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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313781

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Tonyinfairfield wrote: Ponds played 39 minutes, Simon 38, Figgy 34, Clark 33 and Heron 24.

Keita played 5, Williams 0 and Trimble 27.


I’m ok with Williams not playing because Trimble played well but hard to understand with Keita. My big problem with this team is the turn it on and off tendency. Mistakes will be made, part of the game, but will we ever see a focused 40? We have a very experienced team yet seemingly you can expect unintelligent, uninspired play as soon as we get a lead. I know I am repeating myself but halfway through the season I wonder where is the real on the court leadership, the understanding of time and score, the recognition of the opportunity for a knockout. I agree we have more talent than Nova but I am not sure we have a better team.


I think we have a better team but nova is definitely better at understanding how to win a big east basketball game. When you have multiple leaders who won a national championship, they are just better at focusing in on what needs to be done for 40.

The Georgetown game was a step in the right direction when it comes to winning close games, but we are still a major work in progress
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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313782

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Marillac wrote: We need Simon to take more threes and play a bigger role handling the ball.


HaHa! Have to agree he gets so out of control beyond capabilities and seldom thinks situationally. Frustrating.

Now about your SJU “rout” prediction :)


I waited 4 years to have a little fun. I have no doubt that Simon will lose us whatever NCAA tournament game we are close in. He is completely tone deaf to his weaknesses and he is historically bad at the end of games. He freezes up every single time.

Of all my years around basketball I've never seen two kids like Dom and Simon who are so good in certain areas and so bad in others insisting on playing to their weaknesses.


Not sure why all the hate for Simon. He missed the teardrop at the of the game but it’s a shot he usually hits. He shot three wide open threes and missed them all tonight. He’s a pooor shooter but is capable of knocking down an open three and actually did so at a pretty good clip last year. I can live with it.

Heron bothers me way more than Simon. He reminds me of Ahmed. He tries to bull his way into the lane and is a turnover machine. He was highly advertised and frankly I’ve been disappointed.
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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313783

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oldschool Redmen wrote: SJU gotta win next 4, only road game at weak Butler, and get to 6-2.


I agree. We should win these next 4 if we are serious about going somewhere this year

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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313784

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At the end of the day 2-2 given our first 4 games is fine. Tough part is we could easily have been 4-0, but could also easily have been 1-3. No disgrace to lose to defending champs at home, although way we lost was frustrating.

I don't understand the criticism of Simon. Yes, he badly missed that shot at the end. But guys, he was our best player (along with Trimble) in the second half. He had 13 points, 6 rebounds 9 assists and only 1 turnover. He was not the problem tonight. There were a couple of other starters who were pretty ineffective all game and Shamorie was gassed and ineffective towards the end. Would love to hear Coach explain why neither Williams nor Keita played in second half.

On to DePaul. Need to take that one and Creighton next Wednesday. We can also beat Butler on the road.

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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313785

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Two things stand out to me.
Ponds or Simon dribble 10 to 15 seconds before we get into the offense. We’re forced to jack up a poor shot as the clock runs out.
They beat us a number of times on fifty fifty balls and also got rebounds on foul shots when we had inside position
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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313787

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Two and 2 with our schedule is not a big deal if we win the next 4. If we don't, and have hiccups against Depaul or Butler, for instance, then going 2 and 2 early wont matter anyway. Got to win almost everything at home, and go 500 on the road. Then do OK in the Big East tournament to go dancing.

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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313788

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Boo Harvey wrote:

Marillac wrote:

Paultzman wrote:

Marillac wrote: We need Simon to take more threes and play a bigger role handling the ball.


HaHa! Have to agree he gets so out of control beyond capabilities and seldom thinks situationally. Frustrating.

Now about your SJU “rout” prediction :)


I waited 4 years to have a little fun. I have no doubt that Simon will lose us whatever NCAA tournament game we are close in. He is completely tone deaf to his weaknesses and he is historically bad at the end of games. He freezes up every single time.

Of all my years around basketball I've never seen two kids like Dom and Simon who are so good in certain areas and so bad in others insisting on playing to their weaknesses.


Not sure why all the hate for Simon. He missed the teardrop at the of the game but it’s a shot he usually hits. He shot three wide open threes and missed them all tonight. He’s a pooor shooter but is capable of knocking down an open three and actually did so at a pretty good clip last year. I can live with it.

Heron bothers me way more than Simon. He reminds me of Ahmed. He tries to bull his way into the lane and is a turnover machine. He was highly advertised and frankly I’ve been disappointed.


Heron played like crap, but at least he possesses the requisite skill to pull off whatever he attempts. Simon can only hit a layup if the defender lets him violently fade to his right to release it.

He can't shoot. He can't finish any drive of more than 1-2 dribbles without the aforementioned fade to his right. And he freezes up and alligator arms everything late. He air balled a freaking layup for 4 feet away!!!

He's always going to get the ball late because that is what defenses want.
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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313789

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Rehobie wrote: Two things stand out to me.
Ponds or Simon dribble 10 to 15 seconds before we get into the offense. We’re forced to jack up a poor shot as the clock runs out.
They beat us a number of times on fifty fifty balls and also got rebounds on foul shots when we had inside position


We simply are not a good rebounding team. Also, we live and die by the three point shot.
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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313790

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From what I saw, SJU is the better team and will beat Nova next game(s) this year. Coach's advice to drive and kick was not followed and too many long shots were taken with no one in position to rebound. Surprised Kieta did not see more time in the 2nd half as the Trimble match up on Paschall was a tough one. I thought we would win and thought I would be more upset that we didn't because the team played OK in a tough road venue. With 3 of the next 4 at home, we win all 4.
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(POST-GAME) @Villanova, Tues., Jan. 8, 7p, FS-1 / 970 AM 6 days 21 hours ago #313791

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Rehobie wrote: Two things stand out to me.
Ponds or Simon dribble 10 to 15 seconds before we get into the offense. We’re forced to jack up a poor shot as the clock runs out.
They beat us a number of times on fifty fifty balls and also got rebounds on foul shots when we had inside position


I'm okay with Ponds doing that. But Simon?!!!!! He's literally the least skilled kid on the court unless Keita is playing. Why on Earth do we want him making decisions with 4 seconds left. He can't shoot or dribble!
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