Trimble defending the post probably better than anyone we've seen in the past 3 seasons.

Spot on re: perimeter defense being the key for us this year. With our lack of size, we'll to maintain high intensity. Definitely see more of a commitment so far. But, we do have some lulls. Ponds, in particular, needs to be more consistent on defense. Tends to float, almost like he's a big man looking to help out and rebound.
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I thought the game played out as expected . The CConn Big Men were about the size of Owens , slight but sturdy . Jones and Bute were good scorers inside but, didn’t think our D was bad . Ahmad is still the same player as last year . Out of control on occasion . Simon, Ponds, Lovett, Trimble played well . Clarke was good but, reduced minutes due to fouls . He can bang but, will be smaller than Big East Power Foreards . Yakwe still has poor hands and Doubt that will change . Amar is what he is and has been .
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There was a Stephen King book called Thinner where a gypsy put a curse on a fat lawyer and he started losing weight daily to where he was wasting away. Maybe a gypsy put a sucking curse on Yakwe?
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630 pm game starts are ridiculously hard for anyone to make. The most positive thing I can say about them is the 3 little boys in my section from Rockaway who are all in the 6-8 year old range were able to leave early and get home at a reasonable time. Shout out to the Belle Harbor contingent in my section. There are about 10 of them in all, all related to my knowledge, all great people and great fans. I hope the second grader aced his science test today.

As I'm sure everyone can see, Simon and Clark solidify this lineup. I think we will see Simon score more as he opens it up, but he lets the game come to him. Some nights he will nail 15 points or more, other night 5 or 6. HE showed he can rebound, and at 6'5" has a decent body to mix it up. Clarke is also a player and these 2 are miles ahead of what we lost.

Lovett, who did not score in the first half, poured in the most controlled outburst in the second half, nailing shot after shot without a single force. Relieved of ballhandling duties, Ponds and Lovett will likely become much more efficient players.

Simon made the most heads up play of the night, stumbling in the backcourt and close to getting tied up, he still managed to see teammates ahead of the field and flat on his stomach cooly delivered a great pass for a breakaway layup.

Ponds made the spectacular pass of the night, driving to the hoop on a breakaway to deliver a perfect behind the back pass to Lovett in the left corner for 3 that singed the nets.

Trimble looked like he belonged by nailing 8 first half points, and that can be a fantastic sign if he can show he is a more polished player than Ellison. He may not always be that hot, but when he was on the court there wasn't a steep dropoff which can be a tremendous asset during the season.

This squad just might adopt the motto "Everyone rebounds". There are no George Johnson's to carry the load, so everyone, guards, wings, forwards, even ball boys, must hit the boards hard .

Yea it was Central Connecticut, but it was clear Mullin went with his rotation longer than needed in order to build chemistry among his rotation players. It's starting to become clear that Yakwe and Amar will not be counted on for much except in foul trouble or injury. If Trimble can be that 7th man, then Amar and Yakwe will see little beyond spot duty to give the starters some rest.

There will be losses, but this squad may just prove to be as good or better than Lavin's last team.
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I came away feeling much better than most because of one reason. Simon is not just an improvement over Mussini and Ellison but he is much better. His defense and overall court play will make more of a difference in league play when the competition is tougher. It also looks like Trimble's outside shooting can make up for Mussini's one contribution.
Yawke's stat line looks terrible but with the shooters SJU puts on the floor with him we are better off if he limits his offense to put backs.
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68% foul shooting means loses in close games If we have so many good shooters no excuse for team not being over 70 %


2 percentage points is really nitpicking, IMO.

Besides, two of the misses don't really count, since Ahmed missed 2 late in the game, but we got the rebound, Ahmed went right back to the line, and drained both. If you take out those two misses (and this is a rare case where I think you can actually do that, since we got the desired result that possession), we shot 74%.

Besides, I'd rather save the great foul shooting for nights when we really need it.
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Many here said the D was better-I would say marginally at best.


The improvement that I saw was the guards pressuring their man and a lot of hands without fouling. For Lovett this goes into two games. The interior is still a marshmallow but that is less of a factor when the guards are pressuring their guys and getting hands on the ball for steals and deflections. This directly corresponds to our guys - Owens, Yakwe, Clark and Amar getting into foul trouble which they didn't.

CC also had some real speed and quickness from several players. We handled that well and turned them over and didn't get into foul trouble.

And my favorite moment was Trimble defending the post probably better than anyone we've seen in the past 3 seasons.
Chuck Norris once fought superman. The loser had to wear his underwear over his pants.
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68% foul shooting means loses in close games If we have so many good shooters no excuse for team not being over 70 %


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