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7/02/2024 2:40 pm  #41


Re: 2024 schedule

FWIW we got our KenPom down to 139 entering the South Carolina game and even after that beat down it was 151.  Then, we unfortunately had a string of bad games against bad teams followed by injuries in conference play.  Even 5 games into our losing streak we were #177.

All that's to say that we should've easily been sub-200 last season had either we won those December games by 10+ or had DBJ/GJ not gotten injured for so long.

Realistically, if we're worried about moving up KenPom, then the #1 task Caputo has to do is get us to play better defense, no matter the opponent.  Our offensive efficiency has been league average or better, while our defense has been second to worst both seasons.  Fix the defense, we move up in KenPom, and then become a more attractive opponent to better schools.  In 2014, our defense was top 50 in the country!

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7/02/2024 11:55 pm  #42


Re: 2024 schedule

12/7 @Old Dominion - shown on D1 Docket

 

7/03/2024 9:38 am  #43


Re: 2024 schedule

That should be a nice challenge, especially with the game being on the road. The Monarchs have historically been a solid squad and gritty defensively. Not sure if there will be a shift in identity since they are going from one Jones in Jeff Jones to another in Mike Jones (who?). It's unfortunate that Jeff Jones had to step away due to health issues. He was always a pretty solid coach and I wish him well in retirement.

ODU had a rough season last year, and their best player was kicked off the team in the middle of the year (he's now at TCU). They also lose their other two double figure scorers. A promising trio in Devin Ceaser, RJ Blakney, and Imo Essien return. Blakney's name should sound familiar as we recruited him out of HS and faced him a couple times at Dayton. I feel like he's been around forever. Essien was one of their best three point shooters (39%) although he didn't take many on a per-game basis.

(Mike) Jones did pretty well in the portal, notably landing Sean Durugordon (Siena) who is the definition of a high-volume player but fits a need as ODU needs a go-to guy. Stephaun Walker (Robert Morris) is a DC guy who averaged nearly 10 ppg as more of a slasher than a shooter. Robert Davis Jr. (UMass) is another guy we are familiar with who can get it going from distance. Finally, Caelum Swanton-Rodger (Maryland) gives them much needed size up front. The Canadien didn't do a lot for the Terrapins, but did take the court in most games so he's not completely raw. We also recruited true freshman Jaden Johnson back in the day.

GW0509 wrote:

Realistically, if we're worried about moving up KenPom, then the #1 task Caputo has to do is get us to play better defense, no matter the opponent.  Our offensive efficiency has been league average or better, while our defense has been second to worst both seasons.  Fix the defense, we move up in KenPom, and then become a more attractive opponent to better schools

This. CC was apparently the defensive coordinator at Miami which makes it all the more confusing that GW has been so bad on that side of the ball. Last year's performance on that side of the ball is probably partly due to youth and year 1 was filled with players who he didn't recruit, but it needs to get better this year. Another 50-60 spot improvement would still have GW as a below average unit.

It all starts along the perimeter and guarding the three better. Teams in conference shot 39.4% against GW, which was predictably the worst mark in the A10. JB and Max were probably our two worst defenders, but is Moss/Drumgoole a significant upgrade? Internal improvement from last year's freshmen should also help by default.
 

 

7/03/2024 9:47 am  #44


Re: 2024 schedule

The schedule is not nor has ever been the binary choice that one here would have you believe.  We're not ready for a hard schedule so that must mean we should be happy about an easy schedule, right?  Absolutely could not be more wrong.

GW has never had nor has anyone here ever advocated for a John Chaney-esque OOC schedule.  The reality is that when GW is "ready" to take on better opponents, most of these opponents will have no interest in playing them anywhere.  And CC appears determined to make fair deals which the P5 programs, for the most part, don't really have much interested in doing.  So the best we can hope for is a challenging MTE (this year's has a notably tougher field than last year's, which was tougher than the year prior) along with some challenging tests against solid midmajors. 

Personally, I love the fact that La Salle will be playing at UNC.  Those kids will be able to say they played in the Dean Dome for the rest of their lives.  They can dream of pulling off the upset while at the same time, see how competitive a game they can play.  A n 8 point loss could be a huge confidence builder for that program.  And if you get blown out, so what?  It's what was expected.

As I've said for years, the optimal OOC schedule for GW should be...optimized.  A couple of top 50 opponents.   4 or so cupcakes.  The balance should be competitive games where GW might be no more than a 7 point favorite or a 7 point underdog.  These games are both winnable and losable.  Let these young men test themselves most of the time, as opposed to play as a demonstrative favorite most of the time. 

That formula does not make for an easy schedule or a difficult schedule.  It makes for a challenging one.   

 

7/03/2024 11:12 am  #45


Re: 2024 schedule

I agree with many of the sentiments above.  My hope for the coming season is that we have a fiery, competitive group led by a coach who instills that winning mentality whether it be in practice scrimmages or against the Celtics.

Speaking of the Celtics, it took one player to get the rest of the team to buy into the defensive side of the ball.  Until Jrue Holiday led by example, Tatum and Brown were mediocre on D at best.  They transformed into elite defensive players by putting in the time and work to learn proper lateral movement, positioning and footwork.  As a result they were on a string connected as a team always in the right positions.  It was gorgeous!  Prior to that, Tatum and Brown seemed to only be happy if their shots were falling.  They matured into complete players before our eyes.

Max and JB seemed defeated if their shots didn’t fall. They did start to buy into D just a bit but had a long way to go.

Last year Jacoi showed his competitive fire all over the court. So did Jun and Trey.  They have plenty to learn and my hope is that CC builds around or along with them this season.

GO REVS!!

 

7/09/2024 9:36 am  #46


Re: 2024 schedule

MTE schedule is out. Kansas State in the first game, Louisiana/Liberty in the second, McNeese St/Illinois St/UAB/Longwood in the final one https://gwsports.com/news/2024/7/9/mens-basketball-mens-basketball-to-participate-in-2024-us-virgin-islands-paradise-jam

 

7/09/2024 9:50 am  #47


Re: 2024 schedule

On first glance, looks like we got a pretty good side of the draw.  Hope we get a chance to go up against Will Wade and McNeese.  Not only are they going to be one of the top LM/MM teams in the country, but we get a chance at revenge for the BS "Colin Goss" game.

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