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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321714

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After today's debacle against Providence at the Garden the clock is running down on the season. There are seven regular season conference games left this year. Currently we are in a five way tie for third through seventh place in the conference. After really good road wins against Creighton and Marquette we swept two of our oppenents in conference. By sweeping Marquette we swept a team who is ranked in the top ten in the country and is undefeated against every conference opponent not named St. John's.

The NCAA will definitely select Big East reps Marquette and Villanova for the tournament. They may take another team or two from the Big East Conference but it is posssible that only the top two teams will be selected. It is time now for St. John's to separate themselves from the five way team logjam they are tied with in the standings (see link below).

The problem though is when playing well St. John's can compete with the Marquettes and Villanovas, but when not playing well the flaws and weaknesses due to the team's lack of depth, size and consistency lead to defeats against weaker opponents.

How we play over the next seven games plus the conference tournament will write the most important chapter to the 2018/2019 story. Which, if any, team emerges from the rest of the conference to find their way to the NCAAs is up in the air right now. I truly hope it is us, but we will have to bring a consistency to our performance we have lacked during conference play this season. If it doesn't happen it will be very disappointing, especially given the hopes and level of talent we brought to the table this year.

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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321716

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Today’s game was the low point of the season, coming off 2 straight road wins in the conference, the last one against a Top 10 team.
I may be wrong and hope to all hell I am, but I don’t see us finishing strong.
3 and 4, at best.
Please let me be wrong.
And please let Mustapha be okay.
He provides energy with Figgy.
Those 2 guys care about more than their own stats.

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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321717

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9-9 will likely get them in probably as a last 4 in. But I'm done predicting. For example I think they are good enough assuming Heron comes back that they can beat Nova next Sunday. I wouldn't bet on it though. I can see Nova making just enough plays to win by 2 or 3 just because they are deeper and tougher.

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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321720

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fordham96 wrote: 9-9 will likely get them in probably as a last 4 in. But I'm done predicting. For example I think they are good enough assuming Heron comes back that they can beat Nova next Sunday. I wouldn't bet on it though. I can see Nova making just enough plays to win by 2 or 3 just because they are deeper and tougher.


Not arguing with you but I wouldn’t call Nova deeper. In the last four games Nova has really only gone 7 players deep. No doubt they are tougher.

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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321723

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stjohnnie75 wrote:

fordham96 wrote: 9-9 will likely get them in probably as a last 4 in. But I'm done predicting. For example I think they are good enough assuming Heron comes back that they can beat Nova next Sunday. I wouldn't bet on it though. I can see Nova making just enough plays to win by 2 or 3 just because they are deeper and tougher.


Not arguing with you but I wouldn’t call Nova deeper. In the last four games Nova has really only gone 7 players deep. No doubt they are tougher.


Nova really isn’t deeper at all. Booth and paschall make them go, and they are starting to get more and more contributions from Bey/Samuels/Gillespie. We matchup with them well, you saw it in the first matchup, with an injured Morie we had the lead for most of the game. But I’m sure Wright will outcoach mullin in round 2

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Jack Williams wrote:

stjohnnie75 wrote:

fordham96 wrote: 9-9 will likely get them in probably as a last 4 in. But I'm done predicting. For example I think they are good enough assuming Heron comes back that they can beat Nova next Sunday. I wouldn't bet on it though. I can see Nova making just enough plays to win by 2 or 3 just because they are deeper and tougher.


Not arguing with you but I wouldn’t call Nova deeper. In the last four games Nova has really only gone 7 players deep. No doubt they are tougher.


Nova really isn’t deeper at all. Booth and paschall make them go, and they are starting to get more and more contributions from Bey/Samuels/Gillespie. We matchup with them well, you saw it in the first matchup, with an injured Morie we had the lead for most of the game. But I’m sure Wright will outcoach mullin in round 2


Yeah Wright has really shortened his bench and now really only plays one freshmen Bey.

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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321739

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This team is finishing 7 - 11 in the BE.

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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321751

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I still think this team can turn it around. Roberts giving us some quality minutes lengthens the bench a little more and gives us a little more size which is good. Heron has to be healthy. But, beyond that, this team has to be mentally prepared to bring it for 40 minutes every game. If they can do that they can turn this around in the last seven games before the BET. That is choice they have to collectively make and commit to as team. Why that is hard for this team to do is beyond me.

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The minimum level of achievement for the team is to finish in the top six. If we have to play in the Wed. night 7-10, 8-9 games, our season is over.

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The Stretch Run 6 months 1 week ago #321773

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Las Vegan wrote: The minimum level of achievement for the team is to finish in the top six. If we have to play in the Wed. night 7-10, 8-9 games, our season is over.


6th is nothing to be satisfied with. 6th is a bust.
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