Wednesday, February 20, 2013

You Can't Say 'Ugly' Without Saying 'Ugh' First

I'm writing this blog entry 24 hours after Gannon's harrowing and humiliating 44-36 loss at crosstown rival Mercyhurst Wednesday. I could have written it last night but wanted to give myself some distance from the game first. You know how immediately after something happens people say, "That was the best ever!" or "That was the worst ever!", but a short time after you come to your senses and realize the event wasn't that extreme. As the Gannon/Mercyhurst game clock turned to zeros, in my head I was thinking, "That was the most disjointed basketball game I've seen in years -- and I coach a 1st and 2nd grade girls basketball team!" To make me even more distraught, I listened to a small portion of the Penguins game on the radio during my 17-minute commute home and they scored three goals during that span. I'd just seen a basketball game where it took my team like an hour to put three points on the scoreboard. Scratch my back with a hacksaw, and gouge out my eyes while you're at it!

So, with my wits about me a day later, I won't say that was the worst performance ever by a Gannon team, which would conflict with the comments of several fans in the waning moments of the game. I still recall Nov. 21, 2009 when I wrote the headline "Gannon loses to Urbana. At home. By 30." And don't forget about Feb. 22, 1996 when the Knights sleepwalked through a 105-63 stinker at Oakland (Mich.) after which Coach Dick Fox sent two players home because they were so awful both on and off the court. The Knights didn't get blown out Wednesday because their defense was special.

But I think you can say the second half of the Gannon/Mercyhurst game was arguably the poorest offensive showing in GU history. Check out these numbers compliments of my brother Rob: Gannon had 32 possessions in the second half. Here’s how each possession ended -- 

4 -- made field goals
3 -- free throw attempts (went 5/6 on those attempts)
8 -- shot attempts where Mercyhurst got the rebound
17 -- TURNOVERS

I’m sure it has happened before, say the Salem International women’s team, but it’s hard to believe that a team could have a half where 53% of the possessions ended in turnovers. Would they have been better off just dribbling past half court and heaving up 20-25 footers? 

My serious answer to that question is yes. Absolutely yes. They would have made at least 10% of 32 half-court heaves (maybe in this style), which would have resulted in 9 points. And let's say three more bombs resulted in long offensive rebounds which are converted into baskets for 6 points. That would have been two points better that what the Knights did in the game's final 20 minutes.

I wasn't freaking out like some fans were over the lack of subs during the second period. That unit was incredible on defense and John Reilly is a defense-first coach. He did the same thing -- sacrificed offense for defense -- in the 2009 NCAA tournament which resulted in a 67-65 win vs. Alderson-Broaddus. The gamble worked then, but it didn't vs. the Hurst.

I was surprised that Gannon didn't adjust its offensive sets vs. Mercyhurst's matchup zone. I know it's not a defense you see regularly, so coaches typically don't have a dozen plays to run to run against it. But it was clear the Knights were getting zero dribble penetration, no daylight off screens (the Lakers switched on everything), and player confidence sank while anxiety soared. Couldn't somebody have Googled this during at timeout and given it a shot? Could you put 4 players on the baseline for a couple possessions, let a quick guard go 1-on-1, and see what happened? Or get a player high post with two in the short corner/low post or overloaded on one side to see if there'd be an open look? I'm sure someone with more basketball knowledge could tell me why those are bad ideas, but they couldn't be much worse that the outcomes Gannon got with its strategy.

I'm really hoping Saturday vs. Lock Haven can be a get-well game for the offense. In Gannon's last five games against teams over .500, the Knights are averaging a measly 53.8 points per contest. For a five-game stretch in January, Gannon averaged 80.8 points per game (or 40.4 points per half). Right now that seems like a decade ago, not a month ago ... and we've got about a week to go before the playoffs begin to get back on track.

Quick Regional Update: Here's how some other teams ranked in the region fared Wednesday and Thursday --
#6 Livingstone: W vs. St. Augustine, 63-59
#7 Alderson-Broaddus: W at Davis & Elkins, 90-68
#8 Gannon: I don't want to talk about it anymore.
#9 Johnson C. Smith: L vs. Winston-Salem, 78-69
#10 Wheeling Jesuit: W vs. Charleston in 2OT, 86-80

52 comments:

  1. so this is obviously a lot of ifs, but are not impossible...

    Gannon beats Hurst, Boro knocks off another nationally ranked team IUP and Slippery Rock falters at Cal. GU First place tie with IUP.

    Sorry, just saw the schedule for today and got a little excited by the IFs :)

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    1. was just looking at PSAC LOI and noticed that only Dogan is listed on there. What happened to the other kid?

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  2. Ranked 8th in region. Ideally they would be ranked 5th to allow for 3 non-ranked teams winning the 3 league championships.

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  3. Surprised that Slippery Rock is not ranked.

    I predict a typical GU / Hurst low-scoring, slogfest game. First one to 50 wins tonight.

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  4. Gannon Men's Basketball Team Tabbed Eighth in First NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Rankings 2/20/2013 3:22:00 PM

    ERIE, Pa. – The Gannon men's basketball team is tabbed eighth in the initial NCAA Division II Atlantic regional rankings released Wednesday afternoon.

    West Liberty is the top-ranked team with a 21-1 record against NCAA Division II teams and a 21-1 in-region mark. Winston-Salem State (17-3, 16-3), Fairmont State (17-4, 17-4), East Stroudsburg (19-3, 19-3) and Indiana (Pa.) (18-4, 18-4) completed the top five.

    Livingstone (16-5, 16-4), Alderson-Broaddus (16-7, 16-7), Gannon (19-5, 19-5), Johnson C. Smith (15-8, 14-8) and Wheeling Jesuit (15-8, 15-8) rounded out the top 10.

    The NCAA regional rankings determine the postseason participants for the NCAA Division II Tournament. Eight teams will play in the Atlantic Regional. Automatic berths will be granted to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) champions. Five teams will be granted at-large bids.

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  5. Just started watching stats and noticed Blazek started in place of Jabs. Is Jabs available or not dressed?

    While ill admit that Jabs hasn't been cutting it lately I'm not a huge fan of Blazek back at the reins. Would've preferred to see Emmitt at 1 and Blazek sub in for him and Oscar and Rob etc. I'm not coach though and I hope they do well regardless

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    1. Answered my own question; jabs just checked in

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  6. If we play first one to 50, we could be here all night.

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  7. Speaking of 50, this game is setting offensive basketball back 50 years.

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  8. Good grief ... we've scored just 36 points with under four minutes to go and we're WINNING.

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  9. I believe Gannon was leading when combined score reached 50... Gannon wins, game over. Lets end this torture

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  10. Rock demolishes Cal 85-53. Hope we pull this one out

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  11. Absolutely pathetic! Someone should send video to Bill Self. He'll feel a lot better about his team!

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  12. And we never scored again. Wow ... I unfortunately, or fortunately, had to bail on going to the game.

    Don't get me wrong ... I hope we win the rest of our games and win the national championship. But if we can't crack the 40 point mark ... if we have 24 turnovers and only 13 baskets, we don't deserve to go to the NCAA tournament after that sordid display.

    Mercyhurst had more points off turnovers (24) than they did off non-turnovers (20).

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  13. Gannon scored 36 points in 40 minutes.

    In their most recent game against Shepherd, West Liberty scored 36 points in 15:13. Then they scored 36 more points in the next 12:09. And took all of 11:43 to tally an ADDITIONAL 36 points. They scored their final five points in just under a minute.

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  14. Ouch! some one just put a pin in my balloon

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  15. Disgusting. The team did not play well, but thier is something wrong with this coaching staff. I don't know whose idea it was to not play jabs. He doesn't score but he takes care of the ball and plays great defense. The substitutions and lineups that Reilly puts on the floor are so questionable. I like the idea of brining CJ out top because he was just taking up space down low but that does t mean he has to become the pong guard. If we played Iup or slippery rock tonight we would of bad 50 turnovers. Jabs really pushes the ball and that's where we get most of our points on the fast break. The team played bad but Reilly was out coached yet again. Blanton did have foul trouble but i felt he was on the bench too long. Mercyhurst didn't even play well. Also, that was practically a home game for gannon. The gu fans outnumbered the Mu fans 3 to 1. Reilly is a great recruiter and I love the players on the team, but the coaching decisions with the subs, the lineups, and the offensive sets don't work. We're gona have to win the PSAC to get into to the tourney. And we won't. The players he brings here are too good to not have more success. The sad thing is this team is bringing back quite a few key prices back and we could be pretty good next year. But again were gona have the same problems that we do this year if Reilly stays. Questionable subs, lackluster offense, and stupid losses in games we should have won. Reilly has gotta go.

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  16. Atrocious play by the team. Atrocious coaching. An extremely painful game to watch.

    I have a good idea, lets further slow down the already slow tempo offense by using a 6'8" point guard. Lets use one bench player the entire second half. Lets run a stale offensive set.

    Mercyhurst is not that good of a team-there's no excuse to lose that game.

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  17. 24 turnovers...unbelievable! What is going on with Wilson more turnovers than points lately?
    Might be the ugliest basketball game I've ever seen!

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  18. 13 points in the 2nd half, 13 points. Tell me that that was some sort of nightmare and actually did not witness that nightmare. I may have nightmares about that game for the next couple of nights. In general, worst college basketball game that I have witnessed.

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  19. In my memory of GU basketball history, only the Northern Kentucky game (a 40-38 GU win) in the 2009 Gary Miller Classic approached the ugliness of tonight's game.

    Fumbled passes continuously robbed GU of the few decent scoring opportunities that their "offense" provided. 24 turnovers in a game like that is unacceptable at this point in the season. Many GU players seemed to be playing with a lot of nervous energy, rendering them impatient and jumpy, throwing the ball into the heart of MU's matchup zone over and over. Hopefully, there weren't many aspiring young basketball players in attendance to witness that atrocity.

    Bigger question is what has happened to this team in the 2 weeks since the big win @ IUP, because their play since doesn't come close to resembling the way they played in Indiana.

    What of Newby? Got pulled from the Edinboro game and has played less than ten minutes since. Torrance, despite destroying Edinboro in impressive fashion back in January, never again plays. All of a sudden, Wilson (7 to's) and Blazek (6 to's) can't control the basketball. Shooting percentages hover in the low 30% range. Free throw shooting, at one time a strength and ranked high nationally, has dropped off the face of the earth. I could go on but I'm giving myself a headache.

    I still say something happened to the chemistry of this team between the game @ IUP and the Edinboro game @ GU. And it appears to be getting worse, based on tonight's performance.

    Look at MU's stats-They shot 36% including 1-11 from the 3 point line, got badly rebounded, scored 44 points, and (wait for it) WON THE GAME by 8 points. This is not a case of them playing well, just a case of GU playing horribly badly, for whatever reason.

    If whatever has caused this dropoff in performance and possible implosion of team chemisty isn't solved, another win may be unattainable, even @ Lock Haven. Didn't look like Slippery Rock had any qualms about playing on the road tonight @ Cal. Don't look now, but the Hurst has only Cal and Edinboro left. 2 MU wins and 2 GU losses would leave the teams tied. Scary how quickly this once promising season is getting away.

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    1. The only thing I can really add/edit to your statements is that Torrence is hurt. I don't remember what game he got hurt in, but he's only played in one game since then and played about 4 mins and left to the locker room on next sub. So that is the reason behind his disappearance.

      The disappearance of the rest of the team is still in question

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    2. If he's hurt, why dress him? If he's dressed, play him! They could have used him in a physical game like that. In fact, I think they would have won had they played him. Reilly needs to explain what he's doing, but he won't, because he's a PR disaster.

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    3. oh, if he was dressed then I don't know! I know vs. Edinboro he was in warmups so I was assuming he was vs. Mercyhurst too. Yeah, if he was dressed and available then he should've played!

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  20. Why the complete collapse of the offense? Another close game down the tubes. Where were the subs in the second half? Just a totally inept performance from the Golden Knights.

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    1. Coaching (substitions, lack of ability to change an offensive scheme, getting out-coached on both ends in 2nd half)... that's how the collapse, nay YEARLY collapses, happen.

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  21. Jabs played 2 min. 2 minutes!!! He was particularly the reason we beat slippery rock. Blazek played all 40 minutes. Great coaching and time management. Earlier in the season the staff seemed to a good job of recognizing who was playing well the current game and managing the pt according to how the game was playing out. Now Reilly and his staff have a set gameplan and know whose going to play even if they are playing awful. Another point, This team is not a strong second half team. At least to start the half. Every second half they seem to come out very sluggish.

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    1. I have nothing against Blazek as he is a great basketball player and a talented athlete in general. That said, he's not a point guard. It's not like he's a ball hog and doesn't pass or is incapable of being the PG, he's just not been a college level PG to date. I think his mind is moving faster than his body and the rest of the team at times (that's not a bad thing really, but in a basketball game when small errors can lead to big upsets, it's a problem). Blazek would be and is a tremendous 2 guard, esp if he's playing 40 mins. It doesn't put all the pressure on him. I still feel Emmitt should start at the point and Blazek sub in. Emmitt may not be a tremendous offensive threat in terms of points scored, but he at least can hit 3's and jumpers and make layups (unlike Jabs who missed 2 wide open layups vs. Clarion).

      Also noted - I've noticed all season that there seems to be no animosity among the players and everyone was cheering from the sideline. To me, if anyone was going to be a bit irked and not a real team player it'd be Roger. He starts 3 games and then gets locked in the broom closet rest of the season. But no! He is sincerely cheering for his teammates and attentively paying attention to the game and yelling out to players along with other bench-mates. However, the past few games, Jabs has displayed the frustration. Taken out of the game vs. Edinboro and he sat on the bench slouched with no enthusiasm. Clapped for his team, but more of the "I'm doing this because I have to" kind of thing. I don't know what he's like in practice and off the court, but hope it's not a George Johnson situation and he can rebound back to his average playing self.

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  22. Go to MH web and play Leano's post game interview. He gives credit to the good scouting of Gannon by the coaches and they knew "exactly what they were doing". Definitely saw that on two out of bound plays that goes to Blanton for the dunk ... they were all over it.I did not see any adjustments to counter their scouting report in the second half and MH pressured the perimeter when they did man up. That seemed to disrupt the offense. Also, it seemed some players forgot about, "it is about the team, it is is about the team, it is about the team" as Reilly has said.

    Defensively, really pretty good. Held them to 44 points, Leano to 11 but he only had 6 points from the field.

    Personally, I would go back to Jabs, Macias, Blanton, Wilson, and CJ in the post line up with Tanner, Adam, and Emmitt off the bench. Seems to have worked well this season. Sub out those who are not playing well at the time no matter who they are ... TJ can sub for Rob, Emmitt for Adam or Jabs, Tanner for Blanton or CJ or Torrence can sub in if able to play. The offense sets need variations or the defensive will continue to have "target lock".

    This was a terrible loss - kicks us out of the NCAA and regional standings and just hard to see the players lose like this. I believe we will beat LH. SR, I just don't know. Depends on which teams show up for either side.

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  23. Ouch!!

    What was perhaps the team's BEST defensive game of the year was lost in most likely their worst offensive game EVER.

    I think Robert Wilson is pressing a bit. If he let's the game come to him, things will be fine.

    As I see it, Mercyhurst scored about 16 to 18 points on their own offense. The rest were points off 24 turnovers and free throws.

    Naturally, the usual coach bashing arises from the usual posters-the same ones who had almost nothing to say after we beat #7 ranked IUP at their place a short time ago.

    Hmmmm....24 turnovers, 53% free throw shooting, 4 point-blank missed lay-ups, and we STILL almost win. Four starters had possibly their worst games of the year all in one outing.

    Some credit has to go to Mercyhurst: They beat IUP and Gannon their last two games.....after laying a massive egg at Clarion.

    I think this team will do what all good teams do: BOUNCE BACK.

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    1. And on the third day John Reilly rises from the dead and saves us from our sins. People were still talking after the IUP game. Reilly was out coached by Lombardi. Our gu players were better than thier players.

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  24. No worries there, MMCOY, I heard that after Kansas lost to TCU (league record 1-9), Kansas representatives actually called Lombardi to replace Bill Self.

    Fox News reported it!!!!!!!!

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    1. Good now Iup can hire Reilly and maybe gannon could get Self!

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    2. So #453, the coaching staff should take no responsibility whatsoever for yesterdays performance? 0% responsibility? The coaches had zero impact on that outcome?

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  25. I'm not saying that at all.

    It was a bad loss against perhaps (all of a sudden) the hottest team in the league. I'm saying I think they will bounce back.

    Lotsa posters get to have it both ways: silence after a gigantic win (IUP), yet, when there is a bad loss, run for the fire exits!!

    They will adjust.

    Some folks would have more credibiltiy if they acknowledged that, until last evening, this is a nationally ranked team with 20 wins.





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    1. The hottest player in the league is on a team we play on Saturday... Yes, they will adjust. Every team does the second time we play them. It's a sad violin.

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  26. There was 28 comments after the Iup win. 16 comments after the Edinboro loss.

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  27. What a joke! In the story in the newspaper, Reilly said about his lineup and using Oldham as his point guard -- "C. J. has done a nice job. I like the way our team looks." Well, my question for him is, did he like the way the SCOREBOARD looked? And did he like the stats? Just 36 points, and only FOUR assists as a team? That's right, only FOUR -- which has to be an all-time Gannon record low, and possibly an NCAA record low. And how many assists from his new point guard? Try ZERO. Wow, that sure is doing a "nice job." Obviously, his "likeable" lineup wasn't working, but unlike any other coach in the universe, he did nothing to try to change it. When it was obvious to everybody in attendance, and particularly to the Mercyhurst coaching staff, that Gannon had absolutely no offense whatsoever, he just let things continue on as is until it was too late. Aren't point guards supposed to generate offense? Where was that generation last night? And he says that he did it so he could "move Rob Wilson down low"??? Well, that sure worked well. Wilson, who had been averaging 12 points per game and had been lights out on 3s when not playing low, had just 6 points, committed 7 turnovers, and didn't get to attempt a single 3. So is that what Reilly LIKES? Well, from what I was hearing in the stands, Gannon fans sure DON'T. And they don't like losing games that we should have won, particularly to Mercyhurst, and seeing good players sit the bench when those on the floor aren't performing. Once Reilly gets his mind made up, he's totally inflexible, and nothing can change it, not even when it's obvious that things aren't working. And the end result? A pathetic performance like last night. So do we want a coach who "likes" things like this? I sure don't.

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  28. Blanton, Wilson, Macias, and, to a lessor extant, Blazek had near nightmare games, and, the team nearly won.

    IE: Two potential all-PSAC players had miserable games, and the team almost won. Instead, indeed a very tough checkmark into the loss column.

    Onto an improved Lock Haven team. One game at a time.

    Any team that plays the defense we all saw Gannon play last night has a chance to beat anyone.

    I believe that is the mindset going foreward.



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  29. To Jim...Good luck writing this blog entry.

    Again, #453 I can not support this even poorer coaching effort.

    Dear Coach,
    CJ is not a point guard, neither is Blazek, open up the pace of the game and between Wilson, Blanton, Jabs they will have a ton of easy transition points because the players you recruited are fast pace players. The fans would appreciate this as well since the scoring is so bad it is too painful to watch. Watching the EXACT same play, watching players count how many passes they make before someone shoots is ridiculous. There was no better observation of the micromanagement of these players than Coach Reilly screaming and pointing at the floor in front of him for Blazek to dribble there. Coach, Blazek is a 2 guard, that is it, please recognize it. Dribbling with his head down and straight to the block time after time, or into the middle and force a shot while others stand around and watch is not a play. While I mean no disrespect to Blazek, he is a sophomore, that is what a sophomore guard with less experience does.

    This team played with 3-4 guys in double digits while Blazek was hurt, you tell me what happened to the chemistry? Again, Blazek is not a point guard, he is lost in the offense. 5-15? Coach Stop trying to make this kid the hero to boost your ticket sales cause it isn't working. Oscar and Wilson couldn't do anything on offense because MH was so in tune with the only play Gannon runs (oh did I say that again) You can not put Wilson at the 4, he clearly gets the big guys the passes to make our inside game work, he can't do it from the 4. The minute Blanton was on the bench they double teamed him. He had 6 assists on Sat if I remember correctly. I would still like to know why Jabs didn't play more??? Emmitt??? Roger?? Al? Great options to try if the current and only rotation is not feeling it. I really don't want to say any of the guys played bad they were doomed from the beginning with this ridiculous gameplan.
    One would think with 5 coaches we could scout other teams a bit better or someone would have time to review the previous game tape.




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  30. Please take a minute and revisit the Nov. game versus Ohio Valley, high score and I remember listening to this game because it was so fast paced...look at the stats. It says it all.

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  31. #453- so you are very quick to specifically call out the players that you felt had a ‘nightmare’ game last night, but when questioned about whether the coaches deserve any blame for the game, you offer a very vague reply. If you want to talk about credibility, how about a couple of specific details on what you felt the coaches did wrong last night?
    Based on your silence on the topic, I assume that you are all in favor of Oldham at point guard?
    We would all love to 'go forward' but based on a pattern of coaching and late season swoons that we have seen for years, why should we be confident that the future will bring better games?

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  32. The team, emphasis TEAM, had a bad loss last evening. Still, let's note how they hustled, scrapped, and clawed, to a 36-22 rebound advantage.

    We really shouldn't go any further than that. We are 20-6, have made the PSAC playoffs, were nationally ranked going into last night.....and I'm going to question the coaching? Nobody, including myself, ever said this team was "pretty"...yet, this might be one of the best defensive teams in Gannon's history....and I'm going to question a (very ugly) loss? Just think, if "coaching" is so bad, how did this team manage to get 20 wins and become nationally ranked?

    Instead of assuming there will be a late-season swoon, lets see if last night's poor offensive outing is addressed, and start rooting for our team. There is a LOT of basketball left.

    I am in favor of Oldham at point guard. I'm of the opinion that last evening, the results may have been identical no matter who was at point guard.



    This blog is ideal for the discussions we are having. We all have to keep in mind that many, many of the major Division I teams we see on teevee every week have one or two games per year when a lot goes wrong.

    Last night was our turn. And, we STILL almost won the darned thing!!!!

    I think the problems of last evening will be addressed, the game itself FORGOTTON, and the team moving foreward.









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  33. Was CJ running point versus IUP when we beat them??? NO!!! Jabs was the point guard. Jabs and emmitt should be splitting time at the point guard while blazek, Oscar, and Rob split time between the shooting guard and small forward position. CJ and Blanton should start at PF and Center. Tanner, Tj Wilson and Torrence should be splitting time with them. That's how it was when this team was winning, playing well and producing some kind of offense. The reason we lost to EUP is because Reilly had the genius idea of putting Wilson on theriot. Wilson gets lots of rebounds and that's great, but that doesn't mean he's a power foward. CJ didn't play point versus EUP. the team played alot better vs boro than they did vs MU, boro just made some shots and reilly put a 6-3 205ib guy on a 6-9 290?ib guy(edinboro roster doesnt list his weight, haha). wilson can play the 4 for a brief time if we have to go small, but turning CJ into a point guard and Rob into a power forward was an irrational and idiotic coaching decision and since then were 1-2 with our lone win was versus Clari-yawn. I believe the players can turn it around and play better but the question is can the coaching staff turn it around and stop making random and uneducated changes to the lineup and match ups on defense.

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  34. Clearly the Reilly apologists will forever apologize. #453, it's amazing how quickly you can call the players out by name but again dodge any criticism of the coaches. This team has reached 20 wins based on their talents and despite the mismanagement of the coaches.
    Jim, how can you not at all address having Oldham at point guard? I know you had a few tongue in cheek lines about it the other day but you didn't address the issue that maybe that dysfunctional offense has players very out of place.
    Gannon's defense was good but, again, they were facing a Lakers team that featured Leao and 4 guys that were pretty average. This wasn't like they shut down Duke or Michigan State.
    I can't wait until we can stop watching Gannon "sacrifice" offense for defense. They are not mutually exclusive- well coached teams can play both.

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  35. Gannon was yet again on sportcenters top 10 plays but on the wrong side of things. #3 http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wC7SfGHIV_4

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  36. The last thing I'm doing is calling out players. To a man, they played their tails off, but came up short.Not one person on this blog, or, anywhere else, can say that any player who plays for John Reilly and his staff do not play hard and give it their absolute best. I think it is a credit to every player (and coach, sorry) that despite an evening where almost everything offensively that could go wrong DID go wrong, the team almost won the contest.

    All of us here on this blog are disappointed in the results Wednesday night. Nightmare games happen to every team. Like I stated earlier, I believe they will BOUNCE BACK.

    Onward to Lock Haven! Go Knights!

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  37. Every one is talking about having 20 wins but if you take a look at our record you will see that that may not be as impressive as it looks. The winning percentage of the twenty teams we beat is 41% and only five of them had a winning record. Back out those five and the other 15 have a 33% winning record. The six teams we lost too have a 73% winning record. I counted the teams we split with on both sides winning and losing. Putting Daeman in is a real stretch looking at their schedule. I backed out all the Canadian teams and the only school missing from their schedule is the Sisters of the Poor.

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  38. Bob -- Need some more context for that stat to have meaning. Almost every team's winning percentage will be much versus teams with a winning record compared to teams games versus teams with a losing record. What is the league average? The Division II average?

    Let's all put on our IUP Crimson Hawk hats tomorrow. It's best for us to let the run away with the PSAC West ... getting second place over SRU is a priority. Second place would mean a first-round bye, followed by a home game on Tuesday, then if we win, a neutral court game in the PSAC semis. Coming in third place vs. SRU would mean a first-round game at home, followed by an AWAY game at either IUP or SRU in order to make the PSAC semis.

    It's imperative to make the PSAC semis in order to have any chance at the NCAA's. It's also imperative to score more than 36 points in a game.

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  39. Golden89-- The point is we have not played a real strong schedule. If we had played a schedule where the majority of the teams had winning records it would reflect a stronger schedule. At the D1 level they are always refering to strenth of schedule to detirmind who makes the tournament. I would like to see us in the NCAA's where anything can happen but I agree we need to at least make the PSAC's semi finals to stand a chance.

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  40. Bob makes a good point and he's right. However, with a 22 game league schedule, a tune up game. maybe 2 at the start of the season in the Miller Classic, that leaves only the Porreco Cup to be scheduling Duke and Kentucky-caliber opponents. And we all know how difficult it is getting to get really competitive teams to come here in the middle of December. For the most part, GU has to play the majority of their games in the league, and there's nothing they can do if more than half the league teams are under .500. Not a lot of control over schedule strength is available. I think the PSAC is down across the board. Even IUP isn't close to what they've been for a few years.

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