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GW Men's Hoops » James Bishop IV » Today 11:53 am

H&R..71
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It has been 5 weeks since our last win and we’re all trying to figure out why: weak OOC schedule? maybe.  Inexperience? maybe.  Roster construction? maybe. Poor coaching? maybe.

Tom Izzo says he would play anybody anywhere anytime.  He has a developmental plan that extends from Nov to March with his team peaking for tourney time.  Yes not apples to apples but one coaching philosophy.

From biddy basketball in grade school to big boy D1 there has always been 2 sides to the game.  Defensive skills are never ignored.  Most players enjoy the offensive side way more because it gets rewarded with accolades.  Not so on D.  D is hard work and under appreciated.  Very few pros are labeled lockdown defenders so why bother?

We don’t have a lot of foot speed.  We get beat off the dribble, get picked off to oblivion, get beat in transition, and only when the rainbow 3’s fall 35% of the time do we show any signs of life. 

I’ve watched Miami a bit lately to seek any similarities to our team.  They seem to take many 3’s early in the shot clock just like us.  But they bust their tails on D and on the boards.

Just curious when a whole new starting 5 is tried.  What have we got to lose?  Something went wrong 5 weeks ago that hasn’t been remedied.

Let’s go Revs!!!

GW Men's Hoops » James Bishop IV » Today 10:19 am

Gwmayhem
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Thank you for the nice words GW69.  It would be a shame to see you leave as your insightful commentary has also been invaluable here, and we can use more, not less, posters on this site.  Hopefully, you will reconsider.

Don't wish to drag this discussion on much longer but I will say that for all the talk about how inexperienced we were coming into the season, in a year where there were zero expectations to qualify for the Dance or even the NIT, that is all the more reason why it would have behooved this team to test itself more in November/December.  I am talking about trading 2-3 cupcakes for better quality games, not a complete overhaul of the schedule.  This is the needed "experience" that our younger players could have truly benefited from, not yet another game against Coppin State or UMES.

I do not disagree with GW0509's points regarding the offense having dropped off during conference play.  However, this team never truly learned how to play team defense throughout the entire season.  And, it's very hard to impress upon a young, inexperienced team that they have got to improve their defense when that young, inexperienced team is 11-2, irrespective of who they played.
 

GW Men's Hoops » The March Madness Bubble » Today 12:26 am

The Dude
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Adrian Autry's Syracuse squad has won back to back Quad 1 wins over North Carolina and At NC State 

17 wins and now 3 Quad 1 wins.  Computer #s not great so will need to keep it going.  They are 9-3 in Quad 2 & 3 played a strong schedule.   1-2 more Quad 1 wins from the bubble to overcome their computer #s but strong first year for Trey's Dad at Cuse.

On the flipside, some brutal bubble losses, Pittsburgh loses to Wake 91-58 and Texas A&M loses at home to a bad Arkansas team for their FIFTH Quad 3 loss.  Not a lot of at large bids to teams with FIVE Quad 3 losses! Swept by Arkansas, beat by #227 Vandy 

GW Men's Hoops » Other Games Thread » Yesterday 11:49 pm

The Dude
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Creighton with a big win over #1 UConn.   What a job by Gregg McDermott at Creighton, 6x he's taken them to at least the round of 32, 3x in a row including trips to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 last year

This team may be his best yet.   Wonderful job moving moving a Missouri Valley school to the Big East and right to the very top of the league.

 

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Saint Joe's Game » Yesterday 9:50 pm

GW0509
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GW +11.5 +500 ML on FD

GW Men's Hoops » The March Madness Bubble » Yesterday 8:41 pm

Alum '04
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Missouri, losers of 12 straight, tied with #5 Tennessee at home with 10 min to play.

GW Men's Hoops » The March Madness Bubble » Yesterday 8:03 pm

Makes GW69 words appropriate Dude. NCAA is screwed up. I stopped watching the NCAA tourney when the underdog conferences are eliminated. I don't care anymore. Same teams year after year. $$$$ plus greed has screwed up college basketball. 

GW Men's Hoops » GW vs Saint Joe's Game » Yesterday 7:55 pm

dmvpiranha
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St. Joseph's Hawks

Date: Wednesday February 21st, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Hagan Arena
TV: ESPN+
Analytic Ranks: 112th (KenPom), 113th (EvanMiya), 96th (Haslametrics)
NET Ranking: 97th
2022-23 Record: 16-17, 8-10 (T-8th in A10)
2023-24 Projected Record: 19-12, 9-9 (T-7th in A10)

Head-to-Head: 31-40, and the Hawks have won three of the past four meetings. The two teams played three times last year, with SJU getting the better of GW at Hagan Arena and the A10 tournament, while GW eked out a 92-91 overtime win at the Smith Center.

In Game 1 in DC, GW took a six point lead into halftime with five made threes in the first 20 minutes. The Hawks would claw their way back after the half, as Klaczek made three threes early on to trim the deficit. GW would eventually get the lead back and go up 5 with under 2 minutes to go. Unfortunately, the team lost their composure along the sideline, turned the ball over, and allowed Joe's to tie things up and force overtime. It was apparent all game that GW had no ability to protect the rim defensively. This is an incredible stat -  SJU's last twelve made field goals in regulation were either layups or dunks. That's right - they didn't make a jump shot in the final 14 minutes of the second half. GW nearly gave the game away in overtime as well as Max turned the ball over somewhat similar to the way JB did in the second half. Luckily Fleming lost track of an open SJU player near the rim and missed a three in the closing seconds to allow GW to hang on. Reynolds and Brown fouling out late also helped. BA led all scorers with 32 points and 7 made threes, JB had 22 points and 6 assists, Max finished with a double double (12 points, 10 rebounds), and Ricky had 11 points/7 rebounds.

In the return game at Hagan, the game wasn't as close. GW fe

GW Men's Hoops » James Bishop IV » Yesterday 5:17 pm

GW69
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I forgot to mention how much I’ve enjoyed being part of this community.Some really fine people on the 
Board.I’ve been impressed with the knowledge imparted here.I’ve learned so much about the game from all of you.Special shout outs to LSF-Mayhem-Rising and of course,the master-DMVpiranha.

GW Men's Hoops » James Bishop IV » Yesterday 5:10 pm

GW69
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I can’t believe I’m saying this-I believe I’m done with GW Basketball-and college ball in general.
I’ve followed Bball since I was a child in Philly in the 50’s.The Big Five was my focus-but I was in love with the 
game-and some players were my heroes.The game has changed so much since then-as has the world-but in most cases I’ve adjusted -as we all must.However,I’ve come to the conclusion that with the NIL nonsense 
college sports for me has become a bridge too far.I’ll dip into the board on occasion-but the thrill is gone-
and I really don’t care anymore how the team is doing.I wish them well.

GW Men's Hoops » The March Madness Bubble » Yesterday 4:24 pm

The Dude
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Lunardi just updated his bracket, Gonzaga powered by a win at Kentucky now in his field along with Seton Hall who pounded St John's in The Garden.

If anyone but Dayton wins the tourney we will get at least 2 teams, same ol' story.   VCU Bonnies and Richmond all have a NET around 70 and at least 1 Quad win, so if they can make a big push a 2nd at large invite in addition to Dayton is feasible.   At the moment they are all short in the resume although VCU with 5 Quad 2 wins is a clear candidate they have Quad 1 win games vs Richmond and Dayton coming up plus A10 Tourney chances to pick up another Quad 1 win,

UVA on the other hand, despite a 50s NET and just 2 Quad 1 wins... an firmly in the field with a 9 seed!   Must be nice to lose 75-41 to a team not in the field and have virtually no impact!   UVA not only has just 2 Quad 1s they are getting torched in their Losses, all 4 Quad 1 losses by 20-34 points. 

 That's a 9 seed resume???

 

GW Men's Hoops » The March Madness Bubble » Yesterday 2:35 pm

GW0509
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Alum '04 wrote:

Both USA Today and the Post have the A-10 being a one-bid league. What on earth will it take for Bernadette to get fired?

Jon Rothstein can be a cliche at times, and I think Mooney rightly called him out on how difficult OOC scheduling is nowadays, but he made a good point that the A-10 really needs to move to a 16-game conference schedule.  Once conference season starts, our teams are just not getting enough Q1 and Q2 games to build an at large resume. 

GW Men's Hoops » The March Madness Bubble » Yesterday 2:08 pm

Alum '04
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Both USA Today and the Post have the A-10 being a one-bid league. What on earth will it take for Bernadette to get fired?

GW Men's Hoops » James Bishop IV » Yesterday 2:05 pm

GWRising
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I think GW0509 is making the case about defense and OOC schedule persuasively so I'll leave that part alone.

However, I do want to address the point about not signing enough veterans in the portal this past offseason.. It takes NIL money/opportunities to attract quality veterans because they are in higher demand. GW had very little money a year ago for NIL. So it's hard to fault CC for this when he had one hand tied behind his back. This year I am happy to report that GW should be in a better position when it comes to NIL opportunities for transfers. We will still lose to most of the P5 schools based on NIL opportunities but should now be competitive with everyone else which is all you can ask. But this is a year to year thing and if GW is unable to continuously raise NIL money at the current pace (and plus) EVERY year, we will again be behind the eight ball. So if you all want to really affect things, instead of complaining here, give $$$$ to NIL.

GW Men's Hoops » James Bishop IV » Yesterday 1:40 pm

GW0509
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Gwmayhem wrote:

GW0509, am not at all suggesting that CC or his staff did not prioritize defense or for that matter, did not try to create some urgency about playing better defense.  You have to remember that we're talking about 18-23 year olds for the most part.  At 11-2, it's very hard to convince them that they are playing poorly in certain aspects of the game.  They don't look at their performances against W&M, Navy, Alcorn State or UMES as warning signs.  They look at them as wins.

If any wins gave the players a false sense of superiority, such that they tuned out coaching, it's more likely the 3 against VCU, Davidson, and Mason, than any of the 11 from OOC.  

Also, *whispers*, it's actually our offense that is sneaky bad.  Last year we were 3rd in the conference in eFG% and so far this year we're 14th.  Our 2P% has gone from 1st to 13th.  Our season-long defensive efficiency is actually better so far this year than last.

I'm sure playing from behind affects our shot selection somewhat, but we are clearly missing Adams, Lindo, and Dean taking high quality shots close in near the basket.  I think there is some truth in CC putting this struggle on the team's youth and inexperience (but that gets to DMVPiranha's point about CC not recruiting enough vets in the portal).  

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