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Date Posted: 21:10:35 03/11/04 Thu
Author: JT
Subject: Offseason

Personally I think it would actually be better if T-ron leaves.Maybe for him as well as this team. With Lenny and a recruit that sounds like could be big time in Blackwood, the PG spot is more than filled. Monmouth played a great game, and pointed out deficiencies this team has. Mojica is a very good scorer, but really gets beat defensively, as well as Chiera, and I dont think more experience will ever help that.Demario seems to have very good upside but who knows. Lenny cant create his own shot, a recurring problem with these guards with the exeption of Demario. The recruits for next year need to be immediate impact big men, which is very tough to find. Pittman cant do it alone. Sobers is a player who I think will become extremely good but prolly not until senior year, he's still a project whose foul prone. If this team doesnt find a good big man for next year I think they'll be in trouple. Robinson not only dominated some games, he had clutch free throws at the end of numerous games, sad to see him go. I agree that Howie is a GREAT recruiter as well as coach, especially since this team gets no exposure and plays in a decrepit gym. I just feel this team has bits and pieces, but no real complete players, not to bring up past selfish players, but Ricardo Scott and Battles were players that could do everything, could dominate a game with scoring and play defense. This team has good players but no really complete players and I think Robinson with his great play masked that fact throughout the year. This team is young and has alot of scholarships tied up in young players that are question marks. This team had a great year but the future seems questionable, recruits leaving and players getting kicked off could have negative effects for the future. I dont see a great future just cause there young. Robinson hid alot of deficiencies. There are better, developing young teams in this conference that prolly will be better than us next year (FDU, MSM). I see trouble.

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[> Re: Offseason -- J.J., 09:46:14 03/12/04 Fri

I think itís a little too early (and probably a little unfair) to speculate on T-Ron's future. He is probably frustrated with the limited playing time, however if he (and everyone) accepts their role, it will always be a better team. Losing players sucks, but this is a team sport and bad attitudes are like a cancer. Iím not suggesting he (or anyone else) has a bad attitude, but as Howie has shown in the past, if you do Ė youíre gone. So I'll take the wait and see approach. Ask a Northeastern fan what they think of their player Barera Ė he has it all talent-wise, but itís only from the neck down. I want players with real talent from the neck up first, then you look for streetball talent. Yes, the NEC will be tougher next year, many programs are really stepping it up. This is a conference that should compete well vs. the AE, MAAC, Ivy, and Patriot counterparts.

I think Larry made a passing mention about the NIT in another thread. There is no chance on an invite with our record and RPI this year, but in retrospect I really think we were only 10 points (or missed FTs) away from a possible NIT bid. (Not to mention we couldnít schedule 2 OOC games this year due to the NCAA penalty) If we would have beaten Providence (L, 67-72) and Niagara (L, 74-79), I think our RPI would have been much closer to 100, instead of 200. Both those teams will make the post-season this year (PC Ė NCAA, NU Ė NIT) and reaching the finals against Monmouth might have gotten us a NIT game at Rutgers.

That kind of touches on a favorite topic of mine Ė the OOC schedule. The Courant reported today that CCSU will play UConn next year (12/28/04) at the Civic Center. Thatís great because Iíll be in Conn. for Christmas! Iíd like to see a schedule with a nice mix of teams: 2 vs. Big East (UConn & St. Johns), 2 vs. A-10 (UMass and URI), 2 vs. America East teams (Hartford and anybody), 1 vs. Patriot/Ivy (Yale or anybody), and 2 others. Overall I think this prepares the team for the NEC schedule and if you pick the right teams and grab a few quality wins and miss out on the automatic NCAA bid, the NIT bid is not a bad consolidation prize.

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[> [> Herald article re: Offseason -- J.J., 09:53:42 03/29/04 Mon

Great article, although I would bet that Howie is rooting for Calhoun and UConn to win it all next weekend. If they do, we would have a date with the National Champions next season. Also, it clears up the T-Ron situation and Javier's scholarship. Generally it sounds like good news.

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