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Date Posted: Fri, December 21 2018, 5:15:55
Author: Griff
Subject: "We lost our composure"

I thought the point of going to Florida to get throttled 4 games in a row was so that things like "losing your composure" in the last 5 minutes against Holy Cross wouldn't happen.

I will continue to point to an ill-conceived non-conference schedule and unrealistic expectations for what now appears to be a very fragile group, as the basis for this year's failure.

That being said, I can still envision this team winning as weak of a MAAC conference as I can ever remember. Not because they've been prepared to do it but because someone will have to take the MAAC's 16th seed into the NCAA tournament.

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[> Re: "We lost our composure" -- griffine, Fri, December 21 2018, 7:02:41

While Reese seemed to regain his touch in this game, he utterly failed to take over and lead the team in the last few minutes. When Malik did penetrate and dish to Lotts for an easy layup, Lotts somehow muffed it and cost us a needed two. Not sure why he was in the game at the end as Hitchon is plainly the better player. Amazing to be up 63-53 and lose 65-63. Pathetic coaching and leadership on and off the floor.

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[> Re: "We lost our composure" -- JDE, Fri, December 21 2018, 10:37:36

They're hard to watch. No floor leadership and we seem to crap our pants when we get in these situations. This team needs to show some heart and have the ability to mature and get past this. Fragile? I don't buy it; all summer we saw our guys test the NBA with regards to their readiness. This team needs to "man up" and someone needs to be the guy who wants to win the game. I'm disappointed as anyone but have thought by now after getting our butts kicked at Thanksgiving we would be playing with a chip on our shoulder. Defend Main Street; I've never liked this campaign and God help us on the 29th. Knowing this UB team and Nate Oates, they're going to come in to our place and kick our ass. We can only hope that Reggie, the coaches and the team do their best to "protect our house". Not sure we have that in our DNA.

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[> Re: "We lost our composure" -- Mike Bundt (Big 4 Hoops Blogger), Fri, December 21 2018, 15:00:44

I agree with the above comments.

The Griffs non-conference schedule didn't prepare them for MAAC play. It overwhelmed them. They weren't ready for the level of competition they went up against.

I don't think their preseason expectations were outrageous following last year. I had them going 19-11 (13-5). What I didn't expect was them collapsing against lower level competition.

I had Canisius going 6-6 in non-conference play and rolling the MAAC. They can still do well in the MAAC play but 13-5 seems moving forward.

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