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GW Men's Hoops » Other Games - November » Today 1:22 pm

GWRising
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MG14 wrote:

St. John's wins by 12. 

Bolden Stats:
17 points on 6-14 shooting (5-12 from 3)
1 Rebound
3 TOs

I'm not sure how much Toro played as his only recorded stat was 1 assist. He's been averaging about 11 minutes, 2 points, and 2.5 rebounds per game. Those are sure to go down after this game. Probably not getting the playing time he thought he might get.

Not surprised on Toro. He had trouble dealing with A-10 forwards and posts last year and he went to a league that has better. This is unfortunate but was predictable. 

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games - November » Today 1:03 pm

The Dude
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DMV, amazing, before the year began I posted about how relatively grim each of these blue bloods prospects looked, and things have been even worse than expected.

Not just 2020/21, but the last half decade has shown marked decline for the Kentucky and Duke all in 1 and done strategy, and this year is the worst results of the era for both

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Today 10:51 am

BrianPaul
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GWAA, best wishes to your friend's family.  I have two friends who got it, and passed it on to their extended families: three generations, in two separate families.  Maybe there is more hope after today.  Sorry for JC, but, the Ivies had the right idea. 

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games - November » Today 9:58 am

Gwmayhem
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First, my thoughts on Duke, UNC and Kentucky...not exactly a coincidence that this is occurring during a highly unusual season.  Every coach and every player has their thoughts about playing this season during  a pandemic.  Some will try to treat this as close to "business as usual" as they possibly can.  Others will consistently question why the games are being played at all.  Coach K and Roy and in their 70's; Cal is in his 60's.  Each has won a national championship.  Each has presumably "seen it all."  My sense is that at least in the cases of Coach K and Roy, they would shut things down if it were up to them.  Not because of the makeup of their teams but legitimately over health concerns.  Cal is a bit more difficult to figure.  He's 10-12 years younger than the other two and frankly, I don't follow him and his program as closely. 

This is not at all unique to college basketball.  How else can one explain the defending WS champion Washington Nationals sinking to last place while the perennial last place Marlins reaching the playoffs, aside from the Nats not having their hearts in a truncated season while the young Marlins eager to take the field each day?

Regarding DMVPiranha's point regarding top players looking beyond the blue bloods, I would say that this shift in thinking has already begun among 5 star recruits.  Cade Cunningham is playing for Oklahoma State, Josh Christopher is at Arizona State, Makur Makur attends Howard (but has only appeared in 2 games), Evan Mobley is leading a resurgence at USC, Ziaire Williams plays for Stanford, etc.    Most are majors but none can really be considered a blueblood.

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games - November » Today 9:25 am

dmvpiranha
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The Dude wrote:

Unranked for the first time since 2016, Duke lost again tonight, to Pittsburgh. they are in legit danger of missing the tourney. As is North Carolina and Kentucky has basically no chance unless they win out.

A wild year for the bluest of blue bloods
 

According to various sources, this is the first week in the AP poll without Duke, Kentucky, or North Carolina since December 18, 1961. There had been over 1,000 straight AP polls (1,043 to be exact) with at least one of these teams. That's incredible!Kansas did fall to Baylor on Monday, but it won't knock them out. Would make this season truly historic if they fell out as well. I wonder if this does encourage the top players that wish to go the college basketball route to look at other schools other than the blue bloods in the future.

Not sure how many people tuned into the Alabama-LSU game yesterday, but the Crimson Tide made 23 threes on the Tigers. Somehow coming into the year I thought we would be playing similar to that where we get the ball up the court pretty fast and launch a lot from three. I believe we are in the top 25 in terms of shots taken near the hoop actually, so it has been quite the opposite.

Never provided my annual update of poor Mississippi Valley State, the team that is far and away the worst team in college basketball on both offense and defense especially with Chicago State opting out midway through the year. The Delta Devils have been defeated by double digits in all 12 of their games so far: Arkansas (by 80), North Texas (by 54), Wyoming (by 36), GCU (by 39), WKU (by 27), Memphis (by 37), Vanderbilt (by 43), Mississippi State (by 39), Arkansas Pine Bluff (by 40), Alabama State (by 13), Alcorn State (by 12), and Southern (by 41). That's 9 games by 30+ points, and 5 games by 40+ points. Poor Delta Devils! Feel like that's easy money betting against them, but they seem due for a win, or at least a competitive contest.
 

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Today 9:14 am

dmvpiranha
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Sorry to hear about your friend GWAA. Sending my condolences! 100% agree to follow all procedures to fight COVID. If you don't do it for yourself, at least do it for the sake of others.

Hope JC gets better soon. Not sure what mild symptoms really means from his statement, but any symptoms at all seem scary.

It's hard for the team to develop any consistency when there have been so many interruptions during conference play. At least they get some extra time to watch film.

GW Men's Hoops » Coaching? Bishop? What's the plan? » Today 2:01 am

BrianPaul
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Bishop is a highly skilled scorer and ballhandler, and de facto, is GW's point man.  There's talk of his defensive play being deficient, though not many guys sustain effort on both ends of the game, both ends of the court.  There's also talk of his minutes played, on a team that does not have many experienced, skilled options at guard, with two decent players having left the team. 

I don't see a plan in which his skills are being used to make his teammates better, and grow their games for future play. Maybe adding Lindo to the mix, maybe brining back a healthy Battle, will change the game.  I hope so, but I see no reason to believe so. 

It also seems this reliance on non-athletic 3 point shooters is not working, at least not yet. Dang, Sloan seems so out of place as a big who is afraid to play big. 

This team has a long, long way to go to be a team.  Will Bishop stick? 

The Year of the Bull is about to become another Year of the Covid Bug. It's not joyful.  Neither is this team. Yet. 

I'd like to see improvement, maybe 3 games in a row. Oh well. There are other pastimes. 


 

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games - November » Today 12:30 am

The Dude
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Unranked for the first time since 2016, Duke lost again tonight, to Pittsburgh. they are in legit danger of missing the tourney. As is North Carolina and Kentucky has basically no chance unless they win out.

A wild year for the bluest of blue bloods
 

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 10:19 pm

jf
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Second the condolences for GWAA. A terrible thing.
We had been doing quite well in comparison to many other team under JC in dealing with Covid.
  And this apparently happened when we weren't in Foggy Bottom for unrelated reasons.
Hope if Coach Christian has symptoms, they stay mild.
He's young and strong and sure that we all hope that he feels better real soon.

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 6:51 pm

Gwmayhem
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Am very sorry for your losses GWAA.

Hoping JC is back and better than ever in no time.

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 6:08 pm

As per the GW official page, both the Dayton and URI games have been "postponed". No es bueno. Stay safe everyone, wear a mask, stay at home, wash your hands. This virus did not disappear like some sort of mircale in April or on Nov 4 because it was some sort of political ploy (lost a friend last week and friend lost her mother yesterday, this shit is very real).

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 4:46 pm

DCAbloob
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It was head coach Jamion Christian himself who tested positive.
https://twitter.com/JamionChristian/status/1351641437109153796

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 3:32 pm

The Dude
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Hopefully a speedy recovery to whomever contracted, and a small silver lining, more time for Jamison Battle to recoup from his concussion

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 3:28 pm

GWRising
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Echo Gwmayhem.

Unlike the one before, I wish I had better news. This is going to take awhile to resolve. Assume the next four games are in real jeopardy. That means we may have 6 to reschedule in A-10 play. Expect several back to backs if all are eventually made up. Ugh.

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 3:22 pm

Gwmayhem
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This is a shame.  Hoping anyone who is infected has a complete and speedy recovery.

 

GW Men's Hoops » Team on Pause » Yesterday 2:28 pm

GW18
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https://twitter.com/MattNorlander/status/1351587982898307072

"Source: George Washington is going on pause due to a COVID positive in its program, per source. Interesting situation at GW these days. It’s been out of D.C. since last week, staying in Fairfax, practicing at George Mason due to lockdown security in and around D.C."

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