Friday, January 11, 2013

Knights Winning, Skepticism Fading

I'm usually an optimist about Gannon basketball, but I've been more of a glass-half-empty guy this year, mainly because of the last few seasons' stumbles. But after Gannon's 85-70 manhandling of Cheyney today -- moving the Knights to 12-2 on the season -- I'm starting to believe this team isn't just beating up on a subpar PSAC East. After all, Cheyney  may only be 3-5 in the conference, but two of their wins were in West gyms (at Edinboro and at Clarion) with the third at home vs. West favorite Indiana.

What also has me increasing my confidence in this Gannon team is their consistency. They outrebound everybody (30-26 vs. the Wolves) and harass every opponent into a low shooting percentage (CU was a dreadful 6-for-28 in the first half, 41% for the game) while getting their own good looks. The Knights shot 63% today on the road after scorching the nets at the Hammermill last week vs. Mansfield (58%) and Bloomsburg (59%). The previous weekend Gannon made 46% of its field goals at Shippensburg and 50% at Millersville. GU is 4-0 on the road this year and, in case you lost count, has now won 7 straight.

Another fan confidence-builder is looking at the PSAC standings in mid-January and seeing Gannon sitting on top of the West. Stroud won at Slippery Rock tonight, 84-72, handing the Rock its second league loss. IUP and Gannon are also 6-2, the Crimson Hawks dominating at Ship tonight, 72-48.

Saturday night should be a dandy. West Chester moved to 6-2 in the league as well with a 68-66 win over Mercyhurst. The Rams won it when Troy Hockaday ruined Gary Manchel's day with a layup as time expired. Let's hope that's the only game West Chester smiles about this weekend.

10 comments:

  1. Don't forget that this is a rare Friday afternoon tilt at Cheyney. You can spend the afternoon checking out the live stats at work!

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    1. No live stats available for today's contest. Radio only.

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    2. Maybe the games were moved to the afternoon so the Internet can be installed at Cheyney this evening.

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    3. I like the theory, but I think they would've postponed the games to Sunday to do that!

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  2. was just browsing Edinboro site... they have a poll "which boro bball team will make psac playoffs this year" choices "mens, womens, both, none".

    A combined 50% have voted for mens, womens and none.

    Don't all of the teams make it this year???

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    1. I have confirmation that all 16 teams do not make the playoffs this year. The top six in each division make it. Top two get first round byes. #6 plays at #3 and #5 plays at #4 in first round. Then the quarters, semis and final are the same format as before.

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  4. Well that game sounded physical. Too bad they didn't keep up the defense allowing that many points to keep their average down.
    Must be very tough to plan a defense against this Gannon team, who do you double team? Blanton, Macias, Wilson? Looking good going into some tougher games ahead.
    Congrats to Macias for an outstanding game!
    The women just never cease to amaze!

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  5. Just returned from the KU/Boro games, Eyeballing both teams. I sincerely believe both GU teams should sweep next Weds. But hey, what do I know. Nada Just a wild & crazy fan.

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  6. Attended the New Castle/North Allegheny game Friday night. Future Knight Brandon Dominick really impressed. Good ball handler, tough defense, excellent passer and good shooter. An all around good player on one of the best teams in the State. Defines the PG position.

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