Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mystery Men

So the Knights are off to a promising 2-0 start after Saturday's 91-65 drubbing of host Ohio Valley at the PSAC-WVIAC challenge. I'd like to say it was an "impressive" win, but can I make that claim if I've never seen the team play? It seems strange to have the Knights begin the season so early and far away from Erie. It also seems strange to say, "I can't wait to see them play ... in a couple more weeks."

One conclusion we can draw from examining Saturday's stat sheet is that Gannon can be balanced offensively. Four players hit for double figures, including first-year Knights Robert Wilson (20 points plus 9 rebounds) and Jabs Newby (12 points on 6-for-9 shooting). And, not to forget about the returning players, if there was a tournament MVP award for the weekend, you'd have to give it to Darrell Blanton. Or you could set the trophy on top of the bankboard and he could jump up to snatch it. Blanton totalled 40 points and 18 rebounds while hitting 68% of his shots (17-for-25) in the two Gannon wins. He played defense, too, recording 4 blocks and 4 steals.

Other thoughts on the weekend:
* If you rearrange the letters in "PSAC WVIAC," you get "wasp via CC." I knew you were wondering.

* A Gannon fan who attended the games emailed me to say, "Ohio Valley was everything we expected it to be. Facility makes Behrend's Erie Hall look like a palace. About half their uniform numbers were different from the program." That led the the erroneous conclusion by some stat-sheet observers that OVU's Ashton Brown, who scored 43 Friday against Millersville, was held scoreless by GU. That's what the stats say, but the reality is that Brown scored 17 on 3-for-10 shooting. For some reason his statistics are credited to Robert Smelser on the box score. Smelser-Mania will have a to wait a little longer.

* Gannon will be a heavy favorite when they visit Millersville Dec. 18. MU lost to Ohio Valley 93-92 Friday while the Knights shellacked the Fighting Scots by 26 the next day. Also, the Marauders lost by 10 to Glenville State Saturday, the day after Gannon beat Glenville by 3. What also makes me feel confident that Gannon will be a favorite over Millersville is that statistician Nate Silver is picking the Knights while Karl Rove and Dick Morris are both guaranteeing the 'Ville to win by double digits.

* I really feel bad for Brandon Belt, who transferred to Millersville after one season at Gannon. His new team goes 0-2 while his old club finishes 2-0 in the same gym versus the same opponents. Belt scored 21 points in his two games, but was only 8-for-27 from the field including 1-for-13 on three-pointers.

* I'm the only one keeping track of this stat, but I wanted to share it with you. Newcomers Wilson, Newby, and Algeron Torrence have already passed me on Gannon's all-time scoring list. Torrence (16 points) did in 17 minutes what I struggled to accomplish in four long years. Sigh.

* Looking ahead to the Gary Miller Classic, defending champ Daemen is already 6-1 after annihilating several Canadian teams. The Wildcats play two more games between now and their first-round contest vs. Virginia Union. VUU is 0-1 after a 71-69 loss to King College. Roberts Wesleyan, Gannon's first round opponent, is both undefeated and winless. The Redhawks have two games before tipping off at the Hammermill.

27 comments:

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  2. A pretty dang good weekend overall for both GU basketball teams, hopefully it is a sign of the season to come!

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  3. I am thrilled with the wins...we won a close one!!! I am so looking forward to watching this year's team. The stats with the balanced scoring looks to be a team united. Go Knights!

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  4. I know its early but I'm drinkin the Kool-Aid
    :-)

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  5. Jerry Slocum, the former Gannon coach who some GU fans said wouldn't last at Youngstown State, is now in his 8th season at the Division I school. Just moments ago, his Penguins won at the University of Georgia in convincing fashion, 68-56. It's YSU's first win over a BCS-conference school since they went DI in 1981.

    I watched most of the game, and it was clear that Youngstown State was better than Georgia in every aspect of the game –- athleticism, defense, basketball IQ, coaching. The best quote of the night came from color commentator Matt Doherty: “Jerry Slocum let his assistants do a lot of the work in shootaround. But when he spoke, he definitely had a commanding voice.”

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  6. I just watched the same game. Great job by Youngstown. There was never any doubt that Slocum was in charge.

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  7. I also watched it. Slocum has some players! Barring injury, they should be good.

    Either that, or Georgia stinks

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  8. Roberts Wesleyan started the season tonight in not-so-grand style, getting shellacked at home by Mansfield, 100-62. MU was preseason #6 in the PSAC East.

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  9. Wonder if/when we'll ever be ranked again:

    Most weeks ranked
    330, Kentucky Wesleyan
    217, Southern Indiana
    212, Virginia Union
    160, Florida Southern
    137, Gannon

    http://campus.mst.edu/athleticsarchives/hoops/d2basketball/ncaa2mbbpolls.pdf

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    1. Florida Southern is rumored to be where Stephen Battle is going. Just a morning tid bit haha

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    2. RT tonight by steph smooth @BATTLEBALLIN

      Basketball Problems ‏@BballProblemz
      That annoying new kid who always finds a way to tell you how much better their old school was... #BasketballProblems

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    3. from reading some of his tweets, I don't think that will apply to him...

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  10. During the radio interview yesterday, coach Riley mentioned that both Tanner and Dmitri are injuried. Anyone know what their injuries are and how long they are out?

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  11. Tanner is still recovering from ankle surgery and is out until January, that's what he mentioned at the meet the team night. Not sure about Dimitri.

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  12. Received this email yesterday from a Gannon fan:

    I was watching yesterday afternoon the Butler Xavier game and they were talking about the transfer shooting guard for Butler. Dan Dakich one of the announcers for ESPN said that counting Div I transfers to other Div I schools or to Div II schools is over 700 for this year. So again to Gannon basketball fans it is not just a problem at Gannon it is all over.

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  13. I'm THRILLED that the John Reilly Show on AM-1330 is now available on demand online. I try to catch Coach Reilly's interview with Jim LeCorchick on the way home, but sometimes I'd catch only part of the interview.

    Here's the first show of this year, compliments of WFNN and Gannon:
    http://www.gannonsports.com/news/2012/11/14/MBB_1114124842.aspx?elinkdata=478559

    I'm really interested to see this new offense that Reilly alludes to in the interview.

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  14. D'ja notice how relaxed and smiling Reilly was.
    There seemed to be a lot of confidence in his
    interview. Let's hope I'm reading him right.

    Yahoo! Lets get it started.

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  15. Unless the NCAA makes additional rule changes restricting the rules in transferring, the transfer "problem" is no longer a problem but part of the recruiting and retention strategies for coaches and fans to deal with. Coach said himself the days of having a recruited player stay for four years will be a rarity. We might as well accept it as fact and stop complaining about it until those that have the power to do react to the situation. As far as my reading goes, it doe not seem the NCAA is concerned and any changes are not eminent.

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  16. Some fairly shocking PSAC-related scores this week:

    Lock Haven 95, Salem International 74: The win snapped a 44-game losing streak and was the first LHU victory since December 4, 2010, a 54-51 win over Bloomsburg. The 21-point win is the first 20-point margin for LHU since January 13, 2000 when they beat Baptist Bible College 98-76.

    LaRoche 55, Clarion 54: The Golden Eagles are now 0-2 after losing at home to the Division III Redhawks just three days after Clarion was shocked at home by DIII Thiel, 61-59. Thanksgiving will not be a treat for CU coach Dr. Ron Righter.

    Bloomsburg 79, Penn State-Hazelton 78: Crimony sakes -- Bloom almost lost to a team that has already lost to Lehigh Carbon Community College! Check out the photos on the Hazelton men's hoops website to see what an attraction they are to local fans.

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  17. Daemen is now 7-2 after splitting a pair of road games this weekend. DC won by 3 at Taylor (Ind.) before losing at NAIA #4 Indiana Wesleyan, 76-67. Daemen entered the weekend averaging over 90 ppg.

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  18. Ikeep hearing how transfers are the way of the basketball world. I am not saying that it is not how things are today. Jim says above there were 700 transfers in D1 this year, which is the highest it has been, when you take into consideration there are 388 D1 schools that averages out to 1.8 per school. Keep in mind D1's have 13 scholarships which works out to 13% transfers on average. Gannon has 28 transfers in 7 years an average of 4 per year and with 10 scholarships that is a 40% rate. If Gannon had a 13% rate that would be 9 or 10 transfers over 7 years. Another factor is during the 2 years Kyle Goldcamp played there were no transfers which means we had 28 transfers in 5 years. I think these numbers do not look good for Gannon's program.

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    1. 1) it equals out to 2.1% as there are 340 D1 schools
      (reference: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/story/2012-06-24/Athlete-movement-in-Division-I-basketball-raising-alarm/55798356/1).

      2) I don't know what the scholarships have to do with it... if GU is averaging 4 transfers a year it's not out of 10 players, it's out of how many total players they have (13 last year, 14 this year). Additionally, D1 scholarships can ONLY be 100% athletic scholarships (no partial) whereas D2 scholarships can be split among the entire roster (which is why D1 has more scholarships). (reference: http://www.ihoops.com/classroom/Guide-to-Basketball-Scholarships.htm)

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  19. We all know by now that there are more kids transferring than ever before.

    We all know now that Gannon is well-above the national average.

    (simple math).

    Of course everyone has different opinions as to why this is happening, but men's basketball players transfer out of GU at about twice the national rate.

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  20. Cory: I stand corrected according to the NCAA there are 347 D1 teams in leagues and 2 independents. I believe Gannon's rosters does have players who walk on and I did not include them. We can split hairs but I am still disappointed in a program with 28 in 7 years( that I could identify) leaving early. You can look at the successful D2 programs and they do have transfers but they also have a lot of players who are with them for four years giving them some continuity a thing we lack.

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  21. Gannon has had exactly ZERO four-year players under Reilly, now in his eighth season. Tanner Furno could become the first, which may or may not happen. Gary Manchel at Mercyhurst has had 5 four-year players during the same time, and 9 during his 9 seasons overall, according to their media guide. Plus, he has one other who will be completing his fourth season this year. So how can anybody say that Gannon's turnover is normal? I'd like to see ANY coach at ANY level who has not had a single four-year player in seven seasons.

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  22. And Gary Manchell lost how many players to off the court issues? Ya he can keep those type of players in my opinion. No thanks.

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