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- Why do most of you guys root against Nova? -- Novafan, Wed March 30, 2005 11:50:16 
I was under the impression that the Catholic schools generally rooted for each other. I have seen posts down below about Rams fans HATING Nova...I'm confused.
W/ all due respect to the interesting analysis below by another poster, we absolutely got hosed by the refs.
Good luck next year. I like what I see from you guys. I actually was on here b/c wanted to know if Fordham/Nova was a home and home deal. Any of you guys know?
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- In 1971 when I was a freshman at Fordham and down in Raleigh for the NCAA Eastern regionals, Digger Phelps implored the Fordham enthusiasts to support Penn where he was an assistant coach in the Finals after we lost to the Wildcats. We told Digger, no, we will root for the Catholic school. The decision felt good after he broke his contract and went to the Midwest prarie land. (NT) -- GMeagherFC74, Wed March 30, 2005 12:13:06
- Rightly or wrongly, I think there is a perception that Villanova fans have an elitist, condescending air about them that many people get turned off by and hence root against Nova. I think the same thing can be said about Holy Cross. (NT) -- bulldog, Wed March 30, 2005 12:16:25
- I think a number of posters on this board are more anti-Big East than anti-Nova. Personally, I root for Nova unless they're playing Fordham (for obvious reasons), or SHU (being from Jersey and all). I had Nova beating UNC in my pool, so you know I agree that you guys got hosed. Jay Wright's doing a nice job down there, you guys will be fine. No idea if the FU/VU is a home & home, but I hope it is. (NT) -- Ram'83, Wed March 30, 2005 12:16:52
- As with everything in life, there are exceptions, but I have to agree with "bulldog" in that there is a perception that Villanova fans are bit elitist. I also think that their being a Big East team does not help. As for the home-and-home, I think that helps to further explain our disdain for Big East teams, few, if any, would schedule us as a home-and-home. I believe that there is also an issue with Jay Wright, something about him agreeing to take the FU job and then backing out, though I forget the details. By the way, I was rooting for UNC which I never do, but it was mostly b/c I have them winning it all in my pool. (NT) -- ace93, Wed March 30, 2005 12:51:56
- For me it's about how Nova gamed their schedule I believe two years ago to lessen the impact of their players' suspensions. They bumped St. Joe's, which is an A10 and Jesuit peer of Fordham, to play some cupcakes during that suspension period. It showed a lack of integrity which is a big problem with Big East schools. St. Johns' refusal to play us this year and next year because we are finally coming back and they are relatively weak is another example of what I'm talking about. The way I look at it, a school has an obligation to always honor its agreements and historic rivalries - not to honor them only when your program is strong that particular year. To do otherwise is to deprive the other program of a fair chance to win and even up their standing in the series. (NT) -- DamnRam, Wed March 30, 2005 13:08:07
- I think there are a number of reasons that some Fordham fans root against Nova. The Howard Porter eligibility case is one(that "loss" ended Fordham's greatest season), the perception of Nova students as snobby, wealthy suburban kids(add Holy Cross here) is another, and many vividly recall the last minute cancellation of Fordham's morning press conference at Lincoln Center announcing the hiring of Jay Wright as our coach after his midnight call to back out of the job. And if Nova does not play a return date in NY against Fordham this coming season you can add another reason. But there are also many alums at Fordham that are not fully aware of these issues and root for Nova because of the Catholic connection or friends that go there. (NT) -- Rambacker, Wed March 30, 2005 13:57:54
- When did Wright plan on coaching Fordham?? Before Hofstra? (NT) -- Novafan, Wed March 30, 2005 15:15:02
- We Fordham alums should not take umbrage at Nova, HC, BC or GT on the perception that they are a bunch of "snobby, wealthy suburban kids". Fordham has for a long time now had a large number of students who fit that bill to a T. Depending on your individiual perspective and how you choose to define those terms you could even say it's a majority. (NT) -- DamnRam, Wed March 30, 2005 15:37:38
- I never root for Nova, but that is for some of the reasons listed, and being in fifth grade watching them defeat G'Town. I was huge Broadnax fan. Also, I think as Fordham Alums and support for our hoops team and alma mater, tomorrow night should be the last evening we support St. Joe's. They are our true rival, jesuit, A10 and an example for where we want our program. However, if they do make a run in the NCAA's etc. over the future year's okay, but moving forward they should not be complemented or mentioned. St. Joe's is our rival -- and should be our strongest rivalry. (NT) -- toby., Wed March 30, 2005 16:23:36
- Very true. But alums of a certain age(and there are many), when Fordham featured mostly first-generation college students from working class families, still hold that opinion. (NT) -- Rambacker, Wed March 30, 2005 16:32:10
- Should I take this rivalry into account as I research Villanova MBA Programs, being a Fordham Alum? (NT) -- Alor112, Wed March 30, 2005 17:25:52
- BTW, just for the record, I don't think any Fordham poster used the word "hate" in reference to Nova. Some of us said "dislike" or mentioned that we root against, but I took a quick look and didn't see any one using the word "hate". (NT) -- bfg, Wed March 30, 2005 20:50:56
- This is all news to me. I didn't realize I disliked Villanova. And some of these things which are cited for reasons why Fordham fans don't like Villanova, unbelievable. I would hope all of us have more important things on our minds. (NT) -- JoltinJoe, Thu March 31, 2005 06:41:03
- Nova Leads UNC at the Half -- Rambacker, Fri March 25, 2005 23:10:57 
You've got to believe that our players are getting an eye-opener watching Villanova, minus Curtis Sumpter, lead the Tar Heels at the half in the tourney tonight. We played Nova tough for a half in their building, which has to hit home with our guys that with a few more players, we can play with anyone.
In other news, UMass named Eastern Kentucky Coach and former Kentucky Point Guard Travis Ford as their Head Coach today.
Also hearing that UConn Asst. Tom Moore is the leading candidate for the Stony Brook job if he wants it.
And finally, Louisville Asst. Reggie Theus will be named Head Coach at New Mexico State.
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- 'Nova got jobbed on a controversial traveling call with 9 seconds left....ALAS POOR 'NOVA... (NT) -- Ram It '66, Sat March 26, 2005 00:25:37
- How they get robbed? The kid clearly took 3 steps. The entire nation saw that except you? Must be the cateracts. (NT) -- Smoochy, Sat March 26, 2005 08:30:04
- That call never gets made in that situation. NEVER. Nova got jobbed. (NT) -- Rambacker, Sat March 26, 2005 10:01:39
- What's a cateract?? Heheh! Smoochy, it looks like you had some shekels on the Tar Heels last night. Like palming, walking is rarely called these days. I guess it was just myself and the chorus of boos at the end of the game that saw it correctly. (NT) -- Ram it '66, Sat March 26, 2005 10:05:32
- I'm delighted that 'Nova lost. I've never liked them and there's no way I'm rooting for a Jay Wright coached team. That being said, the kid didn't walk. Lundquist and Rafferty thought he did but a closer look showed only 2 steps. The studio crew disagreed w/ the call as did many reporters in today's papers. So much for the entire nation seeing it your way. (NT) -- bfg, Sat March 26, 2005 10:42:44
- Another mix up in last night's games was the call in the Duke/MSU game in which Shelden Williams dunked it home, it cleared the cylinder and popped out. Packer and Nantz were quick to say it was a hoop as initally called by the refs, but they did a great job of backtracking once the refs took the 2 points off the board. I hate Packer. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Sat March 26, 2005 11:09:20
- I suggest you start rooting for Nova , Georgetown and any other Catholic university that is in the NCAA tournament. They are similar to Fordham in many, many ways. There is a bigger picture her than your personal feelings about coaches or other secondary considerations. Fordham's administrators and Board are watching the Catholic school's progress in the NCAA's and the NIT, and it affects the future support of our program. Let's keep our eye on the big picture, not the small one. (NT) -- Rambacker, Sat March 26, 2005 21:44:06
- It took me about 10 replays to finally see that the call was wrong. These referees are supposed to be pros so they should get it right, but in college the travel gets called a lot more than the carry which rarely gets called. In the NBA neither exist anymore. When I saw it live something definitely looked wrong. I think the referee initially wanted to call a charge b/c Ray lowered his shoulder, but not enough contact was made though it did cause a slight hesitation in Ray's step so instead he called a travel which on initial review looked like the right call. I was rooting for UNC so I may have seen it through biased eyes. I wanted Villanova to win about as much as I want to send my kid to Iona. (NT) -- JóDete93, Sat March 26, 2005 11:21:23
- The only question in my mind: did he take 3 steps or 4? After perhaps taking one small step, the player took three long, obvious strides towards the basket. Did anyone notice that the VU coaching agreed with old Raftery and me? You guys must be NBA fans. (NT) -- Ramses, Sat March 26, 2005 15:47:54
- The kid took two steps. I couldn't believe the ref blew the call, and that was before I saw the replay or read this morning's papers. And I don't care who he plays for, that call never -- well, almost never -- gets made. One more in a list of fortuitous turns for the Tarheels in their NCAA Tournament history. (NT) -- WhamBamThankURam, Sat March 26, 2005 20:00:47
- DW Contract Extension -- Rambacker, Thu March 31, 2005 16:53:49 
Anybody notice how quickly John Beilein had his contract extended at West Virginia? Announced today, it took a matter of days. Why has it taken this long to finalize DW's extension/raise? This should have been finalized days after our season ended.
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- EARTH TO FORDHAM ADMINISTRATION (MCSHANE, GRAY AND FRANK): EXTEND DW NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -- NJRAMFAN, Thu March 31, 2005 23:13:03 
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- SBU just extended the contract of Solomon (2-26) to help him recruit for the long-term rebuilding job ahead of him. Any word yet on the negotiations between FU and DW? -- Upstate Ram, Thu March 31, 2005 12:00:05 
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- The Ram interviews DW -- Marco (CBA 07), Thu March 31, 2005 21:25:08 
Just a short excerpt:
"Are you concerned with recruiting a point guard who can score or trying to improve Kevin Anderson's perimeter game?
We want Kevin to improve. We want him to have the confidence that he had at that St. Bonaventure game (Kevin hit two three pointers in the first half against the Bonnies). Kevin is very capable of making shots and if he works hard we know that if teams continue to leave him open late in the game he will bury teams. He can be as great a shooter as he wants."
"There have been grumblings that once you get this program to improve, you will eventually jump ship to your alma-mater, North Carolina State. How big of a goal is that for you?
It's not a big goal at all. Everyone kind of assumes that because of my popularity with what I did there -- that I want to go there as soon as I can -- but that is not a goal of mine. I didn't know I would end up at Wagner, or Georgia Tech, or Fordham. My ultimate goal is to have a program that wins a national championship. That usually means being at a high level program but that may be here. Until then, I want to have a solid program and I want my teams to have high graduation rates."
Sorry, you'll have to wait for the online version for the rest.
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- Churchill Odia Transferring From Xavier -- RAM71, Wed March 30, 2005 22:02:22 
This was discussed at Rivals. Leaders are Maryland, George Mason, ND, Goergetown.
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- Armstrong's -- B. Mann, Tue March 29, 2005 18:24:22 
Hope to see everyone at Armstrong's on the 21st. Also hope there is good news regarding the final recruit at that point...and an extension of DW's contract. Austrie looks like a long shot, but I've heard good things about the player from North Carolina...what about it, Rambacker?
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- Ewing Jr. to transfer at end of semester -- Dadas02, Wed March 30, 2005 21:58:21 
Where will Ewing possibly land? Will he be a coveted transfer for a top 30 program or resurface at a mid major?
Pat Ewing Jr. is transferring from Indiana after two seasons with the Hoosiers.
Ewing, the son of former NBA great Patrick Ewing, will transfer to another school at the end of the spring semester, coach Mike Davis said Wednesday.
"Pat is an exceptional athlete with a lot of potential, and we're disappointed to see him go," Davis said in a statement. "We wish him nothing but the best."
A 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, Ewing started five of the 29 games in which he played this season, averaging 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds a game during Indiana's 15-14 season.
He was a top recruit for Davis out of National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Md., but only averaged 2.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as a freshman.
"I've spent a lot of time with my family and given this decision a lot of thought, and I feel it is in my best interests to pursue my education and basketball career at another school," Ewing said.
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- Aaron Jackson commits to Duquesne -- Ramfan, Wed March 30, 2005 20:50:38 
according to Jeff Goodman of Scout.com. 6'3'' point guard from Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. I don't know how seriously we were pursuing this kid (if we were still involved with him), but I recall Rambacker mentioning him a few weeks back.
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- A Little Known Fact about DW -- Rambacker, Wed March 30, 2005 18:10:08 
DW served as an Asst. Coach under Joe Harrington at 3 different schools, George Mason, Long Beach State and Colorado, in a five year period from 1987 to 1991. Hope he was renting. Even more reason to settle down and make Fordham his long-term home.
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- He can settle down anywhere. What he can't get anywhere but here though is the chance to be the big fish in the big pond that is the NYC and national hoops scene. We've got much of what he needs (except the competent AD and the sports palace) but he's already shown that he can work around those while we work on the long-term solution. DW could be Fordham's Carnesecca, Martelli, Chaney (sans the irritability), Digger (of the loyal variety), or even the next Coach K (I'm on a roll here, go with it). He has already done the heavy-lifting over the past two years. The rewards are just around the corner, the opportunity is plain to see. All he has to do is say yes. Sometimes life really is that simple. (NT) -- DamnRam, Wed March 30, 2005 19:19:05
- Who's got a better chance to become the hoops king of New York -- DW or Norm (yawn) Roberts? Even though DW's not originally from the area, he strikes me as having the attitude, edge, and fire that New Yorkers will respond to, far more than Roberts. Gonzo might have had a shot, but he's blown it by making clear his intention to bolt from NYC at the first chance. [Is the Louisiana-Monroe job still open?]. Whitt's DC roots are right down the road, a quick car or train ride away. [Face it, NYC and DC are now two ends of the same town, a big East Coast Metroplex. I know, I split my time between the two "neighborhoods"]. We need to knock off some big team in the Garden, reawaken the "Monster of Madison Square", and DW will realize that he's home and he's the Man. Let's do that contract extension and go for it! (NT) -- John, Wed March 30, 2005 22:06:16
- The Sagarin ratings now has Fordham ranked 172 and rival Manhattan 174. The Rams have moved up because St. Joe's, Memphis, among others, were still playing and winning in the post-season tournaments. The Rams ahead of the Jaspers looks sweet. See: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/bkt0405.htm -- Ram IT '66, Wed March 30, 2005 08:52:58 
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- Austrie Commits to UConn -- Rambacker, Tue March 29, 2005 22:27:06 
The word out of UConn tonight is that Craig Austrie committed to them today.
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- Can you spell "backup?" (NT) -- Rambacker, Tue March 29, 2005 22:29:27
- Collegesports.com is reporting his commitment to UConn as well. Given the possibility of Gay leaving after his second year and the uncertainty surrounding A.J. Price, Austrie may not be back-up for too long. Interestingly, Austrie is the only guard and the only non-ranked player of UConn's 4 commitments. (NT) -- El Jefe '80, Tue March 29, 2005 23:43:14
- I doubt if he'll beat out Marcus Williams. And AJ Price will probably be fine, from what I hear. I think Austrie was signed as insurance and UConn will recruit right over him in the future. He should have played in the A-10, he could have been a star there. (NT) -- Rambacker, Wed March 30, 2005 09:47:16
- This has all been said before, but it is worth repeating. We haven't won one of these one on one "recruiting wars" with a major national power in a long time (if ever). For the foreseeable future we're either going to have to find real talent before the others or find the kids that are terrific but for whatever reason are undiscovered or un-ranked. I can't get too worked up about Austrie who became the focus of Big East, Pac 10, and other schools that, at present, are perceived as, for lack of a better term, glamourous by HS ballers who are in the spotlight. Our day will come, though. We'll know it when we win one of these recruiting battles with a major school. (NT) -- West Ram, Wed March 30, 2005 10:01:14
- Good point West Ram. Anytime I see recruiting info posted about someone who we have interest in and then see what other schools are interested in him and see that it's a Big East or ACC program, I don't even bother thinking that we have a shot at getting the guy. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Wed March 30, 2005 10:09:59
- Be careful what you wish for. We actually won a few of them during Hill's 1st recruiting class. We'd all like to land the star recruit but DW seems to know where to find the diamonds in the rough. (NT) -- bfg, Wed March 30, 2005 10:10:34
- Few programs, if any, can beat out Calhoun and UConn in Connecticut in recruiting. (NT) -- ConnRam99, Wed March 30, 2005 11:37:31
- With this year drawing to a close, does anyone know of any blockbuster type recruits Fordman may be looking at for the 2006 class. This is the time for DW to really push for a top 100 kid. I'm just curious if anyone has heard any rumors, becaues I feel like our strengths are becoming more apparent on a national level. (NT) -- Parkman, Wed March 30, 2005 11:40:57
- At the stage we are in right now, I think it's critical to sign as many players early as possible. Austrie is a good example - we recruited him for a short time until he committed to UMass. If he had committed to us early instead of UMass, that would have been a major signing for us. The BE and ACC, etc. schools that need another player come sailing in like vultures and snap these recruits up when they wait to sign until the Spring. (NT) -- Rambacker, Wed March 30, 2005 12:12:07
- A nnouncers in Yesterday's UNC vs. Wisconnsin Game -- Opinionator, Mon March 28, 2005 09:21:49 
Don't recall who it was, but watching UNC vs. Wisc on CBS yesterday I saw a semi-alley-oop pass to a UNC player and the announcer screamed "Go In"
Combine announcers enthusiasm for UNC and that bum call against Villanova and it appears UNC is getting every opportunity to advance above and below board
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- Yawn.....I watched the entire game and never heard that comment (NT) -- Smoochy, Mon March 28, 2005 11:16:57
- It may just be me but it seems that the announcers always favor the ACC schools, especially Duke and North Carolina. (NT) -- ConnRam99, Mon March 28, 2005 11:31:40
- If salim stoudamire played for Duke or another ACC school Dick Vitale would praise him as the greatest player ever. (NT) -- FU, Mon March 28, 2005 12:57:34
- The team that called the UNC/Wisc. game was Vern Lundquist and Bill Rafferty. It wouldn't surprise me if Rafferty said it (I didn't see the game) b/c he says lots of stuff like that not, IMO, b/c he's rooting for a particular team but he often makes comments like that on exciting plays. I didn't use to like him but Rafferty and Lundquist are the best duo calling the games. Lunquist is a pro who doesn't talk too much and Rafferty makes it clear how much he loves the game w/o being obnoxious. Also, he gives good props to smaller private schools. (NT) -- bfg, Mon March 28, 2005 14:51:25
- Golf with Coach Whittenburg -- ace93, Tue March 29, 2005 11:44:43 
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Men's Basketball Golf Outing.
Monday, 16 May 2005
The Tuxedo Golf Club
Tuxedo, New York
The 2nd Annual Men's Basketball Golf Outing will be a small outing to get together with Coach Whittenburg, golf on one of the nation's oldest courses, and help men's basketball reach their year-one Full Court Challenge goal.
Space is limited. Only five foursomes (20 golfers) will be available for this intimate outing at one of the nation's oldest and most renown courses.
Cost per golfer is $400 or $1,600 per foursome, a portion of which is tax deductible. Funds collected from the outing will be directed to the Men's Basketball gift fund and help the program reach the year-one Full Court Challenge cash goal.
To reserve your foursome or individual spot in this year's outing, please call Tim McMahon at 212-636-6589 or via email at email@example.com.
Due to positive responses, spaces are filling up fast.
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- a friend of mine caddied for Dereck at Winged Foot and said he was a lousy tipper. (NT) -- Denunzio, Tue March 29, 2005 15:34:39
- a friend of mine golfed with Dereck at Winged Foot and said your friend was a lousy caddie. (NT) -- Servizio, Tue March 29, 2005 16:19:50
- But DW did give him the gift that on your friend's deathbed, he will have gained total consciousness. So he has that going for him, which is nice. (NT) -- JoltinJoe, Tue March 29, 2005 16:31:10
- "So I says 'Hey, Llamma. How 'bout something, ya know, for the effort?'" (NT) -- Denunzio, Tue March 29, 2005 17:09:49
- Goonga-galoonga, goongala-goongala-goonga (NT) -- D. Lama, Tue March 29, 2005 17:32:58
- Al: "I guess to Italians this is skilled labor." D'Anunnzio: "No, actually I'm a rich millionaire. My doctor says I should get out and carry clubs 2, 3 days a week." Al: "You're a funny guy. When are you due back in Boystown?" (NT) -- Al Czervik, Tue March 29, 2005 17:36:49
- Perhaps he can borrow Bob Hill's golf cart next time out? (NT) -- Ant Hill, Tue March 29, 2005 18:08:44
- I wonder if he offered him a Fresca...ohh huh huhhhuh! (NT) -- Sasquatch, Wed March 30, 2005 12:14:04
- Doherty To Stony Brook? -- RAM71, Tue March 29, 2005 22:12:02 
It is being reported that he has been offered the job, but will he take it? He lost the James Madison job last year by holding out for St. John's and then finishing second. I think he takes the SBU offer. At least he will be close to home.
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- Brian Nash next at St. Francis -- El Jefe '80, Tue March 29, 2005 19:45:47 
CBS Sportsline is reporting that Seton Hall assistant Brian Nash will be introduced as the coach at St. Francis (NY) on Wednesday. He will replace Ron Ganulin who led the team to a 13-15 overall record and a 9-9 mark in the Northeast Conference this past season. Nash's father played at St. Francis and was a member of the last team to make the postseason in 1963.
I guess beating St. John's at the Carnesecca Hall dedication and a one point loss to Seton Hall in NJ are not as significant as one would think.
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- St. Joe's by 12!! -- Rambacker, Tue March 29, 2005 21:11:48 
An impressive 12 point win by the Hawks with a great coaching job by Martelli, outstanding defense and a super performance by Pat Carroll with 24 points. The man can hit a jumper with 2 inches of open space - he is quickly becoming one of my favorite college players to watch.
Go Hawks and go A-10!!!! Let's get an NIT Championship!
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- Congrats to St. Joe's on making the NIT final!!! -- bfg, Tue March 29, 2005 20:59:43 
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- Craig Austrie -- Ramfan, Tue March 29, 2005 16:11:54 
A post on the Rivals message board claims that Austrie is on his way home from a visit to Providence (this came from his high school coach), and visited UConn this weekend. Also says that USC has offered him, and Florida and Georgia Tech have inquired.
Considering what's left in this senior class, looks like some high majors are giving him a hard look. I've got to believe that it's going to be tough to get him out of New England, with Providence and UConn coming hard.
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- St. Joe's vs Memphis in NIT Semis Tonight at 7pmET on ESPN2 -- Rambacker, Tue March 29, 2005 18:11:35 
7pmET Tipoff tonight for the Hawks vs. Memphis NIT Semi-Final Game at Madison Square Garden.
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- Explosive Guard -- FC92, Mon March 28, 2005 12:21:55 
I am hearing that DW and staff are looking to sign an "explosive" guard. Someone who could run the point but has the ability to score 20 points on any given night. This player must also be a legitimate threat to hit the 3. I heard there are only about 3 guards left ((including Austrie)for the class of 05 who they are considering. If they can't sign who they need they will hold ship for next year.
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- GW loses 2 -- Stout for 3, Mon March 28, 2005 23:29:35 
I can't seem to find it on any website but I am fairly certain I saw on the bottom of ESPN today that Mike Hall and Pops Mensah-Bonsu of GW both declared for the NBA Draft. GW was scheduled to return all but TJ Thompson, but if these 2 guys leave, it really opens up the league a bit more for next year.
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- CW is that both will test the waters, refrain from signing with an agent, figure out what they need to make the NBA, and return for next year. Of course, a good showing in pre-draft camps could change such plans. (NT) -- John, Mon March 28, 2005 23:50:17
- This might bring GW back to the pack, but this is not good for the league. (NT) -- JoltinJoe, Tue March 29, 2005 06:58:02
- It would def be a blow to the A-10 for GW to lose those two guys. I think it would benefit both of them to stay in school another year. I can't imagine either of them being a first rounder. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Tue March 29, 2005 07:47:03
- All the talk on the A-10 board is that they are merely testing the waters, as many here have said, and will most likely return for the senior year. Pops is definitely not ready. He can rebound and block shots, but he has a limited offensive game for the NBA. Mike Hall has the entire package, beginning with brains. I am certain that he will pull himself out of the draft if he is not ready. (NT) -- ace93, Tue March 29, 2005 08:17:11
- I can't imagine why players are leaving early. The NBA has hardly any imagination on defense, and, to think of it, on offense too. The season is way too long. There are not many big games and the fan's spirit is not like college. Seems like a very boring existence. I'd much rather be a big man on campus and look forward to NCAA Basketball and the many different styles of play. (NT) -- The Fish, Tue March 29, 2005 08:37:53
- McDermott has officially been offered by Duke and is taking an official visit there. Looks like it is between PC and Duke. -- Ram, Tue March 29, 2005 12:22:55 
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- Let's hope he chooses Providence. We seem to be battling them with a couple of recruits ie. Austrie and Lowe(if we still have any shot). It could only help if Mcdermott can steal one of their scholarships. Does anyone know how many scholarships they have left this year, I know they brought in half a football team worth of recruits last year. (NT) -- Parkman, Tue March 29, 2005 12:34:00
- PC has 2 players signed.They have 2 scholarship seniors leaving, and 2 players have transfered. That makes 4, so they have 2 open but if Quinton Hosely (spelling?), a JUCO player, does not qualify they will have 5 to give, 2 are already taken, so that would be 3 open scholarships. (NT) -- Ram, Tue March 29, 2005 12:50:33
- I think there would also be a question as to similar positions. Don't McDermott and Austrie both are guards, so one may deter the other. For some reason I do not see McDermott at PC though. (NT) -- ace93, Tue March 29, 2005 12:56:33
- Thanks, wishful thinking was making me believe they only had one to give. Oh well, let's hope they realize what Fordham has to offer (NT) -- Parkman, Tue March 29, 2005 13:18:49
- It's going to be tough for PC to beat out Duke. Unless McDermott decides to focus on the football route, Duke is going to be tough to beat. (NT) -- Ramfan, Tue March 29, 2005 16:12:57
- The below posts show the lack of knowledge on this board. Lumping together K. Anderson and Stout into the same breath. Kevin Anderson is a decent mid-major backup point guard with little/no offensive upside. Marcus Stout is an emerging slasher with All-Conference potential. -- Officer, Mon March 28, 2005 14:50:55 
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- Thanks, chief. Your insights are welcomed and appreciated. Very value added. (NT) -- bfg, Mon March 28, 2005 14:56:22
- I do not think you are giving KA a fair shake. Starting at PG for a frosh is a major accomplishment, he has a good shot, don't forget his dunk against X. He has always played on teams where his sole job has beem to get the ball to others and not look for it himself. He is a good defender and I believe he is a good A-10 player and will improve greatly over his career. Just becasue the kid did not come in a score a ton does not mean he is not a solid A-10 contributer. (NT) -- DebataRam, Mon March 28, 2005 14:57:09
- Mid-major backup, huh? Kevin did a solid job at the point this season. He's not a scoring PG, but there is definitely room for improvement if he works hard this summer. He'd easily be a starter and a top contributor for any team in the MAAC. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Mon March 28, 2005 15:03:24
- If you're judging point guards based solely on how much much they score I guess guys like Jacque Vahgn, Pepe Sanchez and Steve Blake (all playing(ed) in the NBA) were also a bunch of "mid-major backups." Also, look at guys like Rajon Rondo and Drew Neitzel. Neither scored much at all in the MSU/Kentucky game, but both were extremely effective and helped their teams perform at a high level. And you're correct when saying you can't lump KA and Stout together because they're very different players, but both are cornerstones for our future success. (NT) -- '02 Grad, Tue March 29, 2005 10:06:35
- To the guy posting as Cop [blank]. The name you are using is inappropriate. Neither word is objectionable, but when put together they are. Those are the rules of the entire Voy.com system, not just this board. (NT) -- ace93, Tue March 29, 2005 11:49:12
- Name Change -- ace93, Tue March 29, 2005 08:16:37 
Going forward I will be posting as ace93. No real reason, just felt a change was in order.
p.s. In case anybody is wondering, and I have had some questions already, my initials are "ace". This time there is no hidden meaning behind the name I chose. For those that know my full name, "ace" may not seem to fit, but I use my mother's maiden last name as my third initial as do many people from Spanish speaking countries. That is more detail than most of you probably need to know, but I thought I would explain anyway in case any others were wondering.
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- When underdogs dance-Biggest N.C.A.A. Upsets -- Smoochy, Mon March 28, 2005 20:50:31 
1. NC State stuns Houston in championship game (1983)
State had lost 10 regular season games, and nobody expected them to get to the Elite Eight, much less the championship game. But the Wolfpack was on a postseason roll, having won the ACC tournament and then advancing past Pepperdine, Virginia, and Georgia in tight games. Now they had the opportunity to face Houston's Akeem Olajuwon and the Phi Slamma Jamma gang.
The top-ranked Cougars were cocky, and had reason to be. "We figure the team with the most dunks will win," predicted Olajuwon.
If only it was so easy. NC State led at the half, and overcame a 17-2 run by Houston at the start of the second half to tie the game at 52 with two minutes left. The Wolfpack then fouled freshman guard Alvin Franklin, who missed the front end of a one-and-one. State rebounded and held the ball for the last shot, but the final play went awry, and Dereck Whittenburg -- who'd sunk two straight to tie the game -- missed a desperation 30-footer. As it fell far short of the rim, Lorenzo Charles went up, grabbed it, and slammed it in with one second left for an amazing Wolfpack win.
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- NC State was an underrated team that year. Whittenburg was the spark that made that team go, but he missed a significant portion of the season with an injury. I think he played in only 22 games that season, and the Wolfpack lost many of its 10 games without Whittenburg in the lineup. But when he returned, the team got on a roll. They won the ACC championship. One regular poster here commented at that time, after seeing NC State in the ACC tournament, that the Wolfpack would win the NCAAs. BTW, if the college game had a three-point shot back then, Whittenburg would have been even better. He could shoot lights out from 20. (NT) -- JoltinJoe, Tue March 29, 2005 07:04:41
- The Cougars were one of the best high school teams ever ("Cougar High", as we non-UH grads in TX like to call it). (NT) -- txram, Tue March 29, 2005 10:01:30
- Pearl to Tennessee? -- TNRam, Mon March 28, 2005 08:28:43 
Bruce Pearl (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) visited Knoxville on Saturday. Although he has not officially received an offer for the Tennessee coaching position, UT made clear to Pearl that an offer will be made if Pearl wants it. Pearl is trying to decide whether he wants to leave the Midwest. One key factor - the possibility that the Indiana job could open up next year if Indiana doesn't improve. If that happens, Steve Alford would be the leading candidate to take over from Mike Davis, and Pearl could wind up at Iowa, where he was assistant to Dr. Tom Davis. Look for this to be resolved within the next 2-3 days. If Pearl stays in Milwaukee, UT would likely pick from among Dana Altman, Bobby Lutz, and Mike Williams.
Virginia will attempt this week to convince Tubby Smith to head to Charlottesville. Tubby's wife hails from Richmond, and there have been reports that she would like to leave Lexington.
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- One on One at M.J. Armstrong's -- Bob Ahrens WFUV, Mon March 28, 2005 15:24:01 
This Saturday April 2nd One on One, New York’s longest running sports call-in show, will be broadcasting live (1-4 PM) from M.J. Armstrong’s…First Avenue and 19th Street in New York City…
It’s our Final Four/Baseball Preview show and we invite you to join us. We’ll expand our Yankee-Met ticket trivia contest to include the audience and also have some other prizes for those in attendance.
Saturday April 2nd…One on One live from M.J. Armstrong’s...
We hope to see you there.
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- Kevin Anderson -- JS 51, Mon March 28, 2005 17:07:19 
In regards to the comments on Kevin Anderson: I predict he will work 5 hours a day on his outside shooting and be s top point guard at 6'4" next year. He works hard on defense and was often a stopper this year, is a team player and he will be have a full year of experience. Forget about 6' point guards who shoot but may not be able to contribute right away, defensively or offensively with the system. And have you noticed the size of the players in the final 16 NCAAs? Average 6'7" all around players who can handle the ball and play tough defense. We need more of them.
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- What exactly is the study of interdisciplinary humanities? -- J92, Sun March 27, 2005 17:26:40 
I know it is off topic, but I am watching Mich. St. v Kentucky and this popped up as one of the Mich. St. players majors. Anyone have any idea? Gotta love those state schools and their wide range of interesting majors.
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- Villanova travel call -- Dan-O'Girth93, Mon March 28, 2005 09:49:30 
I feel the referee made a gutsy call but we may never know if a traveling violation was his first intention here for blowing his whistle.
Why do I think it was a good call? Because you are not allowed to replant your pivot foot once lifted, after it has been established. I would argue that it therefore was a travel because his left foot was the established pivot foot when he picked up his last dribble. He took a step with his right, lifted his left, and then replanted the left foot near the lane.
One thing I do want to mention though is that the traveling violation is not a matter of how many steps. The rule book does not accord any stipulation to the number of steps. Never has. It is all about what you do with your pivot foot. It is the same reason why that Kevin McHale duck under move is NOT a travel, although generally looks like one. You could make the reverse argument here in that it did not look like a travel but if you look at the rule book it clearly was.
Let's break down the play:
Ray picks up his dribble while he is making his move to the basket (may I add, near the 3 point arc). His left foot is on the floor, his right foot is in the air taking that big step to the lane, blowing past his UNC defender Melvin Scott. He does not dribble again. His left foot (just inside the 3 point arc) is therefore his pivot foot, even though momentum is driving toward the lane and for all it looks like he might dribble once more. But he does not dribble again.
His right foot hits the ground and his left foot comes off the ground. Nothing wrong there. But then his left foot hits the ground and you have your traveling violation. There is contact, he shoots, he scores but he traveled before there was contact and before he took his shot. Yes, there was some contact but none worthy of a foul call, especially since he travelled first.
This was not one of those hop step deals where you are seemingly allowed to take off from mid-court and do a triple jump on your way to the basket and, as long as you land on both feet simultaneous, you are allowed to elevate for a shot...
I expect people to disagree with this assessment but these are the rules, which are often forgotten about when it comes to traveling and carrying (which is really a double dribble because you have let the ball come to rest in your hand and therefore have stopped one dribble and begun a new one).
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- I agreed with the call at first, disagreed later, but then yesterday they went through a brief explanation of the pivot foot and talk of how Ray's left foot actually landed before the shot which made me turn back to agreeing with the call. Tough, but correct call. As for this notion that you can simultaneously land and take off from both feet, I contest that such an act is impossible. In my book the hop step is always a travel. (NT) -- JóDete93, Mon March 28, 2005 10:04:15
- A very good analysis, Dan, but an important thing to note is the officials' consistency in making those calls. As JoDete mentions, that hop step is always a travel, but is never called. Did Ray travel? Technically, yes, but if the officials haven't called it all game - hell, haven't called it all year! - the player has a reasonable expectation that it is legal. That's why I didn't think it should have been called. (NT) -- Ram'83, Mon March 28, 2005 10:10:58
- I do not know the technicalities of travelling etc. but from a layman's perspective the call was a bad one. Had the roles been reversed, I would have accepted it as referee error, however, for me it is another example of favoritism shown, perhaps subconsciouly, to the perennial favorites. By the way, I have UNC in the bracket so the call worked to my advantage. (NT) -- Jimbo65, Mon March 28, 2005 10:49:36
- if one watched Penders years at Texas, the jump stop was part of their offensive attack; some games on tv it looked like it was officated well, other gagme it looked like most guys were getting away with 2 pivot foots? (NT) -- pjd, Mon March 28, 2005 12:07:38
- Yankees Tickets? -- Smoochy, Thu March 24, 2005 14:46:13 
I know this is not a basketball post but, I have 3 tickets to see the NY Yankees v. LA Angels@ Yankee Stadium on Tuesday April 26th 7:05 pm that I need to get rid off because I will be out of town. The seats are in Main Box 306 Row D. Seats located between 3rd Base and Left field. The 3 seats are together and are Aisle seats. Looking for face value of $50 for each ticket, or best reasonable offer.
I can mail them to you, drop them off in the city or in Northern Bergen County NJ
I currently have them on ebay but will take it down if anyone is interested.
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- In watching the last couple weeks of postseason basketball, it has become more obvious to me that while players win basketball games, they need the help of a great coach to do so. Now I love the excitement and the recruiting that DW has brought to Fordham, but I can't seem to get over the fact that our coaching staff is questionable at best when it comes to Xs and Os. Our offensive and defensive schemes, even when we were at our best, seem shaky. Just by watching a team like WVU yesterday dominate a good portion of their game w/Louisville made me question whether or not we could ever get to that point. Thats a team that is probably at our talent level, but they made it where they did because of John Beilein (and some pretty sick 3 point shooting). Now maybe once the guys get more used to playing together after a couple seasons we'll see them run some crisp offense, and play some great defense, but I still can't help but doubt that will happen. Please prove me wrong. Thoughts? -- '02 Grad, Sun March 27, 2005 11:33:35 
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- Two years ago we were a laughingstock of NYC and college hoops under the leadership of Bob Hill, finishing with a dismal school-worst 2-26 record and talk of getting booted from the A10. Since then DW has taken us to 13 wins (of which some came against respectable opponents we haven't beaten in years or decades) and some narrow losses against some other respectable opponents. Yet instead of celebrating that rapid progress you now fret because our program in only its second year of rebuilding doesn't compare to this year's best teams? Of course mistakes were made at times and DW has more work to do but I'm not even close to the point where I'm going to be nervous about this. Please relax! (NT) -- DamnRam, Sun March 27, 2005 12:28:40
- Please don't compare talent levels of WVU and us at present. while they look slow and deliberate WVU has excellent basketball players. Three point shooting is a talent, not luck. give whit some time to recruit shooters and other players. Belein is a great coach but he also has great players. (NT) -- Somer Ram, Sun March 27, 2005 13:33:51
- I'm not sure there's any basic lack of strategic ability on the part of DW and staff, it's just that the staff is young and relatively inexperienced. DW had the same type of staffs at Wagner. You couldn't judge his Xs and Os in '03-04, since the players regularly ignored him to do their own things, but there's no doubt execution was 100% better this year. It would be great to have an experienced head coach (Ron Ganulin?) as 1st assistant, maybe someone who could teach defensive tactics [remember how good Looie's St. John's teams were when ex-FDU coach Al LoBalbo was an assistant?], but maybe nobody's been available yet. Having Ray Martin assist last year suggests that having an assistant with head coaching credentials doesn't make DW uncomfortable. But I don't see any big need for a staff overhaul at this point. (NT) -- John, Sun March 27, 2005 13:44:33
- NIT Update... -- J92, Fri March 25, 2005 12:14:24 
JoDete, your dream of an all Jesuit final ended last night as the Cocks beat the rocks to solidify a trip to MSG.
Final 4 matchup - Memphis v St. Joe's and South Carolina v Maryland
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- WH's Comments on Binns and Greene -- Rambacker, Tue March 22, 2005 12:06:03 
WH, a very knowledgeable poster on the A-10 Message Board, has a recent post there on players in the A-10 that have been overlooked but are crucial to the future success of their respective programs. Here are his comments on Michael Binns and Sebastion Greene:
All Overlooked Team
"There were a lot of heralded newcomers in the A-10 this year, but the league's future success perhaps will depend more on the improvement of the less noticed players. Here'a few of them:
Sebastian Greene and Michael Binns, Fordham. Greene is a good shooter and smart passer, but he's quite thin and hesistant to explore his offensive game. The hustling Binns is a jumping jack around the boards and shows evidence of latent offensive skills. Their development is arguably key to Fordham's improvement. The Rams need to supplement the scoring of Marcus Stout and Byrant Dunston."
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- I'm getting a little sick of hearing how great WH is. He spends a good deal of time anlayzing the league but if you go back and look at his predictions, they are not exactly Nostradamus.Binns and hustle seemed mutually excluisive many times this year. I don't buy that analysis. (NT) -- '85, Tue March 22, 2005 12:08:51
- Binns, the "jumping jack around the boards?" Would be nice if he could actually pull one down. If I am not mistaken, one game at the end of the season he played 28 minutes and didn't pull down a single rebound. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Tue March 22, 2005 12:13:23
- My bad, he got a SINGLE rebound in 28 minutes of play in the A-10 Tourney against GW. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Tue March 22, 2005 12:18:14
- My point exactly and precisely how many jump shots did we see Sebastian Green take to even make an assessment? This WH guy is a bit of a kiss a** always saying nice things about every team. enough. Its good to be positive and look well to the future, but obviously, WH didn't see any games this year. (NT) -- '85, Tue March 22, 2005 12:19:21
- WH is an objective poster and bases his remarks on extensive viewing of A10 games. While he offers considered opinions he hardly goes easy on teams. I read his entire post and he criticizes Duquesne and other teams. He may not be overly critical but he does not go easy on poorly performing teams. As for the accuracy of his predictions how can you fault him when prominent & highly paid experts like Andy Katz cannot even predict the Final Four in this years tournament? You bring up some legitimate points but I think your criticism is a little harsh. (NT) -- Sira, Tue March 22, 2005 12:34:47
- I wasn't really criticizing WH, per say, but the minions that seem to lavish him with such high intellectual knowledge our conference. Having seen nearly every game this year, he appears way off the mark on his assessment of Binns and Greene took virtually no jump shots so how can one take those assessments seriously? (NT) -- '85, Tue March 22, 2005 12:42:38
- I don't read his posts for the predictions, I read them for the insights and analysis. He's better, more objective, and more comprehensive than any other A-10 observer I've read to date. I also like his tone -- civil and very well written. There are enough bombastic pundits out there. I want something different -- someone who does his research and does not feel the need to yell and exaggerate. He's not right all of the time but it's a pleasure to read his work. (NT) -- bfg, Tue March 22, 2005 12:43:10
- Sorry, did not mean to use another alias, don't know how I typed Sira (NT) -- SIram, Tue March 22, 2005 15:36:16
- For the most part I think WH does a very good job of covering the A-10. He is very objective, has been very harsh on the Rams in the past, has praised DW as of late. That said, in this case I think he was off. I am not writing either kid off, but Binns showed me very little this year. I do not think it was due to lack of hustle though, I think he was just a bit lost on the court. Greene on the other hand showed me a lot of promise, he is extremely athletic, very quick for his size, can jump out of the roof and goes after rebounds with a purpose. The one thing he did not show me was a good jump shot. His shot has little to no rotation and he has a slow release. He can improve on it, but it is not what I would call his strong suit. (NT) -- JóDete93, Tue March 22, 2005 13:54:43
- I actually think that WH was right on the money with both players. If you've watched any practices, you know that Greene has a good shooting touch, he just needs some work on his mechanics. He is in fact a very good passer with good court vision and has been hesitant to display his offensive repertoire in games. Binns does jump well, is athletic and has a pretty good shot(again you need to see him practice to understand this because he never lost his game nerves in his 2 months of playing with us). So WH is pretty much right on here with his analysis. There will be lots of different opinions on this, but I agree with WH that both players will be critical to our success next season and my feeling is both will improve and step into important roles. (NT) -- Rambacker, Tue March 22, 2005 15:57:45
- some might say that Binns didn't lose his nerve, others will say he took ill-advised shots. I'm glad that he shoots well in practice but let's face it, that doesn't win many games and his #'s don't lie. He needs a lot of work. (NT) -- bfg, Tue March 22, 2005 16:24:15
- A lot of guys are all-stars in practice, but for whatever reason it doesn't translate well into the games. Like bfg said, the numbers do not lie. Binns has had quite a few disappointing performances. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Tue March 22, 2005 16:40:19
- But that doesn't mean he won't improve. You seem to imply that you think he's as good as he'll ever be as a college basketball player. He's played college ball for two months, I think you need to give the guy a chance to improve before making what appears to be your "final judgement". (NT) -- Rambacker, Tue March 22, 2005 18:02:31
- I think most people are willing to give him a chance and we hope that he does improve. That being said, his development was slower than other freshmen and more than the level of his play was his poor decisions. He showed some signs of improvement in late Jan and early Feb, but he seemed to regress at the end of the season. That's what has fans concerned. (NT) -- bfg, Tue March 22, 2005 18:34:56
- I consider the posts here on Binns and Greene to be mean-spirited and illogical. These guys are FRESHMEN! Are you kidding me? Let's keep a rational perspective on these 18-19 year olds. You'd think we were talking about 30 year old NBA players. Give me a break. These folks need to get real on this, and quick. (NT) -- Rambacker, Tue March 22, 2005 20:13:22
- Nothing I've written is either mean-spirited or illogical. I'm well aware of who we're talking about although there are probably very few 18-year olds on the team and given that Michael played a year in prep school, he's at least 19, probably 20. I'm sure he's a good kid (DW hasn't brought in a bad kid yet) but I saw 7 of the last 9 games of the season and the guy struggled down the stretch. There's nothing wrong w/ honest an honest observation and there's nothing mean about it. If anything, you do him a disservice by over hyping him and making it nearly impossible to live up to your opinions of his abilities. (NT) -- bfg, Tue March 22, 2005 20:46:45
- Rambacker, I hear where you are coming from, but I do not think that too many of these posts were mean spirited, though some were. I certainly do not think that mine were and since you do not pinpoint specific people it is hard to tell which posts you are referring to. I think both Binns and Greene are good kids, or young men, whichever is the preferred term. I see a lot more promise in Greene than Binns, but that is not to say that Binns does not have a lot of promise as well. The beauty of it all is that they still have 3 full seasons to continue to improve. When I think of players and how much they can improve I think of guys like Arseni Kuchinsky. When he first got here I think few of us could stomach his time on the court, but by the time he was done many of us were hoping the NCAA would give him his 4th year much like we did with Mushon this year. As Coach Whittenburg says, Passion and Patience. (NT) -- JóDete93, Tue March 22, 2005 22:10:43
- I realize that Binns and Greene are young and have three years left to show us what they can do. I was just commenting on WH's analysis of Binns, in which I think he was a bit off the mark based on what I saw. I'm not writing him off. (NT) -- Air Hej '02, Wed March 23, 2005 08:07:31
- The point of the thread was to critique WH, and point out that he was flat wroing in his analysis. The purported almighty poster of the A-10. Having been to every home game this year and a few road games, his analysis of Binns & Greene could not be any further off the mark. We were not attempting to rip the freshment but rather point out that this WH is not the guru that some people seem to think he is. We have eyes and watch the games ourselves rather than submit to the occasionally illogical and off base postings of the great WH. (NT) -- '85, Wed March 23, 2005 12:45:17
- Binns was terrible and LAZY all year his rebounding was lax. Greene is a nice player but a HORRIBLE shooter, WH is totally off the mark. (NT) -- The Wram, Tue March 22, 2005 18:52:54
- If you had a clue, we'd take you seriously. Next? (NT) -- Rambacker, Tue March 22, 2005 20:16:00
- I'd have to side with RB on this one Wram, at least when it comes to your statement that The Sea Bass is a horrible shooter. What, exactly do you mean by that ? Do you mean that his mechanics are not up to par, or, do you mean that he is not an effective scorer in an actual game ? During the 2004-2005 season, the Sea Bass shot .434 (33-76) from the floor, making him the third most effective field goal shooter on the team, with only BD at .520 (154-296) and The Moosh at 86-164 (.518), more effective scorers. SG was also the number one foul shooter for this young ramlet team, hitting 90% of his attempts at the charity stripe. At 6'8'', and tipping the scales at only 188 lbs., however, he will get banged up playin' in the paint, so he might beef up a bit, during the off-season, to have a more effective inside game. I'm just curious as to why Coach Whitt did not give him more game time. (NT) -- Bronx Boy, Tue March 22, 2005 22:32:33
- Wram, you need to lay off the sauce, double up on your meds, and, use spellchecker. (NT) -- Bronx Boy, Wed March 23, 2005 03:12:39
- Greene has a head for the game, moves well without the ball, and can jump through the roof. He needs to add 20 lbs of muscle so he can bang inside some more. He needs to work on getting a faster shot release, but that comes with practice. Binns is less polished, but has good size and can crash the boards (viz. his performance at GW). IHMO, if both players seemed reticent at times, it's because they were trying to work within DW's system, rather than just showing what they can do individually. And that's a welcome change. By next year, both players will be valuable major contributors. (NT) -- John, Wed March 23, 2005 08:17:07
- Dear John, your evaluation of SG is on the money, but I can't say the same for your opinion of MB. "Crashin' the boards" in that last game with GW ? Hardly. MB had 28 minutes of PT, and came up with one rebound ! The 2004-2005 season shows MB played in 25 games, with 306 minutes of PT, while haulin' down 49 rebounds. That makes for 1.96 boards per game. He was usually on the outside, chuckin' from downtown, and, by doing so, did not position himself for rebounds. IMHO, MB just doesn't have the game smarts, at the present time, to make him an effective ballplayer. Durin' that last game with GW (I viewed it several times on tape), MB seemed to respond, after the fact, to many game situations. GW, would slash thru the paint, with MB, trailing several steps behind, flailing at the back of a GW jersey. In order to realize his potential, MB has to learn to anticipate the action on the hardwood. With additional coaching, and more playin' time, this may, or may not, come to pass. (NT) -- Bronx Boy, Thu March 24, 2005 05:35:56
- Binns is still recovering from a serious disc problem in his back. Do you have any idea how serious an injury that is? He spent the first 10 games that he played in just reaching a point where he could run without pain. And his play was affected in other ways due to the injury recovery. His stats are very misleading and you need to lay off the kid while he continues to recover from his injury. Why the need to attack this guy? (NT) -- Rambacker, Fri March 25, 2005 22:38:18
- I'm not attacking the guy. I'm just lettin' you know what I saw in that last game with GW. Besides, what does a bad back have to do with game smarts ? When Big Mike's back is all healed up, will he have any more game smarts ? Why the need to constantly defend the guy with all of your excuses ? 'Fess up, Rambacker, you're the guy who recommended Big Mike for that b-ball scholarship, aren't you? Get over it, move on, and get that point guard for next year. (NT) -- Bronx Boy, Sat March 26, 2005 19:52:54
- You have absolutely no clue. Binns will be fine and you need to relax and stop attacking freshman players at Fordham. Try to pick another topic, you are creating a negative influence for the program. Thanks. (NT) -- Rambacker, Sat March 26, 2005 21:52:03
- Why are you obsessing on this issue ? I'm not being negative regarding the program, I just state my opinions. That's what this forum is all about, and ..., I back up my opinions, with data. I do not rail at, nor do I demean, posters who do not share my views. We'll have to wait and see what Big Mike does next season. No amount of debating will change what will happen. If MB recovers from his injury, beefs up, and becomes a student of the game, he will contribute to the team, in a meaningful way. I sincerely hope he can do that. If he warms the boards, I guess he'll just be labelled a has Binns. (NT) -- Bronx Boy, Sun March 27, 2005 01:49:03
- Ok, are you done going after Binns now? (NT) -- Rambacker, Sun March 27, 2005 08:53:00
- You're still obsessing, RB. Further discussion is meaningless at this time. We'll have to adopt a wait and see attitude regarding Big Mike. Check in with you regarding his progress, or, lack of same, around January, 2006. 10-4. (NT) -- Bronx Boy, Mon March 28, 2005 07:17:36
- The Three Point Shot -- Joe S. ' 58, Sun March 27, 2005 18:56:53 
Is it my imagination or is this the year that the three point shot has come of age in the NCAA Tournament? Yes, I know that it has been in existence for years, and yes, Rick Petino included it in his arsenal years ago, followed among others, by his disciple, Billy Donovan, but this is the first year that I recall when the three point shot has had such an impact in virtually all games in the tournament. Whether in a fast-paced game or a milk-the-clock contest, the shooting this weekend has been incredible. Thoughts?
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- I disagree, teams relying heavily on three's have been victimized by drastic runs, e.g. West Virginia yesterday (can't shoot the 3 any better than that and they still couldn't get a W) Also, NC State shot the lights out against Wisconsin and still couldn;t get it done. Live by the 3, die by the 3. (NT) -- northjerseyram, Sun March 27, 2005 19:25:31
- Being a tradItionalist, I did not like the three point shot when it was first introduced. But I have since changed my mind. It permits the possibliity of bigger comebacks and opens up the game. I still do not like the DH rule. (NT) -- RAM71, Sun March 27, 2005 20:36:39
- The 3 point shot is the great equalizer in basketball. It has somewhat neutralized teams with power post players ability to totally dominate games. Imagine St. Joe's last year not being able to shoot 3 pointers. They would never had made the incredible run they made. (NT) -- Rambacker, Sun March 27, 2005 22:29:26
- Fordham Scoreboard – Week 30 -- ramMan, Sun March 27, 2005 19:37:35 
14-4 loss to Charleston Southern
3-2 win over Winthrop
11-5 win over La Salle
10-0 loss to La Salle
6-1 loss to La Salle
1-0 loss to Stetson
4-2 loss to Stetson
6-1 win over La Salle
1-0 win over La Salle
8-4 win over Saint Joseph’s
10-6 win over Saint Joseph’s
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- Re: 02 Grad's Message -- B. Mann, Sun March 27, 2005 12:24:56 
And exactly where was West Virginia two and three years ago? Give this team some time together...and a couple of more recruiting years like we just had...and I think you'll be more than pleasantly surprised. Passion and patience, remember? Does anybody remember what we had with that NBA wizard Bob Hill just two short years ago? Hope to see you at Armstrong's April 21st. GO RAMS!
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