Saturday, November 23, 2013

Getting To The Point(s)

The clear trend after two Gannon games this season is a lack of scoring. After tallying just 59 in their season-opening win over Cal, the Knights managed only 52 today in a 56-52 loss at Seton Hill. I'd like to share some earth-shattering insights with you, but the press release from the Gannon sports information department said pretty much everything in the opening sentence:

The Seton Hill men's basketball team held Gannon scoreless for the final 4:02 and without a field goal for the final 8:31 en route to a 56-52 victory Saturday night in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division action at the McKenna Center.

What else do you need to know? If the Knights would have registered just two measly field goals in the final 8 1/2 minutes, they'd have a road win under their belt. Gannon is clearly special defensively, but you've got to get out of the 50s to win consistently in the shot-clock era.

16 comments:

  1. Well....I did not believe that this was going to happen. Just didn't play well enough to win. Hopefully the Gary Miller Classic will help sort out the issues/get the team in sync.

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  2. These new NCAA rules are crazy. Too many mystery calls and non calls.
    The gym was nothing special, maybe they used smaller hoops on the GU boards.
    We just couldn't get the ball in the cup

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  3. Extremely questionable (and late) call against us on the 3 point shot late in the game. HUGE, in fact. A game changer.

    I think things will be fine. Yes, perhaps we all "penciled" this game in as a win before the season began, but, the team needs a few more games under their belt to work out the kinks offensively.

    Also, I'm of the opinion Seton Hill will win 15-17 games this year, and, cause a lot problems against every team in the league.

    I thought their gym and facilities were fantastic (spearheaded by ex-Gannon prez Msgr Rubino)...especially for a school that was an all ladies institution at one time in the not too distant past.

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  4. Let's hope that things get better, but a great defensive team that can't score, especially in the closing minutes, is a recurring theme over the past four or so years.

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  5. I have heard the comment more than once that 90% of practice is devoted to defense. Maybe more time could be use to develop some different offensive sets. There is a fact Gannon has won 75 of 79 games since the 2003/2004 season when they have scored 80 or more points you can score and win at the same time. You do not have to take a dozen passes before you shoot and you can run some fast breaks.

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  6. Same old.. same old... hmmmm I wonder what the common link is!

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    1. One common link I see is a few Gannon fans overreacting and complaining after the first loss of the season.

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  7. Like the GU ladies as well? Here's another blog if you can't get enough
    of GU ball.
    Try this blog a lot less to kibitz about.
    http://guladyknights.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the info for the Lady Knights blog.

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  8. Jim: I was not complaining only stating a fact. We have not had an offense that has changed in years. This makes us easy to defend especially at the end of close games. The only reason an opposing team needs to scout Gannon is so they can recognize the new players nothing ever changes. Dean Smith said in his book " every year in September he and his couches would get together to see what players they had and how they would coach that year. " He stayed that the lose of only one player could change how you would coach in a season.

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    1. When I get together with my couches, I usually fall asleep on one of them. :-) (Sorry ... couldn't pass that one up)

      Seriously, I don't feel like I'm panicking ... But this doesn't feel like the first loss of the season. It feels like the last four or so years have been one long season featuring the same flawed style ... great defensive teams that have lots of trouble scoring, especially in crunch time. Hope we can start a new trend.

      Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! The Gary Miller Classic has become an integral part of Thanksgiving weekend! See you all there.

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  9. Not sure if anybody has been following the fortunes of D-II preseason #1 Metro State, who was invited to play in the preseason-NIT tip-off tourney. Instead of being overwhelmed by D-I competition, the Roadrunners finished the tourney 3-1, losing only to Rhode Island, 66-63. Metro State beat Farleigh Dickinson, Elon (NC), and Canisius. Pretty impressive start to a season.

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  10. off topic here.. but wanted to wish all of you and yours a Happy and Safe Holiday this week! Won't be at the GM Classic, but will be listening and/or watching live stats. GO KNIGHTS and GOBBLE GOBBLE!

    Happy holidays!

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  11. Jim-
    I understand your efforts to limit/eliminate negative comments on this blog and understand that as moderator and are within your rights to do so. I also know why you don't want derogatory comments about players. However, I think your stance is somewhat unrealistic if you are going to consider almost everything as a negative comment. Saying posters were "overreacting and complaining" about Saturday's game is a little harsh considering how ugly a game that the Knights played offensively. Watching on the Internet was actually painful, and to expect anyone who did so to not react with some criticism isn't realistic. My earlier comment that a true freshman may not be ready to start yet isn't overtly critical. It's extremely unusual for any frosh to start in his first game. Not really a news flash. That's hardly calling a player a waste of a scholarship.

    Also, the nature of blogging is that negativity often creeps into it, particularly when a team suffers a particularly ugly loss. Most team blogs(including this one) are usually light on comments when the team wins. If only positive comments are allowed, things could be pretty quiet on this blog. When a true fan of a team gets frustrated and has an outlet to vent, I think certain amount of that is to be expected and tolerated. We can't all be cheerleaders all the time if there isn't much of anything to cheer about. If you want to make a rule that players cannot be mentioned by name, fine. But, IMO, general comments about the team's play as a whole are not out of line.

    Sorry for the dose of critical opinion on a holiday, but this is the first time I've had a chance to sit down and comment.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL THE GANNON HOOPS BLOGGERS!

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    1. I was just trying to be funny. Happy Thanksgiving.

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